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Friday, January 4, 2013

Breastfeeding: My Pros and Cons


It's been 3 weeks since I gave birth to my second child. I kept on hearing the question "What's her milk?", my answer is always "My milk.

To breastfeed my child has always been my first choice. I breastfed my eldest for 4 months, sadly I had to work full-time and eventually stopped nursing him when my milk supply disappeared. Now that I'm a stay-at-home mom, I am determined to breastfeed my baby girl until her first or even second birthday.

Why I chose to breastfeed? (Pros)

  • Always available - I just need to lift my shirt and put her on me. No need to scoop milk into a bottle and fill it with water.
  • Cheaper - Husband doesn't need to buy cans after cans of formula milk. The smallest can costs  Php370 and will only last for a week for a newborn, maybe less than 5 days for a bigger baby.
  • Health benefits - The antibodies in breast milk gives my baby an advantage over getting sick. She doesn't get bloated or constipated because breast milk is baby tummy friendly. To improve my milk supply, I drink malunggay vitamins. It is a vegetable made into capsules, I get healthier together with my baby. 
  • Weight loss - I attended a seminar about breast feeding when I was pregnant with my eldest and I remember the speaker saying that it helps the mother to lose weight because feeding the baby burns calories. To date I already lost more than 20 lbs and I'm not even dieting.
  • Uterus shrinker - Every time a baby nurses, she causes the uterus to contract and shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size. Thus, giving the mom faster recovery time.
  • Bonding - I feel a more bonded with my baby every time she's feeding. It's like falling in love all over again and the intensity is more every time.
  • The most natural thing - Women are made with bigger breasts than men not only for vanity but with a special purpose. They produce the best milk for babies. Before formula milk was invented how do you think babies survived? Drinking breast milk of course!

Breastfeeding Challenges (Cons)

  • Pain - My breasts were engorged for two weeks. I can't sleep on my side because my sides of breasts hurts more. Every time she latches I felt a bit of pain around my nipples.
  • Not getting enough - I'm afraid that baby is not getting enough milk. Since I cannot see how much she's drinking, unlike when she's taking a bottle, so I don't know if she's getting enough.
  • Hands are always full - She feeds every 2 hours. Each feedings lasts from 15 to 30 minutes. I cannot do anything else while she's feeding because I'm afraid that she'll slip from my hands. That is until I got the boppy pillow, which I'll tell more you about on my next post. I'm nursing her while doing this post by the way.
  • Sore or cracked nipples - Most first time moms encounter this when the baby latches wrong. I experienced this my eldest because I'm still new to breastfeeding and I don't know how to make him latch properly.

The challenges I experienced and still experiencing are nothing compared to the benefits, so breastfeeding win hands down!

Blessed be.


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