If you don’t know yet, my daughter Matilda was breastfed from day 1, up until now that she is 20 months old. Matilda has never tried drinking from the bottle, may it be breastmilk or formula. She was and still is, fed directly since she was born. As we celebrate the Breastfeeding Month, I came up with 31 reasons to breastfeed, one for each day of August. This contains all that I have learned, discovered and experienced over the past 20 months. If this does not convince you to breastfeed, I don’t know what else will!
- Breasts were created by God to produce breastmilk, it has always been God’s design.
- Breastmilk (Colostrum) is your baby’s first vaccine.
- Breastmilk is always perfect. Its composition vary depending on the age of your child, time of day, each nursing session, stage of child’s life. – A mom with a premie baby would have breastmilk perfect for her child to thrive, while a mom of a breastfed toddler would have breastmilk suited for the nutrients of her growing child.
- Breastmilk is loaded with antibodies and probiotics.
- Breastmilk of a mom with a sick baby produces the exact antibodies needed for her child to fight off a certain infection. This is possible through the Enteromammary Pathway.
- Breastmilk is always ready, available, and at the right temperature.
- Breastmilk contains just the right amount of iron. Any extra iron is food for bacteria.
- Breastmilk doesn’t spoil (when you feed directly).
- Breastmilk is a natural laxative. There is no problem with constipation in breastfed babies.
- Breastmilk is FREE! No need to spend on expensive formula milk, bottles, sterilizer and other paraphernalia.
- Breastmilk is species-specific: Human Milk for Human Babies.
- Breastmilk can literally save lives, like in the case of premature babies.
- Breastmilk is 88% water which keeps babies hydrated most especially when they refuse to eat or drink anything during those times they are sick.
- Breastmilk has a lot of other medicinal benefits: it heals cracked nipples, reduces itchiness and redness from insect bites, and so on.
- Breastfeeding contracts the uterus, therefore helps in stopping the bleeding after delivery.
- Breastfeeding is an effortless form of exercise that burns 500 calories per day!
- Breastfeeding produces ZERO waste.
- Breastfeeding is a natural form of birth control for the first 6 months of baby’s life. This is known as Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) and it requires exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months to be rendered effective.
- Breastfeeding reduces health risks such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
- Breastfeeding comforts a sick baby.
- Breastfeeding provides +8 IQ points.
- Breastfeeding gives a feeling of security. Emotionally secure babies tend to be more independent as they grow older.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ear infection which is common in bottlefed babies.
- Breastfed babies generally have better set of teeth.
- Breastfed babies are not sickly. Formula milk is a mucus former because of its high sugar content, hence, babies tend to get sick all the time.
- Breastfed babies have stronger bones. Cow’s milk actually leaches calcium off our bones! (How ironic is this?!)
- Breastfed babies are generally happy babies because they are always satisfied.
- Breastfed babies are generally happy eaters as they are exposed to a wide variety of taste. Its taste depends on what you eat.
- Breastfed babies talk better. Suckling, which happens at the breast, is a precursor to chewing, chewing is a precursor to talking. Note: Suckling requires a huge amount of effort for the baby to draw the milk out of the breast. Sucking, on the other hand, as you feed through a bottle takes minimum to no effort.
- An ounce (1oz.) of breastmilk is sold at P200.00-P250.00 in hospitals that is why we refer to it as liquid GOLD.
- The Bible mentions Breastfeeding in most of its books. Moses was even “wet-nursed” as written in Exodus 2. Need I say more?
Exodus 2:1-8 New International Version (NIV) The birth of Moses
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. 7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” 8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,saying, “I drewhim out of the water.”