The conversation of ‘Breastfeeding vs. Formula’ has long been debated and documented. It is a decision that many mothers dwell on for months before their pregnancy. There are a wide variety of circumstances, situations and personal beliefs that go in to making such an important decision. At LilyPadz, we are strong supporters for breastfeeding, but we also recognize that it’s not a possibility for all women. If you are fortunate enough to have the option to breastfeed, we thought we would put together our Top 5 reasons to give breastfeeding a try (in no particular order).
1.) It’s natural and healthy. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies. After all, it is the only reason mommies produce milk in the first place. Click HERE to read about the natural antibodies in breast milk that help prevent the risk of a variety of common infections babies are susceptible to.
2.) Shed that baby weight! During pregnancy, your body automatically prepares for breastfeeding. Unfortunately, part of that preparation involves storing some extra energy (if you’ve already had a child, you know this to be true!). The good news is that the process of breastfeeding can burn between 300-500 calories a day! Obviously we are all different, and the weight loss effects of breastfeeding widely vary from mother to mother, but why not give it a shot?
3.) It’s cost effective. This is a benefit that your entire family and enjoy. It’s estimated that the cost of formula can range up to $10 per day depending on the type and brand you purchase. That’s nearly $300/month! Why buy the formula when you can get the milk for free! J
4.) Bonding with your baby. The process of breastfeeding is a very intimate time with your and your little one. It offers a closeness and bond that continues even after you stop breastfeeding. There is even scientific support of special bond. Studies have shown that breastfeeding releases the natural chemical Oxytocin (also known as the trust or cuddle hormone). It is actually the same hormone that is released during labor to trigger the production of breast milk!
5.) Breast milk has never been recalled. It sounds silly, but it’s true. Never runs the risk of artificial contamination. It’s safe, it’s healthy and it’s all-natural. We hope that this post helps you as your consider what’s best for you and your little one.
Remember, if you have any questions about breastfeeding or just want to learn more, contact a Lactation Consultant. Visit www.ilca.org to learn more and find a LC near you.
– Team LP