Why Breastfeed ?
scroll to the bottom of this page for March CONTEST
How long to do you have? Really, I could go on and on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding. I am so sold on breastfeeding that I can take your disadvantages and turn them into advantages breastfeeding. Like the statement, "I wont get enough sleep" Oh yes, you will if you sleep when the baby sleeps.
When I was pregnant, I knew I would breastfeed, why? Because it was there. I don't question peeing or breathing, so why should I question feeding my baby with milk that happens naturally.
I have decided not to even entertain any negatives on this website. Looking for an out, look elsewhere.
I will not be the one who says it is ok to formula feed. The only exception would be true allergy (which is very rare) I firmly believe every baby deserves breastmilk. That is why I advocate for human breast milk banks and donor milk sharing. If for some reason you cannot provide your baby with breastmilk, there is means by which you can obtain human milk for your child.
Human Milk Banks
Benefits for Mom
Benefits for Baby
Most of the time, when a pregnant mom is questioning whether or not she should breastfeed, it is because she has a partner (baby's daddy) who is unsupportive. Here is a book to help that situation:
How long should I breastfeed?
My hope for you is for you to breastfeed "as much as you can for as long as you can". One year is my MINIMUM recommendation to my clients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for a year
It is a proven fact(with supported study after study), that infant mortality is higher in formula fed babies. So it could be said.....
Breastfeeding saves lives
And for all you Dads out there breastfeeding will SAVE YOU MONEY!
Formula costs around $200/month! ALSO,Babies who are breasfed exclusively are not sick as often so that means: less doctors visits =$, less prescriptions = $ , less time off work = $.
If this article did not answer your question: Why breastfeed? Then maybe this one will:
Here are 101 more reasons to breasfeed
March 2013 WHY BREASTFEED Contest
Contest Runs March 10, 2013 until March 30, 2013 at midnight.
Rules: You must use the comment form below and share it on facebook to be entered. You comment must answer the question Why Breastfeed? Rude, vulgar and in any way inappropriate/judgemental/nonsupportive comments will be deleted and you will be banned from this site. One entry per person. Winner will be announced here on this webpage on 4/1/13 and must be claimed by 4/15/13. US residents ONLY
Prizes: TO BE DRAWN AT RANDOM and announced on 4/1/13.
(1) Ameda Purely Yours Breastpump (retail value $260)
(2) Online chats with Liz Pevytoe RN, IBCLC (value $25 each)
(1) Hygeia hand expression cup (retail value $15)
(2) Hygeia gel pads (retail value $10 each)
(1) box Medela Nursing Bra Pads (value $8)
(1) box Medela pump and save breastmilk bags (value $10)
To enter this contest, simply comment below.....
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