To breastfeed or not to breastfeed?
If you’re a mother and you’ve just given birth to a child, you’ve probably heard questions from friends and family asking if you’re going to breastfeed your kid.
The decision to breastfeed depends on you, and there’s nothing wrong if you decide to do it or not. Before you choose, you should be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby.
For your baby
It’s common knowledge that breastfeeding is healthy for infants. Breastmilk has all the nutrients such as vitamins, protein and fat that your baby needs to grow. The milk also has antibodies that help fight bacteria and viruses, as well as lowering the chance of having asthma or allergies.
Studies also show that feeding your child breastmilk could lead to higher IQ in later childhood. Other benefits of breastfeeding include lower chances of sudden infant death syndrome and obesity.
For the mother
Not only is breastfeeding good for your baby but it also beneficial for mothers in different ways.
First of all, breastfeeding helps you lose weight. Milk production burns 300 to 500 calories a day, and it’s a healthy and natural way for mothers to lose all the pregnancy weight. The act of breastfeeding also helps shrink the size of your uterus to its original size, four weeks faster than if you don’t.
Just like how breastmilk reduces the risk of diseases for your baby, breastfeeding also lowers your chances of developing sicknesses such as osteoporosis and ovarian cancer. Mothers who breastfeed will also experience delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation due to the release of prolactin.
Breastfeeding session is an excellent way for you and baby to bond. You and your baby will be closer than ever while nursing as you cuddle and exchange looks with your baby.
If you decide to breastfeed, you’re also saving time and money. Buying formula milk can cost a lot, and they’re not as convenient as breastfeeding. You won’t need to prepare bottles beforehand or heat them before meals.
There are endless benefits to breastfeeding your baby. However, you shouldn’t breastfeed under some circumstances. For example, if you are HIV positive or have tuberculosis, breastfeeding could harm your baby.
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