In honor of Breastfeeding Month, here are some key things you should know about breastfeeding--its benefits to moms and babies:

For moms: Without traumatic history, breastfeeding is pleasurable (humans would have died off if it were not). And it protects mom’s health (e.g., decreases chances of breast cancer and Alzheimer's).

For babies, it’s not just “food.” It has thousands of ingredients vital for optimal health that contribute to building the immune system and brain systems for higher intelligence and sociality.

Here is a beautifully-written new book that gives the inside story, , by Rachel Rainbolt:

Here are posts on specific breastfeeding issues that include lots of data and references:

It’s Breastfeeding Week: Why should you care?

Your assumptions about infant formula are probably wrong

Myths you probably believe about infant formula

The TREMENDOUS Benefits of Doing What is Normal: Breastfeeding

5 Things You Thought You Knew about Breastfeeding

The REAL Truth about Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Resources

In Light of Last Week's Posts: Is Pushing* Formula Evil?

Breastmilk Wipes Out Formula: Responses to Critical Comments

Talk About Breastfeeding With Your Family, Friends and Doctor

Stand Up For Breastfeeding

 

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