2 Esdras 8:10 “For thou hast commanded out of the parts of the body, that is to say, out of the breasts, milk to be given, which is the fruit of the breasts, (11) That the thing which is fashioned may be nourished for a time, till thou disposest it to thy mercy.”
Breastfeeding is not just feeding time for your baby, it creates a great bond between your baby and yourself. It has many health benefits for the both of you. Breastfeeding may seem difficult to do at first but it will get better with practice. Whatever you do, DON’T give up. It is such a beautiful experience to know that the life that the Most High has blessed you with is latched on to you and you are nursing and nurturing it. You don’t always have to have them latched on to you because you can also pump your milk and feed the baby with a bottle. In this article I will cover the Health benefits that breastfeeding can provide for your baby, how long it is recommended to breastfeed, Health benefits for you and how to help produce milk and drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
Health Benefits for Baby: The mother’s milk provides all the protein, sugar, and fat your baby needs to be healthy. It also contains many substances that benefit your baby’s immune system that include antibodies, immune factors, enzymes and white blood cells. Everything the mother’s milk provides will protect the baby from many diseases and illnesses not just while you breastfeed but long after you have stopped. The baby has a higher chance of NOT receiving any of the following: ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, or certain types of spinal meningitis.
It is recommended to breastfeed for AT LEAST 6 months, I say at least because it won’t hurt to feed for a year or even longer and provide your baby with more than enough vitamins.
II MACCABEES 7:27; “…O my son, have pity upon me that bare thee nine months in my womb, and gave thee suck three years, and nourished thee,…”
Our foremother’s breastfed their babies for three years!! So we know it is possible and permitted by the Most High. I personally would not feel comfortable putting my three year old to my breast but I would definitely feel comfortable continuing to pump until they are three. It is something to consider for health purposes.
Health Benefits for Mother: While breastfeeding, your body releases a hormone called Oxytocin (http://truenation.org/tnwomen/portfolio-view/the-dangers-of-pitocin/ Read for more info on this hormone) It helps your body recover quicker from childbirth, It helps your uterus return to its normal size, and can also help with postpartum bleeding. Studies have shown that it reduces the chance of you developing breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
In the beginning of breastfeeding it might be frustrating to produce milk, but STRESS is a big reason you won’t produce enough. Relax, and try these helpful tips: Eat well, Drink plenty of fluids, Nurse and pump as frequently as possible, while feeding drink something warm, massage the breast, and switch between breasts, also make sure the baby is latched on properly.
Many women ask if it is safe to drink wine or an alcoholic beverage (of course in moderation, Sirach 31:27) while breastfeeding? Medical studies have proven that it is actually okay as long as you follow these simple tips: 1. Don’t drink while directly feeding or pumping, 2. If you have one drink wait at least two hours before your feed (for every drink you have I would add another two hours), 3. Drink plenty of water before trying to feed. For example, if you already know in advance that you are going out with your husband for a nice night out and will be consuming alcohol, pump in advance to cover the time you are out and to allow the alcohol to leave your blood stream.
To be on the safe side many stores carry strips you can dip in your milk to make sure it is safe for the baby.
Remember that over all these benefits you will also be saving money!! 1 1lb can of formula can run you between $13 and $26, depending on what brand and type it is, it will last at the most 4 days, and it does not provide the vitamins you will.
Most High willing this was helpful to all and if you know of anything helpful to nursing mothers that I might have missed, please be sure to add it to the comments.