Got Milk? Green Milk That Is!
If I told you that I had green breasts or breastmilk, what would you think?
Images of shirtless alien-like women are probably dancing around your mind right now and I apologize for putting such odd thoughts into your head; but it got you pondering didn’t it?
Actually, what I mean by having green milk has nothing to do with the color of the breast or the milk we produce, but the effects breastfeeding your baby has on the environment. Believe it or not, something as simple and natural as breastfeeding (which many of you already do) is a great way to step into the eco-friendly zone!
I’m sure many of you are thinking….
“I know breastfeeding is beneficial to my baby’s health, but how could it be beneficial to the environment?”
Well, according to Ecomall’s Article on Breastfeeding and The Environment:
- Each grazing cow that produces milk used in artificial baby milk needs about 10,000 square meters of land. This requires a high amount of fertilizers and irrigation.
- For every 3 million bottle-fed babies, 450 million tins of [formula] are consumed!
- The 450 million tins of artificial baby milk sold each year to bottle feed US babies alone stacked end to end would circle the earth one and a half times
- Plastic feeding bottles and nipples take 200 to 450 years to break down when disposed of in landfills sites!
These are just a few reasons and facts on how bottle feeding affects the planet – especially when one neglects to recycle the tins, nipples, and plastic bottles. As a mother and Doula-in-training, I knew the health benefits, of course and am absolutely pro-breastfeeding, but never really stopped to think of the environmental impact.
The Mother Nature Network gives six more reasons as to how breastfeeding helps keep the environment green. Who would have thought all that good could come out of giving your baby a breast over buying a can of formula? I know that this aspect of breastfeeding isn’t a benefit I thought about much until now.
Dia L. Michels, an author from Mother Nature Loves Breastmilk says:
“Breastmilk may look white, but actually, it is as green as can be.”
We all know how good breastfeeding is is for your health and your baby’s health. This information is everywhere you look. You see posters in hospitals and doctor’s offices, see brochures and of course hear your mother or grandmother tell you about how much healthier a breastfed baby will be than a formula fed baby.
As I said, I personally have never thought about the green aspect to breastfeeding! I’m thinking for National Green Week instead of planting a tree, I will encourage one person I know to breastfeed. What a wonderful way to help the environment as well as the mom and baby at the same time.
With National Green Week upon us, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the environmental impact of breastfeeding and other ways that you are focusing on being green in your life.
Emily Steves is the mother of three children ranging from Newborn to 11 years old. As a stay-at-home mom she enjoys learning from her kids in the most unexpected ways. When not wearing her mother and wife hat, Emily is busy on her journey to become a Certified DONA Doula. Her lifelong passion is to help other women throughout the changes in pregnancy, labor, and beyond.
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