Come on Ladies — Embrace the Boob!!

Every time I see Mami nurse Mr. Sweetie it makes me so happy!! I don’t just mean sorta delighted; I mean that if I really think about it, I get tears-in-my-eyes happy. I go out of my way to thank mamis I see and meet who breastfeed. I believe they are helping to create a better world.

There are a lot of choices and options in today’s world and as much as we like to think we are very modern and updated, some of the choices and evolutions our society has made are not in the best interest of our long term health and happiness. The replacement of breastfeeding your baby/toddler with formula is one of the saddest ones for me.

I am pretty sure that most mamis want the very best for their babies and kids. They want them to be the healthiest and happiest they can be, but the mamis are often not educated regarding the benefits of breastfeeding, or they have adopted the priority of convenience over other things (like health and happiness). Unfortunately, they probably did not have breastfeeding modeled to them as well. I know when I became pregnant and started reading about all things baby related, I had to breastfeed. After reading all the benefits for the baby and me, my conscience simply would never have allowed it! Every time she got sick or anything I probably would have wondered, “Would that have happened if I had breastfed?”

If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, I highly encourage you to do the research and see for yourself. A couple of places that have some good info and reference material are “101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Child” (here), Dr. Amy Myers blog “How To Set Your Newborn Up For Lifelong Health” (here), and reading “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” by the La Leche League. There is even a site that has recipes about how to make your own formula if you absolutely have to (here).

Just as a quick refresher, breast milk is THE perfect food for your baby. Think about it, all mammal milks are not identical to each other, but they are made of the perfect combination of ingredients for that species’ offspring. The same is true for humans; milk from the mother is the very best thing for the baby – not the milk from another animal.

Here are a few of the tidbits you will find when you search further, but there are many others, so definitely check out the above references. Some breastfeeding benefits are: breastfeeding not only creates a closer bond between mother and baby while satisfying your baby’s emotional needs, it also helps you to lose weight (see the pic of Mami with this post – she gained 40 lbs with Mr. Sweetie and looks like this now; he is 3 months old), and lower your risk for several diseases such as breast cancer, ovarian and endometrial cancer while also reducing your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, just to name a few. For your baby, it is the best way to build their immune system, lowers their risk of developing asthma, protects against respiratory infections and helps reduce the probability of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) from occurring. While using formula is known to increase your baby’s risk of developing allergies, asthma, and ear infections as well as creating a higher occurrence of some forms of childhood lymphomas (cancers).

In closing, come on ladies, embrace the boob! Celebrate being a woman and loving mother. Be proud to have breasts and the ability to provide the best food on the planet for your baby, and don’t let any of the uneducated people in the world vibe you to do otherwise; just send them to the above references and tell them to have a good day!¬† If you can tell it would help them, you could even remind them that Jesus was breastfed, as were all the other babies at that time because there was no infant formula. Perhaps that would help them find peace with the most natural food on earth.

Blessings to you and thanks for all the loving parenting you do.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

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