Breastfeeding. The word alone is enough to put butterflies in your stomach and worry in your head. But it’s not nearly as hard as we think, so stop debating. It’s so worth it! Now of course you have read or heard a horror story or two, but breastfeeding isn’t a “one size fits all” experience. What may not work for others may work for you. Plus the benefits are completely amazing for both you and your little one. Between the bonding time, the health perks, and most definitely the saving of money, it’s not hard to see that it could easily be the best choice.
Spending quality time with your child as they latch onto you is unparalleled. Your baby will get to know you, and vice versa. This is important. You are the first point of contact for your little one. Don’t miss out on the experience. Also it may give you a heads up in the parenting department. This is a bond that your partner will not be able to experience. That may even cause a little parenting rivalry, in all good fun of course.
Something else that both you and your little one shouldn’t miss out on are the health perks that accompany breastfeeding. When you breastfeed, there are nutrients, antibodies, and hormones that help to protect your baby. Within the first few days your body will produce colostrum, which is a thick yellow first breast milk. The nutrients in this cannot be reproduced in any other form. This is something only you can give to your baby. That’s special. Also breastfeeding your little one can help to build their immune system. According to WomensHealth.gov, babies that have been breastfeed are less likely to develop illnesses that can affect them even when they are older. And well, of course you want a healthy baby. But what about a smart one? Some studies even show that breastfed children tend to have higher IQ’s than those who were fed from formula “cow milk”.
So now breastfeeding probably seems like an easy decision. But let’s make it even easier to decide. Have you been wondering how you were going to lose the baby weight? Well breastfeeding for about ten months has been said to help you return to the pre-pregnancy you! Also, the amount of money that you’ll save from not buying formula and lots of bottles, you can invest in a new mommy and baby wardrobe. Or you could even buy a pump, so that way your baby can get the same great nutrients while you’re away. Invest you your child’s health, your baby will thank you!