Breastfeeding has many advantages. Breast milk contains many nutrients and natural immunity that cannot be duplicated in baby formulas. Provided you eat a well-balanced diet, your baby will get all the nutrients needed from your milk.
Breastfed babies tend to be constipated less often because breast milk is easier to digest. They also have less diarrhea, and their bowel movements do not have as much odor. Breast milk is more economical than formula. Breastfeeding provides the baby with antibodies that help fight infection and offers a special closeness between mother and child.
Breastfeeding can be inconvenient for working mothers. Milk can be expressed with a breast pump, bottled, and refrigerated. This alternative gives others a chance to feed the baby. Everything a breastfeeding mother eats and drinks will affect the baby. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you have questions before taking medication or drinking alcohol.
Although there are advantages to breastfeeding, new mothers should not feel guilty if it is not a choice for them.
For additional information, be sure to visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.