You have given birth to the most beautiful baby in the world. You want to give that child the best from that moment onwards and you have been told that begins it with breastfeeding. Do you know why a baby will want to breastfeed and why it is good for them? Here are the top 5 reasons why:
These are valid reasons that the baby wants to breastfeed. It should be noted that breastfeeding also has benefits for the mother. It can promote recovery during the postpartum period, it can delay ovulation (although is not a method of birth control and should not be used as such), it lowers the incidence of reproductive cancers (breast and ovarian) and cardiovascular disease, improves emotional health and promotes better sleep, although having a newborn baby will do that anyway when you get the chance!
I should add that breastfeeding is not easy. I struggled with my first child for several days and was told on numerous occasions to quit. I decided to stick with it and managed to breastfeed him successfully for 18 months. Believe it or not, it does not come naturally to everyone. That doesn’t mean, if you want to, that you can’t successfully breastfeed your baby. As a Mother, you need to do what you feel is best for your child. Although this blog post has been written with a pro-breastfeeding stance, it is by no means the only way to satisfy the needs of your child. Never allow anyone to instill any form of self-doubt in you because they want to judge instead of support. I have been judged by ‘friends’ for breastfeeding because my breasts are for my husband and nothing else. That is an opinion and for your baby; the only opinions that matter are yours and your partners.
This post merely summarizes the reasons why a baby will want to breastfeed. For them it is natural. That doesn’t always mean it is right for you.