Many moms make the decision to breastfeed because of it’s many health benefits. The cold hard truth is that not every woman can produce milk. In fact, up to 5 percent of women can’t produce enough milk to feed their child, so don’t freak out it you can’t.
Making milk requires a lot of energy. Because of this, you can burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories per day by breastfeeding. Also, your baby is going to want to go for the boob 24/7 so you may also lose weight by not having enough time to eat anything. It’s a win/win really.
For the moms who developed gestational diabetes during their pregnancy, breastfeeding can help fight off Type 2 diabetes. Those who breastfeed can cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half when compared to mothers who used formula. No pain no gain, I guess.
Having a baby is expensive, and breastfeeding can help. When compared to the price of formula, breastfeeding can save a family an average of $1,200 per year. So, while formula will afford a new mom a lot more sleep, you can save money by breastfeeding. What’s more important? Money or sleep?
5. It’s Really, Really, Really, Good For Your Baby
Breast milk is loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are good for your baby. White blood cells and macrophages will protect your baby from ear infections, diarrhea and other common illnesses. So when they won’t stop sucking and you feel like they are trying to suck your soul, remember that.
Breastmilk contains immunoglobulin A (IgA) which lines the intestinal walls to keep any foreign molecules from causing allergic reactions. This can be beneficial to babies, but can also carry into their adult life. So when they grow older and they aren’t allergic to peanuts, you can tell them that they owe you for that. Well, they owe you for a lot more than not having a peanut allergy.
A baby knows to turn to their mother when they are hungry at only a few weeks old. How? A baby knows the smell of their mother’s breast milk by 2 weeks old. So, you can’t try to trick them into drinking any other kind of milk because they know your scent.
Giving birth takes a toll on your body, and breastfeeding can help. Breastfeeding releases hormones that help the uterus shrink to its previous size faster than if you use formula. When the uterus shrinks, your belly will too and we all know you want to get rid of that belly.
When you breastfeed, your baby can taste what you’ve eaten that day. So when it is time to introduce them to solid foods, they will already have a taste for it. So, you better watch what you eat so this baby has good taste.
Need some extra cash? Sell some of your breast milk. Sure, that sounds a little strange, but you can sell your breast milk for up to $4 per ounce. So, if you produce more breastmilk than your baby needs, think about it.
Breastfeeding is exhausting and takes a toll on your body. Just remember that it’s temporary and try not to lash out on your partner. It’s not their fault they don’t have boobs. Damn, they really lucked out, didn’t they?
12. It Protects Against Weight Problems In Childhood
So, we know that the mother can burn calories and lose weight from breastfeeding, but it could also protect your baby from weight problems in their childhood. With childhood obesity on the rise, breastfeeding can help. The bacteria and nutrition that comes from breastfeeding can help protect your child against weight problems because it helps teach the body to metabolize food early on in their life.
You can read book after magazine after article after pamphlet about breastfeeding and you still won’t be fully prepared. Nothing can prepare for how hard being at the beck and call of a tiny and cranky little tyrant. Don’t forget that this was your idea!
Breast feeding can actually save your life. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, breastfeeding can reduce the mother’s risk of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The longer the woman breastfed, the less likely they will get cancer.
You are going to hear from other mothers how breastfeeding made them feel bonded with their child. They will tell you how spiritual it is and how enlightening. Sure it is all those things, but it’s also really, really hard and it’s okay if you hate it. Say it with me! IT’S OKAY IF YOU HATE IT!!!