When I was ready to start trying to get pregnant I started doing heavy research into how to get pregnant, how to have the healthiest pregnancy and how to give my newborn the best. Breastfeeding was something I knew very little about. Honestly, I knew it was good for babies, period. End of story that’s all I had ever really heard about it.
Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Lawyer or Financial Advisor. All posts are my opinions and things that have worked well in my life. Please consult a professional for advice.
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive a commission if you choose to make a purchase. All opinions are my very own and I never share anything that I don’t use and love! This is at no cost to you and allows me to stay home with my babies! Thank you!
I have this quirk that when I am interested in something I can’t enough information about it! I love to learn the how and why of things or the how to’s. My hubby would tell you I was a little crazy about everything when I got pregnant with our first. I just wanted the absolute best for her, can you blame me? Anyways, long story short I had to know everything I could about breastfeeding and why and how it was good for me and my baby.
Here’s the gist of why breastfeeding is so amazing for you and your baby in plain easy to understand English…
- Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby. Your body makes the exact type of milk with the exact nutrition your baby will need for the first year of life. It’s like a free 5-course meal for your baby. the milk starts out like a salad it’s light in calories and then ends with a nice creamy Rich dessert that’s high in calories to fill up baby’s tummy and promote growth. Factor in that the meal is perfectly designed for your baby to feel full and happy and grow optimally and you can’t beat that. (Now if only I had someone to make that meal for me!)
- There are about a million health benefits for the baby. Baby will have dramatically lower chances of getting sicknesses, diseases, cancers, SIDS, asthma, allergies, ear infections and obesity. Breastfed babies are also known to have better vision, better teeth, and higher IQ.
- There are also some great benefits for Mom. Breastfeeding helps you get your pre-baby body back faster. It also dramatically lowers your chances of getting breast, ovarian, uterine cancers. You also release some awesome hormones when your breastfeeding. Prolactin which relaxes and calms you and oxytocin which is known as the love hormone and makes you bond with and love your baby. Those awesome hormones also decrease your risk for postpartum depression.
- Studies have shown breastfeeding leads to smarter and happier children. The DHA in breast milk promotes brain growth and the connections formed during the time you’re bonding while breastfeeding increase brain growth as well. Children who are breastfed feel secure and loved which translates into happier,more independent adults.
Hopefully covering a ton of information in easy-to-understand terms will make you want to do your own research or make the decision for you and that you are definitely breastfeeding. It really is amazing what your body can do and the benefits you and your baby will reap. The bond it has formed between me and my kids is amazing and I would never trade those early breastfeeding days for anything. Here are a few sites that have amazing information on breastfeeding, along with studies to support that information. Enjoy!
Please feel free to ask questions below! And all you breastfeeding momma’s out there add anything I left out!