Breastfeeding – The Best Choice for Mom, Baby & the Earth

“Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 – Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.”

World Breastfeeding Week - Milk Mama Diaries Carnival

 

I breastfeed my son exclusively for 6 months and continued until he’s 2 while working in a fulltime 8-5 job (ideal case).  It was the most natural and obvious way to provide the nourishment he needed to thrive.

It is not only the baby that benefits from breastfeeding. The moms, too have their own share as breastfeeding reduces several health risks. Even our planet Earth benefits  from it.

Not all mothers understand, may be some are not even aware of  the environmental impact when breast milk is substituted.

Breast milk is the most environmentally sound food source available because milk is produced (by the mother) delivered to the consumer (baby) with a nearly zero ecological, carbon and water footprint.

No paper, metal, tin or oil for production, transportation and refrigeration needed. There are zero production, distribution and consumption that pollutes the air, water and fills up landfills.

The act of breastfeeding is probably the most overlooked means of contributing to the health of planet Earth. So rejoice, breastfeeding moms! You are doing good in preserving the only planet we have.

Here are many thoughts and reasons why we should all advocate for mothers to breastfeed for the first 1,000 days of life #BF1st1000days

My entries for this Milk Mama Diaries Carnival:  breastfeeding as the best choice for the environment as well and breastfeeding myths and poverty

Jenny shares experiencing the One Asia Breastfeeding Forum

Mec insists to do the Math and breastfeed!

Ams, The Passionate Mom says Breastfeed for a Better Future

Pat says breastfeeding saves money and the planet

Cheryl, the Multi-Tasking Mama, tackles maternal health as addressed by breastfeeding

2011 CNN Hero Ibu Robin highlights gentle births and breasfeeding, even in disaster zones

Felyn stresses that Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies

Monique reminds us that there are second chances in breastfeeding

Normi relates how breastfeeding gave her strength and purpose

Nats thanks Dr. Jack Newman for showing how breastfeeding can be a win-win situation

Em believes breastfeeding is a solution to societal problems

Marge shares what breastfeeding has taught them

Kaity was empowered financially and as a woman through breastfeeding

Madel relates her breastfeeding saga

Jen of Next9 reminds us to do our research and share what we know

Celerhina Aubrey vows to work on one mother at a time

Grace wants to put an end to stories of toasted coffee and similar stuff over breast milk

Diane shares how she prevailed when things did not go according to plan

Hazel appreciates mommy support groups

Roan combines two passions, breastfeeding and architecture

Rosa shares how the picture she thought of was realized

Sally believes breastfeeding benefits mankind and our planet Earth

Floraine reminds us that breastfeeding helps combat diseases

Crislyn was happy to realize that she improved her own health by breastfeeding

Armi reminds us how breastfeeding during emergencies is crucial

Arvi tells us how breastfeeding made her look at her body a different way

Clarice elaborates on how breastfeeding saves lives and the planet

Giane reminds us that women empowerment can begin by seeing breastfeeding as more than a feeding issue

Liza thought she was only breastfeeding for her child

22 comments

  1. How ironic no… it’s us who don’t have to throw cans monthly who are actually computing the environmental cost of formula feeding.

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  7. If ever I will have another child, I hope I can breastfeed him or her beyond two months.

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    • Yes you can! Just leave me a message and I’ll be willing to help you 🙂

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  9. Grabe. We we’re not just nourishing our kids but also helping the planet. How cool is that?! Hehehehehe..

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  10. This is so right!
    It’s sad that people try to go green but cannot relate breastfeeding as one of the best ways to be “green”. So many resources are used just to make a bottle of formula. Breastfeeding is the solution to conserving and allocating the proper resources to their own use.
    Thank you for reminding us again on this!

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    • So true. I hope more will know and choose this as there should be no other way 🙂

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  11. breastfed all my 3 kids, though the first one was on mixed. I swear it’s saved my middle son’s legs! long story.

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    • Wow! Powerful and miracle milk 🙂

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  12. I’m pro-breastfeeding! I’m aiming to directly and exclusively breastfeed my newborn for as long as I can this time around. With my eldest kasi I mix-fed him around 2 months na but we breastfed until he was 33 months old. I can definitely see the difference between him and non-breastfed babies when he was younger. They were more sakitin than he was (he rarely got sick too). Now that he’s in preschool, I’m starting to give him breastmilk in the bottle again ‘coz he gets sick easily na with all those other kids around him.

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    • Yey! You can do it Roxi! 🙂

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  13. I only got to breastfeed for 1 month wit my daughter. I hope I can breastfeed longer when my next child comes..

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  14. Breast feeding has much and way more benefits than formula. It would benefit both on Mom and child. But sometimes tiyagaan din. Sabi nga ng Aunt ko something is missing if you don’t breastfeed your child.

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  16. This is a great collection of breastfeeding stories. Kudos to the moms who have been successful at breastfeeding their kids.

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  17. thanks for this! I’m hoping to breastfeeding with my next child, and I’ll bookmark this for reference.

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  18. Breastfeeding really is the way to go, but I didn’t know that it benefits moms as well!

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