Tuesday Thoughts: More Women Are Breastfeeding Their Baby
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Recently, in the United States, it became legal in every state to breastfeed your baby in public. Before, some people were calling for a ban in public because they claimed it was a vulgar act, and that people should not be doing it. Most women dissented that their child needed to be fed immediately and that they shouldn’t be forced to do it in private, or in a public bathroom. Over the last decade, an increase of 6% of woman are breastfeeding their babies than compared to statistics over a decade ago. Click to read more!
Why Breastfeeding is Good for Babies
All of the nutrients that babies need, comes from breast milk. Formula, includes these same nutrients, but is processed. Some women who cannot breastfeed, attend hospitals that have women who volunteer to breastfeed other women’s babies. Breastmilk contains fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, water, enzymes, amino acids and white cells. The longer a woman breastfeeds, the more fats and calories her baby consumes. Until the child can eat and digest solid foods, this and formula are their only chance at being fed.
Breastfeeding Promotes Relationship Between Mother and Child
It is scientifically known that a baby can die from lack of touch. Breastfeeding is an intimate moment between mother and child, where not only does the baby get fed, it promotes a bonding relationship between parent and child. Babies in the NICU sometimes are held by volunteers that swaddle them to promote comfort and safety.
Are you a mother that breastfeeds/ or breastfed your children? Do you recommend breastfeeding over formula. And to those who cannot breastfeed, are not any less of a parent. Some women cannot produce enough milk, and for some, the pain that can come with breastfeeding is far too painful to continue. Formula is a perfectly safe, albeit more expensive resource. Comment below!