Why Breastfeed?

No matter what shape or size your breasts are, they are capable of making milk! Nursing your baby is one of the most important choices you will ever make. And the significance of your decision will become even more evident as your children grow into teenagers and young adults. You’ll remember the cozy snuggle time at all hours of the day and night, you will bond with your baby in a way that compares to no other and this bonding time will give you memories to last a lifetime. Breast milk contains so many antibodies and nutrients, your baby will have a jump start to lifelong health. Breast milk is a gift that only YOU, mom, can create for your baby. Human breast milk is superior to any other baby food. Breast milk is ready a moment’s notice, without needing to be mixed or heated. All that is needed is mom, close by. Breast milk offers antibodies for protection from many diseases and infections that infants may be exposed to, especially during the first few months postpartum. Not only does breast milk nourish your child like no other, but breastfeeding creates a close bond between you and your child unlike anything else.

When you choose to breastfeed, you are making an excellent choice for both you and baby. Breastfeeding mothers have a reduced risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, they burn up to 500 more calories per day which can assist with losing baby weight gain, and breast milk is much less expensive than buying formula. Breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and can lower the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

As a mammal, your body naturally produces milk to nourish your baby. Every mammal’s milk is made to perfection to the development of babies of that species. A human’s breast milk is configured with every nutrient in optimum proportions necessary for growth of your baby’s brain and nervous system. Breast milk helps to lay a strong foundation for your baby’s future development. A breastfed babe has his mother’s immunity to germs and illness that mother has been exposed to. Breast milk contains antibodies to those germs and they are fed to baby through her milk. Immunoglobulin A (IgA) coats the lining of baby’s intestines and it helps germs and allergens from leaking through. Not only will your baby be sick less often, but will also be naturally soothed from ingesting her mother’s milk.

As your breastfed baby grows and develops, she will be less likely to have allergies, eczema and asthma. Breastfed babies have less of a risk of developing childhood cancers, cavities, diabetes and obesity.