As a new mother, there are plenty of decisions that you need to make. Many of them, including whether or not to breastfed, can affect the outcome of your child’s wellbeing. Breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding is one of the first major decisions expectant parents will have to make. The American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization, and the American Dietetic Association all recommend breastfeeding as best for babies. Although breastfeeding is a personal decision, there are important factors to consider when making your decision.
Breastfeeding helps transfer beneficial antibodies from the mother to baby. Babies who get breastfed for at least six months, are less likely to get ailments such as ear infections, diarrhea, and meningitis. Also children who were breastfed will be less likely to have asthma, allergies, and have a smaller chance of becoming obese.
One of the best things about the breast milk is that it is completely free. Formula can end up costing thousands of dollars a year, and breast milk is not only convenient but also doesn’t cost a cent. Another cost factor to think about when debating between formula and breast milk is the amount of money that will be saved from unscheduled doctor’s visits. It has been medically proven that breastfed babies get sick less often.
One of the best bonding moments that a mother and child can experience is the moments they get when the child is being breastfed. Babies thrive from skin to skin contact, and mother to baby breastfeeding fulfills that need.
Breastfeeding has a multitude of health benefits for not only your baby, but also for you. For Example, women who breastfeed have a lower chance of getting postpartum depression. Breastfeeding also burns calories and helps to return the uterus to its normal size, so women who breastfeed may return to their pre-pregnancy size quicker than those who decide to bottle-feed. In addition, studies have shown that there is a lower risk of cancer, diabetes, and high-blood pressure.
Prevention of SIDS.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breast-feeding can help to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In fact, infants who are breastfed are 60% less likely to die from SIDS than infants who did not receive breast milk at all.