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How to Decide if Breastfeeding is Right for YOU Pros and Yes, Cons
Deciding to breastfeed is a decision that you and only you can make. It is a big decision. I personally elected to not breastfeed one of my babies, but I did for the second. My closest friend didn’t breastfeed any of hers and they all turned out just fine.
I hope these pros and cons help whichever way you decide. I am here if you have any questions.
What are the Pros of Breastfeeding?
- Provides the ideal nutrition for your baby
- Builds the bond between you and your baby
- Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest
- Breast milk contains antibodies to help protect your baby from various viruses
- Breastfeeding can help you reduce that baby weight
- When your baby feeds, Oxycontin is release which contracts the uterus (helping return it to its normal size)
- No additional costs for food
What are the Cons of Breastfeeding?
- You are the only one that can feed your baby (unless you pump) which can get tiring.
- Painful breasts due to constant feeding
- Leakage which can get SUPER frustrating to change your bra or shirt all of the time. Though these these nursing pads are FANTASTIC!
- A non-consistent diet (your baby will still be eating what you eat) – If you have Mexican food, that baby is going to be one gassy monster!
- You know exactly when your baby is hungry and can be put on a feeding schedule (which really helps getting them on a sleep schedule)
There are pros and cons to everything. Which ever you choose your baby will be fine. I do encourage breastfeeding for at least the first few days if you are deciding to bottle feed. Your lovely colostrum is the first secretion from your breasts after giving birth to your new bundle of joy. It is extremely rich in antibodies. Beyond that, I encourage doing whatever you feel is best for you and for your baby!
Let me know if you have any questions! I am here to answer any questions you may have about the goods and the bads of breastfeeding.