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The last two generations of American mothers have returned in varying degrees to the age-old practice of breast feeding their babies. The 1970’s exodus from the bottle to the breast, was fueled by the hippie movement which sought, among other things, to live simply, eat healthfully and birth naturally.

That era of mothers rediscovered the benefits of breast feeding their children – something that had been lost by the previous generation of moms whose childrearing guru was Dr. Benjamin Spock.

Helps Baby

Today, we know much more about why breast milk is the perfect food to nourish our young. Breast milk:
  • Has the ideal combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates babies need
  • Protects infants against illness and disease such as vomiting, diarrhea, ear and chest infections
  • Reduces the risk of death by SIDS (sudden, infant, death syndrome), possibly because breast fed babies have fewer infections
  • Emotional bonding between mom and baby is enhanced
  • Performance in childhood I.Q. tests, increase in high school GPA’s and probability of college attendance are increased
Helps Mother and Family

Baby, however, is not the only one to receive a blessing. Multiple studies have recently revealed the value of breast feeding for the mother, and even the family of the nursing infant.
  • Depending on which brand would have been purchased, a breast fed baby will save the family between $1160 and $3915 per year on formula alone
  • Family medical bills are also reduced due to the immunity against infections breast milk provides
  • Nursing moms experience less postpartum depression
  • Mothers who breast feed may feel a closer bond to their children
  • A reduced risk of several diseases for the mother seems to go hand in hand with breast feeding, such as type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and breast cancer
  • The longer a woman breast feeds, the lower her risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
Anyway you look at it, breast feeding is a win – win for the entire family.

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