|the only modest photo of me nursing [naturally i look very sleep]|
It's pretty simple. Newborns eat milk. The decision you have to make is whether it will be your milk or another milk [formula]. The decision was pretty easy for us to make as we were already taking a natural approach to pregnancy & birth, but regardless of your style of delivery breastfeeding is always a wonderful option available to your baby.
So, Why breastfeed?
Do a simple google search and you will find oodles of reasons why it's wonderful for baby [and mommy!]...here are just a few:
1. Colostrum [also known as liquid gold people! They don't sell that in a can.]
2. Easiest milk for a baby to digest [shocker right? God's so smart]
3. Fights disease [non-breast feed babies are at higher risks for everything]
4. Fights allergies [pass the peanut butter please]
5. Optimal growth [for eyesight, jaw, mouth, speech, and brain]
6. Easy access [no diaper baby, sanitation station or warming up needed]
7. Saves money [average savings are $1500 a year...go buy you a new iMac]
8. Bonding [provides mom-baby-only bonding & lots of happy hormones]
9. Mommies health [linked to lower risk for diabetes, cancer & depression]
10. Potentially delays periods [enough said!]
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Popularity of breastfeeding goes back in forth in culture, but the decision for me came down to...How did God create me to feed my infant? What's the healthiest? What's best for them---not just what's most "convenient" for me? I tried to think about the long term benefits for my babies...overlooking the temporary discomfort or time expense.
I didn't say it was always easy, but great parenting isn't about what's easy. But what's best. And personally, if you're able...I think breast is best! Don't get me wrong though...no judgement here...mothering is much more than nursing.
Why did or didn't you breastfeed?