Benefits of Breastfeeding

When trying to make the decision on breast or bottle for your baby, you need to be armed with all of the information possible.  I have breastfed both of my children but it has not been an easy journey and I do not see myself as being better than any mother who chooses to bottle feed.  I have now become a Breastfeeding Counsellor and so I would like to share with you the things I have learnt along the way.

Benefits for Baby:

Protection against ear infections due to sucking

Protection against diarrhoea, gastro-enteritis and tummy upsets

No constipation, easier to digest

Less smelly nappies

Protection against chest infections and wheezing

Babies are naturally immunized against viruses and infections

Lower risk of diabetes

Less eczema

Better mental development

Better mouth formation and straighter teeth

Less chance of baby girl’s developing breast cancer later in life (their risk is reduced again if they go on to be a breastfeeding mother)

Three times less chance of child obesity by the age of 6

 

Benefits for Mother:

Lower risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer

Lower risk of ovarian cancer

Faster return to pre-pregnancy figure

Stronger bones in later life

You can eat pretty much what you like

Reduces the risk of diabetes

Diabetic mothers need less insulin

Reduces fertility (but doesn’t guarantee it!)

Ready prepared – no messing about with bottles in the night

It’s free!

4 Comments

  1. February 1, 2011 / 11:11 pm

    Am fighting the urge to get defensive. As you know from my blog I had to give up at 3wks & he ended up in hospital. I do blame myself, I always will! Hopefully if/when I have number 2 I will have someone around like you to help me.

    Congratulations on your new role.

    • mummymatters
      February 2, 2011 / 12:12 am

      Oh please don’t feel defensive, I support all mothers and would never say that one is better than the other. For some breastfeeding works, for others it doesn’t – no-one is right, and no-one is wrong we’re all just caring for our babies.

      I know that my breastfeeding page might upset some people but I’m just wanting to help mothers to make an informed decision x

  2. March 18, 2012 / 7:09 pm

    i breast feed for a year and despite this my son still got eczema but that is more down to the fact that i have eczema so its inherited.. breastfeeding its a wonderful thing to to .x

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