Breastfeeding - The Best Option for Babies
Author: Jeannie Fleming-Gifford
Breastfeeding. The idea may not sound very glamorous. In truth, it isn't always enchanting or easy. Your breasts may feel larger than life, they may leak, and the idea of pumping breast milk may be less than appealing. However, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and, if you can do it, breastfeeding your baby is simply the best option.
Today's formulas provide an easy alternative to new moms, adding convenience as well as an opportunity for others to be involved in the feeding process. Today's manufactured formulas also provide great nutrition. Science has created an amazing alternative to Mother Nature's milk. Of course, it has a cost, with infant formula running upwards of $25 per can (which may last little more than a week!).
Other than the price of formula, there are other reasons you may find breastfeeding to be advantageous.
Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby. Snuggle up close, stare down, and enjoy these tender moments with your infant. Think about how you sustained your infant for months as he or she grew within your body. Continuing to provide nourishment through breast milk is a great way to continue this connection.
Breastfeeding is also a great way to get your body back in shape. From helping to shrink your uterus back down to its pre-pregnancy size to helping to burn calories for you, breastfeeding is a wonderful way to help your body recover during postpartum.
Research has shown that breastfeeding provides protection for your baby from infection, helps baby's brain to optimally grow, is the easiest food for your baby to digest, and may even help to protect babies from acquiring allergies later in life.
Finally, there is a convenience to breastfeeding. There's no worry of having the bottles or formula ready when your baby needs to eat. When you are there, so is the food. It is ready to be served at just the right temperature at just the right time.
With so many benefits, why not try it? You may just find that breastfeeding really is the best choice for your baby and you!