10 Not So Obvious Benefits Of Breastfeeding

Aside from the health benefits, there are actually quite a few other benefits to of breastfeeding that I did not realize until I embarked on my journey.

I think most of us know the health benefits of breastfeeding. It's something our midwives and PHN regularly references. The World Health Organisation recommend that we breastfeed our infants until the age of two and beyond if we choose to.
 
Aside from the health benefits, there are actually quite a few other benefits to of breastfeeding that I did not realize until I embarked on my journey.
 
In my experience...
  • You get to sit down. Granted a lot of the time people bottle feed they tend to sit down but breastfeeding really forces you to sit down and as a busy parent this always a welcomed activity.
  • Food has never tasted so good. There is a breastfeeding hunger that I had no idea about before I became a mother. I have never enjoyed food as much in my life. Particularly sweet treats.
  • You can stay in your bed and feed! Of course you can bottle feed a baby in bed too but the bottle has to be made. Breastfeeding means that everything is simply ready to go anytime, any place and anywhere.
  • Feel good hormones. And like, who doesn't want to feel good?
  • Breastfeeding helps some women shift the baby weight. Emphasis on some due to number 2 (in my case).
  • People can't hog your baby. Controversial I know. I never had an issue with people holding my baby but at perticular family events I looked forward to having him back in my arms. When he was hungry it was me and only me who could feed him and I loved that.
  • Breastmilk has all kinds of uses other than just to feed your baby. For example it is an excellent natural remedy for conjunctivist in babies and children (sticky eye).
  • Your child is less likely to have allergies. Really – studies show that breastfed babies show less signs of allergies than those who are formula fed. You learn something new everyday.
  • Breastfeeding reduces a woman's chance of breast cancer in later life.
  • Breastfeeding helps a mother heal quicker after giving birth. It helps her uterus return to it's regular size and can help reduce blood loss.

*This is a light-hearted piece that in no way dictates how you should choose to feed your baby. That is a personal decision. 
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff writer at www.familyfriendlyhq.ie.
Check out her own blog at www.loveofliving.ie
 
 

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Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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