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We hope that you’ve all had a wonderful World Breastfeeding Week!
At Motherlove, we treat every week as an opportunity to honor and celebrate breastfeeding. Here are some of our favorite reasons why:
Breastfeeding is the natural way for your body to continue nourishing your baby, just as you did during your pregnancy.
Breastfeeding promotes bonding between you and your baby, releasing the “love hormone,” oxytocin.
Babies are born to breastfeed, and will even crawl up their moms’ chests right after birth!
Human milk is made for the specific needs of human babies.
Breastfed babies are healthier, says the Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others.
Breastfeeding protects your health, too, from lowering breast cancer risk to promoting your metabolic health.
It’s what breasts are for! Your breasts are the only organs which don’t fully develop until pregnancy and production of milk for a baby.
Breastfeeding promotes morality and compassion in children.
World wide, increased breastfeeding rates could save more than a million lives annually. In the U.S., it could save nearly 1,000 lives and $13 billion per year in health care and other costs.
Breastfeeding is naturally eco-friendly. It’s a renewable resource!
Of course, there are many more reasons to love breastfeeding. What’s your favorite?