Thanks to scientific research and moms (and dads) around the world taking a stand, society is finally beginning to understand the importance of breastfeeding. Not only is it a healthy option for your baby, but there are a long list of benefits for both babies and mamas. And if that weren't enough, there are some pretty amazing things that happen between you and your baby when you breastfeed, and scientists are only beginning to discover them.
Did you know that in order to produce breast milk, a mother's body has to melt her own fat? And then produces exactly the right compounds tailored to her baby's needs. It's pretty remarkable, actually. No two baby's are the same, and no mothers' milk is exactly alike. Breastfeeding bonds you to your baby like nothing else can. It supports your child's physical and psychological development and has some pretty great benefits for you too.
Between both of my daughters, I've been nursing for more than two years. And while I know that many moms can't nurse or choose to use formula – and I'd never judge them for choosing those options — what I've learned about breastfeeding has convinced me that it's pretty fantastic. Here is just a sampling of the incredible things that happen between you and your baby when you're nursing.