From today until Saturday 29th July, the blogosphere will be full of great informative, funny, heartwarming and sometimes emotional posts about breastfeeding. It is the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2013 this week, and I am taking part for the second year running.
The theme today is “The Benefits of Breastfeeding” and last year I talked about the benefits for baby, so today I want to share with you the benefits for Mum when you choose to breastfeed.
I think it’s absolutely amazing! Women who breastfeed their babies are at a lower risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day… although the losing weight side of this particular benefit only works if you don’t then eat loads to make up for it, trust me!
James, my husband, likes that I breastfeed partly because it makes so much financial sense! Breastfeeding comes with very few absolutely necessary accessories – a couple of decent nursing bras, a nursing support cushion and breast pads, and you’re done. Formula feeding involves bottles, sterilising equipment, tins of formula, and you could even include the cost of boiling up all that water. It all mounts up to being much more costly.
I also find breastfeeding an amazing bonding experience with my babies. Georgie and I have an amazing bond after our 15 months of breastfeeding, and Lydia is already giving me massive smiles as she is put into position to feed, so she clearly enjoys it.
If you want to read more about the benefits of breastfeeding, please take a look at these other blogs taking part in the scavenger hunt:
This year I am working with Theraline who make pillows for pregnancy and breastfeeding. I will be hosting a giveaway of two of their Wynnie pillows, which I gave a 5 star review recently! Check back tomorrow to be in with a chance of winning one of these great nursing pillows.
If you want to take part in the scavenger hunt, head over to the Keep Britain Breastfeeding blog to sign up, and find out more!