The last couple of weeks we have been talking about breastfeeding and I will share my story eventually but first I wanted to share some of the benefits of breastfeeding with you, along with storage and sharing information.
There are many ways that mom and baby will benefit from breastfeeding. In the past couple of weeks Amber (Let It Be Glory) shared some of them such as bonding, possible easier weight loss for mom and lower risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis for momma later in life.
Breast milk is immune boosting. It provides your baby with antibodies and hormones that will help fight disease. Breastfeeding your child can protect your child from:
- ear infections
- necrotizing enterocolitis -a gastrointestinal disease that effects premature babies
- diabetes -type 1 and type 2
- lower respiratory infections
- childhood leukemia
- SIDS -the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is much lower in breastfed babies than formula fed babies. Read why here.
- Here is so more information on why breastfeeding is important.
I have seen evidence of the immune boosting benefits just this past week. Both of my boys came down with a nasty cold, they are still recovering actually, but Seth has been hit with it pretty hard and even had a day where he didn’t get off the couch more than to go potty and to get in bad for a nap. Cameron on the other hand has had a much lighter case. He has had more energy and been more playful than Seth. Actually, don’t be grossed out, I have been sneaking some pumped milk into Seth’s chocolate coconut milk hoping that he could get a boost from that. I’m not sure if it has helped that much, but hey, good nutrition for him when he hasn’t wanted to eat.
Breastmilk is the perfect food. It changes in composition while your child ages. First you produce colostrum which helps to clean out baby’s intestinal tract. For most women three to five days after birth you will begin to produce milk. With Seth, who nursed almost the whole first twenty-four hours, my milk came in within thirty-six hours, while with Cameron it took until day three to come in. Your mature milk is made of fat sugar protein and water and the composition will change hourly and daily as your child grows. You can read more here.
Breastfeeding can also benefit mom. For more information on how visit these great sites:
If you pump or express milk for storage here are some different ways you can store it.
Here is a chart that tells how long you can store milk in the refrigerator and freezer.
If you are blessed with an over-supply of milk, did you know that you can share it with others? If you have extra in your freezer that you aren’t going to use, you can share it. If you want to help another mom out who is having supply issues, or needs to pump and dump for a while, or who isn’t able to produce milk at all sharing is a great option or you! Hospitals also need milk for their milk banks for premature babies.
Before we found out Cameron has egg white and dairy issues I was building quite a freezer stash of milk. When we figured out what was causing his tummy issues I suddenly had all of this milk that I didn’t want to just throw out but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. This says it all:
Until I found Eats On Feets. This is an organization that “is proud to be a leading resource for community based breastmilk sharing.” I was able to find a Facebook page for women from my area and connect with women who needed milk for their babies. I was a little skeptical at first, I mean it sounds kinda weird, but I was very surprised at the instant connection between the momma’s and babies I shared milk with. I came away from the experience touched and thankful that I am able to not only feed my own babies but also bless another momma and baby with my abundance. I hope I am able to continue helping out other women in the future. If you have extra milk, please consider sharing with someone who needs it.