I'm still nursing my 20-month-old. I'm sure some will think this is a very long time (perhaps even too long), while others will think it is a drop in the bucket. [Twenty months is a long time by U.S. standards, but not by world standards. The WHO recommends breastfeeding for "up to two years of age or beyond."] At any rate, I've been thinking about all the ways that breastfeeding is green, even though this isn't why I breastfeed. I'm sensitive to the fact that not everyone is able to breastfeed exclusively, but no matter how much or how little you breastfeed, breastfeeding helps you, your baby, and the earth! If you are pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding, I encourage you to get all the support you need to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.
Ten Ways Breastfeeding is Eco-friendly
- Local -- folks, it doesn't get any more local than this
- Produced using renewable resources
- No energy spent on shipping
- No energy used to store, refrigerate, preserve
- No packaging (no concerns about BPA-lined cans!)
- No need to buy a delivery system such as bottles and nipples (no worries about chemicals leaching from plastic into milk)
- Reduces need for menstrual supplies and birth control (yes, I just used the word menstrual - still with me?)
- Reduces need for health care for baby
- Reduces need for health care for mom
- Breastmilk poop washes easily out of cloth diapers
Click HERE or HERE to read all about the benefits of breastfeeding.
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