Come, come… I’ve got a secret to tell you!
“No matter what they tell you… Breast is Best!”
Everything else comes second!
Now, here’s 5 reasons for why that’s true….
1. It is Recommended For Use When Medically Necessary
Artificial baby milk, also known as formula, is created to ensure that babies with no access to breast milk could eat! Because after all, fed is best! 😉 It was not created to replace breast milk for the sake of replacing breast milk!
The best way I’ve heard it put is like this:
The first rule of lactation is feed the baby. The second rule is protect the mother’s breast milk supply. If we do not have breast milk available, then we use formula if it is medically necessary. The issue is that most of the time, it is not medically necessary.
You wouldn’t give your baby other artificial supplements if you could help it, so why start with formula when it’s not necessary?!
Exclusive Breastfeeding is advised for at least the first 6 Months unless the following are true for you:
- Your baby was born before 32 weeks
- You baby has an extremely low birth weight (mixed feeding is necessary for a while).
- You have HIV
- You baby needs special dietary needs
- You have or have had breast cancer
2. It Can Prevent Newborn Illness
Newborn babies have weak immune systems and they can get sick very fast. When a newborn baby does develop an infection, it can become a great cause for concern. If a doctor suspects that a newborn baby has an infection, he will begin antibiotic treatment right away.
BUT you can prevent this!
Breast milk builds up a baby’s immune system MASSIVELY! Which means the baby that gets the milk, beats viral, bacterial and parasitic infections so much more easily than the baby that doesn’t get the milk. #WINNING!
3. It Can Save You Money
The cost of formula feeding a baby of course varies from family to family. but on average breastfeeding can save you anywhere between £2,000 to £4,000 per year! Let’s put that another way! Formula feeding will cost you an EXTRA £2,000 to £4,000 per year!
That’s in ADDITION to the cost of clothes, nappies, toys, food (when they move on after 6 months) and other necessary equipment!
4. It Inspires Other Mothers
Here’s one you may have not heard of before! Breastfeeding helps to inspire other mothers to do that same!
It’s true that most mothers want to breastfeed but either they don’t have the support that they need or they don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Seeing another mother feed their baby so freely, will make them feel more comfortable to do the same. This is particularly true for feeding on public! Check out The Breastfeeding in Public Survival Guide here for some tips on feeding comfortably in public!
In this scenario, you’re not only helping your baby but you helping other families to benefit from the awesomeness of breastfeeding and breast milk!
5. Lose Weight With So Little Effort
If I describe breastfeeding in the early days as something which requires such little effort I’d be a liar. But once you’ve gotten the hang of it you’ll be reaping the benefits for months and years to come!
For a lot of women in the West, weight gain during pregnancy is daunting! Which means that weight loss is an inevitable endeavour once the baby is out!
Now, most doctors prescribe rest from exercise for the first 6 weeks after a natural delivery and longer after a c-section. But, with breastfeeding you don’t have to wait a single minute before you can start to get rid of any extra weight.
Within the first 60 minutes you are advised to and, thankfully, assisted in, feeding your baby breast milk.
“Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce, so if you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that’s 400 calories you’ve swept right out of your body.”Hurrah!
There are a number of criticisms that you may hear or have heard (even if just through the grape vine) in regards to breastfeeding in public!
Here are a few responses you may have:
“It’s normal, breasts were created to produce milk, so that the woman can feed her young. I mean, scientifically…”
“F*** you! Get over it, you p****!”
“Oh, deary was I…, golly, no, I did not meant to offend you! I’ll just pop them away.”
- You may have these responses, but I do not recommend them!
For one you need not explain your why to anyone. It is literally none of their business because The Breastfeeding Police do no exist.
Secondly, negativity and aggression met with negativity and aggression won’t end well. And we are all about the feel good factor!
And lastly, nobody likes a push over and if you take this approach too often it’s likely you’ll stop breastfeeding sooner than you planned. Don’t let them win.
The best thing for you and your baby is to continue your breastfeeding practices for as long as possible. The best thing for you to do should you find yourself in a situation criticism or hostility is to remain calm and issue your response assertively.
“I’m protected by the 2010 UK Equality Act: a law which bans unfair treatment. If you wish to continue to verbally harass me we can take this further legally.”
Or hand them one of our: STOP, I’m Free to Feed cards! Click here for a free download!
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
You are entitled to feed freely in public in the UK. If you are not in the UK check which laws your are protected by.
Be Brave, Mama!
Don’t want to buy more Nursing Clothes? Cropped Jumpers are a breastfeeding essential!
Well, no! I’m not going to go out in the winter at all! How am I going to feed the baby. I don’t want my nipples to freeze!
Is something I said all too often while I was still pregnant and completely clueless about breastfeeding!
I envisioned myself wearing my nursing vest under a puffa coat and having to get my nips out in the middle of the road, while I get covered in truck loads of snow!
I know that is a bit extreme! But I really didn’t know what to expect!
So I’ve been working on some Breastfeeding Style Hacks to share with you!
Why Should I Get Excited About This?
Well, because cropped jumpers already compliment most wardrobes! And they totally make sense post breastfeeding.
If you have one, you’re mostly set this winter! If you don’t, get one!
And get a good one, so that is does make sense post breastfeeding.
Pair with high waisted … anything! To keep tum as covered up as possible. Tuck in your H&M nursing vest and you’re good to go!
You’re simply going to pull the crop jumper up (only a little because it is cropped – yay) and pull your nursing vest down under your boob!
I’m Fine Whipping My Boob Out – I Don’t Need To Do This!
Even in the cold? Okay!
But what about abroad?
👆🏾As A Mummy On The Go – to foreign countries! I think cropped jumpers are invaluable! You never know what the climate for breastfeeding is abroad! So why not go discreet with out absolutely faffing like a mad man with a breastfeeding cover!
We’re lusting over this combo!
The crop and the shorts?
The outfit and the beauty!
Our WCW on whatever day it is today! We love this cropped combo she’s got going on from Pretty Little Thing!
No matter what any one tells you, breast is best!
Breast milk is best for you and your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.
I have been labeled somewhat of a breastfeeding fanatic. I prefer the term breastfeeding advocate. I never thought much about breastfeeding before I was pregnant, nor did I think much about it while I was pregnant. But now I’m with my baby girl, there’s nothing I’d rather do.
I’m not necessarily a wholesome and super health conscious type of person. But I do what I can… and since breast milk is the super food of the year, no, of the century (and far beyond)… I hope to extend this breastfeeding journey for as long as possible.