Fighting for Federal laws protecting a mother's right to breastfeed her baby any place she and her baby are legally permitted.
There are so many benefits of breastfeeding: It reduces the risk of uterine, ovarian, and breast cancers and they have a lower incidence of osteoporosis later in life, for mothers. For children, it reduces the incidence of S.I.D.S., reduces chances of gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory illness, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, and so on. Likewise, the babies nursed the longest scored the highest on the IQ tests.
Why breastfeeding makes a difference? According to the La Leche League, breastfeeding offers an unmatched beginning for children. Providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive. Research proves that breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, colds, diarrhea, constipation and hospitalization than a formula feed baby.
Mothers who choose to breastfeed have many health benefits as well. Recent studies show that women who breastfeed decreases their risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis. Breastfeeding helps the body recover from pregnancy and labor and burns about 500 calories a day. Breastfeeding mothers are losing weight faster and having less bleeding than a mother who is strictly formula feeding.
Families who breastfeed save money too. In addition to the fact that breast milk is free and convenient, breastfeeding provides savings on health care costs and related time lost to care for sick children. No worry about recalls or how to heat it up while shopping or doing errands. Breastfeeding benefits everyone.
So imagine if a mother never breastfed in public, what impact would that have on the world?
In a world where breastfeeding was a secret,
In world where babies were dying rapidly,
In a world where mothers had high postpartum blues,
In a world where families would feel humiliated for breastfeeding anywhere,
In a world where there is no support,
In a world not concern about mom and baby’s health.
So where do you stand? Helping breastfeeding families live longer or just watching families die. I encourage you to no longer watch but be a part of a movement. The Millions Mothers March movement on July 18, 2012 at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan 10am. ~ Renee Pearson
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