Another (AMAZING) Reason To Nurse

The benefits of breast feeding are well known and have been for many years. Who hasn’t heard that it contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs for the first six months of life? Or that it protects from a long list of illnesses?

You probably also know that it can offer protection from allergies and may even boost intelligence. The list of breast feeding goodies goes on and on, even including a bonus or two for you – like lowering your risk for certain cancers and reducing your stress level.

But wait! There’s more! And this latest, truly awesome discovery should convince anyone still on the fence to give it a try. Check it out: In her new book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, Florence Williams points out that in addition to being a fantastic food teaming with nutrient rich fats, proteins and vitamins, breast milk also contains other stuff that is not actually digestible by babies at all. And this other stuff is present in almost the exact same levels.

So what are these things and why are they there? “It turns out, they’re digestible by beneficial bacteria. So over millions of years, the mother has been creating a substance that will recruit useful bacteria into her infant’s gut, and this sets her infant up for life. So as much as breast milk is a food, we also now understand that it’s also a medicine.”

How cool is THAT? As of now anyway, the formula companies really can’t compete with Mother’s Nature’s brand. It continues to be the Gold Standard for infant nutrition and we now have one more reason why.

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

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