Medicine and Health Sciences


In lieu of an abstract, below is the first paragraph of the paper.

Nutrition is a factor that affects an individual throughout the course of his or her life, beginning in the pre-natal form and continuing through childhood and into adulthood. Infants and children are very susceptible and vulnerable to the nutritional choices made primarily by their parents, which may affect them for the remainder of their lives. Various studies have been done to show that incorporating a nutritious diet, including breast milk, has a positive effect on the physical, cognitive, and social development of a child. Mothers are ultimately in total control of what their child comes in contact with and should be aware of how important nutrition and breastfeeding are to the overall health of their child. In my opinion, most women in today's society aren't handling this factor as seriously as they should, which is one of the reasons for the alarming statistics in the overall well-being of our children.

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