My Breastfeeding Experience

When I had my son, I breastfed him for a whole year. I preferred breast feeding over formula because it was more natural and that’s what breast milk was made for in the first place. Some benefits of breastfeeding were it was natural and good for the baby’s immune system since as it contained anti-bodies to help prevent sickness and infections. When I breastfed I also felt more close with my son cause I saw it as a form of bonding in addition to play time, cuddling, bath time and so on. Also it’s a relief for most moms when they breastfed their babies since their breast would be engorged with milk and it was uncomfortable.

I come from a family who support breastfeeding and breastfed their children as well. My friends did not say much, they were only surprised at the changes they saw. When I found out I was pregnant I already knew I would have him naturally and breast feed him as well. My primary care doctor, my nurse midwife and nutritionist all encouraged me to breast feed. They all talked about the benefits the baby would get from getting breastfed and how it also helps with quick development of brain cells. My health care providers’ advice and opinions just clarified everything I read about and knew about breast feeding. They also talked about the idea of sagging breasts and some women not liking it because the suction hurt and made them sore; that didn’t bother me one bit after all what a push up bras for (lol). And as for soreness, I figured the baby wouldn’t be a baby forever.

I purchased a breast pump when I started working and pumped every morning and when I came home so when I’m not home, Jason would still have breast milk and wouldn’t have to use formula. I wasn’t a huge fan of formula since I read it could give babies stomach aches and didn’t seem to have most of the benefits breast milk had. I believe women should be encouraged to breast feed their babies, it’s a beautiful experience and the point of lactating is so your baby can have it and stay healthy. It may be hard for some women but I think once they start their breast would be engorged enough with milk to make things easier. The bond you feel with your baby when breast feeding is also incredible so I definitely support breast feeding.

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