Whether or not to breastfeed is a very personal choice. And for many women, they cannot breastfeed and it’s imperative to have formula available. I want to send my love to all the mamas who rely on formula to feed their baby in this awful formula shortage.
A fed baby is most important so it doesn’t matter how.
If you’re deciding yes or no on breastfeeding, know that it’s also possible to do partial breastfeeding and partial formula feeding. Pumping breast milk can also give you more freedom. You should choose the feeding option that works best for you and your family. If you’re feeling the pressure and overwhelmed, just remember that being an amazing mama is far more than feeding. All a baby needs is a happy, healthy mama to be there.
Here are some of the pros and cons to consider.
Pros of breastfeeding:
It’s all natural
Recovery from childbirth is easier
Good for your health as a mama – reduces risk of cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases as you get older
Will help change up your baby’s diet depending on what you consume
It’s comforting for your little one + creates a bond
Will save money
Major boost for your baby to grow and stay healthy – protection against infections, diseases, and conditions
Doesn’t require any prep work
Cons of breastfeeding:
It’s exhausting & painful
Your partner isn’t involved & the feeding falls on you
Stigma/shame about breastfeeding in public in a patriarchal society
You have to be conscious of what you eat & drink in case the baby doesn’t like it/has a reaction
It’s hard to tell how much your baby is eating
You will need support to get through it — especially the first few weeks
Less bodily autonomy to be tied to your baby all the time
As a Sacred Birth Doula, it would be an honor to help you make the decision that feels right for you and offer you emotional and spiritual support as you feed your newborn baby. It is ultimately up to you, and I will be by your side to lean on and encourage you. Learn more about my sacred birth work here: https://taraneynicole.com/sacred-birth-work/
Big Love to You Mama, @taraneynicole