If you’ve been thinking about whether you will or will not breastfeed, you may have weighed the pros and cons… Before you make your final decision, consider these six reasons why you should breastfeed.
- Breastfeeding Reduces Mommy’s Risk of Breast Cancer
Because your breasts will be busy making milk 24/7, breastfeeding limits cancerous cells from developing. Also, because Mommy will be focusing on eating more nutritious foods and following a healthier lifestyle (not smoking or drinking), the chances of cancer producing in the breast, as well as the entire
body, becomes limited, according to breastcancer.org.
- Breastfeeding May Help Mommy Lose Weight
This is a biggie! So the doctor tells you to wait until your six-week postpartum visit before you can start to vigorously exercise, but you really want to lose some of your baby weight! Breastfeeding helps mommy lose some of those pounds because your body naturally burns calories to produce milk. Also, as mentioned in reason number one, to produce healthier milk, many moms choose healthier eating options.
- Breastfeeding Allows Moms AND Dads to Sleep More
Because there is no prep needed to breast feed (making the bottle, warming the bottle up, testing the temperature of the milk, repeat), moms and dads get to sleep a little more during the night.
- Breastmilk is Always Ready and at the Right Temperature
It’s 4:37 a.m. and your baby is hungry. Instead of walking all the way to the kitchen, searching for the formula, plundering through the bottles until you find the correct size, measuring out the amount of formula needed, adding water, turning on the bottle warmer, waiting until the bottle is warm and then walking back into the bedroom to feed your baby, you could relax in your rocking chair, with all of the feeding materials need at arm’s reach.
- Breastmilk is Free
The estimated total cost of formula ranges between $1,138.50 and $1,188 per year. Again, breastmilk is FREE!
- That’s What Breasts Are For!
Need we say more? #BreastMilkIsTheBestMilk