Breastfeeding is a decision made by mothers as early as pregnancy. As breastfeeding is time consuming, especially to working mothers, this decision is crucial because you need to weigh the pros and cons. Here’s a list of reasons why you should choose to give breast milk to baby instead of giving formula milk.
10. Fits your baby
Your breast milk is altered as your baby grows. The composition of vitamins, minerals and nutrients are changing upon the needs of your baby. Breastfeed your baby just after you give birth because the milk you just produce is full of antibodies and nutrients that would give protection to your newborn.
9. Protection from illnesses and diseases
The protection formula milk can provide is not as adequate as breast milk. Studies show that breastfed babies are less prone to having diseases such as ear infection, diarrhea, obesity, asthma, type 1 and 2 diabetes, respiratory infections. Research also shows that babies fed with formula milk have higher risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
8. Mother’s health
A mother’s health is crucial to the baby’s condition. Mother does have benefits with breastfeeding health wise. There is a lesser risk for breastfeeding women to have diseases such as cervix cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis, postpartum depression, and diabetes type 2.
Breastfeeding is cheap and convenient. If you are giving your child formula milk, it would cost you approximately $1000-$2000 yearly depending on your child’s milk consumption. Bottles, sterilizer and other materials are not yet included in this estimation. So, if you’re planning to cut some cost, the best option is to breastfeed.
6. Easy to digest
A baby’s digestive system is not yet fully developed, especially premature babies. Giving breast milk is the best option because breast milk can be easily digested compared to formula. The protein content in formula milk provides a difficult time for babies to digest.
5. Availability and cleanliness
Breast milk is always available even though you don’t have money. It is always at the right temperature, so you do not need to have a bottle warmer. It is also clean and free from contamination.
4. Protection from allergies
Studies have shown that infants who are breastfed are less prone to have allergies to food and environment. This is due to the antibodies that breast milk has to offer. It provides the right protection your baby needs.
3. Back to normal shape
You may have gain weight during your pregnancy, and the extra weight gained may be impossible to lose right away. As breastfeeding occurs, calories are burnt, thus helping you to get back at the right shape. The uterus also shrinks to its normal size faster when mothers breastfeed.
2. Stronger teeth
Research shows that breastfed infants have better and stronger teeth formation. This is due to the exact amount of sugar in breast milk. Formula tends to have a higher amount of sugar resulting to cavities formation and sometimes discoloration of teeth for babies.
1. Mother and child bonding
Breastfeeding is one way to bond with your baby. It’s a special time between a mother and a child to be together. Research has proved that baby’s suckling motion releases the hormone oxytocin which is vital for mother and child relationships.