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Monday, January 23, 2012

Breastfeeding For Moms...Are You In It?

Here is something to look at about the pros and cons of breastfeeding. It has been a topic that divides the group. See the reasons why:

The PROs:

Breasfeeding is convenient since you don't have to buy breast milk or make up bottles. This saves time and money too!

Breastfeeding (BF) promotes bonding, because when mothers nurse their infant, they get sense of well-being. You can say thanks to the feel-good brain chemical called prolactin and oxytocin. Although according to Dr. R. Booth an ob-gyn in Louisville, KY oxytocin is also secreted by touch, so that the kind of contact you get from bottle-feeding works too.

BF helps most moms heal faster due to the fact that oxytocin release causes mild contractions that helps the uterus shrink back to normal size.

If a mom is breastfeeding exclusively, there's no need for her to use birth control for the first 6 months. The chances of pregnancy are less than 2% as long as conditions are met.

BF can as well reduces the risk of some cancers according to some studies. It lowers the risk of breast cancer by up to 10% and it has also been shown that it reduces the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers.

Babies that are breastfed, even if he gets only a few sips of breast milk in the first few days can strengthen the baby's immune system, according to Dr. Renna, a pediatrician in NY and author of "Medical Truths Revealed!" It's because of the colostrum present in breastmilk, a thick and yellowish substance, packed with immunoglobulins that kill bacteria and viruses.

Breast milk has some omega-3 fatty acids that boosts brain function.


BF isn't easy especially at first. There is a 2-week learning curve recommended for a breast feeding class and some line up supports too, because some moms have a harder time than others due to variety of reasons.

Mothers gotta pump because newborns tend to eat every 2-3 hours.

According to Dr. Booth, BF can be extremely painful because moms can suffer from bleeding nipples, uncomfortable engorged breasts, low grade yeast infections of nipples and mastitis.

Mothers has to watch what she eats and drinks such as too much caffeine, alcohol some fish and spicy foods, broccoli and many medications.

It also lowers the libido because moms typically don't ovulate while nursing.

While breastfeeding burns up to 500 calories a day, it also lowers estrogen levels, making nursing moms insulin-resistant, so they process carbs less efficiently. The result is that they tend to keep on a little more weight than non-nursing moms-about 5-10 pounds, until they stop.

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