Happy World Breastfeeding Week! It is well established that the benefits of breastfeeding
are plentiful, not only to your baby’s health but also for yourself, the community, and the
environment. The World Health Organization recommends that babies are exclusively
breastfed until 6 months of age, ideally beginning within the first hour after birth. To reap all
the benefits they encourage that mothers continue to breastfeed beyond 6 months in
conjunction with solid foods, up until the age of 2 years or whenever the child is ready to
So what is all the hype about? Here are four great reasons below!
Did you know that the composition of breast milk changes to meet the needs of the baby
both throughout the day and as they grow? That’s right! They get a custom supply of
nutrients that formulas don’t entirely offer, including digestible proteins, healthy fats,
vitamins/minerals, enzymes, hormones, and immune enhancing factors. Breast milk
provides an infant with everything it will need to thrive – and better yet – it’s free!
2. Protection For Baby
It is often said that breastfeeding sets the stage for a baby’s health, as it delivers a host of
health benefits that extend well into adulthood. Babies who are breastfed have stronger
immune function and are less likely to develop things like ear infections, respiratory
illnesses, and digestive upset. They tend to have higher IQs, lower rates of atopic
conditions such as allergies, asthma, and eczema, and are considered less likely to develop
diabetes and become overweight/obese as adults.
3. Protection For Mom
Breastfeeding confers some health benefits for mom, too! Women that breastfeed have
lower rates of obesity and are less likely to suffer from post partum depression or baby
blues. Breastfeeding provides protection against breast and ovarian cancer, aids with post
partum weight loss, and helps to strengthen bones. It also encourages bonding, which is
essential for the development of a secure and loving relationship between mom and baby.
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective yet affordable (and green!) ways to enhance the
lives of children on a global scale. It is accessible, free, environmental friendly, and offers a
solution to cut healthcare costs in the long term given the multitude of health benefits that
are paired with it.
You’ve probably heard the saying “breast is best!” when it comes to breast milk or formula.
Although we agree with this statement for the most part, it’s important to realize that
breastfeeding may not be a feasible option for every family for a number of reasons, and
that’s okay! You are entitled to make your own decision based on what is best for your
family. What matters most at the end of the day is that your baby is healthy and developing
as they should. Both options will accomplish this so in the end, “fed is best”!