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You Know You're a Breastfeeding Mother When...
by Lisa Anne Selvidge, La Leche League of Yuba-Sutter, Live Oak, CA

Mommy Nature's Preschool Blog

you don’t mind the smell of your baby’s diaper.
Breast milk stools produce less diaper odor.

…you can still have that cookie and lose weight too.
Breastfeeding burns an extra 500 calories a day.

…feeding preparation means lifting your shirt.
Feeding from the breast is convenient with no bottles to worry about.
Baby can "dine-in" or have "take-out"!
Breasts are easily portable and travel well!

…feeling "let down" can be the best feeling in the world.
Calming "mothering hormones" are released when your milk "lets down".

…the best things in life are really free.
Breast milk and its containers are free!

…good things come in all sizes.
Breasts of all sizes produce plenty of milk for their babies.

…you refer to your expressed breast milk as "liquid gold".
Breast milk contains just the right balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate for your baby’s stage of development, even for preemies.
Breast milk helps baby settle down and fall asleep.
Breast milk contains antibodies to prevent illness and boost immune response (for as long as it is offered – not just 6 months as commonly thought).

…the health benefits of breastfeeding don’t stop when you stop breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk of: breast cancer, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, allergies, asthma, ear infections, SIDS, diarrhea, bacterial meningitis, respiratory infections, childhood cancers, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Hodgkin's disease, osteoporosis, obesity, dental caries, eczema, reflux and more.  It is alive and there is no equal!Breastfeeding significantly reduces the mother’s risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, postpartum hemorrhaging, and osteoporosis.

…you consider celebrity mothers like Cindy Crawford, Kelly Rippa, Tori Amos, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jodi Foster your "bosom buddies" because they breastfed their babies.
Breastfeeding is a special gift that mothers can give their babies and themselves.

…you take pride in seeing your baby thrive because of your beautiful gift!

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