The Almighty Boob aka Less Ear Infections and Other Magical Benefits

The Magic and Power of Breastfeeding

The Magic and Power of Breastfeeding

Around the time that Mr. Sweetie was born, I started noticing and paying a lot more attention to my friends on Facebook that were grandparents. You know, things like noticing the pics of their little sweeties and the captions indicating what the events were (ie, births, pregnancies, parties, family gatherings, soccer games, baseball games, etc.), and contemplating what my life would look like when I had a little sweetie in my life.

I also started commenting more on them and appreciating them, especially during the search for what name I wanted to adopt for myself in lieu of “Grandma”, which just didn’t feel right to me (see my post The Birth Of A Koolma). I even connected with a couple of high school friends I hadn’t really talked to much in years, but they had been kind enough to give suggestions and comments. One of them was about to be a first time grandmother a couple months after Mr. Sweetie was  born.

I noticed that she posted a pic of her little sweetie a couple weeks ago and I commented on how healthy he looked. I just had to ask, “Is he breastfed?” She replied, that indeed he was. I responded asking her to please thank her daughter for doing that as it is so much better for both of them and the world. She said she would and that she had also breastfed all of her children! I replied that I had as well.

It got me thinking about the difference in how healthy and chubby little breastfed babies are in contrast to many formula fed babies, as I had just seen my nephew’s baby for the first time (he is also a couple months younger than Mr. Sweetie), and he was noticeably lighter and thinner than Mr. Sweetie (formula fed). Interesting…..

I thought that would be the end of the conversation, but she responded again, asking if my babies had had any ear infections, as her kids had not. I confirmed that neither of mine had any either. They had both gotten fussy when they got a cold or something a couple times, and I had started doing some natural treatments for ear infections to prevent any from occurring, but they had never gotten one. (In fact, my two children didn’t go to the doctor for years!)

Her next response was what brought on this blog post… She always wondered if other breastfeeding moms noticed this as well and that she wished there would be a study on this. I decided to do a little research and see what I could find…

Sure enough!!!  There are some studies and information on this exact topic that I thought would be of interest and potential benefit to everyone. See what you think.

The “Benefits of Breastmilk” by Dr. Sears not only lists the four possible ways that breastfeeding helps protect against ear infections, but it also mentions other benefits such as “immunities made-to-order” or the baby receiving immunities appropriate for their environment because mom is also typically exposed to them and produces the appropriate antibodies and passes them to the baby through her milk, as well as information from Derrick and Patrice Jelliffe, who are pioneers in breastfeeding research, and claim that breastfed babies are biochemically different and may be the reason they are healthier in general.

The article goes on to discuss a number of other noted benefits, such as helping prevent diarrhea, tummy upset, helping to prevent other infections like the flu, reducing the risk of SIDS, etc. You can read the whole article here.

Another article, “Ear Infections and The Breastfed Baby“, confirms that “Studies have shown that breastfed babies have less instances of ear infections, than their formula fed peers.” As well as going into more detail about the risk factors, symptoms, treatment, etc., for ear infections. It seems to be a good general overview without being too long.

The benefits are confirmed in “Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding“, where they state “Breastfed babies have fewer infections and hospitalizations than formula-fed infants.” (including ear infections)

The list of articles and research done on the topic went on and on, but the above articles give a great overview and confirmation that yes, indeed, what pretty much all breastfeeding mothers have known for centuries, breastfeeding is the best thing for the health of all sweeties. Giving the opportunity for more focused bonding between mother and child as well as the best foundation for health and wellness that lasts a lifetime. PRICELESS!!!!!

Thank you to all the women who breastfeed, when it is popular and when it is not, when it is convenient and when it is not, when you feel like it and when you don’t, whether you are tired or fully awake. Your love and dedication is beautiful and admirable.

Do you have any experiences with breastfeeding and ear infections (having to deal with them or not having any at all)?   If you have had to deal with them, did you use a natural treatment you can share with other mothers?

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do, it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

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