Today’s post is by a guest blogger, Rachel. See her bio at the bottom of the post.
What is your favourite benefit of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding your child has many benefits for both yourself and your baby. Although some women are uncomfortable about the idea, it’s a process of nature that can be healthier for your child than any can of Similac. Many doctors encourage breastfeeding as opposed to simulated food sources because of the amount of benefits that are inherent with the process. How can breast milk benefit you and your child?
1. Immunity System – Vitamins and minerals within breast milk improve the baby’s immunity system, which can prevent a long list of afflictions and reduce the impact of those that happen. Many case studies show that breastfed babies are less likely to develop illnesses concerning everything from a stomach virus to meningitis. Studies also show a reduced risk from SIDs not related to suffocation.
2. Allergies – Breastfed babies have been documented to have fewer allergies as compared to alternative methods of feeding. This can greatly help as babies can develop reactions to various materials in everyday life that could complicate your lifestyle. This isn’t saying your baby will never develop an allergy, only that the risks are far less of the situation happening for those babies that are breastfed.
3. Adapting to Life – Breastfed babies are less like to develop ailments such as diarrhea. It can also influence the reduction of developing an ear infection for babies that have spent the first six months of their lives breastfeeding. Respiratory illnesses are also decreased from the use of breast milk.
4. Doctor Visits – Babies that are breastfed are less likely to develop complications reducing the number of times you need to take him or her in to the hospital. As breast milk is essentially the ultimate source of food for the baby, problems concerning health are less likely to happen.
5. Bonding – The baby feels safe and secure as he or she can feel your warmth and your skin. It is this bonding between mother and child that causes many people to buy babywearing clothing and packs. A comfortable baby is a happy baby. This could help solidify future bonding with your child and start your life together properly.
6. Weight Loss – Did you know breastfeeding can help you lose weight by burning calories faster? Your body can burn up to 20 calories for every ounce of breast milk that is developed. It is quite possible that your baby can help you burn away hundreds of calories per day without you lifting a single finger to do so.
7. Money Saving – If you plan on breastfeeding your child, you can save a great deal of money on bottles, nipples, inserts and other bottle-related paraphernalia. Unless you plan on using a breast pump and a bottle for times you are away from your child, a great deal of money and effort can be saved.
Breast milk is the ultimate source of nutrition that your child needs in order to develop in a healthy way. This isn’t saying that other methods are unsafe, but breastfeeding is superior in almost every way.
Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.