There is few, but there are cons to breastfeeding. As a mother, you will have less freedom. Yes it sounds selfish, but breastfeeding is like having a job where you are always on call. You have to be available day and night which can get exhausting, but that comes along with being a mother. Especially during the first few months when the baby is feeding every few hours.You have to make many lifestyle choices in addition. Such as the foods in your diet that you might enjoy. Also, if your partner wants to feed the baby they cannot, and might feel left out of that relationship. Breastfeeding can also be painful. There are many common problems such as sore nipples, breast engorgement which can cause it to be hard for the baby to latch on, plugged milk ducts which are small hard lumps in the breast, and mastitis which is swelling or inflammation of the breast tissue. Breastfeeding is not the only option, and does not have to be the only way to do it. Some mothers will actually chose to partially breastfeed while partially formula feeding. Some mothers only pump their milk.
Deciding how to care and raise a baby comes with many decisions and many weighing of options. There is many reasons for people to believe that breastfeeding is the best option by far. A reason for this is that breast milk provides nutrients and protection that cannot be completely received through formula. It contains protein, carbs, fat, vitamins and minerals. Each mother’s milk is made for her own baby and as her baby grows her milk changes to keep up with him/ her. Another key factor about it is that it contains disease preventing antibodies. Colostrum, which is your first milk has early protection and helps prevent harmful bacteria from growing and coating the digestive system’s of babies. Colostrum is pretty much a mother’s milk shield. Considering breast milk is coming from the human body, it is a lot easier for babies to digest than formula. There is also strong evidence that when children breastfeed they score higher on IQ tests. Another reason a lot of mothers opt to breastfeed rather than formula feed is because there’s no temperature it has to be warmed up to because it is always the right temperature, it is always fresh, it is ready right when the baby is hungry, and because you do not have to travel with any bottles or equipment. Also you have an endless supply of milk, as long as the baby is demanding it. In addition, breastfeeding does not only benefit the baby. Research has shown that breastfeeding can provide protection against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and weak bones. It also will strengthen the bond between a mother and her baby. It helps the baby feel a sense of closeness and comfort. Breast milk plays such a pivotal role in the babies life that it is the only food or drink your baby needs for the first 6 months of life. So not only is it easy on your baby, it is easy on your budget! Now many mothers might think that if they want to go back to work the breastfeeding has to come to an end, but you can express milk by hand or with a breast pump and leave it for the baby to eat later. It can also be frozen. If all that did not seem like enough benefits for not only the baby but the mother too, it also benefits the environment. It is produced without any pollution, unnecessary packaging, or any waste.