This is a guest post from Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best. Thanks Jenny!
“What if I won’t be able to make enough milk?”
“What if I can’t be successful at breastfeeding?”
These are common concerns of many first time moms, and they certainly were big worries of mine.
No one in my family had successfully breastfed their babies. My grandma quit after just two weeks due to the pain, my mother’s doctor told her she wouldn’t be able to since she had a preemie, and my sister’s husband was simply not supportive.
Don’t get me wrong, breastfeeding is far from easy, but how was I able to be successful, despite the lack of success that ran in my family?
Luckily, I had support and partnerships that provided me with the and knowledge and encouragement I needed. I had a workplace that provided me with 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and adequate pumping breaks. I had access to free lactation consultations and breastfeeding support groups. Plus, my husband was an amazing supporter. They were all working together to help me provide the absolute best for my baby, our future generation.
This week (Aug 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week, and is themed “working together for the common good.” It celebrates us moms working together to help each other overcome the challenges of breastfeeding and provide our babies, ourselves, and even our planet with the absolute best.
In fact, there are over 100 benefits that breastfeeding provides to babies, moms, and society as a whole. If you have any worries that are holding you back from wanting to breastfeed, then keep reading and take a look at the infographic to the right (click to see a full-size version). The plethora of benefits will reassure your decision to breastfeed.
It’s the Top Choice for Baby
Nursing is a one of a kind bonding experience that provides warmth and comfort for your baby. It’s an excellent tool to have in your back pocket when your new toddler starts throwing temper tantrums.
Plus, breast milk is full of antibodies, which help ward off bacteria and viruses and boost your baby’s immune system. Breast milk also boosts your baby’s iron levels, protects their vision, and even reduces the risk of SIDS. Oh, and did I mention that breastfed babies also tend to have higher IQs?
Babies who were breastfed are also less likely to be overweight or develop cancer later on in life.
It’s Also Great for Moms
Breastfeeding is also great for moms, as it reduces the risk of certain types of cancers, such as ovarian and breast, and helps ward off lupus, UTI’s and postpartum depression. Breastfeeding also helps shrink the uterus back to its normal size and burns calories, so you’ll be able to fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes sooner.
Um...oh yeah, and it’s FREE! You can’t beat that. Free meals for my baby...sign me up!
Breastfeeding for the Greater Good
Breastfeeding benefits don’t stop at mom and baby; society and the environment also benefit. With more moms breastfeeding, we will have less air and land pollution, a reduction in poverty, and fewer babies being mistreated by their mothers and consuming harmful contaminants sometimes found in formulas. We will have more productive moms in the workplace and have more money for the future generation’s college fund.
Let us moms work together this world breastfeeding week and take away the worries of many expecting mamas. Let’s provide them with the information, support, and tools they need to be successful at breastfeeding. By caring for just one mom’s success at breastfeeding, we are caring for the well-being of our generation, the next generation, and our planet.