A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More
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What's Out: Dismissing the idea of breastfeeding, making mom feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public
What's In: Trying to breastfeed, at least for some time after the baby is born, as long as it works for mother and baby
Why? The infant formula industry boomed throughout the middle of the 20th century due to the newfound convenience and heavy marketing of powdered formulas, but these days, breastfeeding is on the rise. The AAP now recommends that parents feed their baby breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life because of the hard-to-beat health benefits to both mother and child. Infant formula is still a fine alternative, but it doesn't offer the ideal mix of nutrients and antibodies that mother's milk carries. Moms and grandparents alike should keep in mind that the decision to breastfeed or bottle-feed is a personal one — and it's a very touchy subject.
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