For lots of reasons, breastfeeding can be a touchy subject for many families of color. On top of that, some new mothers are unable to nurse because of health issues or work situations. But new research offers encouragement for those who are able to produce milk for their babies and those who are considering breastfeeding. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, if 90% of American women fed their babies only breast milk for the first six months of life, the lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year.
My own experience is that nursing my son is one of the most rewarding things I've done as a parent. The health benefits are immediate and tremendous. My little one never had an ear infection and did not catch a serious cold until he went to daycare at almost 18 months. Today he's a healthy, happy, rambunctious 3-year-old.
What is your experience? Did you choose to nurse or use formula? How do you feel about your decision? Would you do anything differently if given the chance?