Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
What better time to talk about the benefits as well as the challenges of breastfeeding.
Before we get to that though, i just want to say that I also celebrate the moms who have made the decision to bottle feed for whatever reason. I know there is a lot of judgement out there about moms who breastfeed and moms who don’t but being a mom who bottle fed my first and then breastfed my second, I think I know a little about how each feels. Whichever way you choose make sure it’s the right choice for you. Both my kids are happy, healthy and thriving which I think is the most important.
But being World Breastfeeding week and all, I thought I’d talk a bit about some of the benefits of breastfeeding.
- tend to have fewer ear and respiratory infections
- have fewer allergies
- have easier digestion
- absorb more nutrients
- have less postpartum depression
- have less osteoporosis
- are less likely to have breast, uterine and ovarian cancers
Breastmilk is designed to meet the needs of your growing baby, changing as your baby changes. If even changes depending on if you’re in a warm or cold climate. Once you get the hang of it, it really is a wonderful thing but the challenge sometimes is exactly that – how to get it right. Many moms, myself included, really struggle in those first weeks. You’re exhausted and sleep deprived and you’re not sure if the baby is getting enough and it hurts sometimes! A lot! You forget all the things you’ve read about it taking a few weeks for your milk supply but breastmilk really is wonderful.
It supplies all the fat that your baby needs for brain development and it is regulated so the baby gets the most fat to feel full and satiated at the end of the feeding. Of course, it is also the best source of Omega 3s, proteins, vitamins, minerals and iron.
Your breastmilk will always be nutritious for your baby but part of making sure your baby gets all that she needs is making sure you get all that you need. That includes rest and good nutrition. I know it’s hard to find time to eat when you have a baby but try making things that are quick and nutritious and that can be stored in the fridge like my Power Up Protein Smoothie or my Peach Pina Colada Smoothie.
Remember to celebrate being a mama!