This is what I keep hearing from mothers around me. If you’ve tried breastfeeding, chances are you’ve hated it. Hormones all over the place, leaking breasts, tight schedules, feeling hot and sticky, sore nipples, blocked ducts, and the list goes on…
BUT there’s a HUGE plus side. When your baby looks up at you between gulps… worth everything! And that’s not all. There’s a lot more benefits to your hard work… read on.
I had a conversation once with a new mother who said she decided to put her 6-week old baby on formula milk because she says she has seen a lot of babies who are breastfed and ‘it doesn’t seem to have made a difference’. All my efforts to convince her of the opposite were useless, she was convinced.
As a breastfeeding mother, I know that it’s not the funnest thing to be doing all day. BUT I have to disagree on the part that says it makes no difference. Breastfeeding has so many advantages that it would be impossible to list them all here. I like to think of it as ‘every breastfeed is one less visit to the doctor’.
Four and a half months into breastfeeding my baby, I’m glad to report that I’m coping well. It’s much easier the third time around, of course, but I think it has become easier this time because I’m going into it absolutely convinced that it’s the best thing for me and the baby.
Someone commented on one of my previous blog posts about Gina Ford, asking if breast milk has the same benefits if expressed and given in a bottle. That’s a great question. If you give breast milk to your baby from the bottle, he’d be getting all the nutrition of the milk but missing out on the other benefits. Of course, it’s still A LOT better than formula, but breastfeeding benefits go beyond that. For example, breastfeeding also gives the benefits of bonding with the baby, as well as amazing benefits to the jaw and ear canals which get massaged as the baby sucks.
Robert Cohen is an anti-milk activist and he truly believes in the benefits of breastfeeding, like I do. I got an email from him today about all the great things you would be doing if you breastfeed and it really put a smile on my face. I guess my feeling is always that I want to give my kids as much as I can, even if it means some inconvenience in the process.
Check out what he attached to his email. 101 Reasons to Breastfeed. I love #95 🙂
If you haven’t heard of Robert Cohen before or you’re wondering why anyone would be against milk and dairy products, then check out his website NotMilk.com.
I used to be the biggest cheese addict in the world and my life (and my health) completely changed once I stopped it. I also stopped milk and all other dairy products. It has been almost 10 years now, and let me tell you… WOW, what a difference!
I’ll tell you more about how to make the life-changing switch to a dairy-free life in another post….
For now, let me ask you this:
If you are a mother, have you ever breastfed? For how long? And how did you find it?
If you are not a mother, do you know anyone who has breastfed? What did you think of the whole process? And most importantly, would you have chosen to breastfeed if you were ever in that situation (you can answer this even if you are a male)?
Leave your answers in the comments below, I can’t wait to see what you think!
talk soon 🙂
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