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Why I Chose To Breastfeed

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An honest commentary on a mother's decision to breastfeed, and how she believes it's saving her baby's life.

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Essence.com's Cori Murray: According to the Pediatrics journal released today, breastfeeding could be saving yours and thousands of other babies, too. The report says, "The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations." The journal also states that if families would make longer commitments to breastfeed (beyond three months), costs and preventable infant deaths would decrease.

For me, a new breastfeeding mom, I've made a personal commitment to do so until my daughter is 1. But I didn't need the Pediatrics journal as motivation. I'd long heard that breastfeeding was the absolute best source of nutrition for babies. Breast milk may help protect against: obesity, allergies, childhood leukemia, type 1 diabetes, colic, ear infections, respiratory problems and SIDS. Not to mention it may boost a child's IQ. If a mother is able, why wouldn't she want the best for her baby?

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jessirocio April 10, 2010, 2:29 AM

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Carolyn April 10, 2010, 1:20 PM

I have three daughters and have breastfed them exclusively for two years each. Not one of them ever tasted a drop of formula. It wasn’t easy… I was never able to pump very well and that left me at the mercy of the babies day and night. However, I never regretted a minute of it and I know in my heart the sacrifice of my own time and energy was more than worth it. Not one of my kids ever had an ear infection, sleep disorder, sinus infection, bronchitis or pneumonia, nor any other illness stronger than a cold. Breastfeeding can’t prevent everything but why not start your kids off with the best possible life you can.

Anonymous April 13, 2010, 12:27 PM

I started my kids off the best possible way in life- by using formula. Unless the mother has a very clean, very healhty diet I don’t feel that breastmilk is any better than formula. None of my babies/children have ever had an ear infection, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. They all slept through the night easily and quickly and grew fast and strong. I have friends with such sickly breastfed babies who refuse to concede that perhaps they are not eating healthy enough diets to breastfeed.

MJ July 1, 2010, 4:42 AM

anonymous, the whole diet thing is a myth, a woman does not need to eat a super healthy diet to produce good milk, just a normal balanced one, and no, usually formula is still sub par, i hate to tell you,it doesn’t mean it is ”poison” because it is not.
formula contains msg and formaldehyde, i’m not knocking your choices, i was formula fed, i am just giving you the facts. i would personally take milk made from a mom with a not so great diet any day over that.
formula fed babies sometimes tend to sleep through the night earlier because formula is harder to digest and is heavier.


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