Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday Thirteen - World Breastfeeding Week

Did you know that August 1-7 was World Breastfeeding Week? Well, I knew there was such a week but I didn't realize it was this week. I am proud that Aaron and I continued for 2 years and 7 months and I sincerely hope that new mothers out there will seek out support for starting and maintaining a breastfeeding relationship. Its not always easy. I can go on and on about nursing to anyone who will listen, but, I won't.

Instead, here are 13 Simple Reasons To Nurse For As Long As Possible

1. Breastmilk naturally changes composition as the baby grows and nutritional needs change. You don't need to do anything, except feed, to ensure the best for your baby.

2. It saves money. No need to be running to the store for formula.

3. It saves time. No need for sterilizing bottles, preparing the formula and then cleaning up afterwards.

4. It saves more money. No need for gym or personal trainer fees because the nursing will help shed the pregnancy weight. For some women at least.

5. It saves more time. No need to make sure that you make up a bottle for baby before going out. No need to wake up in the middle of the night to prepare a feed. Mom is a walking milk bar.

6. It cuts down on one possible factor for constipation in young babies. In fact, it might save you time again since a breastfed baby can go days without taking a poop. Think of the time NOT spent cleaning up that mess.

7. Breastmilk can be used to clear stuffy noses and sticky eyes in babies.

8. Nursing fixes all hurts and soothes instantly. It really was a big help for the tantrums too.

9. Nursing may give a new mother a better night's rest if they co-sleep and feed in bed. Just doze and feed at the same time.

10. Breastmilk boosts a baby's immunity.

11. Some studies have shown that breastmilk contributes to higher IQ scores in the child.

12. Nursing minimizes the risk of childhood obesity.

13. OK. Here is my favourite. For those that lose weight with the nursing, you can now eat whatever you want. Guilt free! Imagine eating anything and everything without worrying about when you'll need to work off those calories.


fiona said...

the nursing part was the proudest moments of my motherhood journey so far now. hehe...

agree with point 13. the problem is i forgot kaeden has weaned n i still eat as much as before!

John said...

If only I would have known! I would have liked to participate somehow. Well there is always next year.

Mike said...

Me too John.

I always heard that #10 was the most important one.