So what are the benefits of breastfeeding?

We all know that breastfeeding is best for Mom and baby, but why?  Today we will talk about some specific benefits that breastfeeding provides for both of you.

First of all, breastmilk contains antibodies that protect your babies vulnerable immune system.  In fact, babies that are breast fed are much less likely to have ear infections, diarrhea, colds and viruses.  So we provide a nice barrier for our babies from germs just by breastfeeding them!

Second, it’s a great calorie burner for Mom’s.  I love the fact that breastfeeding not only helped my baby be stronger, but helped me lose some of that irritating baby weight that just LOVES to cling to our bodies!  If you feed your baby 20 oz of breast milk every day, you burn approximately 400 calories!

Third, our breast milk changes as our babies grow.  In the beginning, we can offer them ‘liquid gold’ or colostrum, which is high in protein, full of antibodies and lower in sugar than ‘full milk’ which comes a few days later.  Full milk comes in at around 3 days postpartum, and offers a higher sugar content and volume because it’s meant to be digested by your baby quickly; as we all know, babies grow very fast so they need frequent feedings to provide them the ‘fuel’ their bodies need with rapid growth.

The fourth and final reason is so important: there is nothing better than one-on-one time with your baby, bonding with them in a way that only a Mom and baby can.  The feeling of euphoria you have while watching your baby nurse is the most beautiful thing you can ever experience.  The way their eyes close dreamily and their little fist curls around your finger while their body wraps around yours is something that is akin to magic.

These are just 4 reasons why breastfeeding is best for you and your baby.  The best part for me was that it was readily available and always at the perfect temperature for my babies!

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