Breastmilk IS the perfect food for your baby. It has important protective antibodies that are unavailable in any other source. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF all recommend that you breastfeed your baby for at least the first 12 months of your baby's life. These protective antibodies offer many benefits to your babies health and growth as a newborn, but did you know that these benefits even carry forward in to their future life as a child, and even as an adult?
Research shows that the protective parts of breastmilk help to greatly reduce the risk of health problems and chronic diseases including:
- Ear Infections
- Upper Respiratory Infections
- Gastrointestinal Infections
- High Cholesterol
Breastfeeding also benefits mom too. Mothers who breastfeed also receive many benefits, including:
- Developing a strong bond with her baby.
- Helping the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
- Burning more calories.
- Producing relaxing hormones.
- Reducing the risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer.
- Reducing the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers.
- Reducing the risk of developing Type-II diabetes.
Breastfeeding even benefits the family too. Did you know that your family will also benefit when you choose to breastfeed? First, because breastfeeding also helps save on health care costs as breastfed infants typically need fewer health care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations. There is also the savings on the cost of formula vs breastmilk.
Depending on the cost of formula and how much your baby needs each day, you could save $43.86 to $194.22 in formula costs in just the first month. By six months, the cost savings from not feeding formula can add up to be $375.34 to $1,662.22. In one year, a family with one infant could save anywhere between $714.42 and $3,163.86 by feeding breastmilk rather than buying formula.
Many SAHM's (stay at home moms) feel very under-valued because they are not earning an income outside the home but just look at the money they would be able to 'save' their household simply by breastfeeding their baby. For the working moms who are concerned that they will need to stop breastfeeding to return to work, consider purchasing a quality breastpump so you can continue to pump your breastmilk to be fed to your baby while you are at work. You can still nurse baby in the evenings and on weekends. As you can see by these figures, the cost of a quality breastpump can be covered by the savings in as little as just a few months. You can enter to Win a FREE Medela Pump In Style Breastpump here!
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This post was Sponsored by a Colorado company that makes Bamboobies -the prettiest cloth nursing pads I have ever seen. Bamboobies literally 'heart' you with their unique heart-shaped, ultra-thin, milk-proof pads that create a very comfortable fitting nursing pad that is less visible then standard nursing pads. They are made of hemp and super-soft organic bamboo velour. The bamboo and hemp fabrics in each pad absorbs 4 times more milk then cotton!
The Standard Bamboobies come in a pack of 2 pairs (4 pads) in a soft pink color. If you are feeling a little wild you can also try out their Hot Pink and Black Bamboobies that come in their Bamboobies Gift Sets. Each gift set includes 1 pair of Overnights and 3 pairs of Heart-Shaped Bamboobies (one in each color: Soft Pink, Hot Pink & Black) all wrapped up in a lingerie laundry bag. For the heavy times they also have 2-pair packs (4 pads) of Overnight Bamboobies made of super-soft organic bamboo fleece. They are round, extra thick, and extra large to prevent leaks while you sleep. Just look at the Bamboobies Overnight Nursing Pad compared to a regular cotton nursing pad.
Bamboobies were designed by a mother of two in Boulder, Colorado, and are handmade right here in Colorado, USA. The Bamboobies company believes in giving-back too. They do that by donating a portion of their profits to Breast Cancer Research. They even print their packaging materials on 100% post-consumer waste paper which benefits the earth as well. How cool is that?
The very sweet people at Bamboobies would like to give one of our lucky readers a FREE Bamboobies Gift Set. As mentioned above the gift set includes 1 pair of Overnights and 3 pairs of Heart-Shaped Bamboobies (one in each color: Soft Pink, Hot Pink & Black) all wrapped up in a lingerie laundry bag with a retail value of $29.00!
Buy: You can find more information about Bamboobies, and purchase any of the varieties mentioned in this post, in our store.
Win: You can enter to Win a Bamboobies Gift Set by completing at least the mandatory entry below.
Mandatory Entry: Tell me one 'benefit of breastfeeding' that you learned from this post, or share a personal breastfeeding benefit from your own experience. Include your email address with your comment. You must be an email subscriber to this blog in order to participate, so be sure that your subscription is activated or your entry will not be valid.
Extra Entries: [You may do any, all, or none of the following for extra entries in this giveaway. Post each entry in a separate comment or you will not get credit for them. If an entry is worth more than one entry, post each separately and add "entry #1, #2, etc. All entries will be verified once we pick a winner, so be very sure that you have completed each entry fully. If you say that you are a follower on twitter (for example) and we don't find you on our follow list, your entry will be voided and we will pick another winner.]
1 Entry: Become a Public Follower of this Blog with Google Friend Connect (GFC).
3 Entries: Grab our Cute Blog Button (in the left column) and post it on your blog or website. Include in your comment, the url where it is posted. It should be located in a prominent place where it can be found quickly...if I have to search for more than a few moments to find it, I will not approve your entries.
3 Entries: Grab our "Breastfeeding is Best for All Babies" Event Button (in the left column under our blog button) and post it on your blog or website. Include in your comment, the url where it is posted. It should be located in a prominent place where it can be found quickly...if I have to search for more than a few moments to find it, I will not approve your entries.
1 Entry: Follow @BabyStorePlus on Twitter! Include your twitter ID in your comment.
1 Entry: Tweet about this event. You must include: WIN a @BAMBOOBIES Gift Set in the @BabyStorePlus "Breastfeeding is Best for All Babies" Celebration! http://ht.ly/2CQ2l #bfing #bfcafe in the tweet. You may tweet up to Twice Daily, but please space them out at least 4 hours or the second one will not count. You must post your entry right away after tweeting...commenting that you tweeted earlier today, is not acceptable, tweets are not retro-active. You must include a permalink to your tweet. [Permalink how-to: after tweeting, click on the time under your tweet. This will open a new page with just your tweet. Copy the URL in the browser window...this is a permalink.]
1 Entry: Follow @Bamboobies on Twitter too! Include your twitter ID in your comment.
2 Entries: Visit our Online Store and tell me 2 products that you like. *Note, We carry ALL Medela Breastpumps in our store...if you need a breastpump that is not listed on our website, call us at 970-565-2116 and we will process your order over the phone.
10 Entries: Make a purchase on our Website during this event. Include your first name and Order # in your comment. 5 more Bonus Entries if your purchase includes ANY Breastfeeding products.
3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway between now & Sept 30th. You must also include our Event Button, our Store Button, (found near bottom of the right column), and a link back to this post.
5 Entries: Enter our Phase 1 Share & Blog Giveaway. Where you could Win a Breast Care Gift Set plus a $20 Baby Store Plus Gift Card ~ 2 WINNERS! (Deadline to enter that giveaway is 9/20) Post here to let me know that you have entered the Phase 1 Share Giveaway.
1 Entry: Enter Our Medela Pump In Style Breastpump Giveaway! Post here to let me know that you have entered to win a Medela Breastpump.
1 Entry Daily: Vote for us! You can vote for us once each day at "Top Mommy Blogs" and "I am a Top Mommy Blogger" (buttons/links to voting sites found in right column). In your entry comment, please include your email address and which one you Voted in. Post each vote separately.
This giveaway will close on September 30, 2010 at Midnight (MST-Colorado time). We will use Random.org to pick one winner. If the winning comment is valid, we will email the winner at the email address provided in their comments. The winner will have 72 hours to reply to our Winning Announcement email. If we do not receive a reply within this time period we will select an alternate winner. This giveaway is limited to and will only be shipped to an address within the USA.
Be sure to enter our other "Breastfeeding is Best for All Babies" Giveaways:
Win a Medela Pump In Style Breastpump
Win a Medela Breast Care Gift Set & a $20 Baby Store Plus Gift Card -2Winners
The statistical information in this post was provided by the Medela 'Breastfeeding Information Guide" that is available for Free in our store. We will also include a Free Copy with any Breastfeeding related online purchase while supplies last.
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