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The Power of Breastfeeding

I am a new mom, my little guy is now 4 months old. And being a new mom I research everything, I want to give my little guy the best and healthiest life possible! So I am breastfeeding him exclusively until he is at least 6 months old. I know there are moms out there that absolutely love breastfeeding, I would not say I am one of those people but I do it because I know that it is best for my baby boy. And another great thing is there are benefits for you as well as your little one.

Here is a list of some of the many many benefits to you and your baby!

  • The “Early Milk” Colostrum is a thick yellow milk that is full of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs and is the perfect amount for their tiny tummies.
  • Breast milk changes from Colostrum to mature milk about 3 to 5 days after the baby is born. The mature milk is full of the right amount fats, nutrients, protein, and antibodies your baby needs to continue their growth.
  • Breast milk is much easier on the your little ones tummy and easier for them to digest. Your babies digestive system is not full developed when they are born, so breast milk is much easier on your baby and you. If your baby has an upset tummy you are going to hear about it!
  • Breast fed babies have a lower risk many diseases. Formula cannot match the unique chemical make up of breast milk. Babies that are formula fed have a higher risk of asthma, obesity, childhood leukemia, type 1 and 2 diabetes, SIDS, and many others.
  • Newborns need physical contact to feel safe and secure. Breastfeeding is the perfect time to provide that to your baby. It is a time where you have to relax and sit with your baby. It is a great time to bond with your new bundle of joy! This bonding time is also great for the new mom, you have sit and relax which is something you need to do.
  • Breastfeeding can save you a lot of money! According to womenshealth.gov the formula and feeding supplies can cost well over $1,500 each year.
  • Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and postpartum depression is the mother.
  • Breastfeeding is “Green”, there is a lot of waste reduced by breastfeeding. Less formula packaging and bottles in our landfills.

These are just a few of many many benefits for you, and your baby! Here are few links that have more information.

http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/why-breastfeeding-is-important/

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm

http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1028/mainpageS1028P0.html

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