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The Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

“Breastfed babies get fewer ear infections and fewer upper respiratory infections. Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese later in life or get diabetes. Breastfeeding builds brighter brains as the types of fat in human milk support the growth of nerve tissue. Breast milk’s influence on health is probably more far-reaching than researchers have even dared to imagine.” – Dr. Sears

What some benefits of breastfeeding?

Where do I start! Breastfeeding is one of the most amazing substances on this earth. There is a reason they call it “Liquid Gold”. Making breastmilk is truly a superpower! Beyond the nutritional aspects, breastfeeding is an amazing tool to have as a mother. 

If you are struggling with breastfeeding be sure to reach out to an IBCLC as soon as possible. Everyone’s breastfeeding journey is different! 

Below is a FREE Printable Educational Card to help breastfeeding mothers defend and educate easily when confronted with someone questioning your decision to breastfeed. 

Keep calm and breastfeed on mama!

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Optimal nutrition. Breastmilk changes according to baby’s current needs.

Decreased risk of childhood cancer (lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin’s disease).

Up to 50% lower risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Mother’s milk has antibodies that help the breastfed child overcome sickness.

Less instances of eczema in breastfed babies.

Less instances of allergies in breastfed babies.

Less instances of gastrointestinal upset in breastfeed babies.

Reduced risk of long term gastrointestinal problems like Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in adulthood.

Fewer instances of ear infections in breastfed babies (otitis media).

Protective against respiratory tract infections.

Protective against type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Cholesterol and other types of fat in human milk help in optimal nerve development in the brain. Leading to full potential IQ.

Breastfed babies tend to have lower cholesterol as adults and tend to have lower heart rates as babies.

Breastmilk is easier on the kidneys due to less salt and protein than formula.

Children who are breastfed are less likely to need tonsillectomies.

Fewer urinary tract infections in breastfed babies.

Less constipation in breastfed babies.

Protective against bacteremia (bacterial infection in the blood).

Protective against diarrhea (due to several anti-infective factors in human milk).

Protective against asthma.

17x less likely to be admitted to hospital for pneumonia.

Breastmilk is a living substance. Antibodies, white cells, and digestive enzymes help develop and strengthen baby’s immune system.

At 1 year of age immune system is not fully mature, breastfeeding fills in the gaps.

Protective against bacteremia (bacterial infection in the blood).

Lower risk of thyroid disease later in life.

Human milk is made for humans. Cows milk was made for cows.

From 12-24 months 448ml breastmilk provides: 29% energy requirements, 43% protein requirements,
36% calcium requirements, 75% vitamin A requirements, 94% B12, 60% vitamin C.

Breastfeeding can be used as a tool to ward off dehydration in case of illness, when child won’t eat or drink anything else.

Breastmilk changes to adjust to baby’s needs, formula and cows milk does not.

A great tool to calm baby down at any time, anywhere. No bottles, cleaning, perfect temperature.

No carrying extra things around. No worrying about if you have brought enough food.

Breastmilk is FREE (financially).

Nursing releases natural oxytocin which is a stress reliever hormone that is beneficial to both mother and baby.

Exclusively nursing can provide 98% protection as a contraceptive.

Lower risk of premenopausal or postmenopausal breast cancer for the mother. 

Lower premenopausal
breast cancer risk for baby later in life.

Lower risk of ovarian cancer in mother.

Lower risk of obesity and diabetes in mother.

Protective effect against cardiovascular disease.

FREE

Printable Breastfeeding Education Card

Wild World Mama - Breastfeeding Education Card

Here is a FREE Printable Card to keep with you at all times so when someone questions your decision to breastfeed you can just hand them this and nurse on! Bring to any local printer or print at home. 

*Print Instructions: Best printed front and back in full color and on heavy card stock weight paper. Final trim size 4×9 inches (0.125″ bleed included).

Keep a few with you in your diaper bag or purse just in case you need to educate someone who is giving you grief. Much love mamas!

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE FILE HERE.

Wild World Mama - Breastfeeding Education Card
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Did you know that what happens during your birth can affect breastfeeding?!

Birth Boot Camp offers a great comprehensive childbirth class that helps you be informed and prepared for an amazing and healthy birth. Having that healthy birth helps set the foundation for a beautiful and potentially smoother breastfeeding journey! In this class, you have access to expert IBCLC advice with a 3.5 hour video course! 

Learn about my Birth Boot Camp classes here.

Not interested in the class? 

Birth Boot Camp offers an amazing breastfeeding video taught by an IBCLC separately! Check that out here!

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Kristen Mantell, BBCI

Kristen Mantell, BBCI

Owner of Wild World Mama, LLC
DONA-Trained Birth Doula
Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor
Professional Graphic Designer

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