Benefits for mum
Even if you think breastfeeding isnt for you I would recommend giving it a try. You may like it more than you think. However if you have already given it a go and it didn’t work out, don’t worry, your baby still stands a very good chance of being healthy.
Breastfeeding also has benefits for mum too. Women who breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, uterine and ovarian cancers by as much as 25 per cent for breast cancer. The risk of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis is reduced significantly too.
A baby’s sucking at the breast causes the uterus to contract and it will return to its normal size much faster. You also burn, on average, 300 - 500 calories a day to produce milk.
Breast milk is convenient, it is at the right temperature, sterile, needs no preparation, there are no bottles to wash and it’s free – perfect for the current economic climate!
And finally, breastfeeding offers a magical opportunity to develop a close intimate bond with your new baby. To see you thriving baby and know that you have played a part in this, not only gives you a great feeling of achievement, but also gives your baby a first-class start in life, which is priceless!
It is hard work and exhausting at times, but so is bottlefeeding! Breastfeeding is much more a two-way street, where you both get to benefit from the whole process together..