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Going Green In 2013

If you saw our blog post from yesterday, you may notice a theme. Yesterday we had a guest post from Bump To Baby Gear about Expecting in Emerald (green that is). Today, the title of our blog post is Going Green in 2013. I guarantee you that Going Green in 2013 is not what you’d expect.

We like to consider ourselves an eco-minded household. We recycle, purchase eco-friendly plant based cleaning products, and repurpose as many items as possible.  I’m due with our second child in early February 2013 so I started thinking about my New Year’s resolution now knowing that I’ll have to plan ahead to make it a reality.

I’ve decided on a rather unconventional New Year’s resolution this year. It’s one that will be healthier, safer and greener for our little one on the way. It’s breastfeeding. Yes, my New Year’s resolution is to successfully breastfeed our daughter for 2013.

With our first child I gave up on breastfeeding after just a few short weeks and resorted to pumping breast milk and giving him a bottle.  Once my supply started to diminish I supplemented with formula and then eventually transitioned him to all formula. I felt guilty and like I gave him a good start, but not a great start to life.  That’s why I’ve recommitted to breastfeeding and have decided to make it my New Year’s resolution.

Why breastfeeding? We’ve all heard the saying “breast is best”.  According to the World Health Organization, “Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses - such as diarrhea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. Breast milk is readily available and affordable, which helps to ensure that infants get adequate sustenance.”

I completely agree with the World Health Organization’s health reasons for breastfeeding. However, my reason for breastfeeding is a bit non-traditional. Breastfeeding is the greenest option for feeding a baby. Have you thought about that?

You are offsetting your little one’s carbon footprint by not having to purchase bottles and nipples or use running water and soap to clean them. You’re not purchasing formula or using additional water to mix it. There are no plastic formula containers to tote around in diaper bags or bottles of water to mix formula while on-the-go.  Breastfeeding is green.

Come early February, I’ll be drinking lots of water and eating Milkin’ Cookies to keep my supply up. I’m also going to make sure that I have a new pump on hand, such as the Lansinoh Double Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump and lots of storage bags and labels. Just for fun, I’m ordering this super cute Milk It Kit complete with doorhangers and signs letting people know not to disturb when I’m nursing.

I understand the challenges associated with breastfeeding, as I went through them just 18 short months ago. But, now that I am more prepared to successfully breastfeed and know what to expect as a parent, I willingly accept this challenge to successfully breastfeed for all of 2013. I’m going green!

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