Breast Milk is just awesome.
Breast milk is made from a mother’s body repurposing it’s fat (yeah, that sounds convenient, right?). In fact, much of the sourced fat used comes from our behinds. I for one hear this and do jumping jacks (or don’t, if you catch my drift).
We live in a society with a surplus of breast milk alternatives, however, nothing in this world is more powerful than breast milk itself (the actual milk from the mother, not something in a package). I of course understand that at times, circumstances may exist that prevent a mother from breast feeding, so my point should be taken relative to those propaganda or marketing campaigns touting the use of packaged solutions.
But did you know that breast milk is actually more powerful than just being a good mother’s feeding solution for her baby? The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies exclusively feed from breast milk for at least 6 months. That’s how amazing breast milk is and goes to show that not much debate exists regarding it being used for our babies.
Breast Feeding Leads to Higher Baby Intelligence.
According to an article on CNN.com, your baby will be more intelligent if they are breast fed (oh and adults als0).
Who doesn’t want a more intelligent baby? Joking aside, don’t play with baby’s brains! Breast feeding gives them the opportunity to mentally develop at a higher level.
Breast Feeding Detects Infant’s Illnesses
Wait, what? Follow along here and prepare to be amazed. When a baby is feeding from mother’s milk, the saliva from the baby is transferred back into the mother’s nipple, where glands detect if the baby is sick. And then if the baby is sick, the milk is changed to help the baby get better. How cool is that?
Katie Hinde, PhD of Mammals Suck … Milk! says “Putting this all together, some scientists hypothesize that this could be one of the ways babies let moms ‘know’ about their condition and moms respond with infection-fighting antibodies,” Hinde told me in an email interview.
A Decrease in Infectious Diseases
Breast milk can help fight the good fight for your baby. According to ncbi.nlm.hih.gov
There are many benefits associated with breastfeeding, including nutritional, immunological, psychological, developmental, environmental, social, economic and health (eg, decrease in infectious diseases) (2–4). To promote, protect and support breastfeeding, every effort must be made to minimize contraindications to breastfeeding, particularly unnecessary ones. The present article summarizes the maternal infectious diseases in which continuing breastfeeding is recommended, the very few infectious diseases in which it is not recommended, the rare instances in which maternal antimicrobial therapy indicates a caution for breastfeeding, and the continuation of breastfeeding when a mother or her infant is receiving a routine recommended immunization.
Breast Feeding Protects From Chronic Conditions
Babies who were breast fed showed reduced risk of developing conditions such as type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
There are many reasons for this, including breast milk fighting infections, helping to fuel brain power, and promoting safer sleep.
According to AskDrSears and his 8 reasons breast milk reduces SIDS.
Breastfeeding organizes baby. I believe that an important piece of the SIDS puzzle is that some babies at risk of SIDS have an overall “disorganized physiology.” Breastfeeding has a calming effect on a baby. The harmony between a breastfeeding mother and her suckling infant has an organizing effect on baby’s sleep/wake cycles, probably as a result of the cue-response sensitivity of the breastfeeding pair.
Breast milk is one of the healthiest substances on earth, there are even cases of women using it to improve the health of their skin! Formula is NOT breast milk. Only breast milk is breast milk!