The question as to whether you wish to breastfeed your child or not depends completely on personal considerations. It should certainly not be denied that you can lead a more independent life if you opt for baby formula.
However, you should take into consideration the many benefits which breastfeeding provides, for example how practical it is and how healthy it is for your baby! And for the girls’ night out you can always pump your milk and put the bottle containing it into Dad’s hand...
If breastfeeding does not work out due to health or physiological reasons, you should not feel guilty. Your baby will also be well provided for with modern baby formula, which is largely adapted to the composition of breast milk.
With breast milk, your baby receives lots of antibodies which protect him/her from infections.
And there is another fantastic aspect: If your baby does catch an infection later, the child’s germs enter into the mother’s circulation via the nipple during breastfeeding. When you next breastfeed your baby, he/she will receive suitable antibodies produced by the mother to fight these germs!
Besides this, breast milk provides initial protection against allergies, as it is naturally free of allergenic foreign proteins.
Breast milk contains millions of bifido bacteria, which serve to strengthen the baby’s bowels. In addition, breast milk is easy to digest and adapts perfectly to the needs of the growing child.
If your baby sucks at the breast, the muscles of the uterus and the vessels contract more quickly, thereby speeding up postpartum recovery. That is why during the first few days following the birth of your child you will feel afterpains whenever your baby latches on to your breast.
You always have the milk with you and it is the right temperature, hygienic and free of charge. Even feeding in the night becomes only a short, cosy interruption to your sleep.
Breast milk always contains aromas from the mother’s food and is thus much more diverse in taste than formula milk. In this way, your baby gets to experience many different types of taste right from the start.
Children who have been breastfed therefore find it easier to try out new tastes once they have been weaned .
While breastfeeding, endorphins are released. These make you relaxed and in a good mood. Besides this, breastfeeding also offers a feeling of security, protection and intimacy, and this promotes bonding between mother and baby.
You burn 600 extra calories per day through breastfeeding. So whatever you do, do not go on any diets ‒ you need your reserves. The “problem areas” will disappear by themselves over time.