Why Breast Milk is The Best Formula

Challenges Facing New Moms

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Are you basking in the glow of child­birth? Maybe the illumina­tion has dimmed and you are pulling your remaining hair out from the lack of sleep. If you’re a career woman, you recognize the challenge of breast­feeding and getting back to work. Should you use baby formula, pump your breast milk, or switch back and forth?

The initial few weeks were a blur for me as a new mom. The struggle to manage every­thing was stressful. For a mother still finding my way, the idea of the inevi­table return to work worried me. Perhaps some questions I had are running through your mind:

  • How can I leave this tiny precious person behind?
  • Can I return to work after many sleepless nights?
  • How can I adapt to day-care drop offs?
  • Should I stop breastfeeding and use baby formula?

As a woman, planning your return to work is very emotional. It is the first time you separate from your baby for long stretches.

Continuing to breastfeed was the best decision that I made! It helped me form an intimate bond, giving my baby extra comfort and protec­tion for a long time. Here I talk about all the ways and reasons to provide breast milk even with a busy schedule.

Importance of Breastfeeding

Breastfeed Baby

Breastfeeding is the best way to ensure your baby’s health and survival. Breast­milk includes complete suste­nance for an infant up to a half-year old. There are other advantages for the mother and child.

  • It produces regular anti­bodies that help your infant resist infections.
  • It’s generally easier to digest than formula milk. So breastfed children are less constipated and gassy.
  • It might bring down the danger of Sudden Infant Death Syndromes (SIDS) during the first year of your infant’s life.
  • Studies show breastfed children have more signifi­cant levels of intellectual capacity.
  • Breast milk may improve your youngster’s health in later years by reducing the risk of being overweight.
  • It nurtures an incredible bond between you and your baby.

Breastfeeding For Cancer Prevention

You now recognize that lactating is part of the pregnancy process. Breast­feeding gives your infant definite lifelong advantages. But it goes further. Breast­feeding can reduce your breast cancer risk.

  • Moms who breastfeed have fewer monthly cycles throughout their lives. This results in less estrogen production. Estrogen fuels breast cancer.
  • Breastfeeding makes breast cells more imper­vious to changes that can cause malig­nant growth.
  • During breastfeeding, you shed breast tissue. This shedding helps drop cells with potential DNA damage.
  • Lifestyle changes come into play. Breast­feeding women quit smoking and drinking and eat healthier food. These practices decrease breast cancer risk.
  • The longer you breastfeed your baby, the stronger your resistance against the disease becomes.

AAP Recommendations for Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests breast milk as the best nutrition for babies.

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