This is the ideal for infant feeding, though it may not be appropriate or possible for all women, which is important to keep in mind and perhaps consult with a lactation consultant.
Breastfeeding also has been shown to protect against staph, strep and e coli infections, diabetes, many childhood cancers, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and salmonella. Also, the lifetime protection includes from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and some lymphomas.
Recent research has indicated that breastfeeding may also help lower the risk of osteoporosis after menopause. Although breastfeeding delays the return of the menstrual cycle, it should not be counted on as birth control. Always discuss birth control options with your doctor. In addition to increased self-confidence, breastfeeding may also lead to feelings of bonding and closeness with their baby.
Breastfeeding mothers missing less work leads to a more productive workforce. It also leads to lower employer medical costs Breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations.
There are no formula cans, bottles, or other packaging to be thrown out as waste. $1200 is 4 times the estimated extra cost of food per year for a breastfeeding mom which is $300.
Breastfeeding: Best for Both Mother and Baby By: Dave Jay S. Manriquez RN. Slide Background image source: http://flickr.com/photos/goetter/1353787707/
The Gold Standard: <ul><li>The “gold standard” of infant feeding is: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding exclusively for six months </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Providing appropriate complementary foods with continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond </li></ul></ul></ul>
Did You Know? <ul><li>According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), breastfeeding is ideal for infants </li></ul><ul><li>Both mothers and babies gain many benefits from breastfeeding. (CDC) </li></ul>Picture by Alexander Tundakov, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tundakov/2550864384/
Amazing Breastfeeding Facts for Baby: <ul><li>Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding has been shown to be protective against many illnesses, according to the La Leche League (LLL), including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Painful ear infections, respiratory ailments, allergies, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifetime protection from insulin dependent diabetes, and for girls, breast and ovarian cancer. </li></ul></ul>Picture by by dao hodac, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hodac/308938750/
<ul><li>When babies are born, their immune systems are underdeveloped… </li></ul><ul><li>Through breastfeeding you pass your antibodies on to your baby, helping to keep your baby healthy and grow their immune system faster than bottle-fed babies (LLL). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your body will also make and pass back to your baby antibodies to germs that they are exposed to and pass to you, helping to protect your baby (LLL) </li></ul></ul>
Amazing Breastfeeding Facts for Mother: <ul><li>Research indicates that women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers. (CDC) </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding delays the return of the menstrual cycle. (USDHHS) </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding mothers have increased self-confidence. (USDHHS) </li></ul>Picture by Daquella manera, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/2397006173/
<ul><li>Breastfeeding uses up extra calories, helping mothers to lose weight after pregnancy. (USDHHS). </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding saves time and money. There is no formula to prepare or bottles to warm. </li></ul>Picture by marjanhols . http://www.flickr.com/photos/afotografia/171237963/
<ul><li>Breastfeeding mothers miss less work because their infants are sick less often. (USDHHS) </li></ul><ul><li>Total health care costs in the United States are lower for breastfed infants than for formula fed infants. (USDHHS) </li></ul>Amazing Breastfeeding Facts for Society:
<ul><li>Breastfeeding benefits the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>No packaging or plastic involved! </li></ul><ul><li>The estimated cost of formula is $1200 per year. Breast milk is free. (USBC ) </li></ul>
<ul><li>FOR MORE INFORMATION: </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://milkingmothers.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding Social network http://milkingmothers.ning.com </li></ul>