It is amazing to know that the human body can provide the only food it’s offspring needs for the first 12 months of life, and can supplement baby’s diet for years longer. Mothers are rediscovering the benefits of breastfeeding, as we become more in tune with our spiritual nature, ancestral strength, and human superpowers.
The Information Age is bringing the risks and benefits of breastfeeding to the limelight, and it is important that mamas who can breastfeed, consider and weigh out their options. This is especially because exclusively breastfeeding/ pumping, as well as longer durations of breastfeeding are directly correlated to better maternal health outcomes. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of postpartum depression, breast cancer and ovarian cancer, as the latter is 27% higher risk for women who have never breastfed.
On a more positive note, mother and baby can experience great satisfaction from breastfeeding. In addition to the sense of bonding and closeness resulting from breastfeeding, breast milk is uniquely and perfectly suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs. It is a living substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect both mothers and children from a number of illnesses and diseases. It is no wonder that such prominent health professionals and organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least 12 months, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Nurse- Midwives, American Dietetic Association, and American Public Health Association.
As a student of Ayurveda (an ancient Indian healing system regarded as the “knowledge of life”), I now see breastfeeding from an Ayurvedic perspective. The same way superfoods directly and deeply nourish and rejuvenate our adult bodies, breastmilk acts as the first human superfood. Superfoods have energizing and building qualities, increase vitality and wellbeing, calms the mind, and improves the longevity and quality of life. Some superfoods in Ayurveda are considered spiritual superfoods, as they support spiritual growth, mental clarity and maturity, and provide freedom from illness. Breast milk also contains such nourishing qualities, and can be described as rich, heavy, creamy, slippery, unctuous, and sweet. Our milk directly and deeply nourishes a baby’s tissues and organs, while providing a deep connection to true nature. While mothers give babies rich quality food and nourishment for the body, this simultaneously creates deep pleasure of the heart and mind, and an incredible loving and bonding experience.
Breastfeeding is the most natural, cost-effective way to feed and nourish your baby while providing both psychological and health benefits for mothers and babies. If you are pregnant or new to breastfeeding, consider joining breastfeeding communities online, such as Milky Mama LLC, so you can become and remain encouraged and enlightened about the benefits of breastfeeding. With all the negativity and judgement in the world, mothers should find confidence and peace in being the sole provider of nourishment for their new tiny humans. A mama’s superpower, a baby’s superfood.