Pros of Breastfeeding:
•Eat more and lose weight faster: A breastfeeding mother needs 500 extra calories a day because the body burns that amount while breastfeeding. She'll be back in her pre-pregnancy shape quickly. (This has happened with both of my girls!)
•There's a very special bond between Mother and Baby and it's the natural way to feed
•There's less spitting up, no stains and the poop doesn't smell! (The poop does smell - the experts are crazy!)
•Protects against some breast and ovarian cancers: While breastfeeding, estrogen levels are very low. Research has shown that the longer you breastfeed, the risks for these cancers goes down.
•MAY delay menstrual period: Again, estrogen levels are low and many women think they're well protected from conceiving, but ovulation may still occur. (I didn't have my period for almost 9 mos with Destin - yay! Then when I finally got my period, we were pregnant the following month!)
•It's an amazing confidence booster: Mothers are really able to use their natural ability
•Believe it or not, there is very little embarrassment: It's easy to nurse discreetly and modestly (I agree on this to a point - it was a little embarrassing at the Dodge dealership surrounded by men).
•It's easy and convenient: There's nothing to buy or prepare so it gives the mother much more freedom. Breasts are always there and the milk is always warm and ready.
Cons of Breastfeeding:
•Nursing is definitely time-consuming: Newborn babies typically feed every 2 to 3 hours during the day and may awaken frequently at night.
•If someone else wants to feed the baby with a bottle of breast milk the mother still has to pump.
•Breastfeeding takes a lot of energy for your body to make milk, so the mother can often feel quite fatigued.
When Destin got her teeth, that was not fun - it was one of the reasons why I weaned her earlier than I wanted. She was biting & it did not feel good! Another reason is that I was pregnant & my breasts were extra tender!Famous Celebrities who breastfeed:
I thought this was really interesting who all breastfed their babies...including Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Carly Simon, Demi Moore, Goldie Hawn, Jodie Foster, Madonna, Queen Elizabeth & more!
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