What is best for your baby?
Are you going to be welcoming a new addition to your family? What is the best food that you can provide your newborn? Well breast milk is best of course.
Breast milk will provide the best nutrients for your baby for the first year of her life. There are numerous benefits to breastfeeding your infant.
Your child will receive antibodies produced from your body and passed along the milk that can ward off sickness and increase their immune system. No mother wants to see their child suffering from a cold or flu.
Studies have also shown that it can also reduce the baby’s chances of respiratory diseases, diabetes, asthma, and obesity. What a great way to introduce the baby into the world, by boosting its immune system.
Are you afraid that you won’t be able to breastfeed? Why not use a breast pump and bottle feed. Of course, it is more convenient to breastfeed, however, if you are unable to do so you could still pump your milk and bottle feed your baby. This way she will still get all the benefits of breastfeeding. And the father will be able to join in on feeding time as well.
Best of all it is free. Formula is expensive and with all the other added new baby costs for furniture, clothes, and diapers it is nice to not have to spend it on milk. There are no bottles to heat up and no formula to mix. If it is there and readily available free of charge why not use it.
Although breastfeeding is the best decision for your baby, it does not come without some warnings.
Breast milk is more easily digested by the baby, the baby will be eating about every two hours because their stomachs are so small. You will be the only one who is able to feed your baby unless you express your milk into a bottle for your partner to do so. Add milk expression to the list of things you will need to do.
Be prepared to combat soreness from an improper latch, or clogged milk ducts, as well as engorgement if you miss any feedings. You will also need to be prepared for leaks.
Hopefully, you will not encounter yeast infections or mastitis, which can be painful.
Whatever you decide, make sure you are doing the best thing for you and your family.
For more information on the breastfeeding vs formula debate, visit my healthy moms blog.