Hey mommy, let’s talk about breastfeeding. Why? Because it’s world’s breastfeeding week. Yey!
Not all moms are blessed with abundant milk supply during their first weeks of their breastfeeding endeavor. In many cases cases these days, mothers only do it for compliance while at the hospital, because bottles are now forbidden to make sure that mothers will breastfeed their babies.
Why is that?
Welp, this is because hospitals are now promoting breastfeeding. Human milk provides perfect nutrition needed by an infant to fight against virus and bacteria than a formula can. It contains powerful antibodies that protects our babies from infections.
I was in emergency C-Section with my first born, and with that, I was not able to breastfeed him. It took a toll on me, I gave up on breastfeeding him because I felt incompetent from the fact that I failed giving birth naturally. That was postpartum effect for me I guess, and I have no support system to encourage me, that’s why I ended giving up breastfeeding for him. My first born suffered from infections that he spent 3 days under bilirubin treatment. Yes he had jaundice and there was no enough sunshine around that time because it was rainy season.
If I could have breastfed him within 24 hours from when I had him, the infection couldn’t have not gotten worse, and he couldn’t have been under bilirubin treatment. That’s why I did my best to breastfeed my second child in order to protect him from infections especially since I also delivered him through C-sec.
So why am I sharing this?
I’m sharing this to you now, because I want to tell my readers to go and tell everyone the benefits of breastfeeding. It’s not easy to see a newborn suffering with infections soon as they arrive. Infants don’t deserve it. Yes we cannot control how the virus get to our babies, but if we breastfeed them, they’ll get automatic protection. Breast milk shields their body from the incoming bacteria. At the same time if there are infections that are inside their body already, breast milk will stop it from spreading. That’s how amazing a breast milk can do.
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Aside from protecting our newborns from infection, breastfed babies are less likely to have diarrhea, and pneumonia which are common infections that they might get from the environment. Breastfeeding may also help against obesity and diabetes.
Good for both moms and baby.
It burns extra calories so it will help you get back into shape, mommy. Most moms are worried about getting fat during pregnancy. Well if you breastfeed, this might help you lose weight.
It releases hormones that will help our uterus to return to its normal size. When we get pregnant, our uterus will expand and it will take time to shrink it back to normal if our hormones are not enough to shrink it. Breast feeding releases natural Oxycontin which will help the uterus to get back to it’s size.
It lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
It decreases postpartum bleeding. This is because of hormone Oxycontin that may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
Breastfed babies are sick less often. This is what I observed with second baby also. When he’s got colds, it only takes a day for him to heal.
It delays the return of mother’s menstrual period and it provides natural form of contraception.
Life made easy.
Breastfeeding is also makes our lives easier, mommy. We don’t need to bring a lot of things when we go out. This is one of the perks that I liked so much. When I travel with my first born, I have to bring a lot of bottles, plus milk dispenser, not to mention the weight of water that you will carry. With my second baby, I only bring diapers and a breast pump, easy, lightweight diba?
Plus you don’t need to worry about spoilt milk. Sometimes when you are using formula and your baby is not in the mood to drink, it adds pressure to us moms because you can’t store a formula milk longer that 3 hours, especially when you only have an hour left before it spoils. So it’s either you let the it spoil, or force your baby to feed. With breast milk, if baby is not in the mood, that’s fine, you don’t need to worry about spoiling the milk.
At night, you don’t have to get up to prepare the formula. It’s less hassle. You don’t even notice that your baby is already nursing if you co-sleep with him.
It also helps the environment since there are no bottles to wash or formula cans to throw away.
The feeling of maternal fulfillment is priceless. When you breastfeed, it develops strong bonds between mom and baby. It creates a unique physical and emotional connection that only moms can do. The baby is more clingy to you though, but this ensures love. Your baby will feel being loved and it will create a positive outcome for them.
Most importantly, breastfeeding is cost effective. It’s inexpensive compared to formula milk. It saves you a lot of money than you think.
Deciding whether or not to breastfeed is a personal matter. I am talking about this because I know a lot of moms out there are in doubts about breastfeeding and this article may help them decide.
Also, I may not be a very good advisor, however, if you, or you know anyone who needs help , or advise, or has questions about breastfeeding, please let me know. You can message me on my Facebook, or contact me here. I will be glad to answer your questions.
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