Maria Lactans

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

An Ecological Breastfeeding Mother's Gratefulness List

1.  Sweet baby smiles after baby is finished nursing
2.  An older baby's glee right before you nurse her
3.  Warm milk that is just the right temperature and has all the best nutrients
4.  The hormones, oxytocin and prolactin, which help make milk, facilitate let down and RELAX the nursing mom and sometimes help put her to sleep :)
5.  No cost food for baby
6.  Middle of the night snuggles with a nursing baby
7.  Months or even years of natural infertility due to breastfeeding
8.  Breastfeeding's help with postpartum weight loss
9.  An easy way to tame a toddler's temper tantrum
10. Taking part in God's plan for mom and baby
11. Time to sit down and rest during a busy day
12. Not needing all sorts of bottles and supplies to go out for the day
13. Decreased risk of breast cancer in the mom
14. Decreased risk of all sorts of health concerns in the baby such as leukemia, diabetes, ear infections, Crohn's disease, obesity, and celiac disease just to name a few
15. Sweeter smelling dirty diapers
16. Reduced risk of orthodontia in baby later on
17. Being able to follow the example of Mary nursing Jesus
18. That special bond that breastfeeding fosters between mom and baby
19. A few extra IQ points in baby
20. Being able to delegate dinner making duties to someone else for a time on Thanksgiving when baby needs to nurse :)

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