Monday, July 18, 2011

August Is National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month, which is fitting because breastfeeding is once again spiking
in popularity among new moms as the preferred method of feeding their newborn babies.  Breastfeeding is a personal choice that all mothers make and this trend is very healthy because breastfeeding provides so many benefits to both the mother and her baby.  Chicago Healers Practitioner Dr. Marilyn Mitchell, MD, provides us with some of the benefits of breastfeeding. 

 ·         Nutrients and Enzymes- Babies who are breastfed take in nutrients and enzymes that are perfectly proportioned for a human infant.  Bottled milk often comes from cows or soy and lacks the perfect blend of nutrients and enzymes that human milk provides.

·         Supplemented Immune System- Breast milk also transmits antibodies from the mother to the infant, which are especially vital during the first few months of life when the infant’s immune system
is immature and lacks the ability to produce its own antibodies.

 ·         Healthier Life- Infants who breastfeed generally have fewer illnesses during the breastfeeding period than those who are bottle-fed and develop fewer allergies in their lifetime.  Breastfed babies also tend to have less colic, fewer restless episodes, and better sleep patterns than bottle-fed infants.

 ·         Helps Mom, Too- Breastfeeding increases metabolism, which helps with post-partum weight loss.  It also helps with mother-child bonding due to the mutually pleasurable experience.

It is also smart for new moms to be aware of what they consume while breastfeeding, as it can affect their child.  Here is a list of things to up intake of and things to avoid:

Do eat:

 ·         Fresh fruits and vegetables (organic when possible)

 ·         Protein sources (also organic when possible)

·         8-12 glasses of water, juice, herbal teas

 ·         Calcium rich foods (dairy, greens, legumes)


·         Alcohol

 ·        Caffeinated beverages and all soda pop

·         Foods that bother the infant (spices for some)

 ·        Preservatives


  1. i learned that breastfed babies develop fewer allergies! i have been breastfeeding my son for 5months! =)

  2. I knew the BFing helps with postpartum weight loss but I didn't know that that was due to increased metabolism!

  3. I already knew that diet mattered, but I wasn't aware that little things like drinking a soda (even non-caffeinated ones) were bad, as well as some spices. I mean it makes sense, but I didn't think about it.

    a_stro at yahoo dot com

  4. That is is very important to drink lots of water when nursing... I learned this the hard way and ended up in the hospital because I was severly dehydrated!

  5. I knew about the weight loss because I dropped all my baby weight and then some in 3 weeks while pumping when my son was in the childrens NICU and PICU and I was eating like a pig! I love that I am reducing my son's chances for allergies been breastfeeding him for 4 months now.
    Jessica Hilton

  6. i learned about avoiding preservatives while breastfeeding!

  7. wish i could've breastfed my boy. very low productions with both boys and nothing helped. would've saved me a lot of $ in formula. genetics stink sometimes!!

    dmoretti1967 at

  8. I didn't know you were to avoid preservatives when breastfeeding so i learned that! Got a question on the extra entries- how do we enter them for the rafflecopter giveaway? I would like to use these ones as well as my others and some of my daily votes for the rafflecopter giveaway.

  9. I love that breast milk is the perfect food for our little ones! Going strong at 10 months!

  10. Thanks for sharing about all the benefits of breastfeeding. I never knew that August was national breastfeeding month, but I am glad that people are raising awareness about how beneficial it is for both mommy and baby.

  11. i pretty much knew all of this since I nursed my son for 22 months and nursing #2 for 9 months now. I had talked to several other friends / family about nursing while they were pregnant and they switched their minds from not nursing TO nursing. I gave them all the above points, etc. So, I suppose I didn't learn anything NEW NEW, but I am giggling at how cute that cow picture is. does that count? =]

  12. I didn't know you should avoid preservatives! I never heard that or even thought about it!
    sabrina radke
    sradke1024 at gmail dot com

  13. I learned that breast fed babies usually have better sleep patterns than bottle-fed infants.

    Both of my breastfed babies sleep wonderfully--so must be true! :)

  14. Weight loss doesn't happen to everyone... even when you're following dietary guidelines. But I have had a much easier time dealing with PPD this time around while EBFing! And my youngest hasn't had a single cough or cold, even while her toddler sister and dad have been out of commission and in close proximity for the last week!

    I did not know to avoid preservatives!

  15. I learned that breast milk transmits antibodies from the mother to the infant. :) So glad I breastfed both babies as long as I wasn't as long as I'd like it though.
    jaxw1208 at gmail dot com

  16. I learned that you should avoid eating spices while breastfeeding.