The top two reasons to breastfeed are Health and Sweetness!
Babies were born to be breastfed!For nine months, a mother’s womb and placenta shelter and nourish her baby. After birth, a mother’s breasts make milk to feed the baby.
The baby needs six months of exclusive (only) breastmilk to finish essential growth after birth.
Specific components of breastmilk feed the baby’s brain and prepare the baby’s intestinal tract for a lifetime of healthy digestion and immune function, and these process don’t happen as well or as thoroughly if other foods or water are given to the baby before six months of age.
At six months, babies are ready to begin eating other foods in addition to continued breastfeeding. Breastfeeding may continue as long thereafter as mother and baby mutually desire.
Significance to baby
Science clearly demonstrates that babies not exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life are at increased risk for acute and chronic disease, including:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Hospitalizations for respiratory illness
- Severe diarrhea
- Allergies and asthma
Significance to mothers
When mothers dont breastfeed they are at greater risk for:
- Weight gain and/or weight retention
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Post-partum depression
We recognize that women aren’t having babies in order to have “health outcomes”; women are having babies to have more love in their lives! This brings us to the other most important reason to breastfeed: sweetness!
Breastfeeding is wonderful! (Not easy, but wonderful none the less.)
Sharing a meal is a fundamental way to commune with another human being. Breastfeeding takes that communion to a more intimate and sweet level, helping to develop closeness and bonding between mother and child.
When a baby starts to nurse, the mothers body releases prolactin, a hormone responsible for relaxation and pleasure, that calms and sweetens many a hectic moment.
In fact, one study of over 7,000 families across 17 years found a direct correlation between the amount a mother nursed her child, and
the likelihood of that mother to physically abuse her child. In other words, the more she nursed, the less likely she was to have frustration or anger turn against her child. The bonding that breastfeeding facilitates is protective to mother and child, providing emotional connection that is stronger than stress or anger.
Breastfeeding is only one way to facilitate closeness, but it hap
pens to be a very nice way with many great health benefits, as listed above.
See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of this website for more information.