The Benefits of Breastfeeding – Day 1 of the Scavenger hunt

 

The benefits of Breastfeeding

I fed all 3 boys myself for at least the first month. With my older 2, circumstances and niaviety played a big part in me stopping. And I felt immense guilt, but at the time it was the right thing for me and for my family.

Reaching A’s 7month goal and knowing some of the benefits I am getting, because I breastfeed help me to continue.
According to the nhs website the advantages of breastfeeding for the mother are as follows
  • lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer
  • naturally uses up to 500 calories a day
  • saves money – infant formula, the sterilising equipment and feeding equipment can be costly
  • can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby

I am not trying to push breastfeeding onto pregnant women nor am I trying to promote formula. What I want to do is promote choice!

J drinking a bottle of Formula, after stopping feeding at 9 weeks.

 

O drinking expressed breastmilk at 5 weeks. We transferred to formula at 7weeks.
A’s first feed, he is now 7months and we are still feeding.
The NHS website also states the benefits of breastmilk to babies
  • less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result
  • fewer chest and ear infections and having to go to hospital as a result (out of all 3 of my children A Is the only one to have Bronchilitus, although he is a winter baby!)
  • less chance of being constipated
  •  There is less of a likelihood of becoming obese and therefore developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life
  • less chance of developing eczema (all 3 of my children have eczema, J and O are very mild, A however has it all over his back)
Our bodies are amazing machines, we can make and carry a baby, we go through childbirth, we become mothers and have this strong maternal bond to protect our children and our bodies create milk to keep our babies strong and develop.The first milk our amazing bodies create is called Colostrum, it is rich in proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals and helps to nourish babies straight after birth.
Taken from www.breastfeeding-problems.com the benefits of Colostrum are;

– A new born baby has a very small stomach, which can only take small amounts…colostrum is provided in small amounts
– Colostrum is a concentrated (high in nutrients) liquid that is made especially for baby’s needs.
– It also encourages baby’s first bowel movement, clearing his digestive tact of meconium (first dark stool)
– Colostrum also contains many antibodies and growth factors. The
growth factors promote development of baby’s digestive system and the
antibodies promote the immune system.
– It contains immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that protects baby against infections of the throat, lungs and intestines.
– It contains protective white cells which help destroy disease causing bacteria and viruses
– Colostrum has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
So even if you choose to not breastfeed your baby, let them nurse for the first few days to allow them to have the colostrum.

 

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26 Comments

  1. 20th June 2014 / 9:35 am

    Totally agree about promoting choice. Everyone has different circumstances and we shouldn't judge. Breastfeeding can be really hard to establish.

  2. 20th June 2014 / 9:45 am

    Personally, I have never felt that I had to decide which way to feed. I did what came natural to me, yes it was hard but determination plays a big part in the beggining!

  3. 20th June 2014 / 10:28 am

    I decided to breastfeed because it is the normal way to feed babies. I wanted to protect my babies against obesity and diabetes too.

  4. 20th June 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Never thought about how to feed my babies as breastfeeding is the natural thing to do.

  5. 20th June 2014 / 7:41 pm

    I never made a conscious decision to, it was just something I knew I was going to do

  6. 20th June 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Immunity, cost and ease, plus a little bit of 'if my friend can do it then I can too.'

  7. 20th June 2014 / 7:44 pm

    i want the bond/closeness and i know it benefits both of us

  8. 20th June 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Because it's the easy option- none of that faffing about sterilizing etc

  9. 20th June 2014 / 8:32 pm

    I just wanted to best for my babies however hard it has been at times 🙂

  10. 20th June 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I dont feel I ever consciously made the decision. When she was born it just happened. We had our struggles but we got there and still going strong a year later x

  11. Tanzi Spencer
    21st June 2014 / 8:30 am

    lovely to hear that your first problems have not stopped you from trying again and instead have just helped you go further each time

  12. 21st June 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Its the best start in life for baby and its free

    Lynsey Buchanna

  13. 22nd June 2014 / 3:06 pm

    It didn't really feel like a decision, but I wish I had tried for longer!

  14. 25th June 2014 / 9:23 am

    It wasn't really a choice as such, it is just how I always expected to feed my babies.

  15. 25th June 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Many reasons. Emotional and physical bonding, it's free, promotes good health for mum and baby, incredible for personal growth (physically, mentally, spiritually etc) for mum and baby

  16. 26th June 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Best for baby and easiest for me, I hate sterilising bottles, getting up in the middle of the night and forgetting to buy formula!

  17. 27th June 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I felt it was the best thing for my baby

  18. 28th June 2014 / 10:55 am

    The health benefits for baby and the weightloss for me

  19. 28th June 2014 / 12:47 pm

    I decided to breastfeed for the health benefits for us both but also because it's free! Win win!

  20. 28th June 2014 / 2:40 pm

    the thought of making bottles every night made me more determined to try breastfeeding. I love my bed too much

  21. 28th June 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Because I wanted to give the best possible start to life for our little ones <3

    (Pia S)

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