Breastfeeding was a huge part of raising Roo. Huge, like 22 months huge! And I respect everyone’s opinion and fully believe that they should do what’s best for their baby. If formula works for your baby, then more power to you.
The only problem I have with formula and babies is that I never used it. So I know nothing about formula (except that it’s expensive) and can’t share that experience with my readers.
All I know about is breastfeeding from experience and I adored it. I never felt more connected to a human being in my life! To know I was providing for my baby, just me, no one else was a powerful experience.
I plan on nursing Miss Turtle for as long as she’ll let me. I never had a timeline for Roo when we started out. It was just please let us make it to six months… then it was set for a year. Then it just went on and on and on until at 22 months we called it quits.
I chose to breastfeed because I’d done my research and read it was wonderful for the baby. Besides to be honest, it also helped that it was free!
According to Medela , some of the benefits to breastfeeding are:
-Research shows that breastfed infants have fewer and shorter episodes of illness.
-Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s optimal development.
-Colostrum (the first milk) is a gentle, natural laxative that helps clear baby’s intestine, decreasing the chance for jaundice to occur.
-The superior nutrition provided by breastmilk benefits your baby’s IQ.
-Breastfeeding is a gentle way for newborns to transition to the world outside the womb.
-The skin-to-skin contact encouraged by breastfeeding offers babies greater emotional security and enhances bonding.
-The activity of sucking at the breast enhances development of baby’s oral muscles, facial bones, and aids in optimal dental development.
-Breastfeeding appears to reduce the risk of obesity and hypertension.
-Breastfeeding delays the onset of hereditary allergic disease, and lowers the risk of developing allergic disease.
-Breastfeeding helps the baby’s immune system mature, protecting the baby in the meantime from viral, bacteria, and parasitic infections.
-Breastfeeding increases the effectiveness of immunizations, increasing the protection against polio, tetanus, and diptheria vaccines.
-Breastfeeding protects against developing chronic diseases such as: celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and childhood cancers.
Not only is it good for baby, it’s good for Mama… why you ask? Medela says:
-Research shows that breastfeeding benefits the health of mothers.
-Breastmilk is always fresh, perfectly clean, just the right temperature, and is the healthy choice at the least cost!
-Increased levels of oxytocin stimulate postpartum uterine contractions, minimizing blood loss and encouraging rapid uterine toning.
-From 3 months to 12 months postpartum, breastfeeding increases the rate of weight loss in most nursing mothers.
-Breastfeeding offers some protection against the early return of fertility.
-Because breastfed babies are healthier, their mothers miss less work and spend less time and money on pediatric care.
-Breastfeeding women report psychological benefits such as increased self-confidence and a stronger sense of connection with their babies.
Don’t be frightened by anything to do with breastfeeding. It’s not as scary as it seems. You can prepare for breastfeeding by attending a breastfeeding class given by your local hospital or you can contact the La Leche League International for classes and support.