Breastfeeding Can Resolve the Population Crisis

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Population estimates suggest that the world population will reach nine billion in the next century and statistics show that moving away from natural processes of living  is a primary cause for population crisis.   The global population has tripled since the 1950s by which time fifty percent of the infants in the United States were fed by formula milk.  Artificially fed infants have lower IQ, poorer eyesight, more infections, higher risk of requiring orthodontics, higher risk of eczema and asthma, higher cholesterol, and are more likely to be overweight.  Mothers who don’t breastfeed are at higher risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, osteoporosis, and post natal depression.  Mothers who breastfeed on average of fourteen months without menstruating, even then may not be fertile for several further cycles.  Breastfeeding prevents an average of four births in Africa and six births in Bangladesh.

In Chile, women who breastfed exclusively for six months, reported no pregnancies, while seventy-two percent of the women who gave their infants formula milk reported getting pregnant.  Not only is breastfeeding better for the mother and her infant, but it is also good for our environment; it takes one liter of boiled water to prepare formula and two liters to sterilize the bottles for every feed.  Breastfeeding doesn’t require any packaging, preparation, shipping or disposal. It is the required temperature, always available, sterile, and rich in antibodies.  Not only is it the way we are supposed to nourish our young, but it is also a way to resolve our population crisis.

Title:  Population Crisis Can Be Resolved By Breastfeeding

Publication:  Natural News, October 24, 2010

Author:  Penny Forham


Faculty Evaluator:  Heather Flynn, Sonoma State University

Student Name:  Lauren McNamara, Sonoma State University