Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby
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Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

A guide to the benefits of breastfeeding your baby, how it contributes to their health, can save you money, be more convenient and have benefits for the mother as well.

An important consideration that expectant parents have to make when awaiting the arrival of their child is how they are going to feed their new baby once it is born. This can be a difficult decision for parents to make and they must weigh up the pros and cons of each option. Here are a few guidelines of the benefits of breastfeeding your baby that may help you make your decision.

Whilst powdered milk substitutes are a good substitute for breast milk that has been painstakingly and scientifically researched to replicate breast milk as closely as possible, nothing is as perfectly made for the needs of your baby as a mother’s breast milk. Every breastfeed provides the exact amount of nutrition that your baby requires to maintain their health and grow at an appropriate weight. The amount of milk that your breast makes adapt to the needs of your growing baby. In fact, your breast are so clever that they even make adaptations to into account other factors, such as your baby needing an additional feed to combat their first on a hot summer’s day.

In addition to this, breastfeeding can reduce the likelihood of your child having eczema, asthma and allergies and also builds their immunity. Throughout her life, a mother will experience many illnesses and her body’s immune system works hard to fight off these diseases and prevent them from recurring. Therefore, a mother has immunity too many illnesses and diseases. Through breastfeeding, a mother passes on some of this immunity to her child. However, this is not a reason to dismiss vaccinations for your child. Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your child against some very serious illnesses and diseases. If you are considering your child not having the recommended vaccination for any reason, then this should be discussed thoroughly with the appropriate health practitioner.

One of the greatest deciding factors in the decision of whether to breastfeed your baby, after the health of your baby, is the lack of cost. Breastfeeding is free. In comparison, bottle feeding requires a lot of equipment such as bottles, teats, sterilizers, bottle warmers and bottle brushes. In addition to this, there is the ongoing cost of buying formula milk for your baby. Breast feeding requires no equipment and no regular expenditure and will therefore save you money.

Convenience is another deciding factor when considering your feeding options. Breastfeeding requires no preparation time, whereas bottle feeding requires you to make up the bottles daily. Similarly, if the baby awakes in the night for feeding and they are bottle fed, then you have to get up and warm a bottle for them. If breastfeeding, then you simply lift the baby out of their cot and feed straight away, reducing the amount of time that you are awake for. Another point to make is that breast feeding requires no cleaning procedures, but bottle feeding requires you to wash the bottles and then sterilize them.

Finally, if you are aspiring to have the perfect figure or just desperate to regain your pre-baby weight, then breastfeeding is worth considering. Many women do not breastfeed as they think that it will ruin their figure. However, not only are you likely to gain a fuller bust, you are also more likely to lose weight at a faster rate. Breastfeeding helps your uterus to contract more quickly and helps to burn off any fat that you have gained.

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Comments (4)

Very nicely done

Powdered milk has been seen to constipate young ones. Nicely boiled fresh milk in a diluted form is next best thing.

Excellent article. Sorry, I'm out of votes

Voted this one and promoted. Good facts about breastfeeding a baby.