However, we choose to breastfeed because the benefits of breast milk are AMAZING for BOTH mom and baby!!! If you think breastfeeding is wrong or gross then the list below is for you!
1. A healthier baby
"The incidences of pneumonia, gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies,"
2. Long-term protection, too
Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.
3. Stronger bones
Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. "When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently," "So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy."
4. Lower SIDS risk
Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by about HALF.
5. Fewer problems with weight
It's more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed him.
6. A calorie incinerator
You may have heard that nursing burns up to 500 calories a day. And that's almost right. "Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. "If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that's 400 calories you've swept out of your body."
7. It's good for the earth
Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.
8. Better healing postdelivery
The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.
9. Less risk of cancer
Breastfeeding can decrease your baby's risk of some childhood cancers. And you'll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that's on the rise. Breast milk has been found to kill over 40 types of cancerous cells!!!!
10. An unmatched feeling of power
It's empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone. Making breast milk truly is a superpower!!!
11. A custom-made supply
Formula isn't able to change its constitution, but your breast milk morphs to meet your baby's changing needs. Colostrum—the "premilk" that comes in after you deliver—is chock-full of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. It's also higher in protein and lower in sugar than 'full' milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby's hunger.
When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. He needs a lot of calories and frequent feedings to fuel his rapid growth. Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he'll eat often.
12. A menstruation vacation
Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula— will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn't triggered.
Even if you do breastfeed exclusively, your prolactin levels will eventually drop over the course of several months. Many moms who solely nurse will see their periods return between six and eight months after delivery, others don't for a full year.
13. Less time off work
Your baby will be ill less often, so that means fewer sick days for you.
14. It's FREE!
According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula can range anywhere from $134 to $491 per month. That's $1,608 to $5,892 in one year! OMG!! Other then the costs of your pump (which most insurance plans cover) bottles and nursing pads breastfeeding is free!
15. A great way to learn about your baby
"You have to read your baby's 'satiety cues' a little better, because unlike with a bottle, you can't see how much he's eaten."You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby's behavior to know when your baby is full."
16. There's nothing more convient
Simply pull up your shirt and nurse. Breast milk is always available and always at the right temperature.
17. Benefits for all
According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs if 90 percent of U.S. families breastfed their newborns for at least six months.
So mamas pull those Tata's out and proudly feed your babies ANYWHERE, ANYTIME YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE!!!
DID YOU KNOW?? There are actually breastfeeding LAWS in place now to protect us! Each state has their own, I live in Ohio so mine is below! Just google "Breastfeeding Law" and your state.
Public Breastfeeding Law: A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted. “Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code.