Month #9

On December 16th 2011, my journey to Breast Feeding baby number two had begun. It's now been 9months into this amazing journey, a great bonding time with the second monster, & a satisfaction that I am giving my child the best food a mother can possibly feed to her child.
Although I am a firm believer in Breast-Feeding I honestly could not tell you why except for the fact I do believe Boobies are for Babies, Not for Boys(unless their boy babies of course) & it's Healthy for baby, also did I mention Breast Milk is FREE?!?!? So I did some research for the real Benefits to Breast feeding & to see why it's so much better for baby.

What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby?

"Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat -- everything your infant needs to grow. And it's all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies. The physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. The AAP says breastfeeding plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It's been thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well but more research is needed to confirm these findings."

Are There Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother?

"Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may also lower your risk of osteoporosis.
Since you don't have to buy and measure formula, sterilize nipples, or warm bottles, breastfeeding saves you time and money. Deciding to breastfeed provides you with regular time for relaxing quietly with your newborn as you grow close and emotionally bond."

Alyssa Waters


- The Pondering Parent said...

I'm so glad you are using your blog to share this information :) It's so important! Best of luck with your bub!
- The pondering parent @

sewmygosh said...

I always feel a "kindred spirit" when I hear/see a mom breastfeeding. Kodos to you for taking that journey and giving your children the absolute best start in life. If it were talked about and encouraged more in life, more women would do this. Instead we see tons of ads for bottlefeeding. It's a shame that the media portrays bottlefeeding as easy. Breastfeeding is so much more rewarding, don't you think?