So new mama, off course you already know about the amazing benefits of breast milk. “Breast is best”, right? But here we are in the real world and every mom’s journey to motherhood is different.
For some, breastfeeding can be a beautiful, rewarding, and satisfying experience. There’s no denying the amazing health benefits of breastfeeding, but there’s a flipside. Contrary to what women are told, not every new mom is able to breastfeed. Some struggle with their milk supply and simply can’t supply enough for their baby to thrive. Some women simply prefer not to breastfeed.
With all the evidence and research readily available to new mamas, shouldn’t they be allowed to make their own decision, without judgement – whatever that may be? No one cares more about your baby than you do. No one and this very contentious decision remains yours to make.
The suggestion that formula has “no place” in a sustainable future is simply not true. Although formula doesn’t come close to matching the health benefits of breast milk, both breast milk and formula provide energy, hydration and nutrients; your baby will grow whichever milk he’s given.
So, what are the benefits of each method? Breast milk protects babies from diseases and infections. It will reduce your baby’s likelihood of diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, ear infections, colds and flu, thrush, and will also halve his risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
You may have heard that breastfeeding your baby improves his chances of doing well at school, but did you know it’s been linked to better behaviour, improved eyesight and better teeth alignment too? Your breastfed baby also has less chance of becoming obese and his chance of getting type 1 and 2 diabetes and certain cancers are reduced.
Breastfeeding is good for moms too. The risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and obesity are lowered. It’s easy, it’s free and it burns up to 500 calories a day, helping new moms to shed the “baby weight” much quicker. But let’s not forget the key reason why many new moms want to breastfeed; it’s a wonderful bonding experience with your baby.
However many moms choose formula for a variety of reasons. Formula babies can be fed by anyone at any time. It’s convenient; you’ll have more time to yourself with a stash of bottles safely in the refrigerator. Your partner can help out with night feedings and share the bonding experience. New moms do not have to worry about not eating certain foods. Also, you can have a glass of wine once in a while where off course alcohol is off-limits for nursing moms. Another plus could be that bottle-feeding moms don’t have to deal with sore, cracked nipples or agonising mastitis.
So, whichever way you choose to feed your baby – breast milk, formula, or a combination of both – the most important thing is that your baby is well fed, well cared for, and loved.
Choose what works for you.
Source: kinbox.com, medela.com, scarymommy.com, kidshealth.org, webmd.com, theguardian.com, qz.com, stfrancisherbfarm.com, mother.ly, medicalnewstoday.com
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