National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds the breastfeeding campaign in hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding. Research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses; they may also be less likely to develop childhood obesity.

Breastfeeding Benefits

A Healthier Baby (and mommy)

Breastfeeding is shown to reduces incidences or pneumonia, colds, and viruses. It also helps your baby reduce their risk of developing chronic conditions like Crohn’s, type I diabetes, and celiac disease. Breastfeeding also reduces your baby’s risk of SIDs by about half. As a bonus, women who are pregnant or lactating absorb calcium more efficiently than when they are not. Bones continue to be denser after six months.

Keep a Healthier Weight

Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. So, if you feed your baby 20 oz. per day, that’s 400 calories (about a pound a week.) Science has also shown that it’s more likely neither you nor your child will become obese as a result of breastfeeding.

Decreased Risks in the Future

Breastfeeding can decrease your baby’s risk of developing some childhood cancers. Research also shows that breastfed babies have a better antibody response to vaccines than formula-fed babies. Mothers have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Good For the Earth

Dairy cows, some of which are raised specifically to make infant formula, are a large contributor to global warming. Manure, burping, and flatulence release enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The more women breastfeed, the better for the environment.

It’s Basically Free

Infant formula runs from $135-$490 per month. Breast milk costs $0. The most you would need to buy are convenience products like breast milk pumps, bottles for storage, feeding bras, and others items of this nature. Oh, and laundry detergent because lactation leaks can cause you to run through a couple shirts a day.

ARCPOINT LABS OF KANSAS CITY PROVIDES WELLNESS TESTING FOR INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING SCREENING FOR MOST MAJOR HEALTH RISKS. THERE ARE NO DOCTOR’S ORDERS, APPOINTMENTS, OR INSURANCE NEEDED TO VISIT OUR FACILITY FOR ACCURATE LAB TESTING.

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