Breastfeeding benefits the baby as well as the mom. Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful and amazing things we can do as a mother, but it isn’t for everyone. Some women physically can not breastfeed. It can be difficult and painful and you really need to be determined to do it. When I got pregnant with Isabella, I planned to breastfeed and since I was young, (I am assuming it is because I was young) and a new mother people would laugh at me and say good luck. I did a ton of research and I was determined to breastfeed. However, it wasn’t easy. I was going to school at night and I was nervous to breastfeed in public so I pumped, and I didn’t produce enough milk to feed my daughter and pump for bottles. It was so stressful. I had to supplement with formula at times and I felt like sh*t for it. But I continued to breastfeed as much as I could during the first year of her life.
Breastfeeding has such amazing benefits:
- It is good for the baby’s body, breastfeeding has been shown to strengthen your baby’s immune system, it is chock full of your antibodies.
- It is good for the baby’s brain, there is growing evidence that breastfeeding enhances brain development.
- Better ears and eyes are another side effect of breastfeeding, it has been said that breastfed babies show greater visual acuity and have fewer ear infections.
- Improved digestion, breast milk is more easily digested than formula which may mean breastfed babies and spitting up, as well as fewer diaper rashes and gastrointestinal infections.
- Better health all around, breastfeeding may help reduce the risk of many health problems both in infancy and later in life, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity, diabetes, food allergies, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and eczema.
- Breast milk provides protection against many viral and bacterial illnesses, such as colds and ear infections. Good for the Mommy,
- Breastfeeding speeds up postpartum, weight loss and boosts prolactin, the hormone that creates a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
- Women, who breastfeed have lower rates of all female-related cancers as well as other cancers, along with a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
- Breastfed babies’ poop is far less pungent or stinky!
- Better for the environment, no cans to recycle no resources consumes, no waste.
- Easier on your wallet, it has little to no cost.
- The ultimate convenience food, there is no prep work, no bottles to take with you to worry about temperature, nothing to wash or sterilize (unless you are pumping). Breast milk is always available, safe, clean, and at the perfect temperature, which comes in handy when you are on the go and even in the middle of the night.
- The benefits of bonding, breastfeeding is an intimate, comforting, loving act. There is no better way to bond with your baby.
- Breast milk is made by your body, it changes over time, even from feeding to feeding. It adapts, always maintaining the right proportions of fat, protein, carbohydrates, enzymes, and other components for your baby. There’s no one size fits- all, each mother’s milk is uniquely suited for her baby. Plus, the subtle changes in its taste, depending on what you eat, help prepare your baby for a variety of foods later on.
Fed is best
It is easy to see that breastfeeding has amazing benefits for mom and baby. However, as I shared it can be difficult, stressful, and exhausting. If you can do it if you want to do it. You should do it. But, don’t feel defeated and guilty if you can’t. As long as you are feeding your baby then you are a ROCKSTAR! Motherhood is hard and sometimes there is a shame and guilt happens, we have all been there. Do the best you can, that is all you can do.
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