I find it interesting that the debate of the health values of breast milk are still in full force.  It seems to me that we now have enough current data that shows the increased benefits of breast milk in comparison to formula. And in my opinion, THERE IS NO COMPARISON!!

Yes, breast milk will feed your child and even somewhat nourish them.  But, exclusive formula feedings can cause a WORLD of problems down the road for the health of your child.  There seems to be study after study on the ill effects of formula on your baby.  From common allergies to respiratory infections to ear infections.  Truth be told,  it may be that the actual formula is causing infections but you also are starting your child off with a compromised immune system because of the lack of needed colostrum that breasts offer.

Just so you know the numbers…..by the 1970’s almost 75% of women were bottle feeding their babies.  I was bottle fed and so were all the brothers and sisters.  And…..when I asked other friends of mine who are around my age, if they were breast or bottle fed, almost ALL of them were bottle fed.

Click the link below and read about it for yourself.  I’m just shocked at our ignorance on the subject and, it seems, so many women’s and couples refusal to learn more about breastfeeding and why it’s REALLY best!

“By the latter 1970’s, use of evaporated milk had stopped and was replaced by store bought brand name formula milk, which a shocking 75% of American babies were fed. This may be one of the reasons why the rate for cancers in the western world is now 1 in every 3.”  

I understand that there are those rare and few women who cannot breastfeed their babies because of lack of breast milk production or other reasons.  But….as a women who has lost ALL of her breast milk before and regained it back within a month AND who has breast fed ALL 5 of my children for over a year, ( my last I nursed until she was 3 1/2 or so), AND who has helped MANY, MANY other women learn how to breast feed their own children……..I believe it is very RARE to not be able to breast feed your baby.  (If you want to know more about this or are curious to find out how you can make that happen EVEN when you haven’t been able to in the past, feel free to email me)

Formula can literally change the gut flora of the intestinal tract with just one bottle.  Our intestinal tracts has millions of little microflora or good bacteria that feed almost EVERY physiological function of the body.  When that AMAZING microflora is damaged in any way, it then sets the stage for each system of the body to start a potential break down process in the health of the person.  That break down process can take YEARS to manifest itself.  It doesn’t have to happen over night.  Click the link below to understand more about how formula can potentially forever change the health of your child.

  • “Infant formula should not be given to a breastfed baby before gut closure occurs.
* Once dietary supplementation begins, the bacterial profile of breastfed infants resembles that of formula-fed infants in which bifidobacteria are no longer dominant and the development of obligate anaerobic bacterial populations occurs. (Mackie, Sghir, Gaskins, 1999)
* Relatively small amounts of formula supplementation of breastfed infants (one supplement per 24 hours) will result in shifts from a breastfed to a formula-fed gut flora pattern. (Bullen, Tearle, Stewart, 1977)
* The introduction of solid food to the breastfed infant causes a major perturbation in the gut ecosystem, with a rapid rise in the number of enterobacteria and enterococci, followed by a progressive colonization by bacteroides, clostridia, and anaerobic streptococci. (Stark & Lee, 1982)
* With the introduction of supplementary formula, the gut flora in a breastfed baby becomes almost indistinguishable from normal adult flora within 24 hours. (Gerstley, Howell, Nagel, 1932)
* If breast milk were again given exclusively, it would take 2-4 weeks for the intestinal environment to return again to a state favoring the grampositive flora. (Brown & Bosworth, 1922; Gerstley, Howell, Nagel, 1932)”

If you haven’t read WIKIPEDIA and what they say about the breastfeeding…..YOU SHOULD! They have quite a bit of information of all kinds on the subject of breastfeeding.  Good stuff!!

Since we are on the breast feeding topic and since I breastfed my daughter for over 3 years, I thought I would share this video.  Our perspectives on breast feeding have been SEVERELY skewed, in my opinion.   All around the world, length of breastfeeding rates vary. As Americans, we tend we wean our children MUCH earlier than other countries do.  I often wonder why that is?  Here’s a video on women who breast feed older children in public and some of the reactions they were getting for doing so.

And lastly, a FUNNY little article I saw today that I HAD to share because I think this women is HILARIOUS!! Enjoy!

Click on the link below to read the article.

“1. Milk boobs are awesome. Have you seen milk boobs? The new-mom, my-milk-just-came-in(!!) boobs? They’re glorious. They’re porn star glorious except they’re REAL. They’ll make even the staunchest feminist reconsider her rabid stance on breast augmentation. These fabulous tits were a fabulous surprise after my first child, and a highly anticipated perk (for both my husband and me) after my second.”
There are SO many benefits to breastfeeding that I just can’t see ANY reason for a mother to do her utmost to make sure that she breast feeds her child for AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!! Breastfeeding, honestly, is ONE of my FAVORITE things to do!  I quite miss it, actually and cried when my last daughter finally weaned herself.  There is FOREVER a bond and connection you make with that child that can ONLY be FORMED through those first few days and weeks interactions that breast feeding creates.  

Please educate yourself on ALL the advantages for both you and baby for breast feeding and DO YOUR BEST to make sure you give your newborn the beginning he/she deserves!

In Peace,
Rachel