I think today's moms and moms-to-be are aware that benefits exist for themselves and their babies when they choose to breastfeed, however, I stumbled across this post from The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog (one of my faves) which has an excerpt from a 2007 US Department of Health and Human Services meta-analysis with actual percentages - très cool (and I'm not even French!)
Breastfeeding reducesbabies' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): 36% Type 1 Diabetes: 19-27% Type 2 Diabetes: 39% Leukemia (acute lymphocytic): 19% Leukemia (acute myelogenous): 15% Asthma: 27% Gastrointestinal infections: 64% Lower respiratory tract diseases: 72% Atopic dermatitis: 42% Acute otitis media: 50% Breastfeeding reducesmothers' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Type 2 Diabetes: 4-12% Ovarian Cancer: 21% Breast Cancer: 28%
OR if you want to see the flip side...it seems to have more impact:
Artificial feeding increasesbabies' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Artificial feeding increasesmothers' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Type 2 Diabetes: 4-14% Ovarian cancer: 27% Breast cancer: 39%
You should be aware of the fact that this is NOT a complete list. Breastfeeding protects against many more diseases and scientists continue to do research around this topic. Enough said - BREAST IS BEST - always has been, always will be!
Do these numbers surprise you? alarm you? make you even happier that you are/did/plan to breastfeed(ing)? Tell me what you think.
Alhtough I don't recall who first shared these words with me, I have been holding onto this little tidbit for years now. It is a good reminder of the countless benefits of breastfeeding and therefore I thought I would now share it with you.
A - helps avoid allergies; immediately available; antibodies are passed from mother to baby through her milk; nutrients are more easily assimilated
B - creates close bonding between mother and child; reduces risk of breast cancer; contributes to optimal brain development; breastmilk doesn't stain clothing
C - comforting for baby; convenient; changes as baby grows; no constipation; colostrum is the perfect first food
D - digests more easily; cannot be duplicated; allows delay of solids; fewer dental problems (promotes proper jaw, teeth and speech development so there is less need for expensive orthodontics later)
E - easy; enjoyable; enhances relationship with your baby
F - fulfilling; always fresh; gives you a free hand for reading, etc; fewer health problems means a happier baby
G - giving of yourself; a great way of meeting emotional and physical needs; less garbage and other environmental wastes
H - breastfed babies are healthier; babies are meant to have human milk
I - inexpensive; immunity factors are only found in breastmilk
J - joyful experience; ready in a jiffy
K - spend less time in the kitchen (mixing, washing, sterlizing, warming...)
L - loving; you can join a fun mother's group like La Leche League; less spitting-up and stomach upsets
M - delays the return of postpartum menstruation (but not necessarily ovulation); something only a MOM can do for a baby
N - perfect balance of nutrients; night feedings are easier; natural
O - prevents overfeeding; less diaper odour; reduces the chance of obesity later in life
P - prolactin helps you feel motherly; helps prevent serious health problems; milk supply is pure
Q - quiet time together; best quality nutrition; pratically unlimited quantity
R - relaxing; less rashes for baby; recommended by the Canadian Pediatric Society, the World Health Organization and The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada; completes the reproductive cycle: conception, pregnancy, birth, lactation
S - satisfies all the senses; superior infant food; saves time, effort money and resources
T - always the right temperature; travel is easier; time-tested through the ages
U - uniquely suited to each baby; contracts uterus helping to expel the placenta and control blood loss; universality of breastfeeding is a link with mothers all over the world
V - especially valuable in special situations (prematurity, jaundice); taste of breastmilk varies from skim to creamy during each feeding
W - helps mother's weight loss by using extra calories; no need to worry about baby's food supply; encourages normal weight gain for baby; called "white blood" because of the life-giving properties
X - x-tra cuddling builds strong ties of love
Y - it's yummy of course!
Z - these are only a few of the zillions of advantages to breastfeeding your baby!
I'd love to hear about any other ABC's of Breastfeeding that you can think of!
adapted by Sandra Yates, 2003, from the original by Mary Clarke, Andrea Meyer and Mary Jo Rodgers, Minot, ND, USA, with a few additions by yours truly, Wendy Armbruster Bell, 2008
I recently had the pleasure of meeting chiropractor Dr Debbie Wright of Thrive Chiropractic Wellness Centre at my most recent Reachd course (I recommend all of their SEO courses by the way). She was sitting across from me and after I mentioned PumpEase™ hands-free pumping supports during our "what do I do and why am I here" introductions, she asked me for my business card. She explained that she has many, many patients that suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
I suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome after (not during) both of my pregnancies. They were very different experiences: with my first daughter, I got it in my left wrist pretty much as soon as she was born; with my second daughter, I didn't get it until 1 year postpartum, however, I got it in both wrists and I still have problems today (and my youngest will be turning 2 on January 2nd). I remember asking my GP about why pre and post partum women suffer from CPS, and even though his wife had suffered so badly that she had to have the surgery on both wrists, he couldn't really answer me.
I asked Dr Debbie "why" and she explained it so clearly and logically to me that I asked her to share her knowledge with all of you. Watch her in action below...
How Breastpumping Inspired Me to Quit my Job and Launch my own Business!
Welcome Carnival of Breastfeeding Readers!
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child at 38, a good friend of mine asked me if I was going to pump. I looked at her quizzically and asked, “Why would I need to?” She went on to tell me that she and her husband had chosen to pump primarily so that he could feed the baby and therefore bond with her as she was.
That night, I talked to my husband about it. My husband, Mike, is one of the most endearingly sensitive men I have ever met. He cried when he said his vows at our wedding, he cried when our daughters were born and he cried when he kissed my belly for our pregnancy photos. He said the pumping sounded like a good idea. (All this and he rides a Harley too!)
After our daughter was born and we waited the recommended 4-6 weeks before introducing a bottle, I sat down at the kitchen table and stuck these plastic funnel doo-hickeys on my breasts and lo and behold, the milk started flowing into the bottles! Who knew? And needless to say, Mike cried the first time he fed each of our daughters.
When I started to pump on a daily basis, I experimented with various positions and locations around the house. I leaned-up against the kitchen table to try to pin the horns between my body and the table so that I could at least turn the pages in a magazine, however it didn’t work too well - I couldn’t turn the pages (even with my elbows) and it was pretty uncomfortable. I tried to simply hold the horns with my hands, however, my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome caused them to go numb and ache within a few minutes.
So I plunked myself down in front of my computer and Googled “pump hands-free”. I found a handful of products, all of which were expensive, fiddly and “less than attractive” (insert eye roll here). Why is it, that when we become a mom, it is assumed that we no longer have any style?
I let the idea stew in the back of my mind for a week or so, and then I decided to try to construct something on my sewing machine that would hold the horns for me.
Three years of research and development later, my website selling PumpEase™ hands-free pumping supports went live! I now have the freedom to stay at home with my two girls (3-1/2 years and 17 months) and be a WAHM and entrepreneur. Equally as important to me is knowing that I am helping pumping moms everywhere to pump with style and comfort, to pump pain-free, to extend their nursing relationships with their babies and to make much-needed donations to breast milk banks.
Be sure to check out these great posts from our blogging friends:
Raising Baby Bee writes about pumping at work (and shares a great ‘do not disturb’ sign).