Breastfeeding is the natural way that mothers are equipped to feed and nourish their infants with the milk from their breasts. Although, breastfeeding was primarily the only way to nourish the young for many years of human existence, recent developments have created the option to use formula. However, breastfeeding is a hard method to contend with, as it is very convenient and optimal for the baby’s health. It has increased over the last decade, as mothers further understand the benefits.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding a baby. Mother’s milk has many nutrients and anti-bodies to protect the baby. It is easier for babies to digest, whereas, formula has been known to cause more digestive issues. Breastfeeding has also been found to lower the mother’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes (Sugar Effects Learn More), Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, and Postpartum Depression. Breastfed babies usually are ill less often than bottle fed babies.
Once you and your baby have a routine down, feeding gets much easier for you both. As a mother, there is no bottle washing and sterilizing, or getting the formula to the proper temperature. There is also no stress from worrying about not having enough bottles when traveling away from home.
Savings with not purchasing formula.
Bonding is probably the most important benefit for a mother and infant while breastfeeding. Not only bonding emotionally, but the physical bonding helps the mother’s level of Oxytocin (Oxytocin Wiki Page). (A hormone that helps the mother’s milk flow and calm her.)
Breastfeeding Basic Tips
When starting out breastfeeding, it is important to find a comfortable calm place. This helps the mother and baby to adjust to feedings and bond. For any issues of concern, always consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding, the first time, is a learning experience for the mother and the baby, so try to be patient. There are breastfeeding classes available, which can often be found through a doctor or an online search. Another source of guidance is from other nursing mothers. There may also be support groups who meet and discuss issues or concerns with breastfeeding.
(Information taken from http://www.womenshealth.gov and CDC}