So I must be waaay behind on the news because I am just now hearing about how a couple of months ago Gisele Bundchen said in an interview that, "There should be a worldwide law...that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
And people are outraged?? What in the world is wrong with people? Honestly, there is a negative focus on breastfeeding in this country and in is unbelievable to me.
I know some people are unable to breastfeed. I know this. However, I have came across so many people who are unwilling to even try. I've heard so many excuses ranging from "Well, I smoke" to "I want my husband to still be able to play with my boobs" to "I work too much". If you're a smoker shouldn't you stop while pregnant anyway?! It's the first of many selfless things you do as a parent. And to the second...WOW! If I would have even said that to Todd as an excuse not to breastfeed he probably would've killed me. It is so important to have a partner who supports you in making wise choices for the health and well-being of your baby. And if you work take a dang pump with you and store your milk in a cooler or the fridge. Big deal. Take a few minutes every couple hours.
I only breastfed Landen for the first 4 and a half months of his life. And I regret it so much! But, people put such a negative connotation on breastfeeding, it can really bring you down. But I really would like to change that. At least within my small group of friends. It is so hard when you come home with a newborn baby and you have no idea what you're doing and your boobs are huge and they hurt! But, God didn't give us breasts for our husbands. They're for our children. And it is the healthiest thing for your baby. NOTHING is as healthy as breast milk. And no one can make me think that formula is even close. By the time I realized the real negative effects of formula on Landen my milk was gone. And I haven't gotten over it yet! There is nothing nice about your baby projectile vomiting across the room after every feeding (my son only threw up twice while on breast milk), or acid reflux (I've only heard of one baby whose Mommy breastfed and still had acid reflux), or constipation (Landen pooped a million times a day on Mommy's milk!).
I just want to get the word out there that it is a healthy and beautiful thing to breast feed. And I'd really like to get some sort of support system in Fountain/ Warren counties. Because, I was the first person in my family to breastfeed and I had no help! And who wants a pushy nurse shoving a screaming infant at your chest? Not me! So, if there are any other breastfeeding Mommy's out there who are proud, comment on this and let me know what you think about getting a support group together. Even if it's just a breastfeeding blog. And I'll leave you with some benefits of breastfeeding!!
Benefits of Breastfeeding
*Babies receive the most complete and optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies!
*Fewer incidents of vomiting and diarrhea
*Reduced risk of colic, constipation, and other stomach upsets.
*Reduced risk of childhood diabetes.
*Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, and septicemia (blood poisoning).
*Protection against allergies, asthma, and eczema.
*Reduced risk of SIDS. Studies show that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breastfed.
*Protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma, chron's disease, and ulcers.
*Decreased risk of tooth decay.
* Nursing promotes facial structure development, enhanced speech, straighter teeth, and enhanced vision.
*Breastfed infants have higher IQ's.
*Reduced risk of heart disease later in life.
*Increased bone density.
*Antibody response to vaccines are higher.
*Breastfed infants are hospitalized 10 times less in their first year of life.
*Less risk of childhood obesity!
And of course, there are benefits for Mom too!!
*Reduced risk of breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers (we need all the help we can get!).
*Reduced risk of anemia.
*Helps delay the return of fertility. Which, means not getting pregnant for a little while. Of course, don't fully depend on this as a method of birth control.
*Breast milk is FREEEE!!!! Who doesn't love something free??
And the one you've all been waiting for...
*Helps Mom's body return to its pre-pregnancy shape faster! Promotes weight loss and you can burn 500- 1500 calories a day. Goodbye Cardio!
Now how can you beat all those benefits? You can't! So, just give it a shot! It might be the best decision you ever made! I think I am done with my rampage now!