Did you know that we are just entering Breastfeeding awareness week?
So you might think that ‘There are NO benefits to Breastfeeding!’ sounds a rather controversial title for a post.
You may assume that it must be written by someone who has never breastfed and probably never even considered it.
Well no, non of that is true.
Sammy was breastfed for just over a year and I am still breastfeeding Tim, which people keep telling me is real dedication as I have had to go dairy free myself due to his allergies.
So why the title?
It’s quite simple really, if you remember that Breastfeeding is normal and that formula is artificial then you start to look at things in a slightly different way.
Breastfeeding does not provide benefits,
however NOT breastfeeding (or feeding formula) leaves your baby at greater risk of
• gastro-intestinal infection
• respiratory infections
• urinary tract infections
• ear infections
• allergic disease (eczema and wheezing)
• insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
• sudden infant death syndrome
• childhood leukaemia.
to name just some.
Remember Breastfeeding will not prevent your child from getting any of these things either (so far Tim has allergies, has ended up in hospital with respiratory infections, had ear infections and we are currently waiting for the results on a urinary tract infection) but it will reduce the risk.
So as you can see unfortunately Tim is able to tick many of the boxes from the list above, but I just keep reminding myself that I have reduced his risks as much as possible and wonder how much worse things might have been for him if I weren’t still Breastfeeding.
I hope you have found it interesting looking at Breastfeeding from this perspective, I would love to hear what benefits you have observed about breastfeeding.
If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below about any benefits you have experienced and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize
Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt