When I was pregnant with my first, people would ask me if I planned to breastfeed...and my response was a horrified

"Of Course I am going to FEED my baby!! What kind of monster do you think I am?!?!?!"

LOL I honestly did not think of another possibility...I really thought that only people who couldn't breastfeed would bottle feed a baby...after all, it is expensive and a hassle, and a poor substitute for the real thing.

That was before I realized that there has been a steady stream of advertising and cultural pressure for the last 100 years (yes, I live in a cave) that make bottle feeding seem "natural" (next time you are leafing through a magazine, TRY to find a picture of a baby without either a bottle or a pacifier, something that was invented alongside bottles because the development of the human jaw required an adequate of suckling by an infant, something that is not provided with the bottle's quicker feeding.)

The main reason I am so pasionate about breastfeeding is that the future of the human race depends on it!!

Scientists are finding that the old adage "you are what you eat" is only partially true..."you are what your grandmother ate" is closer to the truth. Hence the rash of deadly peanut allergies...think back, how many generations ago did peanut butter become a staple in the North American diet?

Evolution is an amazing thing...ALL life is constantly evolving, and the shorter the life cycle, the faster an organism evolves.

There are MANY organisms that COULD kill a human, but our immune system is ready for them...almost. That wondrous storehouse of immunities has been built by generations of humans fighting off those tiny little "bugs", and so we are only troubled with a little stomach upset instead of death. But the organisms that your Great-Great-Grandmother faced have evolved so much that if she were magically transported to our time, she would likely die from the first flu she contracted, even if it were a descendant of a strain that she had suffered with back in her time.

So mother nature made mother's milk.

The mammary glands are a marvel of immunology, whereby a baby can have anti-bodies (delivered through the milk) that the mother does not even have!! This means that the boobs actually MAKE ANTI-BODIES, just like your fully grown immune system does, which, as many of you already know, a baby lacks.

Now if you look at the general health of the North American population, you will see a sharp increase of such terrible diseases as diabetes, obesity and allergies over the last few generations, and in my opinion , (and this is based on much reading and research, but I have not yet published a paper :-) there is a direct relationship to the decrease in the number of women who breastfeed and so....

Human protection from the microscopic world has a growing hole in it.

When a baby is not "boosted" up to the evolutionary stage that the viruses and bacteria have evolved to, it becomes more susceptible to attack by the same. And when that baby grows up and has a baby, that baby's immune system is now 2 human generations out of date. If that mother does not breastfeed, her child will grow up with an immune system that is now millions of generations behind the bacteria and viruses that can seriously effect their health.

So, why am I passionate about breastfeeding?

Evolutionary, my dear Watson...evolutionary.



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Tanya...
Feb. 6, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Very interesting. I am passionate about breastfeeding for a number of reasons! great post!

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KayMMIV
Feb. 6, 2009 at 1:40 PM

very beautifully written :)

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Mommy...
Feb. 6, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I agree, very well written! I enjoyed every minute of BFing my DD!!! I had to pump occasionally so that Daddy didn't feel to left out,LOL.

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Teres...
Feb. 6, 2009 at 2:46 PM

You do write well dear! :O)

I did NOT breast feed. I was one of those who could NOT.  :O(  And I find it funny that so many people out there do not seem to know that a baby is born with out an immune system. They like wise seem to not know or understand that our continent is suffering with some of the highest rates of diabetes, cancer, and such. I have studied this a great deal. Do to the fact that my first DD had kidney troubles, and because I had my condition where as I could not breast feed and almost killed me. But those 2 things prompted me to study the topics and learn these things at an early age. It then caused me to study and learn what other options I had to help my children then.

I'm not trying to tell anyone how to do it. I'm not suggesting anything. Just that I think to make any decision in life, especially one that will effect the life time of your child, just to educate your self as much as possible and then do whats best for you and your family.

Teresa

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rennez
Feb. 6, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I did not breastfeed, by choice.  Your post is very thought provoking.

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jus1jess
Feb. 6, 2009 at 6:08 PM

awesome post. anyone who really knew about how great bf-ing is & how bad ff-ing is would be passionate as well.

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Color...
Feb. 7, 2009 at 5:26 AM

I absolutely love this! Would you mind if I snagged if for my journal, but of course sited you, and added my own reasonings as well? :)

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nache...
Feb. 20, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Awesome!!!  BF all four of my babies. Never thought about the whole evolutionary thing, just did what's best for my baby (bonding wise, nutrition wise, anti-bodies and more). What you say makes so much sense and gives me one more reason to be proud of my choice to BF!!!

you rock

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Nikki...
Feb. 23, 2009 at 10:23 PM

I'm a devoted breastfeeder also! 

I worked when I had my first child.  I faithfully pumped at every break at work to keep up my supply and provide breast milk for Olivia.  A recurrent sinus infection and stress ended up killing my supply.  I tried and tried to regain it by taking supplements, but they had side effects.  I tried a prescription and it only worked as long as I was taking it.  I took it as long as I could and lost my supply again when I had to stop taking it.  Olivia was beginning to self-wean.  She was enjoying the easy way of bottle feeding and being in control of her bottle.  She was 9 and 1/2 months.  I eventually had to give in and give her formula.  It was devestating to me.

With my youngest, Katie, I was able to breastfeed exclusively.  By that time I was a SAHM and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  She nursed 19 months.  I did encourage her weaning, but did so gradually as she clearly wasn't going to self-wean!

I don't think we will be having anymore children but if we do.  I will be exclusively breastfeeding! 

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trewlove
Mar. 17, 2009 at 12:47 AM

For those Moms who do not know, if you cannot BF, you can buy BF from other Moms so that your baby can still get the benefits of BF! There are Moms who do it directly, and there are also 'milk banks' (like blood banks), who do it (although they do pasteurize it which might effect it).

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