Um, excuse me. A little privacy please. Thank you. Yo! It’s “National Breastfeeding Awareness
Month!” I know you’ve been waiting all year, but it’s finally here! So that means
we’re going to uncover those udder covers, and talk about the other use of the word,
nursing. Now if you like the idea of a nurse, devoting
his time away from his job to help you live a better life. Go ahead and hit that subscribe
button down there and the little bell next to it. Or, if you’re not watching this on
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Just like I care about every patient I sit down next to. So you deliver on your side,
and subscribe to me, and I’ll deliver what I’ve got on mine. Deal? Let’s jump right
in. Now, nipple tenderness aside, this can be
a very sensitive topic. So I want you to know if you have any strong religious, cultural,
or any kind of belief against breast feeding, then you do you “boo boo.”
But I’m here to give you an easy way to remember the possible benefits of breastfeeding.
Based on studies, research, data, and all the **** I sifted through, so you didn’t
have to. With this simple mnemonic. A B C D E F G
H, I think I might breastfeed. Thank you, thank you. You’re too kind. I’m
here all week. Okay, the “A” is for allergies and immunity.
That boob juice is more than just milk. It’s an immunologically active substance. Meaning
it’s got antibacterial enzymes, anti-inflammatory properties, cells that fight infection. All
sorts of goodies that could help your little love bug fight off all the gunk that’s in
our world. Next up is “B” for bite. Studies have
shown that breastfeeding most likely reduces the chance of malocclusion, which is bad alignment
of your teeth or jaw. Trying to correct that years down the line, might require jaw wiring,
surgery, or braces. That’s risky, or expensive things which fortunately, I wouldn’t know
anything about. Next up is “C” and that’s for cancer.
Okay, yes, the big “C” that no one wants to see. Okay, Moms. You can reduce your risk
of ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancer, all through breastfeeding. That should be
enough right there, but if it isn’t, your baby might appreciate you maybe lowering the
risks of childhood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma. Cancer is one of the worst things
in our world, that has affected almost everyone in one way or another, and there’s some
promising research out there that I suggest you explore. The “D” is for developmental. Visual function, hearing abilities, behavior, cognitive development.
Basically everything you want them to get a passing score on. Even the slightest bit
of research suggesting this, I’d take my bra off right now and get it started.
If I could only get the… I’ve done this at least three times.
“E” is for economical. Breastfeeding is free! The powers that be, essentially have
mind control over most of us, so if they really wanted you to spend money on that first year
postpartum, they’d scare you into doing it. But no, extremely reputable organizations
like the “American Academy of Pediatrics,” the “American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists,” and the “World Health Organization,” are recommending that you
pocket the money you’d be spending on formula, and use what you were born to use. The average
savings of breastfeeding a child, is about a grand per year. A thousand dollars! That’s
like eight years of Netflix! That’s like 230 pumpkin-spiced lattes, girl treat yourself!
The “F” is for functionality, and this one is for you moms. Getting you back, to
who you were, before you could barely walk, got depressed, and started eating for two,
and sometimes three. So when you breastfeed, you secrete oxytocin, prolactin, and neuroendocrine
peptides. Okay, all of these speed up the recovery process, and can help you deal with
the stressors that come along with being responsible for a brand new human being, every moment
of your life from now on! Studies have also shown less child neglect and abuse, and an increase in mother-baby bonding. How sweet is that? Okay, I’m guessing half of you
are thinking, “Yeah, yeah, what about this amorphic figure that used to get my partner
all hot and bothered?” Well, if you haven’t guessed it, studies have shown that postpartum
weight loss, increases with breastfeeding, and good nutrition and exercise. The “G” is for gastrointestinal, and that means everything from their lips to their
****. Your milk can work wonders on their GI tract in way too many ways for me to go
through in this video, but one that’s really worth mentioning is the decreased risk of
“NEC,” or necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants. Which is a disease of the
intestines that causes the bowel linings to perforate, and stool to empty out into the
baby’s gut. This can cause serious complications, including death, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal emergencies in the neonatal ICU. The “H” is for human milk, and this is
just to remind you that breastfeeding is only human… and dogs… and cows. My point is
that it’s natural. Now, I had a patient once tell me that breastfeeding is weird and
gross, which one, made me think she’s never seen anything on the internet, and two, made
me think about our ***** up cultural norms, and I kind of understood where she was coming
from. But think about it, is donating blood gross? It could save a life. Is swapping saliva
when you’re kissing gross? Well, maybe, but either they’re hot, or you love them,
so, **** it. My point is our bodies are made up of unbelievably complex designs, and one of those designs is to naturally nourish your child, extremely effectively. Think about
taking advantage of it. Plus, there are all sorts of products out
there that specifically designed to make breastfeeding more easily, and sometimes fashionably
integrated into your uniquely developed lifestyle. Lastly the “I” is for infancy, remember infancy covers age zero to one, and is widely recommended that you breastfeed
for at least one full year. The first half, exclusively with breast milk, and in that second
half start introducing those solids. A B C D E F G
H, I think you might breastfeed. Now remember, I am in no way telling you not
to formula feed your child. Women. It’s your body. It’s your baby, it’s your family,
it’s your life. It’s your choice. I’m just giving you information I’ve learned
about the elixir of the gods you’ve got brewing in those breasts!
Now if you want to share your experiences, give advice, or want another video on tips
and tricks for breastfeeding from specialists I know. Or any other video for that matter.
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