BREASTFEEDING FOR RAISING
by Dr. Lawrence
© October 2022,
L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for
educational purposes only. It is
not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health
- Breastfeeding and avoiding all
vaccines are among the most important tasks needed after birth to produce a
- Breast milk is much healthier,
provided the mother is following a development program. Otherwise, many babies will need adult
food and may reject the milk after a time because its quality is so poor.
Just “eating well” or taking a
few vitamins is not enough to produce good quality milk.
- Most doctors do not emphasize breast feeding nearly enough. Many advise mothers to stop breastfeeding when a baby
reaches 6-12 months of age. This
is horrible advice, in our view!
Breastfeeding should ideally
continue for about three years if the mother is well-nourished
and the baby wants the breast milk.
- If problems arise with
breastfeeding, do not give up easily!
- This article also discusses
various problems that occur with breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding and avoiding all vaccines are the most important actions needed after birth to produce a healthy child. Mother’s milk is uniquely suited for the growth of a human child. No other milk or food is nearly as good if one wants one’s child to be in the best of health throughout life.
Mother’s milk is a rich source of many, many nutrients, antibodies
and much more. Calcium and vitamin
D in mother’s milk, for example, create a strong and properly calcified
skeleton and a properly functioning nervous system.
Amino acids build body proteins. Fatty acids, such as DHA, in particular, and many others as
well, create brain tissue and are needed for cell membranes and many other body
tissues as well. Other nutrients
in mother’s milk include all the vitamins, minerals
and even some that are not yet catalogued by nutritionists and scientists.
Mother’s milk also is just the right temperature and a consistency
that is not too watery, yet not too thick or difficult to eat. It is also generally free of harmful
bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can be in tap water used to
make formula. Many other reasons
for breastfeeding exist, including the psychological benefits for both mother
and child. It is a shame this is not understood well enough by many doctors and mothers.
MOTHERS MUST BE ON
A DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO PRODUCE THE BEST MILK
hear from clients repeatedly that for breast milk to be of good quality and to
taste good, the mother needs to be on a complete development program. If she is not, problems can arise:
1. The milk does not
taste as good, and your baby may reject it after a number of months of
2. The milk is not
nutritious enough, so the baby does not grow properly, or is very hungry all
the time, and demands adult food sooner than is ideal.
The poor overall equality of breast milk today is one reason
doctors suggest that breastfeeding be stopped after 6 to 12 months of life of
Colostrum. This is the first milk that comes when
the baby is born. It is the finest
milk in the sense that it contains special immunoglobins and other substances
that help prepare the intestinal tract of the baby to receive all food items in
that until a baby begins to feed, the intestinal tract is not in use, since all
nutrition and development depends on the blood that flows from the placenta to
the baby through its naval or bellybutton area. Thus the intestinal tract must be primed, so to speak, with
bacteria and other flora in order for it to work correctly.
this reason, the horrible practice of starting a newborn on formula in the
hospital if the mother cannot begin to breastfeed immediately is a totally
insane practice that causes lots of illnesses in babies, mainly food-related
allergies and others.
effort should be made to assist a baby to obtain colostrum immediately when he
or she want to begin feeding. There is no reason to force this
process, as the baby may require rest or sleep for hours after a difficult
delivery, or any birth, for that matter.
effort should also be made to assist the mother to start breast
feeding, since the colostrum is the finest product for the baby. If the mother cannot breastfeed and the
baby is calling for milk, another woman should be found to offer some milk,
preferably, before resorting to formula.
This may sound unclean, but it is far healthier in most cases than
formula of any kind and would result in far healthier babies.
some nations, formula is given out to hospitals and birthing centers
at no charge by companies that want to “hook” the babies on the taste of
formula. Then they will
never want to breastfeed. This
supports the formula company, but does nothing beneficial for the child or the
mother. The mother is left with
engorged breasts and a colicky child in most instances. We can only hope that the practice of
giving formula in the hospital to newborns will be abandoned sometime soon,
though I doubt it as it is “convenient” and
HOW LONG SHOULD ONE
Breastfeeding should ideally
continue for three
years, and perhaps even longer if the baby wants it. The mother, however, must be well-nourished and ideally she should be following a development
This is different advice than
that given by almost all pediatricians and other doctors. However, most primitive cultures
breastfeed their children for about three years for optimum health.
reason for this is the child’s digestive system is extremely delicate. Although a child can start with adult
food after a few months, the benefits of mother’s milk are many, as explained
above. It is also sufficient
for nourishing most children for several years. There is no reason to introduce food, particularly meat and
grains, until the child is at least one year old.
children will ask for more than breast milk at a certain point, and some will
outright stop breastfeeding at a certain age. However, this is often because the mother’s milk is not
sufficient in nutrients. This can
often be remedied by a change in the mother’s diet or health status via a development
program. However, it is late to
begin such a program once one is breastfeeding. It is certainly possible, but it is preferable to begin a
healing program before one gets pregnant or during pregnancy.
reasons for continuing to breastfeed for several years are the bonding that
occurs between mother and child and other subtle benefits for both mother and
realize this may be inconvenient for modern-day mothers who may need to
work. However, methods exist and
are discussed below to allow the child to have the benefits of breast milk even
if the mother cannot always be present.
PUMPING THE BREASTS
If you must be away from your child, important bonding with the
child will not occur as well.
However, breast milk can be pumped out and saved, using a breast
pump. Refrigerate it if and only
if it will be used more than an hour or two after it is pumped. It will have to be heated a little, or
the child will usually vomit.
Also, if mother is very upset at feeding time, using a breast pump
may also be best. A baby is very
sensitive to the vibrations of the mother. If the mother cannot relax, pumping the milk and then
handing it the child in a cradle may actually be better than holding a baby in
an agitated state and believing the child can assimilate the milk
Children must be relaxed to feed properly. Children, however, will often vomit if
they are uncomfortable, whereas adults usually will just develop bloating, gas
and other problems by eating when upset, anxious, in a hurry or not chewing or
resting while eating.
WHAT IF A BABY WILL
At times, for various reasons, a child will not feed at the
breast. Let us examine some of the
most common reasons and what can be done about it.
Problems in the baby.
Tongue-Tie. An important problem is
tongue-tie. It means the bottom of
the tongue is attached too much to the mouth. It interferes with suckling at the breast.
It should be checked at birth. It can be missed by doctors, but it
definitely can cause breastfeeding problems. To read about it, read Tongue-Tie on this site.
problems. Some children are
also born today with digestive defects or developmental delays that prevent
normal feeding. The sucking reflex
must be developed sufficiently, for example. Other are the inability to grip the
breast or to signal when to eat and swallow in coordination.
At times, your patience will be rewarded in helping such as child
to breast feed.
Occasionally, the milk must be pumped out of the breast first so the
child does not have to suck as hard, if this is the problem. Consult La Leche League before giving
up on breast feeding.
Retracing. Beware - if a mother is following a development
program, the quality of the milk will improve and be excellent. As a result, some babies will go
through healing reactions while breastfeeding.
These can be misinterpreted by mothers and their
doctors as problems cause by breastfeeding, when they are no such
thing! Such reactions will pass in
almost all cases without needing any medical intervention.
Problems in the mother. A
second group of reasons has to do with the mother. More and more mothers are unable to breastfeed today. The cause is usually nutritional
depletion. Mothers must literally
“eat for two” while breastfeeding, although admittedly, the youngster does not
consume anywhere near the amount the mother does in terms of calories or any
other measure, simply because of his size.
However, nutritional difficulties leading to breastfeeding
problems are rampant. The nipples
may not function as needed. They
may become very sore and not respond to standard treatments such as lubricating
gels. One of the best products for
sore or inflamed is called Bag Balm.
Mastitis or breast
infections are another common problem.
These can be handled often with colloidal silver, applied topically as
well as taken by mouth. This is
much less toxic for the mother and child than using antibiotics.
The baby may throw up the milk or become colicky, the mother may
become ill or depressed, and many other variations. Most of these causes can be dealt with at home
by a suitable development program.
This is discussed in other articles on this website.
for breastfeeding. In fact, pregnancy
is such a stressful experience, and a thrilling one, that preparation should
begin early. In
fact, the earlier the better.
Grade school would be a good time to begin to explain that childbearing is both a great honor as well as a burden and responsibility
Do it well and you will feel wonderful. Create defective children and you will
feel so guilty that it destroys some mothers, as many know. Wise indigenous cultures that value
child-raising much more than we do start preparing girls for child birth very
young. Western cultures seem far
more interested in their daughter’s good looks, whom she marries and other
things that are important, but do not produce the best children.
If the culture cared about children a little more, young women
would be prepared, starting in grade school, for the most important task of
their lives – that of bearing the children for the future of the
race. Instead, they are treated to
junk food in the cafeterias and at home, late nights, insane pleasures and
distractions such as movies, computer games and others, and a moral code that
degrades women to a degree that is just sad to see.
The new moral code is called “women’s liberation” but it is
nothing of the sort. It often
involves literally deadly birth control pills and patches, and exposes the
girls to sexually-transmitted diseases that affect
many for the rest of their lives.
This is not liberation, but a new form of tyranny and bondage.
Not enough milk. Some women do not produce enough milk for proper breastfeeding. A common cause for this is subtle dehydration. Milk is mostly water, so drinking enough spring water is very important for nursing mothers. Other types of water may not hydrate the body adequately. Rarely, one must switch the brand of spring water in order to hydrate the body properly.
Nurses. If a child will not breastfeed and the cause is the mother, an
ancient method to handle this situation is the use of a wet nurse. Any woman will do who has milk. Some women have too much milk and would
welcome the opportunity to get rid of it.
This will come about more as women learn more about their unique role as
wet nurses and the great service it provides to themselves and society.
Now let us discuss what else can be done if breastfeeding is not
banks. If a mother cannot
breastfeed, and a wet nurse is not available, there exist in America and
elsewhere milk banks.
These are groups of women who are happy to express some of their breast milk
and send it to families who need it.
Milk banks, and how to get in touch with them, are described on the La
Leche League International website, LLLi.org.
OTHER TOPIC RELATED
COW’S MILK AND OTHER
Cows and other animals have been used for feeding babies for
thousands of years. Today, this is
still the case. Animal milks are
good, but none come close to breast milk.
Each of the others has its problems. A common problem to many, however, is hybridization.
For example, cows today are bred to provide five or six times as
much milk as those of 100 years ago.
While this increases production drastically, the quality is lower. The cow simply cannot eat enough grass,
hay or other food, unfortunately, to produce as good a milk
in such quantity. As a result,
except for organic milk, which is a little better, all animal milks are now suspect.
Pasteurizing and homogenizing makes them much worse.
Milks. Until 50 years ago
or so, most well-informed doctors recommended only
certified raw milk for children.
This is milk from cows that have been rigorously inspected for disease
by government authorities and must meet very high standards of cleanliness.
This is a very safe product.
This excellent food is outlawed in most states for political
reasons. The dairy lobby wants
their contaminated milk to be sold as equal to certified raw milk, which it is
not. Their method of ‘competing’
with the raw milk producers was simply to outlaw their product, claiming it
causes illness when this is not so.
The standard milk is pasteurized to control its bacteria count, but this
damages the milk quite a lot. Let
us discuss this horrible practice
Pasteurization. This is the practice of heating milk,
usually by splashing it over very hot rollers, for 10 minutes or more. While it may have had some value 100
years ago to prevent some disease, this harmful sterilization method
unfortunately allows milk from sick cows to be sold on the open market. It also permits lax standards of
cleanliness on a few huge dairy farms that supply large areas of America.
In addition, cooking the milk renders its calcium less biologically
available to the body. It also
damages the protein in the milk to a degree, making it much harder to digest.
Homogenization is another insult
to milk. Vigorous shaking breaks
up the fat particles so they stay in solution instead of rising to the
top. However, the small particles
are absorbed directly into the blood stream instead of being digested
properly. This renders the milk
much less healthful as well.
Goat, sheep or other milks. Goat milk is less damaged by pasteurization,
for which reason it is preferable, though goats are also hybridized to a large
degree, today, which renders the milk less ideal than previously.
Sheep milk is very good, but not very available. Other animals may be used as well,
although none is as good as a wet nurse or the mother of the child.
Soy, rice and almond milks. These are not worthy of the name
“milk”. Almond milk is a bit
better, but not that much. These
drinks, and that is what they are, should be reserved as a substitute for
water. They do not contain nearly
the nutrition needed for a growing child, even if they say “fortified” or
“enriched” on the label.
The exception is if one makes them at home, with fresh
ingredients, and adds many more nutrients so that a truly soy-based or almond-based
baby formula is the result. Once
again, consult books on this subject for the details.
made meat and milk-based formulas. If milk from a woman or a healthy animal is not
available or does not work due to allergies or other reasons, a meat-based
formula, properly prepared, is often by far the best substitute. It is far better than commercial
formula, most nut or seed or grain milks and often very non-allergenic for the
child. Two formula recipes are
given in the book, Nourishing
Traditions by Sally Fallon, New Trends Publishing, Washington, DC, 1999
and 2001. These are far better
than commercial formula, but still falls short of breast milk, when
available. The milk-based formula
is probably best if a child will tolerate it. For simpler preparation of these formulas, and my comments,
see the article on this site, entitled Baby
Formula You Make At Home.
Formula. This is nothing but
a euphemism for poor quality, deficient milk. I expect it will be banned from use once medical scientists
discover the harm it produces.
Please do not give it to babies, or anyone else for that matter. Most brands are based on milk sugar
that has been altered by heat and chemicals. The manufacturers add synthetic
vitamins, and often many chemical additives as well.
This is not a food, but a phony concoction that should be labeled
as a drug, not a food. This is how
harmful it is for the delicate, balanced chemistry of the young child –
and adults as well.
It interferes with proper development, which is every child’s
birthright. Thus it is one of the
worst products for growing children.
It is also used for the elderly in a slightly different form, such as
Ensure and other trademarked products.
This, too, is harmful.
However, at least in the elderly the person has lived his or her life,
so the damage is minimal by comparison.
SODA POP AND JUICES
feed babies or children any fruit juices, lemonade, soda pop or sweetened
beverages at all for optimum health.
This merit a more detailed discussion because companies that
produce juices and sodas, often target children and young mother’s
due to their “convenience”.
These are not food for children, however, or even most
adults. Therapeutic use of carrot
and green vegetable juices in limited quantities are one thing. Drinking sweet fruit or even sweet
vegetable juices or worse, soda pop, is a horror for all people. The fact that sodas are still sold in
schools, along with fruit juices, should make parents remove the children from
this environment. However, this
level of awareness is a long way off.
Reasons to avoid all fruit juices and soda pop, sweet teas and other
sweetened beverages are:
1) Very Little calcium.
Soda pop and juices supply little if any calcium, even if
“enriched”. If calcium is added,
it is usually a cheap form of supplemental calcium. Orange juice has some calcium, but even this product is not
healthful for anyone, in our opinion, due to its high sugar content and other reasons
today. Citrus juices, such as
grapefruit, are better, but only if made with ripe fruit, which is rarely
available since the fruit is usually picked green. Even fresh grapefruit juice is extremely yin and should be
strictly limited, in my view, to a small glass once in a great while.
Fruit acids or phosphoric acid.
Sodas, in particular, and orange juice, too, are quite acidic
foods. This means they contain
fruit acids or, in the case of sodas, phosphoric acid is added to the soda
pop. These are hard to digest, no
matter what the ‘health authorities’ say.
Grapefruit is somewhat better because it has so little sugar. However, the fruit acids are not always
converted correctly and are often harmful to the body, especially in children.
versus phosphoric acid and fruit acids.
Phosphoric acid, used in most soda drinks to provide a “kick”, binds and
absorbs calcium in the intestinal tract.
When it binds to calcium, it forms low-solubility calcium
phosphates. This prevents the bound
calcium from being absorbed properly into the child’s body.
It is silly to believe you will get much calcium from a food or
beverage that has phosphoric acid added for “fizz” or some other reason.
Fruit acids, which include phosphoric, malic and others, can also
do the same thing. This is one
reason that people who consume a lot of fruit have decayed teeth. It is not just the surface effects of
fruit acids on the dentine of the teeth.
It is also the absorption and binding of calcium by fruit acids, rendering
them less absorbable
This is not to be confused with the fact that absorption of
calcium requires an acid medium in the stomach. This is the truth.
However, the proper acid is hydrochloric acid. This enables calcium, if it is unbound, to be mixed with
amino acids and thereby chelated.
This word means to be bound to a mineral transporter, such as the amino
acid glutamate or others. This, in
fact, permits greater calcium absorption.
However, binding calcium with other materials, such as phosphorus,
creates insoluble compounds that are poorly absorbed. This is why one should not buy a calcium phosphate product
in the health store. This will not
be as well absorbed as a calcium chelate product in most cases.
Phosphoric acid and fruit acids may also bind other minerals such
as magnesium and zinc.
Sugars to saturation. The many problems of consuming sugar, especially for children,
are discussed in other articles.
Simple carbohydrates are a very damaging food for children, unless
combined as in natural milks, especially mother’s milk.
They upset calcium metabolism more than any other single factor in
many instances. Melvin Page, DDS
wrote extensively about this in his book, Degeneration, Regeneration, Nutritional
Development, FL, 1949,1980. and
in his other books. Many other
excellent books about sugar have also been published.
much liquid. This is another problem with feeding babies sodas, soymilk,
juices and other dilute beverages.
The nutrient density of these beverages is so low the baby must drink
too much liquid to get any nutrition at all. This causes stomach upsets and more problems. It is a subtle problem with formula and
all substitutes for mother’s milk, in most cases.
in essential fatty acids. One of the great benefits of most mother’s
milk is the fatty acid content.
This is absolutely essential for childhood development of the nervous
One contributor to conditions such as attention
deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many other developmental delays and
learning problems stem from inadequate or the improper balance of fatty acids
in the body.
It is not easy to obtain the needed ones from modern food. Also, children fed exclusively formula
are all deficient in fatty acids and other nutrients, some of which have not
been discovered and will not be so for some years. This applies even when vitamins and other nutrients are
added to the milk formula.
The body needs a wide range of fatty acids for its
development. Fish oils can supply
most of these. Today’s food is
deficient in many of them, however, some of which are known and many are not
Unknown Needs. A hidden reason for using breast milk is that we have not
discovered all the nutrients needed for life. In particular, more amino acids are needed than are
recognized. An example is
L-taurine. This very essential
nutrient is missing from many commercial formulas and not too abundant in many
nut and seed milks.
8) Caffeine And Many Chemicals. These are common in
almost all beverages except simple herb teas, which may be given to children in
small quantities. Otherwise,
however, one is feeding the child a chemical cocktail and that is pretty much
all they are.
Sugar substitutes, especially aspartame (Equal or Nutrasweet) are even worse than sugars for many children. The other fake sweeteners are less
harmful, but not too much better in most cases. They upset the delicate taste detection mechanism in
children, leading to obesity, cravings, addictions and other problems of
metabolism, as well as psychological problems in a few cases.
water toxins. Some forget that tap
water is not a healthful product, with its added chlorides, fluorides, aluminum
(used in most every municipal water system), copper in some areas, and much
For example, most urban water supplies have some degree of
contamination with medical drugs.
Your baby gets a dose of antibiotics, sleeping pills and much, much more
with each bottle of formula mixed with tap water. No wonder so many are sick.
Radiation and even more toxins.
Breast milk is also purer in terms of bacteria, parasites, viruses and
other harmful microorganisms.
Babies are also exposed to radiation poisoning through the municipal
water used in many nations. Only a
foolish mother would dilute formula with this kind of water, but for many
mothers this is one of the only alternatives to breastfeeding, and it is an
important “profit center” for the food companies.
If you care about your child, breast feed,
use a wet nurse or only add distilled or spring water, if possible, to any
formula. Carbon filtered water is
also okay, though not as good as it does not remove toxic metals, another
common problem with American and foreign tap waters. Boiling water does remove chlorine and kills some germs, but
does not remove all chemicals or any of the toxic metals.
If possible, breastfeed your child for at least
three years. If problems arise,
do not give up easily, even if your doctor tells you to forget breastfeeding.