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11 Reasons I Want to Breastfeed

11 Reasons to Breastfeed

Aside from the fact that I think breastfeeding is so freakin’ cool — I mean, how amazing is it that a woman’s body naturally produces “liquid gold”? — I also think the health benefits of breastfeeding are too abundant to ignore. Now, before anyone starts to misinterpret what I’m saying, let’s get a few things straight first.

I do not think that mothers who don’t breastfeed should be given the guilt trip so many other mothers — and society — seem to place on them. Nor do I think it’s right to judge any person, let alone another woman, for her choices. Even if that choice doesn’t coincide with our own beliefs. So this post is in no way an invitation to attack non-breastfeeding mothers, nor is it a post against them.

These are my reasons, my personal reasons, for wanting to breastfeed. And I hope with all my heart that I will be blessed enough to produce milk and that my baby will latch on sans issues or difficulties.

Do you breastfeed? If so, what are your reasons for doing so?

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  • Breastfeeding Protects Babies From Illnesses 1 of 11
    Breastfeeding Protects Babies From Illnesses
    That's certainly not to say that all formula-feed babies are sick. Plenty do just fine on formula. However, naturally occurring antibodies in breast milk stave off certain illnesses and cannot be mimicked or reproduced in formula.
    Source: Women's Health
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  • Breastfeeding Protects Babies From Developing Certain Allergies 2 of 11
    Breastfeeding Protects Babies From Developing Certain Allergies
    Secretory IgA, which is only found in breast milk, prevents allergic reactions to foods in babies by providing a layer of protection in the baby's gut wall that doesn't allow undigested proteins to cross over and cause allergic reactions and inflammation.
    Source: Women's Health
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  • Breastfeeding Increases Cognitive Development 3 of 11
    Breastfeeding Increases Cognitive Development
    Numerous studies have found a connection to higher IQ levels in children and breastfeeding. It's mainly believed that the fatty acids found in breast milk help explain the difference in cognitive development among children who were breastfed and those who weren't, but the emotional bonding that occurs during breastfeeding is also believed to play a role in the brainpower benefits.
    Source: Babycenter
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  • Breastfeeding Can Protect Against Obesity 4 of 11
    Breastfeeding Can Protect Against Obesity
    Breastfeeding reduces a child's risk of becoming overweight or obese later in life. The longer a baby is breastfed, the less likely he or she is to become obese.
    Source: Women's Health
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  • Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk Of SIDS 5 of 11
    Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk Of SIDS
    Exclusive or partial breastfeeding reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies. The CDC recommends breastfeeding for as long as possible to reduce the risk of SIDS.
    Source: Babycenter
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  • Breastfeeding Reduces Stress Level of Mother & Lowers Risk of PPD 6 of 11
    Breastfeeding Reduces Stress Level of Mother & Lowers Risk of PPD
    Women who don't breastfeed or who stop breastfeeding early, have a higher risk of developing postpartum depression. Breastfeeding provides the mother with a sense of relaxation because the process of breastfeeding releases a hormone -- oxytocin -- which promotes nurturing and relaxation. And women who have high levels of oxytocin in their bodies also have lower blood pressure.
    Source: Babycenter
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  • Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk of Cancer in Moms 7 of 11
    Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk of Cancer in Moms
    Both the rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer are less in women who breastfeed. And nursing for at least a year seems to have the greatest effect on lowering the likelihood of developing breast cancer.
    Source: Women's Health
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  • Women From All Around the World Breastfeed 8 of 11
    Women From All Around the World Breastfeed
    Talk about a bond not just between you and your baby, but between you and womanhood! Women everywhere, every day, breastfeed babies. The thought of being part of something so primal and ancestral is exhilarating.
    Source: La Leche League
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  • Breastfeeding is a Bonding Experience 9 of 11
    Breastfeeding is a Bonding Experience
    Me and my little one. Just us. There's something so very sweet about the thought of this "alone time" with my baby.
    Source: Women's Health
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  • Breastfeeding Saves $1,500 a Year 10 of 11
    Breastfeeding Saves $1,500 a Year
    That's a decent amount of money! Not to mention all the time saved by not preparing bottles -- mixing formula, measuring, sterilizing nipples. And since breastfed babies are less often sick, health care costs are also lower.
    Source: Women's Health
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  • Breastfeeding is Green 11 of 11
    Breastfeeding is Green
    There is no waste with breast milk, and there is no impact on the environment from excess packaging or shipping.
    Source: La Leche League
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