Friday, August 19, 2011

Breastfeeding (08/19/11)

This may be a random post but I follow Roxanne's blog and she recently posted a great article on breastfeeding. This article made me cry. Why? Maybe it's nerves? Maybe I want to breastfeed so badly and I fear that I'll fail? I'm not exactly sure but I've read some stories that women have problems lactating. I know there are a handful of things you can do to help but it doesn't always work out.

I know formula fed babies don't instantly grow 2 heads or an extra toe but it's proven to be healthier and better for your child. Breastfeeding helps fight:
- Ear infections
- Diarrhea
- Respiratory infections
- Meningitis

Breastfeeding also may protect your child from:
- Allergies
- Asthma
- Diabetes
- Obesity
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Breast milk can be easier to digest for your baby and it's obviously cheaper than formula. Breast milk can taste different on a day-to-day basis depending on what you're eating so your baby isn't drinking the same tasting formula at every feeding. Breast fed babies have a slightly higher IQ than a baby that was formula fed too. Some studies have found that breastfeeding may help prevent obesity. Read this article for more info. The pros and cons for breastfeeding definitely outweigh formula feeding. Some women just don't want anything to do with breastfeeding. Me? I'm going to give it my all.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck, Momma! I absolutely love breastfeeding; it's been really great so far - and DD turns 8 months next week. My advice would be to seek out people who had great experiences and know who to call if you need help!