Breastfeeding – Why should I try it?
As you prepare to bring your little one into the world, possibly the most important topic to think about is nutrition. Yes, there are many other things, but how and what to feed is high on the list. Learning about the benefits of breastfeeding early on could help you determine your next steps.
You have several options; breastfed, formula fed, a combination of both, and bottle-fed with pumped milked. Although, sometimes it may seem you have no option due to your circumstances.
Logically ‘FED’ is best, right? You ensure they are getting nutrition however they need to and I completely support that. However, if you can try to breastfeed, even if just for a few days, weeks, months – the benefits are there!
Some Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby:
- Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
- Breastfed babies can have a lower risk of obesity and Types 1 and 2 diabetes
- Breastfed babies get nutrients that help strengthen and develop their immature immune system in a way no other substance can
- Have optimal oral development because of their jaw movements and nutrients in breast milk decrease the risk of tooth decay
Some Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom:
- It helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post-delivery bleeding.
- It makes it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds (you burn up to 500 extra calories a day nursing).
- It may reduce your risk of postpartum depression and breast and ovarian cancer.
- It can delay the return of your period (although you should still use some form of birth control when you resume intercourse).
- It saves money (no formula!).
There is great information that can be found on the KellyMom website and it always helps to reach out and talk to other moms going through the same things so find a local La Leche League International group. What worked for me after my dear son was born was going to the weekly breastfeeding support group that my hospital offered for free, it was amazing! Your hospital may offer something similar so check that out too.
Do the research, talk with your partner and family. Ultimately it is about what is right for you and your baby.
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