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Natural Attachment believes that every baby should benefit from the most perfect food. Breastmilk is that food. In our modern American culture, breastfeeding is some how seen as perverse, not necessary and the easiest way to 'spoil' our children. These ideas are more common than we would like to admit.

Health benefits aside, let's look at why on earth you should breastfeed your child.

Convenience: you don't have to buy bottles, pacifiers or other means to satisfy a baby's need to suck. You don't have to make bottles to go to the store, to send with dad, to have on hand for baby-sitter and you can sleep because you don't have to get up in the middle of the night to make and heat up a bottle. If you are caught out in a storm or your car brakes down, your child will not go hungry. How long you stay out or visit friends and family is not dictated by how much food you have on hand. You don't have to run to the store last minute to buy more food. You don't lose time or money from loss of work do to illnesses and such, related to feeding your baby inferior infant drink (formula). You don't need to make appointments to seek government assistance to feed your child.

Financial: you don't have to go to the store to buy more food! A baby can consume up to 18 large cans of powdered formula a month, multiply this by about $12.99 per can, ($20.00 to $30.00 per can for 'special' formulas, needed by certain babies) which ends up to be $234.00, before taxes, gasoline cost to get to the store, bottles and bottle liners, bottle brushes and bottled water to make all these bottles of powdered infant drink. And if you want to use ‘ready to feed’ mixtures, triple your above cost. Most government programs only provide for about half of a baby's formula cost per month. Breastfeeding cost nothing nothing more than the price of a little extra (about 500 calories worth per day) food and drink for mom. Also you don't have to pay frequent doctor bills for earaches, intestinal problems, some illnesses or allergic reactions to milk or soy proteins in formula. You don't lose time and money from work, if you even have to work.

Mental/Spiritual: you know you are doing the best for your child. You know you are a good mother. You don't feel guilty for not giving your child the best start and immunological boost. You feel more mother-like and intone with baby due to the chemical hormones released during nursing; these hormones help form attachments between mother & child. You know when you help another mother succeed at breastfeeding, you are really helping another child get the best.

Logical: breastfeeding is a natural process, which was intended to take place. Not only is it convenient, free and spiritually fulfilling, it also is the most logical choice: you get pregnant, you give birth, you lactate, you breastfeeding, your child decides to wean; start process all over again! Breastfeeding is one of the vital steps in the rite of passage into womanhood, which starts at puberty and ends with menopause.

Image is Loading...Child Spacing: ecological breastfeeding is a form of natural family planning. Natural child spacing is another benefit of exclusive and extended breastfeeding.

Not the Baby’s Choice: I want to end this page mentioning that while it is the mother’s choice whether to breastfeed or formula feed, it is not the baby’s choice. I want to share with you a conversation I had online with another mother.

One of the expectant moms in a yahoo group was commenting on another member and her newborn. She was saying the baby was now on a new formula, but was still having some colic and lots of spitting up. When I mentioned the possibility of re-lactation due to the trouble the infant was having with all of the formula changes, the expectant mom stated emphatically, “oh she (the other mom) is quite happy with her choice”. I was left to wonder; but what about the baby? Was the baby happy with his mother's choice?

Links To Other Websites For More Information And Support 

Militant Breastfeeding Cult

Breastfeeding Index on askdrsears.com

Promom

La Leche League

Jack Newman's Breastfeeding Handouts

Kelly Mom

Breastfeeding Online

Formula Report

What's so bad about formula?

Militant Breastfeeding Cult

Dangers of formula

Jack Newman M.D. Articles

Lactivist online

Links to Articles

Links to Websites

Find a Lactation Consultant Near You

Herbs for Lactation

Human Milk Bank Information

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American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation

INFACT Canada

World Health Organization

Nestle Boycott

007 Breasts

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