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Today, more moms are being educated about the benefits of breastfeeding. I personally learned about it when I joined the Facebook group, Breastfeeding Pinays, since then have made a pact to exclusively breastfeed Nishka NO MATTER WHAT. Mind you, it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. It was rather tough and still is, but it was harder when Nishka was younger. Thankfully though, I have already adjusted and to see Nishka thriving inspires me to continue our journey despite the hardships. Knowing all sacrifices are being paid off, makes me pay no heed to the disadvantages of breastfeeding (although from where I stand, there is actually none). What exactly made me decide to do so? Here are 10 wonderful reasons why I chose to breastfeed:

1. More Nutrients and Protection

Breast milk is the best food for babies’ growth and development. It is made and fitted to the needs of your baby, meaning every mother’s milk is unique.  Remarkably, as your little one grows, your milk also changes to keep up with your baby’s needs. Breast milk changes its composition all the time, from very high fat content in the first few months to grow the baby and then to different antibodies and bacteria needed by the baby when it is sick or already a toddler. Also, mother’s milk is also easier for babies to digest compared to formula milk. Breast milk comes with the enzyme lactase so that babies can process the lactose in the milk. The components of formula on the other hand, are all not easily absorbed by the human body and there is always more waste than absorbed food. After giving birth, your first milk called Colostrum, gives vital early protection from harmful bacteria by strengthening your baby’s digestive system.

2. Better Brain Development

Countless studies support that children who were breastfed had better IQs, academic achievement, working memory and motor function. Here’s one from Science Daily. There are more other researches, look it up!

3. Convenient and Portable

Breast milk is always safe, fresh and exactly at the right temperature. You can feed your baby on demand and whenever your baby is hungry you can feed her right away! No need to go through the hustle of heating it, boiling water, or sterilizing bottles. This makes night-time feedings a whole lot easier. And when you are out and about, travelling and shopping is simpler because you don’t have to bring any equipment.

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4. Benefits Mommies Too

There is strong evidence that breastfeeding provides a certain measure of protection against breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer and weak bones later in life. Your body uses calorie to produce milk, so breastfeeding can help you to gradually lose weight gained during pregnancy. Exclusive breastfeeding may also delay the return of menstruation for at least a little while (6 months postpartum and I’m still menstruation-free!)

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5. Creates a Special Bond

This is probably my favorite reason why I chose to breastfeed Nishka. The closeness and comfort of breastfeeding strengthens the bond with your baby, as one part of all the things you can do to build a secure, loving relationship. Gazing into your eyes, your baby comes to understand that she is loved and protected and that you are there to provide for her needs. In addition, breastfeeding releases hormones in your body that promote mothering behaviors. This emotional bond is as vital as the nutritional benefit he receives from you. Scientists now tell us that infants learn best in a context of emotional closeness with an adult. Breastfeeding promotes a growing attachment between the two of you that will continue to play an important role in your baby’s development for years to come.

6. Environment-friendly

Breastfeeding is good for your baby, for you and the environment! Human milk is produced and delivered to the consumer – your baby – without any pollution, unnecessary packaging or waste. No need for bottles, sterilizers and other products!

7. Saves a LOT of Money

You don’t need to buy formula, bottles, sterilizers, distilled water, and all other items used when you feed your baby formula. It saves you a lot of money, without question!

8. Reduces Obesity

Breast milk contains a protein that could reduce the risk of obesity later in life. In fact, the longer a child is breastfed, the lower their risk of obesity, according to a study by U.S. researchers. The protein affects the body’s processing of fat. Breast milk provides your baby with food that is easy to digest and very nutritious, and your child helps decide how much to eat and when to eat it. Both the breast milk itself and the way your baby feeds help him or her to develop healthy eating patterns. Breastfed babies seem to be better able to regulate their food intake and thus are at lower risk for obesity.

9. Fewer Visits to the Pedia

Breastfed babies are less sickly because again breast milk provides lots of nutritional value.

10. No need to supplement vitamins

If your baby is healthy and doing well, there is no need to supplement vitamins in the early months. Studies show that most vitamins fluoride, iron, water, juice, formula and solid foods are not beneficial to healthy breastfed babies during the first six months, and some can even be harmful. Furthermore, many mothers have found that vitamin or fluoride supplements may cause fussiness or colic in their infants. By treating each mother and baby as a unique pair, unnecessary supplementation can often be avoided.

There you have it. You might be wondering, “who is this Natasheen and how does she know these things?” Well, I didn’t make this all up and actually did my research to support this article. If you want to know more, I’ve included the links below.

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