Breastfeeding Benefits

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. 

Breastfeeding Benefits

The Magic Contents of
Breast Milk

Nutrition of Breast Milk

Have you ever wondered what is in the breast milk? What it makes so nutritious?

Breast milk has all the good stuff including:

  • proteins,
  • fats,
  • vitamins,
  • carbohydrates.

   ---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.

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How Breastfeeding Benefits
The Child

When 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).

Breastfeeding Benefits

  • Breast milk increases child’s immune system. When mother breastfeeds, she passes on some antibodies, which help fight the disease.
  • Ear infections are very common among infants. However, breastfed babies have less ear infections so they don’t have to use antibiotics at the very young age.
  • Diarrhea is 4 times less to happen to breastfed babies than those fed formula.
  • Research shows lower risk of SIDS in breast-fed babies.  Breastfeeding reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by ∼50% at all ages throughout infancy.
  •  Breastfed children are more likely to have higher IQ.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese in the future.
  • Breastfeeding protects against Type 2 diabetes. Babies who were breastfed had a lower risk of type 2 diabetes in later life than did those who were formula fed.
  • Breastfed babies are more likely to be calmer, less hyper and stressed.
  • Breastfed babies are less constipated.
  • Breastfed babies have better vision.

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How Breastfeeding Benefits
The Mother

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  • Breastfeeding is a great way to bond. The oxytocin hormone is released during breastfeeding which helps mother to fall in love with her child.
  • Breastfeeding mothers lose weight much easier and much faster, because breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories a day. So don’t sweat it over a bowl of ice-cream. Keep breastfeeding and eat your favorite desserts!
  • Breastfeeding makes women happy, positive, calm thanks to the wonderful hormone oxytocin. 

The first month I was breastfeeding my son I could not stop crying.... because I was happy. Best feeling ever.

  • Reduces chances of breast (as much as 25%), uterine and ovarian cancers.
  • Less incidences of osteoporosis.
  • Less chance to get postpartum depression.
  • Breastfeeding benefits mother's every day life. It makes it more simple. You don’t have to worry about running out of food at night, no warming up bottles, you don’t have to pack food when you travel, you don’t have to wash bottles, nipples.
  • For a fact, the diaper of a breastfed baby has much better ‘odor’ then formula-fed baby. 
  • Breastfeeding mothers can save a lot of money. Formula can cost between $1200 and $3000 PER YEAR depending on the brand. Plus breastfed babies get sick less, so less health care expenses. SO here is the vacation money for your “troubles”.
  • Breastfeeding mothers miss less work days since their kids are less sick.
  • Breast milk is the best facial ever! Try cleaning your face every morning with cotton balls dipped in breast milk. You will feel the difference in few days.

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Breastfeeding benefits
society, government and the whole planet

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.

  • They are creating laws (Affordable Care Act) which protect breastfeeding mother’s rights at workplace (by providing place and breaks to pump).
  • Also, health insurance policy have been changed. Breastfeeding support, counseling and needed equipment is covered (without cost-sharing).
  • New laws have been created  through all the states to allow mothers to breastfeed in any public or private place.

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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