There are many benefits of breastfeeding, but there are some benefits that just made this way of nourishing my baby a no-brainer for me. These are the reasons I chose breastfeeding in the first place.
If you are on the fence about breastfeeding, maybe these 5 benefits will help you decide to go for it.
Remember, breastfeeding is normal. It’s the norm in most of the world. Your body was made for this!
Check out these 5 benefits of breastfeeding:
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1. Breastfeeding is free.
Breastfeeding is God’s free gift to us to be able to give our babies ALL they need–with NO cost involved! Breastfeeding definitely fits into my family’s budget!
2. Breastfeeding is healthful.
Breastfeeding gives your baby the very best start in life.
Later in this series I will delve into more of the health benefits. For now, check out the La Leche League website, which lists the many, many health benefits of breastfeeding (for both mommy and baby!).
3. Breastfeeding can potentially help you lose weight.
Breastfeeding burns an extra 200-500 calories per day! This was the only thing I needed to lose my baby weight the first time around.
But…breastfeeding does not necessarily melt off all the pounds. Five years ago I would have disagreed with you. But 5 years ago I was also two weeks postpartum and already back to my pre-pregnancy weight (which was VERY thin).
Two babies and 30 pounds later, I can say a LOT factors into whether or not breastfeeding will aid in weight loss. (And some moms actually hang onto some weight until full weaning.)
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4. Breastfeeding is a bonding experience.
Now, I will not say that formula-fed babies cannot be bonded to their mothers. That is simply not true (and, in my opinion, a very hateful assumption).
However, breastfeeding does seem to make bonding easier because feeding our babies in general is a bonding experience, and it’s hard to delegate breastfeeding to someone else! 🙂 (Later in this series, we’ll discuss ways daddies and other care givers can get involved!)
5. Breastfeeding is restful.
If new mothers are breastfeeding, they have to take a break to nurse. It’s next to impossible to walk around the house and do chores while nursing (although it can be done–once both mommy and baby get the hang of it).
One of my favorite breastfeeding positions is lying down….it’s SO restful and bonding!
What are some of your favorite benefits of breastfeeding? Was breastfeeding a no-brainer decision for you, or did you have a hard time deciding to breastfeed?
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