Infant feeding is a mothers choice, however I believe that if more support was in place for the women who want to breastfeed and all the myths about ‘supply problems’ were eradicated then more women would succeed on their breastfeeding journey.
1- It’s free
2- It’s what your baby is designed to have, their gut and digestive system is made for breast milk. This is why formula may cause constipation/colic/wind/reflux.
3- The longer you breastfeed the less likely you are to get breast cancer.
4- No faffing around and baby can feed on demand instead of having to wait for you to prepare the bottle.
5- You are less likely to get PND as sometimes your body gets confused after birth if a baby doesn’t feed from the mother’s breast.
6-You may lose the baby weight quicker!
7- Its simple…. the first few weeks can be hard, but once you get over them it can be as simple as boob out, mouth on.
8- You can leave the house whenever you want. You don’t have to spend an hour faffing around with bottles and water and formula.
9- Baby is less likely to get ill; obviously there are exceptions to every rule however statistically breastfed babies suffer from far less allergies and illnesses!
10- Because… breastfeeding is awesome! It has so many amazing benefits and its probably the best thing I’ve ever done!
When I published this and posted on various social networking sites, I asked if there were any more reasons that women could think of. Here are some responses I’ve had;
11- It can delay your period returning. Many women who breastfeed don’t get a period until their baby is over 1. This can lead to natural child spacing which allows the body to return to ‘normal’ and has a chance to heal.
12- Promotes a healthy bond. Most mums, regardless of feeding methods have a brilliant bond with their baby. However, research suggests that breastfeeding mums can have a better attachment to their baby and be more in tuned with their babies needs.
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