By: Cyndy Muchine
Breastfeeding is a big deal enough to have its own designated day and month. A designation set aside to promote, protect, and support those who choose to breastfeed. Who knew a woman’s body part would be so critical? Where I come from—Kenya—breastfeeding is the norm. We don’t have a day set aside to do it😊. Our babies are fed everywhere, whenever, no shame or blame.
Breastfeeding has many benefits. I must say, the first one that I favor the most: it helps with weight loss. Whoop! I’ll breastfeed for a while! Imagine losing some calories per day for feeding your child? It’s a win-win. You child gets the best nutrients, and you lose the weight. Who wouldn’t want that strategy?
In addition to this, breast milk is equivalent to a shield, protecting mother and child. It contains immunoglobulins which helps fight off germs, illness, and disease. Additionally, it reduces risks of your child developing chronic conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and Crohn’s disease. Immunoglobulins is a “class of proteins present in the serum and cells of the immune system” and they circulate throughout the body. Let’s not forget that some babies do not latch on well so there’s the option of pumping. Pumping and handling of bottles can transfer germs. Do not fret because having such a shield protects your child 24/7. This means fewer sick days for you too!
This is funny, but you have your breast on you. It’s a portable food processing machine, right? Talk about cheap! You have it when you needed it, and you really don’t need anyone’s permission to pull out your breast to feed your child. The cost of formula…sigh! No need to warm milk or sterilize bottles or, worse yet, keep track of feeding time and amounts.
Breastfeeding helps your uterus contract into its original size. When breastfeeding, a hormone Oxytocin is released during labor and it causes contracting of the uterus which reduces blood loss post-delivery.
Bonding! You get to bond with your baby as you offer your breastmilk. This is super important. They get to share their drama while you share yours. Really, they’re the lucky ones.
Formula is fine too. Not every woman can breastfeed for many various reasons. Do not beat yourself about it; zero judgement here!