Breastfeeding~some call it a natural gift only we can give to our baby. Its true. From everyone I've known who have breastfed, its pretty clear how wonderful it is.
Very interesting and true reasons to breastfeed your baby: Our bodies naturally produce it for our baby; breast milk is more digestible than formula; not breast feeding increases mother's risk of breast cancer; baby's suckling helps shrink mother's uterus after childbirth; formula feeding increases baby girls' risk of developing breast cancer in later life; formula feeding is associated with lower I.Q.; breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does; breast milk helps pass meconium (baby's first poop); breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby's immune system; breastfeeding satisfies baby's emotional needs and increases bonding between mother and baby; breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition; not breastfeeding increases mother's risk of developing ovarian cancer; nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born; pre-term milk is specially designed for premature infants; the World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend it; breastfeeding protects against Crohn's Disease; breastfeeding baby helps decrease insulin requirements in diabetic mothers; breastfeeding may help stabilize progress of maternal endometriosis; baby's suckling helps prevent post-partum hemorrhage in mother; not breastfeeding increases mother's risk of developing endometrial cancer; formula feeding increases chances of baby developing allergies; breast milk lowers risk of baby developing asthma, formula feeding increase baby's risk of otitis media (ear infections), breastfeeding protects baby against diarrheal infections; breastfeeding protects baby against bacterial meningitis; breastfeeding protects baby against respiratory infections; formula fed babies have a higher risk of developing certain childhood cancers; breastfeeding decreases chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis; breastfeeding decreases child's chances of contracting Hodgkin's disease; breastfeeding protects baby against some vision defects; breastfeeding decreases chances of osteoporosis; breast milk aids in proper intestinal development; Cow's Milk is an intestinal irritant; formula fed babies are more at risk for obesity in later life; breast fed babies have less chance of cardiopulmonary distress while feeding; breastfed babies have less chance of developing ulcerative colitis; breast milk protects against hemophilus b. bacteria; breastfed babies require shorter pre- and post- surgical fasting; breastfeeding results in less sick days for parents; breastfeeding enhances vaccine effectiveness; breastfed babies have less chance of developing necrotizing enterocolotis; breastfeeding contributes to optimal child spacing; breastfeeding is easier than using formula; breast milk is free; formula is expensive; formula costs the government (and taxpayers) millions of dollars; breastfed babies require fewer doctor visits; breast milk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrates, and protein; breast milk acts like a natural tranquilizer for baby; breastfeeding acts like a natural tranquilizer for mom; breast milk taste better than formula; breastfed babies are healthier over all; breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday; breast milk is always the right temperature; breastfeeding mothers spend less time and money on doctor visits; Fewer waste packaging products-no wrappers, canisters, disposable bottles; no bottles to tote; breastfeeding may lower the risk of developing high cholesterol; no need to refrigerate; cow's milk is designed for baby cows, while human milk is designed for human babies; breast milk aids in the proper development of a baby's gastrointestinal tract; breast milk provides natural pain relief for baby; human milk is the perfect food for a sick infant; a breastfeeding mom gets more sleep; babies that nurse are happier at night; dad gets more sleep; less equipment to maintain and store; less equipment to buy; breast milk has never been recalled due to manufacturing problems; fresh breast milk is never contaminated with bacteria; no need to worry about which brand is better; no need to worry about adding contaminated water; breastfed babies get fewer stomach infections; facilitates proper dental and jaw development; breastfed babies have less tooth decay; less money spent on corrective orthodontia; better speech development; less chance of baby getting eczema; babies breastfed have great skin; less spit up; breastfeeding is better for premature infants; breast milk contains no genetically engineered materials; breast milk contains no synthetic growth hormones; lack of breastfeeding associated with multiple sclerosis in later life; less chance of inguinal hernia; better social development; decreased risk of baby developing urinary tract infections; suckling optimizes hand to eye coordination; breastfeeding protects mother against anemia; breastfeeding mothers spend less money on menstrual supplies; breastfeeding is a self confidence booster with mom; breast milk may help combat eye infections; breastfeeding may lower blood pressure in childhood; no worry about latest ingredient discovered to be missing from formula; much nicer diaper changes; breastfed babies smell fantastic; and ITS WHAT BREASTS WERE DESIGNED FOR!!!!!!
(This information is furnished to you by Leslie Burby and ProMoM, Inc. as a public service. It is in no way intended as medical advice, or meant to replace the services of a licensed medical professional.Spread the word! http://www.promom.org/101/)
Also check out Breast is Best below. They have some great nursing clothes, nursing bras, baby slings and carriers, breastpumps, and nursing covers and pillows moms who breastfeed or are planning to nurse.
And also check out Earth Mama Angel Baby. Nipple Butter, which is the first organic, all natural, plant-based balm created without lanolin, so it’s certified vegan too. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Natural Nipple Butter is a rich, organic cream, made with cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter and healing calendula. It's safe for both nursing mamas and babies — no need to wash it off before nursing — and it’s hospital recommended! Check out their whole Breastfeeding product line by clicking on the picture below.