Some moms love breastfeeding and some moms are not comfortable with a little being biting on her nipple. We understand, all moms are different and they all have different emotions and experiences. Although, it is totally up to you, I felt it would only be fair if we educated ourselves on the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby before making any decisions.
I strongly believe that everything our body does is for a reason. Kind of a fight or flight response to literally everything we go through on a daily basis. Our bodies are working 24/7 to make sure we survive and thrive in our environments. Backing up into the ages where there was no formula, no feeding bottles and fancy equipment. All women could do was breastfeed and I think our generations way before us turned out pretty fine.
Milk is produced when pregnancy hormones fluctuate and everything in your body goes ding, ding, ding. These pregnancy hormones cause your milk ducts to grow significantly larger and Prolactin allows the alveoli on your breasts to produce milk using fat, sugars and protein from your blood.
It is important to note that the more you breastfeed, the more milk you produce. If, you do not breastfeed then you will not produce very little to no milk at all.
The benefits of breastfeeding for babies.
Whether you are 5 and looking for your favorite toy or 20 and looking for your socks, we all end up going to mommy. In the same way, mommy has all the nutrition for a baby. After all you have been carrying, feeding and caring for your baby for nine months without additives.
- Nutrition – Your breast milk is like the superman of all the nutrition you can give your baby. It is packed with the essential vitamins and protein your baby will need for a healthy lifestyle as he/she grows.
- Health Benefits – Research suggests that breast milk decreases the risk of certain medical conditions such as diabetes and obesity. It also helps to prevent and fight off any allergies your baby might have and prevent frequent diarrhea.
- Weight Gain – Because, your baby receives the correct amount of nutrition, fat, proteins and vitamins from the breast milk your baby gains a good amount of weight that is not too much or too little.
- Higher IQ – Although, not proven yet. Studies are putting a lot of effort into proving babies who have been breastfed having a higher IQ even in the long term.
There is no way you can go wrong with breastfeeding as your body is designed to know what your baby needs from day 1 of pregnancy and instinctively as a mother. If, you think about it, all those cravings and feelings when you think something is not right or everything seems to be going peacefully well. It is your body communicating to you about the needs of you and your baby.
The benefits of breastfeeding for mommy.
It’s always good to do things that benefit your baby in more ways than you can imagine but isn’t it even better when there’s a reward for mommy too.
- The number one reason why moms are breastfeeding more is because it works as a miracle worker for losing all that pregnancy weight.
- It helps your uterus return to its normal size and elasticity before pregnancy and birth.
- It decreases the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
- Decreased menstrual and postpartum bleeding.
Breastfeeding does come with a lot of benefits that are worth it for you and your baby but, it definitely is not an easy task. Your nipples get bit and swollen and your hands start to hurt. On the bright side you get to work on those arm muscles. Thankfully there are creams you can use and nursing pillows to make sure you and most importantly your baby is comfortable. Happy baby, Happy life.