For me, the choice to breastfeed was simple. I truthfully was more anxious to see if my baby girl would latch postpartum than I was for the actual birth. But when it happened naturally and easily for us both, I was so blessed and relieved.
I want to share some extremely important facts that made the choice for nourishment not really a choice at all!
1. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system which helps fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections.
– Think about it moms! YOUR amazing body is able to produce a drink to essentially help heal your baby. We all know we are supermoms, but that is just incredible.
2. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until at least the age of 2. Natural weaning is said to occur in average between 2.7 to 7 years worldwide.
– These statistics are based off of a worldwide average for children up to 7 who still breastfeed. I personally do believe whenever a child is ready to wean on their own that is the right time. Although I would never discriminate any mother who breastfeed a child of any age. But I do feel that when my babe is ready for school, she needs to be momma-milk free. Until then though…DRINK THAT MILK. There really is NOTHING better for your baby until after the age of 3. Which brings me to my next awesome truth…
3. During the second year of breastfeeding, toddlers receive an abundance of good fats and antibodies that were of lesser density during the first. Your milk changes as your baby does!
– Once again we have the miracle of motherhood and life making our babies the healthiest we can! How much better can it get?
4. What about benefits for us Breastfeeding MomMes? Well…where do I start? The bond is unlike any other, it is 98% effective contraception (can I get an amen?!), it aids in stress relief and relaxation as it released oxytocin – a chemical in the brain (how astounding, right?!), it burns 300 to 500 calories a day (woo!), and last but not least it lowers a woman’s risk of particular cancers by 6%.
– I am not sure about you, but the truths about mom’s benefits are a great incentive in itself!
5. Breastfed babies are sick less often, have fewer allergies, and are more socially adjusted on average.
-It seems that breastfeeding helps physically and emotionally as well as mentally and socially. All around a true blessing for our munchkins!
6. Ready for this one: our baby’s saliva “communicates” with the breast and “tells” what kind of milk to make. When nursing a baby with a cold, the breasts will in turn make milk with cold-fighting antibodies and immunities.
– More super powers supermoms?! What an amazing thing.
7. Breastfeeding babies are less picky eats are they grow up. These babes have already had a variety of flavors which come through as the milk changes flavor with MomMe’s diet.
– If I can have an easier time getting my little one to eat their veggies, I’d try anything. So, this is a built in way to get a jump start on those later eating habits.
8. Breastfeeding even helps a family financially. Opting for a more natural cuisine saves a family in average $500 to $3000 a year!
– Nothing is inexpensive these days, so every little bit adds up. Not only are there so many other benefits – a good savings is a great addition to it all!
9. Improving breastfeeding rates and practices could save over 820,000 lives a year.
– This broke my heart. Be an advocate. Save lives.
10. The motherly bond is by far the greatest truth and benefit to breastfeeding our munchkins. There is nothing like it. I would not trade it for anything in this entire world.
Veronica and I plan to post more and more about breastfeeding in full detail. We have so much to say and share on this topic, because we are such advocates. This was an overview and a jump start to get started on discussing the awesomeness of breastfeeding before we delve deep into everything we hold most dear.
Until then MomMes, keep feeding – the good stuff, the milky, the milk-milk, the milkas or whatever you call – the breast milk commonly known amongst us moms as liquid gold.
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