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Conscious Breastfeeding for Posterity: Everyday is Earth Day

Breastfeeding may not seem to have anything to do with Earth Day.  However, I beg to differ.  On this occasion, I am emboldened to declare that  it protects our global environment by reducing the demands  on it which are intrinsic to the production of artificial baby milk; when mothers directly breastfeed, sources of waste and pollution are eliminated.

Breastmilk is the bio-available, species-specific food which is perfectly crafted for human babies.  It is delivered by the elegant and  nurturing act of breastfeeding.  Literally organic, it is made by the mother’s body, and delivered to her baby via her breasts.  In contrast to artificial baby milk,  human milk is a raw food that does not require processing and distribution. It does not use valuable resources nor does it pollute the environment .

Breastfeeding is a feeding practice that is almost completely self-contained; the supply depends upon maintaining a synergistic connection between the baby and the breast. The baby, breast and hormones released by the pituitary gland of the mother set up the milk supply after birth. Supply adjusts to removal of milk by the  baby over time.

Unfortunately, the modern practice of pumping and bottle feeding human milk does exert an impact on the environment in terms of use of electricity, cleaning products, bottles and other gadgets that will eventually become waste in a landfill or elsewhere.  However, relative to the elements that go into the production of formula, it is far less of an ecological burden.

Conscious breastfeeding  mothers make a positive contribution to the ecology and environment in which they are raising their children  by actually breastfeeding whenever possible.  A shift in emphasis away from an over-reliance on pumping will reduce their carbon footprint.

On this Earth Day, and everyday, we need to create a world in which breastfeeding is the norm rather than the exception.

1 comment

1 Glenni Lorick, IBCLC { 04.22.14 at 9:44 am }

I love this perspective! I especially love the reference to the “elegant and nurturing act of breastfeeding” – beautifully worded! Happy Earth Day!!

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