Breastfeeding Benefits

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! We are thrilled that you’ve joined us to raise awareness for breastfeeding. We will be celebrating the entire month of August with our educational blog series Breastfeeding Basics where we are exploring topics that we hope will help will make breastfeeding a little easier for you. So sit back, relax, nurse and read on….

There’s no doubt about it, breastfeeding is the healthiest choice you can make for nurturing and nourishing your baby. And here’s the great news about that: breastfeeding benefits your baby, you, and so many other aspects of your life as well. Today we’re reminding you all the ways your extraordinary gift of breastfeeding benefits the world around you.

Breastfeeding Benefits Your Baby

Breastfeeding BenefitsBreast milk is the most wholesome first food on the planet, tailor-made for your infant. Breast milk supports your baby’s immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, emotional wellbeing and brain development. Studies show that breastfed babies benefit in all of these areas both as infants and later in life as evidenced by less incidence of illness, disease and chronic conditions and higher IQ. Plus, breastfeeding helps your baby feel safe, secure and loved.

Breastfeeding Benefits You

Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby for a calmer, more loving relationship and attentiveness to your baby’s needs. Thanks to this bond and the feel-good hormones produced for and from breastfeeding, statistics show nursing mothers have lower incidence of postpartum depression and anxiety. Since breastfeeding encourages uterine contractions and burns calories, moms who do it experience less postpartum bleeding and return to their pre-baby shape faster. Mothers who breastfeed also have a lowered risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and osteoporosis.

Breastfeeding Benefits the Environment

Breastfeeding cuts out a tremendous amount of waste and pollution that goes into the formula industry. Water, energy and other vital resources are usurped by the manufacturing, packaging, transporting, marketing and selling of formula and the accessories that are required for formula feeding. Additionally, each of the steps to getting formula in the mouths of babies contributes to pollution. And get this, the ingredients may be the worse offender: most formulas are based on cow’s milk and cows are one of the largest sources of methane gas on earth. When viewed holistically, not breastfeeding can lead to climate change and have a negative impact on the planet for our children’s future.

Breastfeeding Benefits the Healthcare System

Sick babies (and children and adults) tax the healthcare system and lead to excessive expenses. A study estimated that the U.S. alone could save approximately $13 billion in healthcare costs yearly if babies were breastfed for at least the recommended six months. Just think what the savings would be if moms continued breastfeeding for a year or more. And since breastfed babies grow up to be healthier children and adults, healthcare savings continue to add up.

Breastfeeding Benefits Employers

With less sick babies and children, parents are able to be at work more regularly rather than staying home with their sick children. And when babies and children aren’t getting sick, parents are less likely to be sick as well. This increases productivity. Plus when employers support breastfeeding goals, employees are happier and more loyal to their companies. Furthermore, lowered healthcare costs will save companies money on employer-supported healthcare plans.

Breastfeeding Benefits Everyone

Between healthier, happier families, more productivity at work, a cleaner environment and less unnecessary expenditures, breastfeeding benefits communities around the world!

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.