New mothers have a number of choices when it comes to taking care of their infants. One of the most important decisions has to do with the feeding of her child. There are myriad advantages to breastfeeding your infant over bottle feeding, and the most significant being to start your child off on the road to a healthier and more natural life ahead. Additional benefits include the following:
Ease and Convenience
For new mothers looking for an easy way to feed their new babies, the method of breastfeeding is simple and does not require parents to purchase formula, and the additional accessories that go along with it. Breast milk is also convenient and ready at the perfect temperature. For those that have a difficult time of getting the newborn to latch on properly, accessories such as Mombo nursing pillows can provide comfort and easy access for both the baby and mother. A breast pump is the ideal accessory to have milk readily available for your baby, even when you are not going to be home to feed him.
The least inexpensive way to feed your child is by breastfeeding. Formula, bottles, nipples, warmers, mixing devices and sterilization units can be costly and can exceed over $300 per month. If a specialty formula is in order for your infant, you can expect to pay an even greater amount of money. On the other hand, natural breast milk is free, and abundant, in most cases.
Your baby’s growth and development should be at the forefront of your mind and breast milk is considered the best food source for a newborn. A new mother’s body formulates the milk and helps them meet the nutritional requirements to ensure proper growth and development for each individual baby. The composition of breast milk also changes as your baby’s needs fluctuate, and they are able to use every drop of the milk that they digest naturally. Breast milk also leads to less intestinal issues, gas and constipation than when the babies depend on infant formula as a primary source of nourishment.
Immune System Boosting
Newborns have a weakened immunity at birth and are at risk for contracting illness and infection when exposed. Breastfed infants receive the proper nutrition and antibodies through their mother’s milk and have been shown to be sick less often and have a stronger immune system from infancy into adulthood.
Better Health Building
Babies who are bottle fed with formula have a higher risk of illness and disease such as cancer, Crohn’s, type 1 and 2 diabetes, ear infections, high cholesterol, obesity and colitis. Babies who are breastfed have been shown to have higher cognitive abilities and better vocabulary scores later in life. It also can help reduce the risk of SIDS.
A Healthier Mom
In addition to breastfeeding being a time-saving benefit for a mother, it also has numerous advantages to a mother such as reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers and less of a chance to develop postpartum depression after the birth of a child. Breastfeeding also promotes a more rapid return to the mother’s pre-pregnancy weight.
Breastfeeding has a host of benefits that can help a child develop healthy and happy habits from infancy throughout his or her later years in life. It also promotes a special bond and wonderful memories between a mother and child that are sure to last a lifetime.
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By Lisa Coleman
Lisa Coleman is a writer and mother who is believes that a healthy lifestyle begins at birth. She encourages new moms to make every effort to breastfeed their babies by trying different positions and using such accessories as Mombo nursing pillows, nursing covers, and breast pumps to make things as comfortable as possible for both mom and baby.