1. Weight Loss: The average breastfeeding woman burns an extra 500 calories a day from breastfeeding. Pass the oreo’s please…. actually don’t because that would defeat the purpose. It’s important to note that not all breastfeeding women will lose weight as a result of breastfeeding. Sometimes our bodies hold on to pregnancy weight to help with breastfeeding. Once your baby reaches 6 months and begins solid foods you may find it easier to lose weight.
2. Liquid Gold: You will become very familiar with this term when you start nursing. This is the colostrum that your breast produces when you start breastfeeding. It’s liquid and worth it’s weight in gold. It’s full of antibodies, nutrients, and minerals that your baby uses.
3. Bonding: This is probably one of my favorites because my baby was a preemie and breastfeeding really helped me to feel the connection with my baby. Bonding will happen whether you breastfeed or not but there’s something special about that time that you will get to spend with your baby.
4. Healing Power: Breastfeeding will help your uterus to contract and shrink back to it’s normal size faster. Which will help you with that whole “I’m not pregnant I just had a baby” look.
5. Convenient: It’s super convenient to be able to feed your baby at any time and any where and not have to worry about running to the store in the middle of the night for formula.
6. Saves Money: If you are a frugalista like myself then this is a good reason alone. Formula cost an average of $16 per can.
7. World Health Organizations(WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the best way to provide nourishment to your baby.
8. Cancer Prevention: The WHO states that it can reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life.
9. Contraception: Breastfeeding if done exclusively can be used as a method of birth control(As long as you haven’t gotten your period back following child birth).
10. Fewer Allergies: Breastfed babies have been known to have fewer allergies and less chances of asthma as a result of breastfeeding.
Do you need a few more reasons… how about 101 reasons to breastfeed.
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