Newborn Feeding

by Georgina Cornwall, PhD

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    00:01 While we are considering increased energy demands, why not have a quick conversation about argument of breastfeeding versus formula feeding, and as it turns out who would guess, but we are recommended that breastfeeding is recommended as the best source of nutrition for the baby.

    00:23 Clearly, sometimes the mother is not capable of making milk or worse excuses, that it doesn't quite fit the lifestyle because pumping is certainly an option.

    00:35 We can save the milk and the baby can be fed purely off of breast milk.

    00:40 The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American Medical Association, as well as the World Health Organization all say that the best option by far is breast milk.

    00:55 And even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we have exclusively breast milk, for the first six months.

    01:04 And there are a lot of different reasons for this.

    01:07 Ideally, up to 12 months, and beyond perhaps even to two years if it's something that is well tolerated, but the first 12 months, especially six are considered of most importance.

    01:22 And you're probably familiar the reasons behind this, it's going to help defend against infections because of a lot of immunoglobulins, and stop an antigens are passed through breast milk to the child.

    01:37 In addition to that a feeding with breast milk, because of this passage of antigens, can relieve allergies.

    01:45 And I think a lot about this currently, why are we seeing such an increase and allergies in children, and one of the reasons could perhaps be because less mothers were breastfeeding, and less mothers breastfeeding for that important first year of life, especially the first six months.

    02:08 Another reason that suggested just as sort of a side note is that the increased incidence of cesarean section could lead to these increased allergies.

    02:18 And that has to do with development of gut flora and fauna and protection against our flora and protection in that sense.

    02:27 And so apparently not passing through the vaginal canal creates a different culture of flora in the gut of babies.

    02:37 And so also adds to the idea of allergies.

    02:40 So just another thought to put in mind while I'm on the soapbox up here, that's something I'm interested in.

    02:47 So of course formula is a great option.

    02:50 Should the mother not be able to feed the baby for some reason, either because it's a severe inconvenience or she is not releasing enough milk certainly, in the modern day.

    03:03 We have formula available and it is a relatively good source of all the nutrients needed.

    03:10 So there is tons more to know obviously, but in the very early days, these are the things to consider breast milk versus formula.

    03:19 It's a good argument and now you know who supports it.

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    The lecture Newborn Feeding by Georgina Cornwall, PhD is from the course Nutrition.

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    1. IgA
    2. IgG
    3. IgM
    4. IgE
    5. IgD
    1. Six months
    2. Two months
    3. Three months
    4. Four months
    5. Twelve months

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     Georgina Cornwall, PhD

    Georgina Cornwall, PhD

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