There are many advantages of breastfeeding for the woman:
- Excellent bonding between mum and baby
- Cheap! There’s no need to spend on formula, expensive sterilising
equipment and bottles.
- Encourages body to use up fat stores allowing you to return to your pre-pregnancy
- Protection against osteoporosis
- Reduced risk of breast cancer
- Reduced risk of ovarian cancer
- Reduced risk of uterine cancer
- Reduced chance of developing postnatal depression because breastfeeding
stabilises the mother’s hormones and because endorphins (“the
happy hormone”) are released into the bloodstream during a feed.
- Delay in the return of your periods which could be an advantage!
- Increased contraceptive protection. Breastfeeding delays the return of
menstruation and hence fertility which allows the body a chance to recover
from pregnancy and birth. This protection cannot be guaranteed. You may need
to chat with your midwife about this.
- Environmentally friendly
Breastfeeding should give you a general feeling of satisfaction as you can
delight in the knowledge you have achieved all the benefits listed above as
well as the benefits listed for baby! I would be lying if I told you it wasn’t
hard work or tiring, but in all honesty, so is bottle-feeding! The difference
being that this way, you’re both winners!