Thursday 31 May 2012

Benefits of Breastfeeding that I have discovered

I wrote a post a few weeks back about the benefits of Breastfeeding here. This time I am going to give you my own experience of the benefits, with a little humour along the way…

The biggest one for me was the increase in my boobage!!! I have always had little uns, but breastfeeding actually gives me more than a handful, so for all those flat chested mummies, breastfeeding is awesome!!
For me I have found that I have not had a period for about a year each time, so anything that keeps those horrid stomach cramps at bay is worth it in my book, although a little scary as it is always in the back of your mind, could I defy contraceptive methods for a second time and is that the reason for my weight gain ! (think my wonderful husband would have a fit!!)

You are advised to eat 500 extra calories per day whilst breastfeeding, so in my world that means a cream cake every now and again will help with those calories, and I do need the energy!!

Breastfeeding will also burn those calories, I have found that without too much exercise I have slimmed down pretty quickly and there have been interviews with some celebrities that say breastfeeding is the best diet they have ever been on.

Its completely FREE, when I see those tins of formula milk and the price, it makes me shudder, I cannot understand why I would need to spend all of that money, when I could be using it to buy pretty little outfits for madam or master Morrison.

No making bottles or sterilising, the thought of dragging myself out of bed at some disgusting time of night/early morning and having to make up a bottle doesn’t bear thinking about, I can picture it, the kettle would end up in the fridge, the bottle in the milk tin, yes I have been known to put items in strange places through sleep deprivation!! But to have my little one relying on me to do all this properly, when all I have to do is lift them from their moses basket or cot and just get my boob out, there really is no contest for me…

Not to mention, the scientific experiments that state breastfed babies have so much more going for them -  Better neurological development, Better jaw development, Straighter, healthier teeth, Protection against ear infections, Protection against colds, chest infections and sore throats, breastfeeding  Prolongs natural immunity to mumps, measles, polio and other diseases, Lessens chance of eczema and other allergies,  Lower risk of diabetes, Helps prevent obesity and Protection against gastro-enteritis and tummy upsets, all sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it and scary that you may be responsible for all of this in your child….

The Morrison Clan

These are just some fantastic benefits that I have found whilst breastfeeding my six wonderful children, if you have any others, please comment below.
If you have enjoyed reading, you will find more articles about breastfeeding at these locations.
Life, Love and Living with the boys


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  1. I love how all experiences are different. I hate my boobs being bigger and am one of the unlucky ones who got her period back after 6 weeks but I still love breastfeeding and agree with lots of your benefits.

    1. Thankyou for commenting, strange how we all experience things differently. But we are all agreed that it is a fantastic way to give your baby the best start in life xxx

  2. The portability of breastfeeding has always been a plus. Cafe, plane, bus, park, train, supermarket, couch, museum, whereever I am. I can (and do) feed my son.

  3. Definitely, I have been known quite often to walk around the supermarket with baby in sling and be feeding, whilst getting the weekly shop. The thought of carrying around all that equipment for bottle feeding does fill me with fear!!

  4. THe bond that it gives you with your baby :)

  5. Great reasons, although my boobs don't seem to have changed at all!

  6. Bonding, bonding, bonding! It's magical :)

  7. Its brilliant because you are not only doing the best for your child and yourself, you are also always prepared, you cant forget anything, you cant get the temperature or mixture wrong and you dont have to walk around the house when you are half-asleep to get a night feed set up. @bcd2009

  8. No sterilising bottles or having to get up in middle of night half asleep trying to make 1 and the fact i can still concentrate on doing things with my other kids as well!

  9. Couldnt agree more with all of your reasons :) i love the nutrition we provide our little ones and the health benefits for us are great too! However my favourite has to be that special time you get together :)