August 1, 2010

World Breastfeeding Week!

Here it is again. World Breastfeeding Week! This time it's 2010! I have been breastfeeding since 2006, with a short break from the time my oldest weaned and my youngest was born!

I am currently still nursing my 14 month old baby, and she has no interest in weaning any time soon!

Breastfeeding is amazing, beautiful, and natural. It can be challenging, painful, and frustrating but none of these three things make it less worth it.

So to kick off World Breastfeeding Week I will list the benefits of breastfeeding!

http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/benefits/

Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness, and even SIDS. Infant formula cannot match the exact chemical makeup of human milk, especially the cells, hormones, and antibodies that fight disease.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ear infections, stomach virus', diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers, and obesity (among the many).

Breastfeeding boosts an infant's/child's immune system.

Breastfeeding produces oxytocin and can reduce the "baby blues" or PPD.

Breastfeeding also saves money in both cost of formula and medical bills :)

These are just some of the benefits!.

Lastly I leave you with a quote!

‎"Nursing
does not diminish the beauty of a woman's breasts; it enhances their
charm by making them look lived in and happy." ~Robert A. Heinlein

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