#ThankfulThursday – Nourishment

 NOURISHMENT, from me to you: #ThankfulThursday

Image by Ron Hamad

What I liked about it:

When I breastfed my daughter it was one of the most amazing times in my life.  I had no idea how much I would enjoy being able to attend and feed her.  It blew me away that I could nourish her and she could grow and be totally supported by the breast milk that I produced.  I believe our bonding was positively impacted by nursing.  I would wear her in a sling as a newborn and go on an afternoon walk while nursing her.  It was discrete, and effective.  She would often transition into a nap during the walk.  The night feedings were certainly a bit of a drain on my sleep cycle.  I was clueless about pumping and actually believed that bottle feeding would cause her to refuse my breast.  Oops.

What the experts like about it:

  • Protects your baby from infection—even the milk produced during the first few days after birth is packed with antibodies that fight infection.
  • Reduces your baby’s risk of severe chest infections like pneumonia, ear infections, and stomach issues.
  • Helps your baby’s immune system develop and lowers the risk of asthma, allergies, type 1 diabetes, and childhood leukemia.
  • Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Reduces your child’s risk for obesity.
  • Improves your child’s ability to learn and process information.

#ThankfulThursday gratitude props to the magical nourishment of breastfeeding and to all the nursing mom’s out there!

Resources:

http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/breastfeeding.asp

Alisa Donner, MSW, LCSW, Co-Founder of PAM, mother who breastfed  Image by Ron Hamad, who is her husband – that image is from their trip to Italia when their daughter was 12 months old.

**Remember the PAM blog is here to inspire you from the opinions and experiences of other mom’s.  We are not providing medical advice.  If you are in need of that, please consult with your medical provider.

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