When it comes to feeding your baby, breastfeeding is quite obviously the most eco-friendly choice. It is free, generates no waste, is a renewable resource, and requires no energy to produce (except of course for those calories your body is burning). It is also the most healthy food for babies to be consuming, as it is loaded with nutrients, immunities, and antibodies that can’t be replicated by formula or solid food. What you may not know, however, is that breastfeeding is also healthy for moms. Breastfeeding protects against breast cancer, uterine and ovarian cancer, as well as osteoporosis. Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month, we thought it an appropriate time to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child.

I found the above statistics on the Motherwear.com blog. I first discovered Motherwear while looking for eco-friendly nursing tops, like the bamboo tops shown below. (The black bamboo nursing tank is a lifesaver – I ended up buying two of them, and I practically live in them). Happily, Motherwear is good for a lot more than just cute nursing gear. The site is a fountain of great information on nursing and lactation, and I highly recommend that all new mothers check it out. From supply issues, to time, to practical matters like pumping, leaking and privacy, nursing can often be a challenge for new mothers. Between advice and cute nursing gear, Motherwear helps make it a little easier.

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Eco-friendly bamboo nursing tops from Motherwear.com

Bamboo is a great fabric for nursing wear, as it is breathable, dries quickly, is naturally anti-bacterial, and extremely soft and comfortable. Did we mention its also super eco-friendly?

$24 – Bamboo Tank from Motherwear

$25 – Harmony Bamboo Top from Motherwear