Lifetime Moms

Is Breastfeeding Best For You?

June 17, 2010

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You’ve probably heard that breast is best.

But what does that really mean? And more importantly, can you do it?

I’m not afraid to tell you that I’m a big fan of breastfeeding. I loved the bonding experience, and I felt empowered as a super-lactating mama able to provide my young with everything they needed to thrive.  I breastfed my daughter for 14 months and my son for 12 months (even after he cut teeth at four months. Ouch!!), and trust me, I have the sagging breasts to prove it.

But I can also respect that not everyone chooses to breastfeed. My only request is that you make the right choice based on the facts, not myths like, “it will hurt!” (Truth: it only hurts if your baby is not latching on properly), or “my baby is not eating enough” (Truth: breastmilk is richer than formula, so babies need less to feel full. Also because it is all natural, it is digested quicker rather than formula sitting in the belly, so breastfed babies eat more often. This is absolutely normal), or “it’s too much work,” (Truth: Who wants to get up in the middle of the night, walk to the kitchen, sterilize and warm up a bottle when you can just roll over, pop it out and pop it in your baby’s mouth. Sounds like less work to me!)  I should also remind you that breastfeeding is free of charge, though, admittedly, it does involve more time. But isn’t your baby worth it? And please don’t get me started on my soapbox about how breasts have been oversexualized in the country so much so that we forget what they were actually made for!!  There’s a reason why we have breasts ladies, and it’s not just for your hubby’s delight!

But I digress. The point is, to breastfeed or not to breastfeed is a hot question for a lot of expecting and new moms. You have to consider your lifestyle, when you will return to work and if so, are you comfortable pumping? To some, the positives outweigh the cons and it’s more than worth it. Others, not so much. Before you rule it out, note the many benefits of breastfeeding for baby and you, as the mom.

*Breast milk is the best nutritional source for newborn babies up to 1 year because of its unique composition.

*Breastfeeding reduces the number of ear infections your baby may get.

*Breastfeeding often helps mommy lose baby weight faster!

*Breastfeeding also reduces your chances of getting ovarian, uterine, cervical and breast cancers in the future.

And if the man in your life thinks breastfeeding cuts him out of the process. Think again. A recent study by the Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council (full disclosure: I sit on their advisory board) showed that men were a highly influential factor in a woman’s decision to breastfeed and her willingness to continue. So, bring your significant other to the screen to read these tips that I found:

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