Sunday, May 6, 2012

To Breastfeed or not to.

As a child, I once watched my cat gave birth to her six kittens in an empty cardboard box. After cleaning them up with her tongue, she lay down and breastfed the six of them. This she continued for days until they were able to join her in feeding from her daily spoils.

When I gave birth to my babies, like I did to an 8.4 pounds baby boy three months ago, breastfeeding just feels like the right thing to do even without considering the benefits of breastfeeding. Making a decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one, but we already know that the benefits of one outweigh the other.  Like grandma would ask, ’why give the food made for a cow to a human?’

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended breastfeeding as best for babies for its defense against infections, prevent allergies and protect against a number of chronic conditions.

Often called the ‘perfect food’ for baby’s digestive system, breast milk contents are easily digested by the newborn’s immature digestive system therefore breastfed babies have fewer incidences of diarrhea or constipation.

Rich in many of the vitamins and minerals that a newborn needs, many of which commercial formula companies can not exactly duplicate, breast milk provides perfect nourishment for babies and great is the bonding experience between the breastfed baby and the mother.

Breastfeeding is not only cheap, many researches has found that breastfeeding protects babies from infections and frequent hospitalizations than formula fed babies. Imagine not having to take frequent permission from work to take a sick child to the hospital and also having to save the money that would have been used for hospital bills.

The benefits of breastfeeding your babies far overshadows any challenges you may have doing it.
Let the only reason for not breastfeeding be a specific medical condition that the mother might have.
Did you breastfeed or currently breastfeeding or know someone who is? Share any challenges you had/ are having in the comment section below.