Breastfeeding benefits child, mother, society, our government and the whole planet.
It’s been 4 years now since I started the journey of breastfeeding and it still amazes me that I am capable of producing this incredibly good food for my children.
Have you ever wondered what is in the breast milk? What it makes so nutritious?
Breast milk has all the good stuff including:
---There are some leukocytes, antibodies, enzymes and hormones in breast milk too. These cannot be found in any formula. That’s why breast milk is so unique, ideal and perfect meal for your little ones.
---Breast milk is constantly changing to meet your child’s needs.
---So the milk premature baby drinks is different from the milk a 7 month old or 2 year old drinks.
---All breast milk has exactly nutritional and protective components every child of any age needs.
Breast milk has more than 200 elements in it. And more are being discovered.
making the decision on whether to breastfeed or give formula to your baby, it is very important to
educate yourself about all the advantages of breastfeeding.
Here are some of the most important benefits of breastfeeding to the child BASED on science and research. (click on highlighted words to find actual research analysis).
The first month I was breastfeeding my son I could not stop crying.... because I was happy. Best feeling ever.
1. They are babies now, but one day they will be changing the world whether they will be presidents, teachers, doctors, astronauts or social workers, cashiers and hairdressers.
We want our kids to reach their highest potential possible so everybody can benefit from them creating best laws, curing diseases, teaching kids, being able to help other people, in other words - making the world a better place to live.
In order for a child to reach his highest potential in the future he needs to get the best nutritious food possible right from the beginning which breast milk.
2. Surprisingly, governments can benefit from breastfeeding too. Wonder how?
As breastfed children have less health issues (diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, asthma, obesity, SIDS) their health care costs are drastically lower.
For every 1,000 babies who are not breastfed, there are 2,033 more medical office visits, 212 extra days of hospitalizations and 609 excess prescriptions in babies’ first years of life. This costs managed care health systems between $331 and $475 for each infant.
In fact if 90 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their babies’ lives, the country would save $13 billion a year and prevent hundreds of infant deaths.
Study reported in Pediatrics
US government knows better by now about the importance of breastfeeding.
3. Believe me or not - breastfeeding is good for our planet too!
Have you ever wondered how is baby formula made?
Here is how...
Formulas are made from cow’s milk or soy.
Chemicals are used to grow soy or to feed cows -> the manufacturing of formula -> the manufacturing of bottles -> formula packaging -> shipping to stores around the world -> disposing used packaging of formula and old baby bottles.
Imagine the energy and resources used to make that formula and the damage done to the planet...
So by breastfeeding, mother earth can stay cleaner and greener. NO water, NO waste, No pollution, No irrigation, No transport, No packing. Totally environmentally friendly!
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