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