Why breast is best!
Tags: breastfeeding, Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2012.
I am a really big supporter of breastfeeding and have recently completed training to be a breastfeeding buddy based at my local children’s centre. I am really looking forward to being able to help local mums with their breastfeeding problems and trying to encourage as many mums as possible to give breastfeeding a go!
The list of breastfeeding advantages is extensive and even if you don’t think breastfeeding is the right solution for you & your baby, trying to give it a go for at least just the first few weeks is really important. This is because the first milk that comes through when your baby is born is called “colostrum” – otherwise known as “liquid gold” because the nutrition and protective factors that this early milk provides are just amazing.
Breastmilk is tailor-made by your body for your baby and contains all the antibodies and nutrition that he or she needs for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding helps protect your little one against all these things:
- Ear infections
- Chest infections
- Gastro-intestinal infections
- Type 2 diabetes & obesity
In addition to being amazing for your baby, breastfeeding is great for you too! It helps reduce your womb back to its normal size quickly, and can help with weight loss due to the calories you are busy burning while you feed! Further benefits include a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and the fact that it is quicker & easier than bottle feeding - especially in the middle of the night or when you are out & about!
I have been breastfeeding Georgie now for over a year and although we have started to wean her onto cows milk, I have absolutely loved my breastfeeding journey. We breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, as recommended, and then we continued with the breastfeeding on demand once we started Georgie onto solids. The bond that Georgie and I share as a result of so many hours being so close is absolutely amazing, and I actually really miss the long sleepy cuddles we used to enjoy when she was tiny!
Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2012
This post is part of the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2012. You will be able to view more great articles about breastfeeding at the following participating blogs:
- Mummy is a Gadget Geek
- Life, Love and Living with Boys
- My Gorgeous Boys
- Mummy’s Little Peeps
- Smiling Like Sunshine
I am working with Babybeads-UK for the duration of the scavenger hunt, and will be hosting a special giveaway of one of their products on the last week of the hunt! Established in 2006, Babybeads-UK manufacture and sell breastfeeding necklaces and reminder bracelets. All of their products are hand-crafted in the UK by specially trained staff and can be useful for fun and educational purposes well after the breastfeeding stages are over. Even better, they are always happy to make a bespoke necklace for no extra charge and you can even have them personalised with your baby’s name! They have also donated a breastfeeding necklace and reminder bracelet to the grand prize.
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