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Breastfeeding, a personal decision

Breastfeeding, a personal decision

Baby breastfeeding is so praised by all experts and most moms that it is almost impossible to think of not breastfeeding your future baby. But breastfeeding is a personal decision, experts say, and not everything that benefits some mothers is good for you. It should not be influenced by socio-cultural or economic pressures, but must be related to one's own person.

Although it seems like a safe choice for many moms, it is advisable to sit well before making such a decision. Try to find out the options, implications, risks and benefits of breastfeeding or not. Then take a moment to meditate and balance your pros and cons without letting yourself be influenced by anyone. When you realize that you weigh more, you will know what you have to do.


Socio-cultural pressure and breastfeeding

There is rather a social and cultural pressure on the mothers in the decision regarding the breastfeeding of the child. There is a risk of being harshly criticized by friends, relatives, other mothers, colleagues and even doctors if you do not. They will consider that you deny the child the right to health and benefits essential to his development.

But that is not the case. Although you will have a lot of visual arrows from them, you know better that the decision you make is the best one for your child. Why? Because however many benefits lactation can bring, if you are unable to do so in the long term, be careful not to eat dangerous foods or take certain medications and other such measures, you better not do so. You risk endangering your child's health.

Situations in which mothers cannot breast-feed the baby

If you do not breast-feed the baby, it does not mean that you are an incompetent mother or that you do not want the good of your child. There are situations when this might be impossible for you, even if you wanted to:

  • if the baby is born with an affection that prevents him from sucking;

  • if you have to do a post-natal drug treatment that affects your lactation;

  • if you adopt a baby;

  • if the baby is born prematurely or underweight (they should be fed with the bottle, even if the mother has milk).

Advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding

Even if you do not have to be influenced in any way by those around you, it is important, however, to be aware and thoroughly informed of both the benefits and the disadvantages of breastfeeding.

Advantages of breastfeeding

  • breast milk is unique and contains nutrients and substances essential for the growth and development of the child;

  • milk contains antibodies that protect the child from many diseases;

  • breastfed children tend to have fewer allergies than others;

  • there is evidence that those who are breastfed have a higher IQ than those who are fed powdered milk;

  • breast milk is more easily digested by babies;

  • it is a relaxation method for mothers and babies;

  • it is a more convenient way of feeding the baby: it costs nothing, you do not have to buy bottles, sterilizers, wash them and stay ready to milk all the time; you already own the finished product and the feeding device;

  • it can help you lose weight faster after birth;

  • contributes to the faster recovery of the body after birth etc.

Disadvantages of breastfeeding

  • you must be available whenever you can feed the baby "on request" (at least 6-8 times a day); it keeps you pretty close to him throughout the lactation period; babies who are breastfed tend to "ask" to be fed more often than those who are fed powdered milk;

  • if you are not near him, you must be willing and learn to collect milk, collect it and store it properly;

  • everything you eat reaches the child to a greater or lesser extent; you must take care of the diet and avoid foods that affect the child;

  • you cannot take any medicine because it can affect the baby;

  • Breast leakage occurs when you least expect it;

  • often manifests pain of the nipples, senility of the breasts (complications such as mastitis, blockage of galactophageal ducts, engorgement, etc.) may occur;

  • you simply do not feel able to do this (it involves dedication, time, care, attention, patience, etc.).

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