So this week its World Breastfeeding week! If you follow me on social media then you may know that I have been struggling recently trying to get Austin to take a bottle. As ideally now I would like to do a bit of combination feeding, to give me a bit more flexibility.
But rather than moaning about that today I decided I would try to focus on the positives and write about the things I love about breastfeeding!
so here’s my list of 7 things I love about breastfeeding-
1. Bonding with baby
This is probably the biggest plus point for me, I feel like breastfeeding really helped me to bond with both Hayden and Austin when they first born. It’s a lovely feeling to know that you are still so close and providing them everything they need.
2. Less faff
When you’re breastfeeding you just need to take yourself, no need for sterilising bottles, preparing formula trying to get it at the correct temperature. This is the same thing during the night. No faffing with bottles needed when breastfeeding just need to whip out a boob and you’re good to go, right temperature and everything! I have to say this is one of my favourite things about breastfeeding I do love the convenience!
Once you get the hang of it you can do it one handed too unlike bottle feeding, leaving you your other hand free to drink tea or eat that cheeky Mars Bar!
3. Saves us money
Not something that I had really considered before having a baby and breastfeeding but I know realise how much money we saved by breastfeeding the majority of the time. This is always a bonus whilst on maternity leave and limited monies!
4. Helps with the weight loss post baby
I had heard pre babies that breastfeeding helped with weight loss, but to be honest I was always really sceptical that this was true. But it is definitely true! I lost all my baby weight after having Hayden within 6 weeks and slightly longer after Austin. With the help of slimming world I also continued to lose another stone after having Hayden too. Whilst you’re breastfeeding you will burn an extra 300-500 calories a day it’s estimated!
5. Health benefits for baby
So far most of the things I’ve mentioned have been quite selfish reasons but there are also lots of health benefits for baby too. Breastfeeding does provide added protection for babies against infection, and sudden infant death syndrome as well as evidence that it can help prevent chronic diseases like type Two diabetes from developing.
6. No periods!
Whilst you are breastfeeding exclusively before baby is 6 months, you are not likely ovulate and therefore will delay the return of your periods!! Which personally is great, as I am in no rush for those to start back up again just now!
7. Reduces my risk of cancer
In this day and age where cancer happens to 1 in 3 of us, and seemingly everything from bacon to wine has been linked to cancer it’s nice to think I’m doing something that actually reduces my risk. Especially as breast cancer does run in my family. Breastfeeding is known to reduce the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer.
So there you go my list of some of the things I love about breastfeeding. Obviously I know there are many more benefits than I’ve listed as well as some negatives, but it’s good to remind myself whilst I’m struggling about the positives!
Now don’t get me wrong I think breastfeeding is great if it works for you and for as long as it works for you but ultimately the most important thing is that you feed your baby!! Whether than be breast, bottle or both.
Do you or have you breastfed? What are the things you love about breastfeeding?