It is not an issue of comfort. Look at the facts.
ADVANTAGES to Breastfeeding
* more babies die from respiratory infections and diarrhea who are bottle-fed than who are breastfed
* breastfed babies have a decreased likelihood for allergies and dental caries (cavities)
* people who are breastfed may experience less trips to doctors and dentists
* for mothers: reduced rates of various cancers
* for mothers: prevent postpartum hemorrhage and promote uterine involution (the return to a nonpregnant state)
* nonbreastfeeding mothers lose less weight and don't keep it off as well as breastfeeding mothers
* As long as a mother breastfeeds without substituting formula, foods, or pacifiers for feedings at the breast, the return of her menstrual periods is delayed
* you can feed your baby even during stressful times such as when normal supplies of food and water are not available (Hurricane Katrina?)
* no bottles to mix or warm (or clean!)
* Breastmilk does not stain clothing like formula can
* The stools of breastfed babies do not smell until solid foods are introduced (can't say the same for bottle-fed babies!)
* Breastfed babies are healthier babies
* breastfeeding mothers who are employed outside the home are likely to miss fewer days of work
* human milk is delivered without excess packaging or processing and thus contributes to the health of our planet
* helps with the child's ability to mature
* breastfeeding provides nutrition, comfort, security, for a way to calm down and for reassurance
*closeness and availability of the mother through breastfeeding is one of the best ways to help toddlers grow emotionally
* Breastfeeding helps a toddler feel good about himself, because his needs are being met
* milk provides immunities and vitamins, and can help protect your baby from illness and allergies
* current studies show that after weaning their children, breastfeeding mothers' bone density returns to prepregnancy or even higher levels
* NON-breastfeeding mothers have been shown in numerous studies to have a higher risk of reproductive cancers
* women who do not breastfeed have a higher risk of hip fractures after menopause
* Breastfeeding has been shown to be protective against many illnesses, including painful ear infections, upper and lower respiratory ailments, allergies, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, staph, strep and e coli infections, diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, many childhood cancers, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, salmonella, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) as well as lifetime protection from Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, some lymphomas, insulin dependent diabetes, and for girls, breast and ovarian cancer.
* baby's immune system develops more rapidly than does baby who is fed formula
* if baby does become sick, the illness is generally less severe and lengthy than if he were bottle-fed
* breastfeeding relieves pain and stress for baby
* bonding between mother and baby- this creates foundations for a healthy relationship well into adulthood
**The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.." ** The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend that babies be breastfed for at least two years.
DISADVANTAGES of Breastfeeding
* restricted diet-there are some foods that you do not want passing to your baby
* restricted medications- same as above. However, there is an herbal/natural remedy for just about every illness you may get (those can be used while breastfeeding)
* discomfort for mother
****Milk Supply: One misconception is that there are a lot of cases where women have such a low amount of milk that they can not breastfeed. The truth is, the instances where it is really impossible to breast feed are few and far between. Our diet has a lot to do with milk production or the lack thereof. And there is work to be done if we have created a situation that is not conducive to good milk production. These natural sources help increase milk supply.
Red Raspberry Tea (delicious and good for overall women's health)
Brewer's Yeast- 3-4 tablets daily (may cause gas at first)
Concentrated Alfalfa-3-4 capsules daily (available at Walmart)
Marshmallow Tea-drink warm as often as desired, or 2 capsules 3 or 4 times daily.
Blessed Thistle Tea
NOTE: SAGE and PARSLEY dry up milk if taken in therapeutic doses.
I have two daughters.
Daughter one nursed until 16 months old (now 3 yrs old)
Daughter two is still nursing (15 months old)
**Compare your two children. Is the breastfed baby healthier than the other?
If I can advise you in any way, please EMAIL ME.