But what if you are just thinking about nursing and not yet 100% sure how you are going to feed your precious babe?
Well, how about some information to help you make a good decision?
*Most of the following info was taken from A Parent's Guide to Breastfeeding, 9th Edition by Amy Spangler
- Helps new moms lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily
- Reduces the risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer in moms
- Improves bone thickness in moms and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures as they grow older
Formula Fed Babies
- Have more diarrhea and constipation
- Are more likely to become obese children
- Have more respiratory and ear infections
- Are more likely to develop chronic health issues
- Are more likely to develop diabetes
Human Milk is designed for Human Babies!
- It changes to meet the needs of your growing baby (formula cannot do that!)
- It is easier to digest than formula (less gas, colic, and spitting up)
- It contains over 200 nutrients to protect your baby's health
- Helps increase your baby's IQ
- Lowers risk of asthma, colic, food allergies, and eczema
- Reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- It's the PERFECT food!
Breastfeeding is convenient (there's no mixing or warming) and it promotes mama-baby bonding.
Any amount of breast milk is good for your baby. But research has shown that babies breastfed exclusively for 6 months are healthier. Your baby is worth the time and effort. Breastfeeding is easier than you think!
"Breastfeeding is a learned skill, like riding a bicycle, only this bicycle is built for two! While many mothers and babies breastfeed without difficulty, others require help, especially in the early weeks. Fortunately, the breastfeeding problems featured in the media are rare, but serve to remind parents and professionals that breastfeeding is a skill that requires not only patience and persistence but knowledge and support." ~Amy Spangler, MN, RN, IBCLC
If you need support in your breastfeeding journey, make sure to join us at Educated Mommy on Thursday evening (6:30 pm) for our Breastfeeding Support Group! We also have Milk Monologues every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm. We are here to help you wherever you are!
We'll see you soon :)