The Benefits of Breastfeeding (Part 1)

Today I…decided to recall some of the highlights from the breastfeeding class I took last night. So influential and informative! I don’t know if you’re a mom, going to be a a new mom, going to be a future mom, or hoping that things stay the way they are for as long as possible…but I thought I’d share some valuable information on breastfeeding.

Yes, I have decided that I am going to breastfeed as LONG as possible. Before yesterday’s class, I’ve only partly seen some friends breastfeed, but had no idea of what that entailed. So here’s what I learned… (All info can be found on kp.org)

Breastfeeding Benefits for the Baby:

  • promotes bonding and attachment
  • presents food that is always ready to feed at the right temperature
  • provides antibodies to strengthen the immune system
  • provides good cholesterol and other types of fat in human milk that support the growth of nerve tissue and brain growth
  • promotes visual acuity
  • promotes healthy jaw and tooth development and reduces the risk of cavities
  • supports your child’s intelligence (meaning higher IQ’s than formula-fed babies)
  • reduces the risk of infections and promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive system
  • thousands of dollars cheaper than formula

Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother:

  • promotes bonding and attachment, calmness, self-esteem, and confidence in mothering
  • produces the naturally soothing hormones oxytocin and prolactin (the hormone of “motherly love”)
  • helps your body recover from pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • helps your uterus contract after birth, lessening the change of hemorrhage and anemia
  • lowers the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • may protect you against osteoporosis in later life
  • may help you lose weight, by burning calories to make milk (about 500 calories a day)

Breastfeeding Benefits for the Environment:

Artificial feeding involves…

  • overgrazing of land by cattle
  • use of chemical fertilizers to grow the soy
  • use of valuable environmental resources for formula production
  • packaging and transportation of the product
  • use of water and fuel for mixing the product, heating it, and for cleaning bottles and nipples
  • waste disposal of cans, bottles, accessories, cartons, etc.
*More information on the value of breastfeeding can also be found on the American Academy of Pediatrics Website
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