Environmental Benefits of Breastfeeding

Help save the planet and go green through your commitment to breastfeeding. Here is a list that describes how breastfeeding your baby gives back to the earth as well:

1. Breastfeeding Reduces Waste – Breastfeeding produces less waste than formula feeding no matter which way you look at it. With breastfeeding there is little need for packaged goods. Bottles, nipples and formula cans with their wrappers and packaging can all be eliminated. Many breastfeeding moms do not resume menstruation until their baby is a year or older. This reduces the waste created by menstrual supplies like tampons, pads and pain medication. Breast milk fed babies produce fewer dirty diapers. Breast milk is more readily absorbed compared to formula this results in less excrement and fewer diaper changes. More good news for the planet as fewer diapers will find their way into landfill!

2. Breastfeeding Reduces Carbon Emissions – Breast milk is not bottled in factories. Heavy trucks are not necessary to carry shipments of raw materials or packaged materials. No manufactured goods are necessary to make breastfeeding work (some manufactured goods like breast pumps sure do come in handy). All of these things prevent unnecessary trips to the store for supplies.

3. Formula Can Contain Genetically Modified Ingredients – The US government does not require food manufacturers to state if the food they they are selling has been genetically modified. Many top baby formula brands have been tested and found to contain genetically engineered ingredients. You do not have to subscribe to the GMO conspiracy theories to dislike GMO foods. The farming practices regularly used in agribusiness today have wide ranging implications on the our fossil fuel dependency and the cleanliness of our water supply.

3. Breast Milk Has No Artificial Growth Hormones – Modern milk cows are routinely injected with growth hormones to increase milk production. These growth hormones find their way into baby formula too.

5. Breast Milk Comes Comes Prepared With Great Packaging! – Formula needs to be measured and mixed with clean water while breast milk is ready to go any time it’s needed. What could be better for your child than connecting with mother at her breast as opposed to being attached to a artificial plastic nipple.

6. Helps With Natural Child Spacing – It is definitely possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding but most women don’t ovulate for at least the first six months after they give birth. This is dependent on exclusive breastfeeding (with no supplements or solid food) and for those whose menstrual cycles has not yet resumed. Night nursing further delays the return of a woman’s period but to ensure you don’t get pregnant again always use a back up method of birth control. Generally speaking breastfeeding helps with optimal child spacing.

7. Less Equipment To Buy, Maintain And Store – All the extras for formula feeding like bottles, measuring devices and sterilizing equipment (I’m sure there are more) are costly and take up space and have to be thoroughly cleaned.

Read More About The Benefits of Breastfeeding:
Breast is Best Giant List of Breastfeeding Benefits
Top 15 Reasons to Breastfeed
Financial Benefits of Breastfeeding
Medical Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Benefits To Baby
Breastfeeding Benefits to Mother
Extended Breastfeeding Benefits

 

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