The Gift that Keeps on Giving: The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Congratulations! You're a mom! You've taken on the challenge of motherhood, and you're already doing a fantastic job. 😀 One of the biggest decisions you'll make is whether or not to breastfeed your newborn. Here are a few benefits of this amazing (and sometimes challenging) adventure to help you decide.
1. Boosts Baby's Immune System
Breast milk contains antibodies and other immune-boosting properties that help protect your baby against infections and illnesses.
2. Aids in Weight Loss
Did you know that breastfeeding can help you lose weight post-pregnancy? It's true! However, the amount of weight varies from person to person.
3. It is Convenient
No need to walk with bottles of milk, formula or a bottle warmer. Just a pack of wipes, a diaper or two and your bundle of joy 😅. It is common to feel somewhat self-conscious when breastfeeding in public but remind yourself that it's the most natural thing in the world and you're doing what's best for your baby.
Breastfeeding allows you to save on buying bottles, formula or other feeding accessories until your child is a bit older. Additionally, it has been linked to lower healthcare costs, as breastfed babies have been shown to have lower rates of certain illnesses and conditions.
5. It's A Bonding Experience
Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for you and your baby to share a peaceful moment together, fostering a strong bond between the two of you. It's also a wonderful excuse for a snuggly embrace. 😌
6. Helps Regulate Hormones
Your body releases a hormone called oxytocin while breastfeeding. This hormone helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and aids in relieving stress.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful and unique experience, full of benefits for both you and your little. We won't sugar-coat it, it can be tough at times, but with a little patience, practice, and support, you'll get the hang of it. So, whether you're a breastfeeding pro or a newbie, embrace this journey and enjoy the ride!
If you are unable to breastfeed, formula can be a suitable alternative. It provides all of the necessary nutrients for growth and development and has been designed to closely mimic breast milk. It's important for mothers to do what is best for them and their baby, without feelings of guilt about their feeding choices.
We'd love to hear from you. How far along are you on your breastfeeding journey? 🤱