Reduced ear infections?
Reduced risk for asthma?
Can I Do it?
Breastfeeding can give you, and your baby all these benefits -as well as many others!
A Healthier Baby
“Cases of pneumonia, flue cold and viruses are reduced for babies that were breast fed. Gastrointestinal infections, such as diarrhea – which may be intolerant, especially in developing countries – are also less common.”
says Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, professor of pediatrics and OB-GYN at Rochester University of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, and author of “Breastfeeding: a guide to the medical profession“(Elsevier-Mosby).
Long Term Protection
By breastfeeding your baby you reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
According to Lawrence, breastfeeding women face a lower risk of osteoporosis after menopause.
“When a woman is pregnant and breastfeeding, her body absorbs calcium much more effectively,”
“So while some bones, especially those of the spine and hips, may be somewhat less dense in weaning, six months later, are getting denser sometimes more than before pregnancy.”he explains
Lower Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Breastfeeding can reduce the infant’s risk of Sudden Death Syndrome by 50%!
Less Weight Gain Problems
It is more likely that, neither of you, will become obese if you breastfeed your baby!
You Burn Calories
You may have heard that you can burn up to 500 calories a day by breastfeeding.
This is true, almost…
“Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce”
“If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that means you burn 400 calories from your body.”explains Lawrence
It helps the Environment
Dairy cows, which are bred for infant food production, contribute significantly to global warming.
(It’s their stomachs and their gas, actually!)
They release huge amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.
Faster Recovery after Giving Birth
Oxytocin is released when the midwives help the uterus contracture. This reduces the loss of blood after giving birth.
In addition, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size faster – about six weeks after giving birth, compared to the 10 weeks that will take if you don’t breast-feed.
Lower Cancer Risk
Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of cancer for the baby.
Also, you lower the risk for pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, a frequently fatal disease that is on the rise.
Unparalleled Source of Power
“A new mother, seeing her baby growing up only from her own milk is something that can give her great power!”says Lawrence
Vaccines are more Effective
Research shows that breastfed babies have a better antibody response to vaccines compared to babies who were fed by standardized foods.
Breastfeeding your baby all around the clock – without bottles or formula – will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation.
“Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone in the vagina so that ovulation does not occur”Kelly explains
If you are only breast-feeding, your prolactin levels will eventually fall after several months. Many breastfeeding mothers will see their periods return six to eight months after giving birth, Kelly adds. Others, will not for a whole year!
Less Absence from Work
Your baby will get sick less often so this means you get have fewer sick days from work!
According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula, standardized milk, may vary from $134 to $491 per month.
That’s $1,608 to $5,892 in one year!
A great way to Bond with your Baby!
“You have to read your baby’s cues a bit better because, unlike a bottle, you can not see how much he ate”says Kelly
“You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby’s behavior to know when your baby is done and does not want any more milk.”
It is SO Easy!
Just pull your shirt up and breastfeed! Breast milk is always there for you and always at the right temperature!
According to a study published by Pediatrics journal, the United States only would save about $ 13 billion a year on medical expenses if 90% of US families breastfed their newborns for at least six months!
You develop better friendships!
“Breastfeeding helps cultivate relationships with other mothers”says Kelly
Whether we are talking about parenting style, nighttime breastfeeding, or about swelling, breastfeeding allows women to establish positive relationships between each other after childbirth.
Finally, Kelly adds, “women need to sit together, breastfeed and take care of their babies.”