Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby – what you should know

    Adoptive breastfeeding is becoming increasingly common as the society moves towards embracing this new idea.  Not only is it possible to breastfeed an adopted infant but more andmore mothers are interested in the possibility of fostering new-borns. It can be a rewarding experience for both the mother and her adopted child. Adoption can be a long process, and makes each placement irrevocable once the birthmother has signed the consent documents. The actual placement will only take place once the adoptive parents have received a written consent and are medically/financially approved by the adoption agency.     Adoptive Breastfeeding – The Process While it does require some pre-planning, the adoptive breastfeeding process is not much different from nursing a biological child...
  • Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply

    This is a guest post by Milveen Eke-Allen is a freelance writer and blogs about motherhood at glitterandglowmom.ca. She’s a mother of one and enjoys discovering new tips and tricks that empower the journey through parenthood. Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply    There’s no doubt that breastfeeding requires a lot from your body.  After all, your body burns hundreds of calories a day as it produces energy to keep up with the demands of a hungry infant or toddler. For this reason, eating foods that will help increase and maintain your milk supply is key. If you decide to nurse your baby, keep in mind that the more you nurse, the more milk your body produces. In addition to this, certain foods...
  • Breastfeeding and Brain Development

    This is a guest post. The author, Robbie is a writer for HealthListed and mother to one adventurous 2-year old. She enjoys watching her daughter explore and learn new things daily. She has a passion for developing a child's strengths to make them the best person they can be. The Inseparable Link of Brain Development and Breastfeeding Breastfeeding and child development have long been thought to go hand in hand and recent studies have supported this fact. Breastfeeding from birth into a child's early years can greatly help their brain development and give your child a fantastic head start in their life. While much of the research done does involve a lot of technical terms and jargon, I've compiled a list of...
  • 5 ways Breastfeeding is Environmentally Friendly

    Earth Day is an international movement that was created to bring awareness to our impact on the environment. We all know there are amazing physical and emotional benefits to breastfeeding, but it is also truly a great way to contribute to Mother Nature’s preservation. Here are 5 reasons why nursing is environmentally friendly. No water needed                                                                                                                                        ...
  • 5 Reasons to Breastfeed your Toddler

    Extended breastfeeding is often the subject of heated debates. For example, remember the Time magazine cover  showing a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old? The story rapidly became viral, as people were calling the image shocking and abnormal. Yet, the World Health Organization recommends to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months and then for 2 years or longer. Here are 5 reasons why nursing beyond one year is beneficial.  1. Provides a healthy diet.  It was reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics that human milk continues to be a valuable source of nutrients in the second year of breastfeeding. In fact, the nutritional value in breast milk actually increases as your child’s matures. The Level of protein, fat and calories changes, as the toddler's needs evolve.  2...
  • The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Child

    Today's post is by a guest blogger, Rachel.  See her bio at the bottom of the post.   What is your favourite benefit of breastfeeding?  Breastfeeding your child has many benefits for both yourself and your baby. Although some women are uncomfortable about the idea, it’s a process of nature that can be healthier for your child than any can of Similac. Many doctors encourage breastfeeding as opposed to simulated food sources because of the amount of benefits that are inherent with the process.  How can breast milk benefit you and your child? 1. Immunity System - Vitamins and minerals within breast milk improve the baby's immunity system, which can prevent a long list of afflictions and reduce the impact of those...
  • Monday's Breastfeeding Quote

    The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby. ~Ashley Montague I have just moved to a new city and I needed to find a doctor quickly, as I am fourteen weeks pregnant.  I feel quite lucky to have found one and even luckier that the hospital I will be delivering at has a very comprehensive breastfeeding policy.  They have taken it from the recommendations of the WHO.  It ensures that I will be given immediate opportunity to breastfeed.  It is so important to me and this...
  • Breastfeeding from 6 to 24+ months : solids how-to

    "Protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months... and appropriate complementary foods, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond." Complementing breastmilk with high-nutrient, energy dense foods, is not only a public health challenge, it is one that breastfeeding moms face everyday when their breastfed baby reaches 6 months of age. Why is it important to keep on breastfeeding past 6 months ? Well, on top of being good for you, the mom (reducing your breastcancer risk, for example), and good for the two of you (I do not know anything that makes you bond with your baby like breastfeeding) continued breastfeeding provides health protection and disease prevention, and optimal development for your baby. Nutritionaly, human milk remains the most...
  • Breastfeeding against SIDS

    The latest issue of Pediatrics contains an article by M.M. Vennemann, showing that breastfeeding reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 50% at all ages throughout infancy. In his conclusions, Vennemann recommends including the advice to breastfeed through 6 months of age in sudden infant death syndrome risk-reduction messages. One more reason to feel good about breastfeeding !
  • Groundbreaking Study: Breastfeeding Reduces SIDS Risk

    Neat ! I had heard about it before, but it was more like a gossip and I am always afraid of sounding like a breastfeeding freak when I rave about all its advantages. Now a team of German experts has confirmed it in a scientific study published March 3rd in Pediatrics: full or even partial breastfeeding provides a 50% reduction in the incidence of SIDS. Ain't that an impressive number ? I am amazed. Breastfeeding should soon become a recommendation for parents eager to protect their children from the first cause of death for infants in developed countries. To read the full study, click on this link : http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/123/3/e406

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