Pros of breastfeeding:
1) It's free.
2) Little to no cleanup or prep work.
3) It aids in losing pregnancy weight.
4) Studies show that it reduces the risk of allergies and asthma for your child.
5) Studies show that breastfeeding for 1 year increases your child's IQ.
1) Unless you pump, no one else can feed your child.
2) If you're very self-conscious, it can be hard to breastfeed in public (though how you can be self-conscious after giving birth eludes me).
3) If you drink caffiene, you may still have to limit your intake (ask your doctor).
4) If you drink alcohol, you may have to time when you drink so that it won't be in your breastmilk, or pump your milk and dump it out.
I breastfeed (I'm still nursing my 13-month-old daughter, though she is self-weaning), but it's your choice in the long run. If you have any specific questions about breastfeeding, feel free to message me.
at 7:52 PM on Jul. 4, 2008
one benefit moms aren't listing here it reduces the risk of breast cancer. It's great bonding for you and baby. Baby will have a stronger immune system. I BF 4 kids and I would do it again. Good Luck whatever way you decide to go.
at 8:46 PM on Jul. 4, 2008
also reduces the risk of ovarian cancer....like others said, its all up to the mom. for me i found that, aside from the aforementioned health benefits, it was just easier to BF cause its always there, warm and ready to eat...unlike a bottle which has to be stored cold then warmed blah blah blah...
the world health org and pedi assoc of America web sites have great info as does the previously mentioned kellymom site. Personally, i would say at least try it...see how it works for you...but really try...take advantage of the resources available at the hospital and through your OB or midwife by way of a lactation consultant...Jamie self weaned at 6 months and i miss it so much...its great bonding time and something you will (likely) remember with fondness for years to come.
at 8:59 PM on Jul. 4, 2008
Save money , no bottle to wash, always ready and right temperature to feed. I say go for it if you are comfortable with it.
at 9:29 PM on Jul. 4, 2008