Why I Choose To Breastfeed My Daughter
I am currently still proudly breastfeeding my almost 20 month old daughter Isabelle who's currently dealing with a bad cold and high fevers. Almost all morning I laid with her in bed and nursed her. She was constantly switching from one boob to another and I didn't mind. She's not feeling well and nursing helps her feel comfort and loved. Not just that but a mother's milk is the best thing you can give to your little one when they're sick. It gives them vitamins, water, nutrition, and best of all immunity all at once. My daughter loves to eat but these last few days she's barely ate anything but I can assure you that she has had lots of water and mommy's milk to help her feel better. She's currently taking a nap which I had put her down for while breastfeeding. A mother's milk has many uses. It's natural, it's free, and it's the best thing you can give to your child so I say go for it and keep on going. Your baby will never get everything that breast-milk gives them from any kind of formula. It will never compare. Below is a list of the difference between formula and breast-milk.
Breastfeeding is hard at first, it's not a walk in the park, but it's not impossible. It is the most natural and healthy thing a mother could ever do with their child, and not just human mothers but any mammal. Breastfeeding is not just beneficial for the baby but as well as for the mom. Breastfeeding helps a mom not fall into post-partum depression, helps their uterus shrink back to it's normal size, helps you loose weight, and best of all it's free. How can you beat free!!! Formula is a fortune but breast-milk is free, portable, and it's beneficial to both you and your baby. How awesome is that! Below I have posted a few pictures of gorgeous mothers breastfeeding their little ones, from the smallest to the largest. There's no better bond than that of a mother and a child when they're nursing.
Now here's why I have chosen to breastfeed. Like I said before, breastfeeding has many pros to it. The only con I find to breastfeeding is our society and peer pressure. When I first got pregnant I had no idea what I wanted to do. Breastfeed, bottle feed, formula feed, or how to even hold a bottle and a baby at the same time... how to hold a baby period. But I learned. The minute I had my daughter and was able to hold her for the very first time I knew she was everything to me and I knew that nursing was the way to go. I did a lot of research during my pregnancy about breastfeeding and formula and the one that really convinced me the most is everything that your child and yourself can benefit from from breastfeeding versus what little formula does. Now please don't get me wrong. Breastfeeding is not for everyone, not everyone can breastfeed or have complications like I did my first time around, or just choose not too and that's ok. In my books, if you're child is being fed that's good with me. I don't discriminate with any decision. Like I said this is my personal opinion. Just want to leave that part very clear with everyone. 🙂 Below is a chart of Breast-milk vs Formula which is what convinced me to breastfeed.