what are the advantages of breatfeeding?

Amanda - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




im deciding on wether or not to brestfeed, i want to know the advantages and disadvantages of brestfeeding so if you can please help me out. Thank you (:


Minnie - posted on 12/17/2009




Where to start?

Human babies are designed to have human milk. It is perfectly designed for the optimum development of your child. Formula is produced from cow's milk which contains proteins that are not easily digested by your baby. It is full of sub-par, overly-processed ingredients that are low in bioavailability for your baby.

Reduced risk for mother AND daughter of breast cancer, reduced risk of ovarian, uterine cancer and osteoporosis for mom, reduced risk of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, obesity for baby as an adult. Breastfeeding ensures that the mother's uterus quickly and efficiently contracts back to it's normal size. It is excellent in helping mom lose weight from pregnancy.

Your infant receives your immunities- formula does not provide that. Your infant receives growth factors that ensure proper development of his or her organ systems. He or she receives multiple factors in your milk that prevent dental caries.

Breastfeeding ensures proper development of your infant's jaw and teeth.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.

Breastfeeding is free, always ready, always the proper temperature. It stabilizes the infant's circulatory and respiratory system. It provides necessary skin-to-skin contact that regulates the infant's temperature.

Best of all- it shows LOVE. Your infant learns to trust you, learns that you accept him or her as you mother your baby at your breast. Breastfeeding releases soporiphic hormones in your infant that provide an easy and natural way to gently see your baby off to sleep. Breastfeeding enables mom to be very intuned to her infant's emotions, signals, habits, so that she can be sensitive to her child's needs. It's a comfort for teething, for injuries, and for childhood disappointments.

I cannot see a disadvantage to breastfeeding. I see many to formula feeding. Breastfeeding is the standard that everything must be compared to- it is the norm, the way we are biologically made, breastmilk is what our infants expect.

Tammy - posted on 12/17/2009




I think Lisa and Carol have pretty much summed it up on the advantages of breastfeeding and disadvantages of formula. I totally agree with them. I breastfeed my son and its such a wonderful bonding experience. Its something that I can share with my son that no-one else can.

Carol - posted on 12/17/2009




I agree with Lisa, BF is the biological norm to which you must compare. I think the real question should not be the advantages/disadvantages of BF, but should should be what are the risks of formula feeding? The risks are very real and well researched.
Using Artificial Baby milk is not normal and has numerous risks to both mom AND baby.
Moms that do not breastfed have an increased risk (among other things) of Ovarian cancer, Osteoporosis, Endometrial Carcinoma, Breast Cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Babies that do not breastfeed are at an increased risk of SIDS, Respiratory Illness, Otitis Media, cancers, obesity, lower IQ scores, diabetes, allergies, gastrointestinal issues, UTI's and MUCH more.

This is a compilation by Dr. Jack Newman of SOME of the research on the risks of formula feeding: http://www.kellymom.com/newman/risks_of_...

Also since BF is FREE there is the immediate financial benefit, but that benefit continues as BF babies have fewer illnesses and when they do become ill, it is less severe than in FF counterparts.

Recent research indicates that moms who are BF get 45 minutes MORE sleep per night than moms who FF. This often increases more when mom and baby co-sleep.

I have BF all 3 of my children (age 11, 4 and 7 months). The first BF for 16 months, the second BF for 43 months (yes we BF through the pregnancy of #3 and tandem nursed for a few months) and they are rarely ill - especially when compared to some of their friends who were FF.

I personally do not see any disadvantages to BF. One mom mentioned that her baby did not take a bottle. This is really not a disadvantage. Keep in mind that a bottle is only way a baby can be given EBM if mom is away. My first would not take a bottle so we fed EBM via a cup or dropper - that was so easy that we never even tried bottles with our second and 3rd children.

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Ramona - posted on 03/14/2011




Also, I nurse when I am with her in the morning, night, and on weekends and use formula at daycare. She does fine on that schedule and my body adjusts. Hope that helps!

Ramona - posted on 03/14/2011




I agree with the women here. I breastfeed and hope to for any future children. However, don't feel like you are less of a mother if you try and find that it doesn't work for you. There is nothing wrong with trying, finding that you cannot or that it does not work with your family, and switching to formula. The colostrum is the most important part. Yes, it is recommended to breastfeed at least for the 1st year, but formula is not poison and is still an acceptable substitute. Good luck on whatever you decide!

Shela - posted on 01/10/2010




My favorite thing about Breastfeeding is that it is always ready! I mean who really likes getting up in the middle of the night, stumbling to the kitchen, mix the bottle, heat it up while baby is screaming their head off because they want food NOW not in 5 or 10 mins. With breastfeeding you just whip out the breast and it is all ready and you don't even really have to wake up! I hope you decide to breastfeed as it is best for your baby!

Melissa - posted on 01/08/2010




Lisa, Can you give me a link to a study that shows breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer to both mother AND daughter?

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It's free, always ready and w/ you, no bottles to prepare or formula to mix.

Healthy for the baby. Can help w/ your weight loss. Reduces your risk of breast cancer.

The only disadvantage I could see would be if you had to leave your baby for a significant length of time (like work) you would have to pump. I don't totally see that as a disadvantage though since I don't believe that infants are supposed to be away from their mother's for significant lengths of time. ;)

Elle - posted on 12/17/2009




Besides the health benefits, I decided to breastfeed because I HATE the smell of formula. I find formula and formula poo disgusting. I figured I would try BFing ans see how it goes. It has been geat, although I have had an easy time BFing- she latched easily from day 1, I've had no supply issues, I rarely get engorged or leak, etc. Night feeding are so easy, no prep work. Less stuff to drag with me when I go out. And BFing is free:) For me the only disadvantage so far has been that my daughter refuses to take a bottle so her daddy (or babysitter,etc) cant feed her and I cant leave her for more than 2 or 3 hours.

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