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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Why Breastfeed?

Shara is wearing a Nixilu nursing blouse

Why do we designate a whole week as "World Breastfeeding Week?  Why does the USA dedicate a whole month towards raising awareness about breastfeeding?

Quite simply, because it is the best choice for mothers and babies.  There is literally no end in sight to the discovery of the number of benefits for mothers and babies during the time they are nursing, and there are also benefits that extend beyond the end of the breastfeeding relationship.  I am not going to extoll on them here. I have added several links at the end of this post for you to explore.

This month, we will be posting pictures of SPB alums and friends nursing their Sweet Peas, ranging from newborn through toddler years.  My mission is to normalize breastfeeding and show mamas with Sweet Peas of all ages, that there are other mothers like them.  

Benefits for baby: Image from The Alpha Parent HERE


Benefits for toddlers: Image from The Alpha Parent HERE


What if you weren't able to breastfeed?  Know that breastfeeding is much more than food.  Even if you had to choose formula due to circumstances, or made the choice because that was best for your family, one of the greatest benefits to breastfeeding is the bonding time.  

Someone who bottle-feeds can take the time to sit with their Sweet Pea and look them in the eye as they feed from their bottle. The benefit of a life-long connection is available to anyone who will take the time and intentionally and lovingly feed their baby. 

Part of my personal goal with this week/month every year is to expand the conversation around breast milk.  We tend to have an "all or nothing" perspective about breastfeeding.  If we can only do it a little bit, then society tells us we might as well give up because "it isn't working".

WRONG!!! Even if you are only giving your baby an ounce, or even a teaspoon, a day, that is liquid gold!!  The real work is not negotiating the mommy-wars...it's expanding the conversation so that people know that it's not breastfeeding vs. formula...there are lots of ways to feed babies, the most important being, FEED THE BABY!


So stay with us this month as we share breastfeeding stories of trials and triumph, do the "Q&A with SPB" on our YouTube channel with our special guests, the IBCLC's from the Arizona Breastfeeding Center, and as we keep posting images of mothers who are breastfeeding newborns through toddler Sweet Peas - you are not alone!!

Here are some links in case you are looking for reasons to breastfeed, or if you want to learn more about the benefits to mom and baby:

La Leche League - offers links to their archive of newsletter articles

KellyMom.com - offers links to position statements and policy statements from leading world organizations

Web MD - Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby + Mother



What is your favorite benefit of breastfeeding?
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