101 Benefits of Breastfeeding
While reading in a forum one day, I came across a link to a very well done video on the benefits of breastfeeding. A Mama named Jamie (KlingonLady77 on YouTube) decided that she would write out her reasons for choosing not to formula feed her baby. She came up with 101 of them!
I knew I just had to pass it on to all of you. I know some things about the benefits of breastfeeding, but not so much as to rattle off 101 reasons like Jamie did here. You'll probably find some new ways nursing is beneficial for your baby that you've never realized before. I’ve posted her video here for your enjoyment and have added a running list of all her benefits of breastfeeding underneath the video (click here to read the reasons). If you have any more benefits of breastfeeding to add, feel free to use the form at the bottom of the page. 101 Benefits of Breastfeeding (Written list)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding The American Dietetic Association promotes breastfeeding Breast milk is easier to digest than formula Breast cancer risks increase when mothers don’t breastfeed Baby’s sucking helps shrink mother’s uterus after birth Formula feeding increases the risk that a baby girl will develop breast cancer later in life Formula feeding is associated with lower I.Q. Breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does Breast milk help pass meconium Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby’s immune system Breastfeeding satisfied baby’s emotional needs and increases bonding between mother and baby Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition The risks of developing ovarian cancer increase when Mom’s don’t breastfeed Nursing helps Mom lose weight after baby is born Pre-term milk is specially designed for premature infants The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend it Breastfeeding protects against Crohn’s disease Formula feeding increases the risks of that child developing diabetes Breastfeeding helps decrease the insulin requirements in diabetic mothers Breastfeeding may help stabilize the progress of maternal endometriosis Baby’s suckling helps prevent post-partum hemorrhage in mother The risks of developing endometrial cancer increase when Mom’s don’t breastfeed Formula feeding increases the risks of baby developing allergies Breastfeeding lowers the risks of baby developing asthma Formula feeding increases the risks of baby developing otitis media (ear infections) Formula feeding may increase the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Breast milk protects baby from diarrheal infections Breastfeeding protects baby against bacterial meningitis Breastfeeding protects baby against respiratory infections Formula fed babies have a higher risk of developing certain childhood cancers Breastfeeding decreases chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis Breastfeeding decreases child’s chances of contracting Hodgkins disease Breastfeeding protects baby against some vision defects Breastfeeding decreases the chances of osteoporosis Breast milk aids in proper intestinal development Cow’s milk is an intestinal irritant Formula fed babies are more at risk for obesity in later life Breastfed babies have less chance of cardiopulmonary distress while feeding Breastfed babies have less chance of developing ulcerative colitis Breast milk protects against hemophilus b. bacteria Breastfed babies require shorter pre- and post-surgical fasting Breastfeeding results in less sick days for parents Breastfeeding enhances vaccine effectiveness Breastfed babies have less chance of developing necrotizing enterocolitis Breastfeeding contributes to optimal child spacing Breastfeeding is easier than using formula Breast milk is FREE Formula is EXPENSIVE Formula costs the government (and taxpayers) MILLIONS of dollars Breastfed babies require fewer doctor visits Breast milk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrates and protein Breast milk acts like a natural tranquilizer for baby Breastfeeding acts like a natural tranquilizer for Mom Breast milk tastes better than formula Breastfed babies are healthier overall Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday Breast milk is always the right temperature Breastfeeding mothers spend less time and money on doctor visits Breastfeeding provides fewer waste packaging products NO bottles to tote Breastfeeding may lower the risks of developing high cholesterol NO need to refrigerate Cow’s milk is designed for baby cows, whereas human milk is designed for human babies Breast milk aids in the proper development of baby’s gastrointestinal tract Breast milk provides natural pain relief for baby human milk is the perfect food for a sick infant A breastfeeding Mom gets more sleep Babies that nurse are happier at night More sleep for Dad Less equipment to maintain and store Less equipment to buy Breast milk has NEVER been recalled due to manufacturing problems Fresh breast milk is NEVER contaminated with bacteria No need to worry about which brand is better No need to worry about adding contaminated water Breastfed babies get fewer stomach infections Facilitates proper dental and jaw development Breastfed babies have less tooth decay Less money spent on corrective orthodontia Better speech development Less chance of baby getting eczema Breastfed babies have great skin Less spit-up Breastfeeding is better for premature infants Breast milk conatains no genetically engineered materials Breast milk contains no synthetic growth hormones Lack of breastfeeding associated with multiple sclerosis in later life Less chance of inguinal hernia Better cognitive development for low birth weight babies Better social development Decreased risk of baby developing urinary tract infections Suckling optimizes hand-to-eye coordination Breastfeeding protects mothers against anemia Breastfeeding mothers spend less on menstrual supplies Breastfeeding is a self-confidence booster for Mom Breast milk may help combat eye infections Breastfeeding may lower blood pressure in childhood No worry about latest ingredient discovered to be missing from formula Much nicer diaper changes Breastfed babies smell fantastic It’s what breasts were designed for
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