The Benefits of Breastfeeding
- The cost is much less to breastfeed than to formula feed.
- Formula preparation and bottle washing are avoided.
- Breastfeeding hastens the return of her uterus to normal, by causing it to contract with every feeding.
- Hormones associated with breastfeeding cause relaxation and feelings of contentment.
- Once the initial learning period has passed, most women find breastfeeding very satisfying.
- Breastfeeding is quick and convenient: the mother simply lifts her shirt and offers hr breast. She doesn't have to frantically prepare a bottle while her baby cries impatiently
- Breast milk is perfectly suited to the baby's nutritional requirements.
- Breast milk contains substances (immunoglobulings and antibodies from the mother) that provide important protection against illness.
- Breast milk changes in composition as the baby grows and his nutritional requirements change.
- Problems with allergies, indigestion, and overfeeding are fewer with breast milk than with formula.
- The milk is always at the right temperature and instantly available.
- Breastfeeding provides protection against adult obesity.
- Breastfeeding has other long-term health benefits, such as superior jaw development, reduced likelihood of asthma, and better ability to handle dietary fats.
If you need help with getting started or at anytime during breastfeeding please contact the La Leche League. They are a great help and resource for mothers. You can contact them at www.lalecheleague.org
Information taken from ‘The Birth Partner' by Penny Simkin.