It’s National Breastfeeding week and I decided to tell you all why I breastfeed. Are you ready for the answer?
Because I’m lazy. There I said it. I can’t be bothered to faff around with bottles and formula. I can’t be bothered to get out of bed at 1 am , 3am , 6am. I’m skint. Breast milk is free. I have to carry enough stuff around with me, let alone lugging bottles. I love my body. I love my baby’s body. I want to loose weight. I’m really forgetful and the thought of remembering to pack milk or buying formula scares me. Breastfed baby poop doesn’t smell. The list goes on and on and on.
I do not bash mothers who bottle feed. That’s their choice. If their baby is happy who cares? I even put my oldest onto formula after a few months, I was angry then and I think I did hate myself and others for it at the time, but I grew up. BUT formula feeding; it’s just not what I want to do. I trust my body to work and do it’s job. Why would I want to make my hectic life even more complicated? I have baby brain and I forget everything. I can’t forget my boobs if they are attached to me, can I?
My milk is always available for my baby. It is always at the right temperature, and my body tailors my milk (daily) to baby’s age, and makes any bug busting immunities that may need developing and is always on tap; think of boobs as a river rather than a warehouse. We also co-sleep (sharing a room or bed with your baby) which means I rarely miss out on any sleep. If my baby needs a drink, I simple pop her out of her cot into our bed, latch her on and we both go back to sleep within seconds, she will then stay in our bed until morning feeding when she wishes too. Co-sleeping is great for not loosing sleep, keeping your milk supply strong and even reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, due to your baby regulating their breathing with yours. There are a few simple co-sleeping advisories which can be found here, to ensure that you are co-sleeping as safely as possible.
Other than the amazing ‘laziness factor’, breastfeeding has some incredible health benefits too. Early days of feeding help the uterus contract back to its pre-pregnancy size quicker, and due to the huge amount of calories it takes to make breast milk (around 500 per day), many new mums find that their baby weight vanishes quicker and is easier to loose. Studies have also shown that mums who breastfed for longer are significantly less likely to develop breast and ovarian cancers- although breastfeeding for any length of time is beneficial to your health. Newborn breastfed babies have the immediate benefits from receiving colostrum (first milk) as it is full of antibodies, helps clear out your baby’s meconium (the sticky tar like poop that builds up in your baby and is their first few poops after birth) and is full of white blood cells that fight bacteria and diseases. Babies who are fed for 6 months or longer are statistically less likely to develop Type 1 and 2 diabetes, diarrhoea and vomiting, chest and ear infections, Gastroenteritis, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and respiratory illnesses including Asthma. Visit the NHS Website here for more information.
And there you have it. That’s why I breastfeed. I don’t know when I will stop feeding Ivy, probably when she is ready and chooses too and I am perfectly fine with that!
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