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 reduces babies' 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%
Gastrointestinal infections: 64%
Lower respiratory tract diseases: 72%
Atopic dermatitis: 42%
Acute otitis media: 50%
Breastfeeding reduces mothers' 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 increases babies' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): 56%
Type 1 Diabetes: 23-37%
Type 2 Diabetes: 64%
Leukemia (acute lymphocytic) : 23%
Leukemia (acute myelogenous): 18%
Gastrointestinal infections: 178%
Lower respiratory tract diseases: 257%
Atopic dermatitis: 72%
Acute otitis media: 100%
Artificial feeding increases mothers' 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.
If you ever find little black dots on your PumpEase™, don't fret! These little black dots would be found near the horn openings - they are not dirt and they are not holes! "Well then... what are they?" you ask.
During production, our manufacturer uses a felt pen to mark the location of the horn openings. Normally drillholes (small holes in the fabric) are used for this type of marking in the factory, however we have opted for the felt pen to preserve the integrity of the fabric in light of the fact that the horn openings are one of the most important areas of our product. This felt pen washes out in an instant! If you touch it with water, it will "bleed" immediately and change to a purple color. Dabbing it with (I use cold) water a few times, front and back, and then tamping with a paper towel removes the dot in its entirety. Or you can just let your washing machine do all the work for you.
Just thought you'd like to know! I will try to post some pictures of the infamous black dots soon!
I am thrilled to announce that my newest niece arrived safely on December 23rd at 1:04 am! She tipped the scale at 7 lbs, 4 oz and measured 21" long.
My sister Denise, who was induced for her first daughter's delivery (Olivia is now 5 years old), laboured at home for about 20 hours. I was the DD as the lower mainland of British Columbia has been unusually blanketed in more than a foot of snow for over a week now and I am the only one who has a 4x4! When we arrived at the hospital, she was fully dilated and delivered the baby in about 20 minutes and 3 pushes! Way to go Denise! Dr C, our amazing family doctor, didn't quite make it in time, but the nurses as Royal Columbian Hospital were fantastic.
Oh and I should mention that Dixie has a really good latch, has been feeding beautifully and Mom Denise will be pumping in 4-6 weeks with her PumpEase™.
Dixie, named after my Dad Richard, who almost always went by "Dick", is a truly beautiful baby. What an amazing Christmas present! Drop a comment below if you are a Christmas baby or if one of your children are.
Happy Holidays to all of our customers, readers, friends and family! To celebrate Dixie's arrival, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders until New Year's. Use coupon code 'FREESHIP' at check-out. No worries if we're out of stock in your preferred size/print, order anyways as we are expecting production to arrive from our factory any day now.
On November 17, 2008, 'A' TV did a 4 hour live morning show from one of our retailers, Mothering Touch, in Victoria, BC. Well, apparently the (male) host liked our product! I think we should give him a job! Check out the 50 second clip and tell us 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