Benefits of Breastfeeding

 

In addition to any breastfeeding-related products that you may need, our store also offers several amenities that are free to our customers. Please feel welcome to use our baby-weighing scale, changing station and nursing rooms. Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child.  Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breastmilk   From antibodies which protect an infant at birth...to the exclusive nutrients in mother's milk which have been shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases...the benefits are incalculable.  There is no other single action by which a mother can so impact the present and future health of her baby.

 

     Yet, in today's society, breastfeeding is often thought of as unnecessary.  Young mothers are mistakenly led to believe that formula does very well as a replacement for breastmilk.  It emphatically does not!  Nothing can duplicate the properties of breastmilk, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to what is basically a chemical formulation.

 

     Breastmilk remains the one and only natural, complete and complex nutrition for human infants.  It is nature's formula for ensuring the health and quality of life for infants, as well as on through childhood to adult life.  Just as importantly, breastfeeding promotes a very special bond between mother and child that only a mother can provide.

 

     To fully understand the benefits of breastfeeding, these are some of the major, but by no means all of the benefits of breastfeeding your baby.

 

 

 

 

Breastfeeding Facts

Health Benefits to Babies Who Breastfeed

 

 

Children receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients & antibodies

    

The varying composition of breastmilk keeps pace with the infant's individual growth and changing nutritional needs

 

Have fewer incidences of vomiting and diarrhea in the US (20-35 million episodes of diarrhea occur in children under the age of 5, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations and 400-500 deaths in the U.S.)

 

Protection against gastroenteritis, necrotizing entercolitis

    

Reduced risk of chronic constipation, colic, and other stomach upsets

    

Reduced risk of childhood diabetes

 

Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning),

 

Protection against allergies,   asthma, eczema, and severity of allergic disease

 

Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Statistics reveal that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breastfed.

 

Protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma, crohn's disease and ulcerative entercolits

 

Decreased risk of tooth decay (cavities)

    

Nursing promotes facial structure development, enhanced speech,  straighter teeth and enhances vision

    

Breastfed infants develop higher IQ's, and have improved brain and nervous system development; IQ advantage of 10-12 points studied at ages 8, 12, and 18.  (Breastfeeding is considered the 4th trimester in brain growth and development...there are specific proteins in human milk that promote brain development))

 

Reduced risk of heart disease later in life

   

Increased bone density

 

Breastfeeding plays an important role in the emotional and spiritual  development of babies

    

Breastfed babies enjoy a special warm bonding and emotional relationship with their mothers    

 

Antibody response to vaccines are higher

    

Are hospitalized 10 times less than formula fed infants in the first year of life

 

The colostrum (first milk) coats the GI tract, preventing harmful bacteria and allergy -triggering protein molecules from crossing into baby's blood

 

Decreased risk for vitamin E and Iron deficiency anemia 

 

Decreased risk for acute appendicitis, rheumatoid arthritis, inguinal hernia, pyloric stenosis

 

There are factors in human milk that destroy E coli, salmonella, shigella, streptococcus, pneumococcus....and many others

 

Less risk of childhood obesity

 

 

Health Benefits to Moms Who Breastfeed

 

Reduced risk of breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers

 

Reduced risk of anemia

 

Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life

 

Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with total time of lactation

    

Helps the mother's body return to its pre-pregnancy state faster - promotes weight loss...1/2 of calories needed to manufacture milk is pulled from fat stores... can burn from 500 - 1,500 calories per day

 

Helps delay return of fertility and to space subsequent pregnancies

    

Develops a special emotional relationship and bonding with her child

 

Breastmilk is free- reducing or eliminating the cost of formula (in the thousands of dollars/per year)

 

Breastfed babies are sick less thus reducing healthcare costs to family in Doctor office visits, prescriptions, over the counter medicine purchases, and hospitalizations

    

Moms miss less time off from work due to child related illnesses

 

Helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding

 

Many, many more benefits, too numerous to list!!!

Benefits to the Environment and Society

 

Breastfeeding reduces the cost of healthcare by promoting healthier children and mothers..........If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per month ..........In 1993, 90,000 babies were hospitalized for RSV at a cost of 450 million dollars. Currently, the U.S. spends over 1 billion dollars a year on Otitis Media (ear infections)

 

Reduced insurance premiums for both parents and employers

 

Breastfeeding reduces global pollution by decreasing the use of resources and energy required to produce, process, package, distribute, promote and dispose of materials created by the manufacture and use of artificial baby milk

 

Reduced tax burden on communities and government to ensure children are properly fed

 

Reduced absenteeism in the workplace due to children's illnesses

 

Other Benefits from Breastfeeding

 

 Breastfeeding makes you feel good, the hormones produced during nursing have an endorphin effect  giving you a relaxed feeling

 

You have a great excuse to sit down and relax.....

 

You can nurse while sleeping...nursing moms get more rest than formula feeding moms.

 

 Breastfeeding saves moms about 7 hours a week off their feet

 

 No screaming baby in the middle of the night waiting on the formula to heat up

 

 It's the only time you can ever lose weight without dieting or exercise!

 

Breastfeeding is more convenient, when traveling, all you need is to take diapers, the milk is always available, sterile, and the right temperature

 

During times of disaster,  you don't have to worry about finding formula

 

 Breastfed babies smell great....spit ups don't stain, or smell, and poopie diapers are not offensive...(until solids are introduced)

 

Breastfed babies know their moms and will never confuse them with a babysitter

 

The strong bond developed with nursing is much more intense

 

There is no feeling to describe the child suckling at your breast and letting go to give you a big smile; and knowing that the  growth of your baby came from what your body produced! Wow! What a feeling!

 

 The satisfaction of knowing you are giving your baby the best start in life!

 

Breastmilk taste great! Sweet tasting! Variations in taste according to foods moms eats.  Have you ever tasted formula? Ugh!

 

Breastfeeding requires the use of only one arm....you can do other things while breastfeeding, (except cooking and driving)