Reasons for Breast Feeding


My boyfriend and I like to talk about the future and we recently were talking about breast feeding. In my family we have had a lot of fertility and birthing problems so no one in my family has ever breast feed before. There has always been complications and it has never been an option for anyone. Personally I have never considered it because I've never had experience with it in my family. I told my boyfriend that I wasn't going to breast feed and he thought that was odd because that is what they do in his family. His family has really easy births and pregnancies so its just the natural choice for them. He's pretty clueless when it comes to what actually happens when you breast feed though. I know a bit about breast feeding and I do understand the benefits, but it is truly a personal choice. We are not going to have a baby for a while since we want to get married and become more financially stable first, but this topic was just on my mind. 

I was wondering why you chose or will choose to breast feed? Is it to create a deeper connection with your baby? Or because it can be healthier? Or for other reasons?

I will not judge in anyway, I am just curious because my family has never been able to do it before. There is always the chance I might not be able to either, but its nice knowing the options. 
Apr 17, 2016 @ 04:04 am

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To name a few for you: It develops a closer bond for mommy and baby,baby receives antibodies through the milk,,mother's milk is always available and at the right temperature,it's much more economical,and although I do not want to offend anyone out there who bottle feeds there babies, breast fed babies are inclined to be much more healthier developing less chance of colds, viruses, etc.There are several other reasons . When the time comes for you, you can get all the info you need from your doctor,clinic
Apr 17, 2016 @ 08:13 am


I choose to breastfeed for a number of reasons. I totally understand that some people can not breastfeed and of course I do not look down on them for formula feeding but breast really is the healthiest way to go. One really awesome thing that I recently learned is that your breasts actually receive "signals" from babies suliva while they feed. If baby is getting sick, your body will actually change the content of things in your breast milk so baby will get more of the vitamins or whatever it is missing.

Also, the closeness is super important. The breast naturally calms a baby and makes them feel so comforted. Even when they aren't eating, they sometimes need to suck to calm down and deal with their anxiety. If baby is sick or hurt (ex. When my baby got his vaccination needles and screamed in pain) you can put them right on the breast and they will usually calm within seconds. I havent bottle fed much so I cant say for that but being able to literally make the food and feed it right to baby from my body makes me feel so close to him and just amazing overall that Im literally keeping him alive.

Last, it is super convenient. When going out I dont have to worry aboit bringing a bottle or the right number of bottles, about warming them up when its time to feed. I can just pop it out and the milk is warm and ready. Also, as long as I have diapers it doesnt matter what I am doing or where I am. If I am hiking in the middle of th bush and baby freaks out I just whip out the boob and feed him while I keep walking.

Hope this helps you get a better idea of both sides. There are a lot nore medical and scientific facts about breast feeding I just don't know them all lol. Try googling.
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:15 pm


I forgot to add, it is also much cheaper than buying formula! If you do choose to breast feed, let me tell you it is not easy for everyone and don't give up right away. So many people that I know had a terrible time the first week and almost gave up completely but stuck through the pain and frustration and went on to breast feed baby for nearly the first year of their life. If you can, make an appointment with the lactation consultant as soon as you have baby. They are amazing at helping you find the best positions, helping get baby latched on better, finding a routine, making it painless etc.
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:18 pm


The ladies above mentioned some great points. I agree that breast feeding is better for the baby in the long run, but when worse comes to worse, what really matters is that the baby is being fed. If formula is the option you'll ultimately choose, then so be it.

However, before you commit to that, I would speak to the nurses and have them help you out. You seem to be worried that you'll have to follow in the same footsteps as your family members, but are you 100% sure that you'll have the exact same experience as them? What if you're an exception to the rule? Don't omit it altogether until you know for sure that the baby won't benefit from it and you need a different solution. If you are able to try it out, the positives outweigh the negatives.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:38 pm


I chose to breastfeed because from everything the doctors told me and what i researched breast is best and it is also very healthy for the mother I was told. It doesn't cost me anything and it has created such a close bond with my daughter and I. Yes it is a big commitment but I am so happy I did it. It has been 9 months and I am still breastfeeding and I still love it. I am actually going to feel sad when it is over!
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:40 pm


I wanted to breast feed because I was always told it was the healthiest and that its best for the baby and you.. The hospital I was at pushed breast feeding so hard too, I was distraught when my supply dried up within 3 days.

Another benefit is that its free lol .. I spend so much on formula now. Roughly $200-$250 a month depending on if I can get it on sale, and my little guy is only 4 and a half months old. As long as your baby is fed thats all that matters right :)
Apr 21, 2016 @ 01:24 am

Reasons why I chose to breastfeed

It was an amazing, beautiful, skin on skin bonding experience only a mother and her child can have.
It does not cost anything. It's powerful. It naturally has all nutrition that is best for a baby (although there is nothing wrong with formula). It's great for those tired, sleep deprived nights when you just have to bring the baby to bed with you and barely open your eyes, meaning you can rest too. It's better when the baby is ill because he or she will build immunity from you. The diapers are less stinky. Less chance of allergies. Less to pack when you're out and about. You can feed the baby immediately without preparation especially when you're out somewhere and have to mix or warm a bottle. No sterilization or washing of bottles. It helps you lose baby weight so it's good for your body too. You can pump and freeze for convenience when you're not with baby or pump and dump if you have a glass of wine. It gave me a sense of accomplishment. These are just some of the reasons that stand out to me. It's been 8 years since I last nursed. Even thinking of it now makes me sentimental :)
All the best to you when you do have babies :)
May 07, 2016 @ 04:11 am


It adds with the bond, it is healthier, it gives your baby not only nutrients but also antibodies when they are sick (composition of breastmilk actually changes when babies get sick, and gives them more antibodies to fight the illness, how cool is that?) and let's not forget it is waaay cheaper. Also not having to worry about warming up bottles when you are on the go, not having to wash bottles when you are already exhausted, at night it gets you more sleep (because you don't have to get up and spend precious sleeping time warming up the bottle - and in the first few weeks every minute of sleep counts big time), there really are a ton of benefits beyond the mother-baby bond :)
If you do have a choice, breastfeeding has so many benefits. But if it turns out you cannot breastfeed or choose not to, thankfully there is the formula option.
May 07, 2016 @ 02:43 pm


I'm going to try, but full respect to women who don't. It's not possible for everyone and also it's very difficult if you're working.

There's a great documentary on netflix about breastfeeding that taught me a lot.
May 07, 2016 @ 03:37 pm

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