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Benefits Of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers benefits to the mother, the baby and even to society. Here’s a list of our favorite benefits of breastfeeding. Enjoy!

Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding

formula costs and is harmful to the environment

Formula can cost over $1500 per year and its manufacture, distribution and packaging are far worse for the environment than breastfeeding.

  • Breast milk is free, whereas formula costs $1500-$2000 or more per year
  • Breastfed babies use less diapers
  • Breastfed babies get few cavities, saving mom and dad money and time
  • Breastfed babies need less orthodontics, saving money and time
  • Less equipment to buy, keep clean, manage and store
  • Breastfed babies don’t tax your time with daily washing and sterilizing of bottles and nipples, measuring and mixing formal 4 to 8 times a day, running to the store to buy more formula, and warming bottles in the middle of the night.
  • Breastfed babies are healthier and don’t go to the doctor as often as formula-fed babies do
  • The US government spends half a billion dollars each year giving formula to mothers through it’s WIC program

Benefits of Breastfeeding: Better Health

  • There are many health benefits to breastfeeding

    Breast milk makes me smarter and healthier, both now and later in life!

    Breastfed babies get sick less

  • Breastfed babies have higher IQs
  • Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk in the mother
  • Breastfeeding reduces ovarian cancer risk in the mother
  • Breastfeeding reduces the chance of postpartum hemorrhage
  • Breastfed baby girls have lower cases of breast cancer later in life
  • Breast milk contains antibody and immunities that keep the baby healthier
  • Breastfed babies are better protected against Crohn’s disease
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing diabetes
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing ear infections
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing allergies
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of contracting Hodgkins disease
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of becoming obese later in life
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday
  • Breastfed babies have better jaw and dental development
  • Healthier babies ease the strain on the overburdened medical system, keep insurance premiums from rising, and keep mom and/or dad from having to take time off work to go to the doctor

Other Awesome Benefits of Breastfeeding

Dear Mom, Breast milk tastes way better than that other stuff and since I'm going to be drinking it exclusively for about six months, would it be ok with you, if I got the good stuff?

Dear Mom, Breast milk tastes way better than that other stuff and since I’m going to be drinking it exclusively for about six months, would it be ok with you, if I got the yummy stuff?

  • Breastfeeding requires around 500 calories per day – it’s a great way to lose pregnancy baby fat
  • Breastfeeding is good for the environment! Far less paper, packaging, containers, plastic and so on is used compared to formula feeding
  • Breast milk does not have to be prepared, measured, mixed, or warmed up
  • Breast milk is never recalled, isn’t mixed with potentially contaminated water and never contains bacteria and other foreign contaminates
  • Breastfed babies dirty far fewer bottles
  • Breastfeeding is great for travel – easier to transport, less pieces to keep track of, wash, and manage. And it’s always at the perfect temperature, ready the moment when baby is.
  • Parents and caretakers of breastfed babies enjoy diaper changes that are more mild and easier to clean
  • Give ‘em what they want: Breast milk tastes better!

While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, in fact far more than we listed here, these are our favorites and should be carefully considered by any family that’s trying to decide between breastfeeding and formula.

How To Produce More Breast Milk

How To Produce More Breast Milk: Step 1 – Fix Issues That Can Cause Lower Breast Milk Production

how to produce more breast milkThe first step in producing more breast milk is to first investigate if there’s some reason why you have lower breast milk production. There are many factors that can lead to lower breast milk production. Some common causes are prior breast surgery, excessive blood loss during and after delivery, poor latch, a baby with tongue tie, not breastfeeding or pumping enough, aggressive dieting, dehydration, illness, and so on.

We’ve created a detailed list of the 27 most common reasons for lower breast milk production and give specific treatment options for each. The link goes to an overview article which briefly describes each of the reasons for lower breast milk production and then links to complete articles about each cause.

Once you’ve found the likely cause of lower breast milk production and have followed the treatment suggestions (or if none of the causes stood out to you as probable) you’re ready to move onto step 2 of how to produce more breast milk.

How To Produce More Breast Milk – Step 2 – Removal Of Breast Milk Must Be Frequent And Complete

Your body can adapt to make stronger muscles or produce more breast milkTo produce more breast milk, removal of breast milk must be frequent and complete. At first glance this seems like a really odd principle, however the key reason this technique works so well is that the body wants to adapt to the external stresses that are put on it. If you typically wear shoes everywhere and then start going barefoot outside, your feet will be sore for a while, but will build up calluses and you’ll soon be able to walk across rocky ground without discomfort. Or if lift heavy weights your muscles will get stronger. Or if you begin jumping a lot you’ll start jumping higher and higher.

These are all examples of a person’s body adapting to the stresses that are put on it. And the same principle applies when you want to produce more breast milk. To produce more breast milk, you have to put a “stress” on your milk production and you’ll do this by removing breast milk frequently and completely.

To remove it frequently, you’ll need to breastfeed or pump every 3 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. Those times are measured from the start of one breastfeeding session to the start of the next breastfeeding session.

To remove breast milk completely, you’ll need breastfeed baby on both sides during each breastfeeding session and  you’ll need to pump after breastfeeding for at least 7 minutes on both sides or until no more breast milk is flowing into the pump bottles, whichever is longer.

How To Produce More Breast Milk – Step 3 – Natural Herbal Supplements Can Help You Produce More Breast Milk

Step three in producing more breast milk is begin a breast milk enhancing herb supplement, such as Lactiful’s Supply Max. A 2012 observational study showed that 3 out of 4 moms who took Supply Max were able to produce much more breast milk. How much more? According to the study results, each mom who saw an increase was able to produce 14.8 ounces of additional breast milk per day (on average).

You can see many of the advantages of Lactiful Supply Max in about 30 seconds on this overview pageClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Low Supply Of Breastmilk

Causes Of Low Supply Of Breastmilk

Low supply of breastmilk will often show up on the baby scale.

Low supply of breastmilk will often show up on the baby scale.

There are many, many causes of low breastmilk supply which is the main reason it is so difficult to treat. Women who are struggling with low breastmilk supply see reviews or hear success stories from friends and other moms about a certain treatment, but when they try that same treatment it doesn’t increase their breastmilk supply at all. Why does this happen?

It’s because the moms had different underlying causes of low breastmilk supply and what worked for one mom, didn’t help the other. So the first step in treating a low supply of breastmilk is to try to determine why your breastmilk supply is low. What is the cause?

In the past, we’ve written in this blog about the 27 causes of low breastmilk supply and the information in that article and the articles that it links to is still the best way to investigate and pinpoint exactly what is causing your low supply of breastmilk and what to do about it.

Illness is cause of low brestmilk supply

Illness is cause of low brestmilk supply.

Causes range from baby-specific issues such as poor latch or being tongue-tied to mom-specific issues such as insufficient calories or water intake to thyroid disorder. So the first step is to do the research and if you can pinpoint the specific cause, follow the advice for correcting it. So go to the article on the 27 causes of low breastmilk supply first but then come back here for the next section, because once you fix the cause, you still will need to treat your low breastmilk supply.

Think of it this way: You have a bucket filled with water. This represents your breastmilk supply. But there’s a hole in your bucket and the water is leaking out. This is the cause of your low breastmilk supply. When you find and fix the cause, you’ve patched the bucket and it’s no longer leaking, however the amount of water in your bucket is still low – your breastmilk supply is still low and it will remain low until you put more water back in the bucket (treat your low breast milk supply).

Treatments For Low Supply Of Breastmilk

By now you should have tried to “patch your bucket” – meaning find your specific cause of low breastmilk supply and are now ready to “refill your bucket.” Please note that if you were not able to find a specific cause of your low breastmilk supply, you should still go ahead with the treatment described here.

pump after breastfeeding to treat low breastmilk supplyStep one is to let your body know that you want it to increase breastmilk supply. You do this by increasing the amount of breastmilk that removed and by increasing how often breastmilk is removed. Your body is “pre-programmed” to increase production when baby goes through regular growth spurts so we’ll use that built-in ability to increase production even through baby probably isn’t going through a growth spurt. Here’s how:

  1. Pump both breasts after each breastfeeding session for at least 7 minutes or until no more milk is coming out, whichever is longer.
  2. Pump or breastfeed about every 3 hours. If baby is sleeping, pump instead of breastfeeding.

Now that you’ve increased the amount of milk that’s being removed, your body is set to increase breastmilk production. The final step in conquering low breastmilk supply is to give your body a breastmilk booster, such as Lactiful Supply Max. This all-natural blend of 8 herbs was shown in a 2012 observational study to boost breastmilk supply in 75% of the women who tried it. How much of a boost? Of the women who saw an increase, the boosted their breastmilk production by 14.8 ounces of additional breastmilk per mom, per day!

In closing, if you are suffering from a low supply of breastmilk, begin by searching out the cause and if you find it, fixing it to the best of your ability. Next increase breastmilk removal and give your body a breastmilk production booster with a supplement like Lactiful Supply Max. You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max in 30 seconds by going hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Enhance Breast Milk Supply

Take A Breast Milk Supply Enhancing Product

herbs can enhance breast milk supplyPerhaps the easiest way to enhance breast milk supply is to start with a product that does just that! Ancient Egyptians discovered that certain herbs could enhance a mother’s breast milk supply and that knowledge has been passed down through the centuries and has now been modernized and enhanced with additional all-natural herbs and bio-availability enhancing ingredients to make a powerful herbal blend in a convenient tablet form, that can dramatically boost breast milk supply in the majority of women.

Tiny Tablets Cause A Big Increase In Breast Milk Supply

These small tablets enhance breast milk supplyWhile the tiny tablets are about the size of M&Ms candy, they pack over 9,000 mg of breast milk supply enhancing herbal goodness in each daily dose! Small, yet very powerful. But what does that mean for enhancing breast milk supply?

A 2012 observational study of Lactiful Supply Max tablets found that breastfeeding and pumping moms who took the full dose saw an increase in breast milk supply of 7.1 ounces on day 3 of beginning the product. 8.9 additional ounces of breast milk production by day 7. And 14.8 additional ounces of breast milk production by day 14. What a way to enhance breast milk supply! You can see the full study results here.

Not A Miracle For All

Unfortunately there are many reasons moms want to enhance breast milk supply and there are many reasons that breast milk supply may be lower for some individuals. From breast surgeries, to hormone and thyroid disorders, to poor baby latches and malfunctioning breast pumps, the reasons are many and varied.

As a result no solution in a bottle is a miracle for all women looking to enhance their breast milk supply. The same study that reported the increases listed above also reported on the success rate of Lactiful Supply Max. The study found that the product increase breast milk production for 75% of the women who tried it. So while it is not a miracle solution for all, it does enhance breast milk supply in the majority of women who try it. The high success rate allows the company to offer a 100% money back guarantee in the event the product does not enhance breast milk supply.

Get to know Lactiful Supply Max in just 30 seconds by going here.

To Enhance Breast Milk Supply For Banking Up A Freezer Stash, Add One Or More Bonus Pumping Sessions

breast milk storage pump bottlesIf you wish to build up a freezer stash of frozen breast milk you can enhance your breast milk supply by adding one or more bonus pumping sessions. You’ll want to keep this bonus pumping session or sessions at the same time each day. Start the session at the time that is between normal breastfeeding or pumping sessions. A good time is usually after baby goes to bed, but before you go to bed.

At first, your body may not produce much additional breast milk at this new time, however as long as you stay consistent, your body will enhance your supply at this new time and you should be able to pump 2 to 6 ounces which can be bagged, saved and frozen.

To Enhance Breast Milk Supply For Breastfeeding Sessions, Pump After Breastfeeding

If you wish to enhance your breast milk supply so that more milk is available to your baby during breastfeeding sessions, the best way to do this is to pump after each breastfeeding session. To do this, be sure baby is breastfeeding on both sides for every breastfeeding session. After baby has completely finished, pump both sides for 5 to 10 minutes or until no more milk is being produced, whichever is longer.

It’s perfectly fine to pump, even though no milk is being produced, and really baby should have removed the vast majority of the milk, so don’t let the lack of milk deter you. What the pumping does is that it fools your body into thinking that baby is going through a growth spurt and that it should enhance your breast milk supply to compensate. It won’t happen overnight, but within a few days to a week, your body will respond to the increased demand, especially if you are also taking a breast milk supply enhancing product like Lactiful Supply Max. Click for more articles about how to enhance breast milk supply

When To Start On Baby Food?

6 Months Is The Current Guideline

The current guideline on when to start your baby on baby food is around six months of age. (Before that, baby should be exclusively on breast milk or formula.) However this is a guideline and each baby is unique, so here are the things to watch for to see when is the best time to start your baby on baby food.

Signs That Baby Is Ready For Baby Food

Your baby will indicate to you when he or she is ready to start trying other foods than breast milk or formula. Here are some signs babies give when they’re ready:

  • baby-starting-on-foodHave at least one tooth – a baby who has at least one tooth tends to be more ready for food than toothless babies.
  • Wants to be included in meal time – if you set baby some place other than the table for mealtime and baby acts fussy until you bring her to the table, it’s a good sign she may be ready to try food.
  • Baby is interested in food – if your baby intently watches other people eating it’s a good sign to start on baby food.
  • Baby mimics eating food while at the dinner table – if baby is opening his mouth and pretending to chew while watching other people eat, it’s a good sign to start on baby food.

Some babies may be ready for food as early as 4 months, while others may not have interest until well after 6 or 7 months, but it’s important for the parents to watch for the signs that baby is ready and when the signs are seen consistently, start on baby food. Parents who ignore the signs may unintentionally put baby off food and have a more difficult transition.

What Baby Foods Are Good To Start With?

A simple way to start with baby food is to mash up a small section of banana and start with small spoonfuls of that. Applesauce is another good early first food. You can also get small jars of ready to go baby food and these are marked with some indication of how complex the food is. Start with a stage 1 food.

Many babies have a tongue reflex that automatically wants to kick out any object or food that gets in their mouth, so you’ll often see this when you start with baby food. Don’t take it as an indication that baby does not like the taste or does not want to eat, it’s simply a built-in response and baby needs time to learn how to control his tongue and mouth to move the food back and swallow. To help baby learn, take the baby spoon with baby food on it and after putting it in baby’s mouth, scrape the food off on baby’s upper lip. This gives baby the best chance to get the food back in her mouth.

Baby Starting On Baby Foods Affect Breast Milk Production

Once baby gets the hang of eating baby foods and begins to get more and more of her calories from solid food, you may notice your breast milk production decreasing.This is a normal step in the weaning process but many moms continue to breastfeed for months after baby starts on baby food. If your milk supply drops dramatically, try Lactiful Supply Max to boost it back up. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply