This from the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog:
Some good news:
- Breastfeeding initiation rates have hit a 20 year high.
- Breastfeeding helps you lose weight.
- Breastfeeding does not make your breasts sag.
- Breastfeeding reduces your risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Breastfeeding reduces you risk of rheumatoid arthritis by half.
- Breastfeeding protects babies from breast cancer as adults.
- Breastfeeding improves intelligence scores.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of childhood obesity.
- Breastfed kids have fewer behavioral problems.
- Breastfeeding reduces asthma risk.
- Breastfeeding provides better pain relief during procedures (like heel sticks) than sugar water.
Some bad news:
- Pediatricians are less likely to promote breastfeeding than they were 10 years ago.
- Only 8% of mothers deliver in hospitals that have policies making it 13 times less likely that we’ll stop breastfeeding early.
- Obstetricians’ textbooks contain poor information on breastfeeding.
- Nursing moms get bad advice from pharmacists.
Some hmmmm news:
- Men’s prolactin levels rise when their partners are pregnant.