Nursing protects children against disease, illness and in some cases death. Antibodies are passed from parent to child through breast milk to ensure that you baby is safe.
Post partum nursing helps to reduce the risk of post delivery bleeding and helps heal from the trauma of childbirth. Parents who breast/chest feed are a bit more likely to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight fast than those who formula feed.
Your body knows exactly the correct nutrition for your growing baby depending their stage of life.
Breast/chest fed children have been noted to have reduced risk of other morbidities as they age, such as: asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even some types of cancers.
Parents who have nursed their babies have decreased their own personal risk of breast ovarian cancers, and may also have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Connection and Mental Health
There is an amazing bond between parents and baby which is further deepened with the intimacy of breast/chest feeding.
Your baby's brain is rapidly developing during infancy. Some studies suggest that human milk fed babies have substantially more white matter than those who were formula fed.
There are also reports stating that children who were breast/ chest fed as infants tend to have higher IQs than those who were reared on formula.
Breast/chest feeding may reduce the risk of post partum depression in mothers. As well as reduction in risk of depression, there also seems to be less anxiety in those who choose to nurse when compared to those who have opted to bottle feed.
Breast/ chest fed children are reportedly more independent as they mature. This increased confidence might attributed to the strong foundation they developed as they connected with their parents through contact feeding
Sustainability and Affordability
Human milk is FREE!
Formula feeding is roughly four times more expensive than nursing.
Breast/ chest feeding requires no electricity to produce nor do you need to worry about packaging.
There is no need to change formulas during the course of nursing as your body will change the composition of your milk to suit the developmental needs of your baby.
Producing human milk is a natural process after having a child, therefore there is no environmental impact associating with human lactation and nursing.
According the the 2011 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding if 90% of families opted to breast / chest feed for 6 months with an 80% compliance rate over $10 billion per year would be saved.
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Stress and Wellbeing
Nursing can be a challenge. Please see our page on challenges and troubleshooting for advice and help.
If you are feeling stressed your baby will intuitively know. Get the care you need so that you can care for your baby.