I am not writing this blog as a guru. Matter-of-fact, I’m about to become a mom for the first time myself. WHICH is why I thought it would be beneficial to look up some information about breastfeeding. I’m writing in hopes that while informing myself, I can also inform someone else.
During this pregnancy one of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked is whether I’m going to breastfeed or not. To be honest, I am SICK AND TIRED of that question!
I haven’t decided if breastfeeding is what I want to do or not, but I want to be clear:
As long as your baby is being fed, WHO CARES?!
I’ve never understood why some feel the need to put down a woman because she decides against breastfeeding. Some women, like myself, just don’t feel comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding. I’ve struggled with this a lot because even people I’ve consulted with in the medical field had a way of talking about breastfeeding as if I didn’t do it, I’d be doing what wasn’t the best for my baby. But let’s be real… as long as your baby is being fed, it doesn’t reaaallllyy matter. Sure, breastfeeding has some really awesome benefits for your baby, but c’mon. A baby fed with formula is still a fed baby! And that’s all that matters.
I’m a pretty conservative and modest person when it comes to my body, so I just can’t see myself being comfortable with having someone try to teach me how to breastfeed or the idea that a child will be sucking on me. At this point, I think I’d like to try, but if it’s not for me, it’s not for me. There is always the option to pump breast milk for your baby, and evade the whole “sucking” experience. (Don’t get wrong, I totally support all breastfeeding mothers and respect the experience it brings to some mother-baby relationships, I just don’t know if it will be for me)
Here are some really great benefits from breastfeeding:
- Breast milk helps defend against infections, prevents allergies, and can help protect against some chronic conditions
- Germ-fighting antibodies pass from the mother’s milk into the baby to enhance their immune system
- Less ear infections and diarrhea
- Lower chance of meningitis, asthma, diabetes, and obesity
- Breast milk is more easily digested than formula
- Breast milk’s flavor changes depending on what the mother eats, so the baby will get to experience many different tastes
- It’s convenient!
- Breastfeeding burns calories and helps shrink the uterus, helping the mother return to her pre-pregnancy size
I want to open this blog up to some chatter from other moms out there! Did you breastfeed? What was your reasoning behind your decision? Any tips?