What interesting things/benifits do you know of that comes with breastfeeding...

Olivia - posted on 12/02/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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So the biggest and most important reason for breastfeeding (to me) is the amazing bond I am creating with me and my children. Also the bond they are creating due to tandem nursing, its amazing to see it with my son only being 4 months.
Then of course equally important is the nutrition your breast milk gives even past 2 years, that is specially catered to their needs from their sucking pattern.

After all of that, its enough to be proud to be still breastfeeding DD at 24 months and my DS who is 4 months. But then there is more O_o
--reduces chances drastically on mom for osteoporosis and breast cancer
--when baby is born the colostrum or milk if it has let down already can be used to clean out the little ones eyes instead of the ointment the doctor uses that prevents baby from looking into your eyes and you theirs for the first feeding. Its good for their eyes so down the road if mom feels the need for any reason to put milk in their eyes it helps.
--one that I recently learned is moms milk can be used like saline spray for a stuffy nose...and it actually works with no side effects
--breast milk like they say is liquid gold, it is good for almost everything

Ladies do you have any more benefits that you use your milk for or have heard of? What is your favorite reason to breastfeed/keeps you going no matter how hard it gets?

Congrats moms for planing to/currently are/or have breastfeed, also to the moms who tired and couldn't or wanted to but for medical reasons couldn't. No matter the trials and tribulations it may not be easy at times and sometimes you may feel you just cant any more, but for as long as it is right for you and your little one you keep going--you are all so strong and empowered. You are all amazing women and are giving your LOs an amazing gift.

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Aniesha - posted on 12/06/2011

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She actually thought it was soy milk I think. But yes, I've used cow's milk and soy milk in my eyes when they've been swollen due to hayfever and it's helped heaps too. Breast milk seems to work much better than any other kind tho!

Olivia - posted on 12/05/2011

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This is all so amazing. It makes sense how milk is good for adult eyes since it is so good for babies, lol nvm thought of that though. My daughter who is almost 2 has beautiful soft skin, I can definitely agree that its good for skin. I mean if carrots juice (drinking enough) turns you orange (happened to me as a baby) I can see how the nourishing effects show up on surface (skin, maybe hair,....)

Aniesha - posted on 12/05/2011

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Great topic:). Breast milk is awesome! Helped clear up a rash on my son's face that he got from teething. It's also good for cleaning out adult's eyes too, not just bub's. My sis in law had conjunctivitis and I expressed some milk and put it in her eyes and it helped her immensely. She actually only found out recently that it was breast milk. I told her at the time, but she thought I was joking and it was just regular milk, lol. I've read some interesting articles about it helping people with cancer too, mums expressing a glass of breast milk for family members who were sick. I remember a few years back reading about a woman who was expressing milk for her father who had cancer, and he'd actually gone into remission.........amazing!

Jessica - posted on 12/05/2011

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Besides that it's free(!) I love the empowering feeling I get knowing my body grew this tiny perfect creature and now is giving it the complete nutrition it needs to thrive and grow wonderfully. :) I know that's not a benefit of the milk itself, but it helps me on the days when all Rose wants to do is eat! :)

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Breastmilk cleared up my son's baby acne that he got around 3-4 weeks old. :)



Speaking of skin, I read that breastfed babies have softer skin, but I don't know if that's true. (A friend of mine who formula-fed after 8 months did remark on my toddler's soft skin.)

Janice - posted on 12/04/2011

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Baby number 2 was born 12/1 and I am sooo enjoying breastfeeding this time around. One thing that happens that no one ever mentions is how sleepy BF makes you. I think helping a new mama get some shut eye is a wonderful little benefit of breastfeeding. Of course this isnt always great, since dozing off while my 2 year old runs around wont be great after hubby returns to work but usually the sleepy effect only last a little while :)

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