Some mothers decide not to breastfeed and instead use formula because they are worried about what breastfeeding might do to their breasts. Other women try to breastfeed and find it very difficult and so choose to use formula instead. Unless you have serious health issues (like HIV or Hepatitis), you should try and breastfeed, to nourish your baby.
As mentioned above breast milk contains natural disease fighters (anti-bodies) to fortify your baby’s fragile immune system.
Breast milk is very easy for bub to digest, so there’s less spit and vomit for you to clean up, which is always a bonus. What’s more, breasts are (as you would know) very portable and don’t need to be prepared, warmed, washed (well except for the odd shower) or sterilised – a fact you’ll appreciate when your hungry baby bellows for his next meal during a party, shopping trip or in the middle of the night.
Breastfeeding is also good for mums. Breastfeeding causes the release of certain hormones that help a mother bond with her baby. These hormones relax you and cause you to feel particularly ‘motherly’ towards your baby. There’s also the physical closeness of breastfeeding, which further aids the bonding process.
Some studies show that breastfeeding can help you lose a lot of the weight that you may have put on during pregnancy. For reasons not completely understood, breastfeeding may reduce the chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding has also been found to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in nursing mums.