Breastfeeding as always been the best option for baby and mama. Here are some of the many reasons to consider breastfeeding your baby.
- Bonding – Nursing is a special time for mama and baby. It creates a bond between them. Studies show that the sucking action of the baby on the breast releases a rush of oxytocin in the mother’s brain. Oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone”, stimulates feelings of confidence and happiness. As a mother receives bursts of oxytocin it reinforces the bond that breastfeeding creates due to the favorable reaction of the brain while breastfeeding.
- Healthy for baby – Breastmilk cannot be recreated in a laboratory. Formula companies try to get as close as they can, but always come up short. That is because a mother’s breastmilk is constantly changing to meet the needs of the baby. Her body passes antibodies on to strengthen the baby’s immune system when certain viruses are going around. Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses and earaches and have a much lower rate of infant hospitalizations due to illnesses. Breast milk is easy on the tummy giving breastfed babies less diarrhea and allergies than formula fed babies.
- Healthy for mama – Nursing mothers lose their pregnancy weight more quickly due to the calories it takes to lactate. It also stimulates the uterus to shrink in size thus shrinking the new mother’s tummy quicker. The emotional health of the mother is enhanced during breastfeeding. Being able to provide complete and total nutrition for her baby gives a mother sense of control and confidence. Breastfeeding mothers report less feelings of postpartum anxiety and depression.
- Lower risk of SIDS – Research shows that breastfed babies have a lower rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Cost – Formula is not cheap. Formula cost ranges from $800 to $1700 per year. Not only does breast feeding save families this money, it also leads to long term lower medical costs for the child as discussed in #3 and #7.
- Convenience – Formula feeding involves sterilizing bottles and nipples as well as properly mixing and warming up formula to the right temperature. When a mama is on the go with her baby, lugging all these supplies can really slow her down. With breastfeeding, baby’s milk is perfectly warm and ready to go anytime the baby is hungry.
- Long term benefits – The long term benefits of breastfeeding for both mama and baby are amazing. Studies consistently show that children who were breastfed have a much lower chance of becoming obese and also get fewer dental cavities throughout their lives. Mothers who breastfeed their children are less likely to develop breast cancer as well as ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancers. They also have a reduced risk of getting osteoporosis later in life.