I wasn’t able to breastfeed DS long enough, I wish I did. I’ve always heard that breastfeeding keep babies less sick compared to the formula only fed babies, but I’m not sure if his asthma was triggered as soon as he stopped breastfreeding at 3 months.
This time, it was a lot easier to breastfeed DD. I’m happy to say that at almost 6 months, even though she takes in formula and some solids, she still drinks breast milk. I like the fact that I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to make her a bottle. I also like it that I don’t have to pack her a lot of milk of bottles when we go out, since I’m her milk supply anyway. =)
Aside from the convenience, I’ve also listed a few other benefits of breastfeeding. Feel free to read on.
1. Health Benefits. Breast milk contains special lipids such as RHA and DHA that helps in brain development. Also, read this article saying that laughing before breastfeeding helps lessen allergies of babies.
2. Bonding Time- Breastfeeding is a special time for a mother and a child to bond together. It’s such a joy to be breastfeeding and then have your child look up at you and smile.
3. Relaxing Time- Breastfeeding gives an opportunity for the mother to go to a more secluded area and feed. Since it would be difficult to do anything else while feeding, it’s best to just close your eyes and relax as well.
4. Calories burned- A mother’s body can burn up to 300 calories a day when breastfeeding. Imagine not having to exercise to have to burn up that yummy 2 scoops of icecream you had for dessert.
5. Money Saved- Breastmilk is free. Considering how much Enfamil is nowadays, breastfeeding has saved us so much money since we’ve only had to use formula when she’s staying over her grandparents’.
I know some people dread breastfeeding because it hurts sometimes. But if you’re considering doing it, why not, you might enjoy its many benefits.