Breastfeeding Pros & Cons

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Right out of the gate, Healthy Mama Brand has been a champion of all moms. Whether you choose to breastfeed or give formula, we support you. You are not a better mom if you choose to do one over the other. Every mother-child relationship is beautiful and unique, and deserves to be respected, admired, and nurtured. This is the heartbeat of our company and it always will be. It’s worth repeating again – we value all moms, no matter how you choose to feed your baby. Now that that’s settled, let’s move on…

In light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the purpose of this article will be to discuss 5 pros and 5 cons of breastfeeding. 

Let’s get started! 

Five Pros to Breastfeeding

  1. Convenience 

It’s possible to forget a bottle, but you can’t forget your breast. The comfort of knowing that food is always available for your baby is no small thing. Not to mention it also makes air travel much easier, as Charise Rohm Nulsen reminds us. 

2. Economical 

This also goes without saying – breastmilk is free. More bang for your boob, or buck.

3. Relaxing

During breastfeeding, the body releases a hormone called oxytocin. This feel-good hormone promotes relaxation for both mom and baby. 

4. Tastes Good

Whether your partner has tried it or not (we won’t tell!), what matters is that breast milk tastes good to your baby. As Very Well Family describes, breast milk has a sweet and creamy taste that babies crave. 

5. Easy Digestion 

Breast milk is easy to digest for your baby and may help prevent gas and colic. Can we get an Amen?! To help keep your milk supply from running dry, check out Healthy Mama’s Make The Milk! Breastfeeding Support herbal tea. 

Five Cons to Breastfeeding 

Breastfeeding isn’t perfect and it certainly isn’t for everyone. Read on to learn why it may not be the best solution for you or your baby: 

  1. Less Freedom

Your boobs now have a curfew. They are no longer your own and answer to a very demanding boss, aka your new baby. They need to be available for every feeding, day and night. 

2. Can Be Difficult In The Beginning

Not every baby breastfeeds well or latches on from the get-go. The process of learning how to breastfeed for you and your baby can be disappointing and discouraging. To help induce your milk supply and keep the disappointment at bay, consider Healthy Mama’s Make The Milk! Breastfeeding Support herbal tea. 

3. Requires Healthy Lifestyle Choices

This may be a hard one for those of us who can’t wait to down a goblet-sized margarita and a 10lb burrito. Avoiding caffeine (especially now when sleep is a distant memory), alcohol, and nicotine can be tough. Also, if you choose to breastfeed, you’ll have to be more mindful of any reactions your baby may have to your diet. 

4. It Can Be Painful

New words like “mastitis”, “breast engorgement”, “lactostasis”, and “sore nipples”, may now be your reality. If you haven’t experienced these, lucky you. If you have, you know how painful they can be. That’s why we at Healthy Mama Brand have created a Soothing Nipple Spray to moisturize sore, chapped nipples and promote healing. Give it a try today! 

5. Your Partner Can’t Feed The Baby

Your partner may want to feed the baby and may feel left out of this part of the relationship. That is, unless you pump and prepare a bottle in advance. 

As we conclude, remember that no matter what route you choose to take, we at Healthy Mama Brand are cheering you on and are committed to helping you and your baby thrive. You got this!