This site is not negative towards mums who don’t choose to breastfeed. As there are a multitude of factors as to why a mum decides what she does. Its her personal choice and she should never feel pressured either way that her actions are not positive for her baby.
So whilst Ubere Mama, is about celebrating, focusing and promoting breastfeeding, we do understand that it’s not everybody’s natural choice.
Becoming a mom is a life changing experience. Breastfeeding is part of an evolved process for you as a mom and is so much more than just feeding your baby. It’s a relationship that’s developing between you both. When you breastfeed you are relating to a person in a way you have never related before. You are also giving your baby the best possible start for feeding them your milk .
Medela a natural choice to work with and provide all of our breastcare products as they are a multinational company dedicated to breast feeding and have stated through their research that there are life-giving benefits of breast milk for your baby
“It contains all the essential nutrients needed to foster a baby's physical and mental development, and cleverly adapts to the needs of the growing infant. With at least five times more ingredients than formula, it is full of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and vital antibodies needed to strengthen the immune system. Recently it has been shown that it also contains stem cells, the universal building blocks for growth and development.”
However a few things I have discovered since giving up breast feeding nearly 3 years ago is that there are also benefits for mums. We naturally put baby first-but one of the major benefits for mothers breastfeeding compared with those that don’t is that there are less stress hormones released!
At a time when you are lacking in sleep and getting to grips with a new baby routine, whilst you are breastfeeding the letdown reflex releases Oxytocin from your brain and unto your blood stream, causing your breasts to release milk. At the same time the release of Oxytocin reduces the levels of stress hormones in your blood. Research by Romper shows that breastfeeding provides mothers with a buffer of stress protection, and as breastfeeding is usually frequent and ongoing, the protection is reinforced several times a day.
It is without doubt natures great design to nurture you into a contented and responsive mother.
According to NCT: They offer advice for 23 reasons why a mum should seriously consider breastfeeding .
1. You know when a friend makes you a cup of coffee exactly how you like it? Breast milk is like that for your baby. It changes over time to make sure it’s still perfect all the way along.
2. You can help to reduce the risk of your baby getting infections and diseases by breastfeeding.
3. Breastfeeding can be really handy. Whether you’re on a long-haul flight, in deepest Peru or just in your local park with a crying baby who needs food now. You can breastfeed anywhere with no ‘stuff’ required.
4. Breastfeeding is one way of bonding with your baby. Like with bottle feeding, it gives you time to spend just the two of you, relaxing on the sofa with your favourite TV show.
5. Breastmilk fact: Breast milk is a bioactive fluid. It contains proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals plus antibodies to fight germs. It also contains hormones that help your baby’s development.
6. If you can breastfeed your baby, they have a lower risk of ear, respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections and diarrhoea. Meaning a healthier baby and fewer trips to the hospital for you both.
7. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
8. Premature babies who can drink their mum’s breastmilk have a lower risk of necrotising enterocolitis, a potentially dangerous bowel disorder.
9. it’s not all about the baby: breastfeeding reduces your risk of obesity and of type 2 diabetes.
10. Major plus: fewer children who had breastmilk as babies develop childhood leukaemia.
11. Random one but babies who receive breastmilk have a lower risk of dental malocclusions. This is where the upper teeth bite over the lower ones (and in some cases the jaw too), it can cause tooth decay.
12. And they keep coming… breastfeeding may reduce the risk of childhood asthma and allergic rhinitis, an inflammation inside the nose caused by allergens.
13. Breastfeeding could help your baby enjoy more foods. The flavour of breastmilk changes, while formula remains constant so by the time it comes to weaning, your baby could be more used to different flavours.
14. When your six month plus baby is ill, they might be comforted by a breastfeed, which then means they’ll probably recover more quickly.
15. You can battle food allergies with breastfeeding. Continuing to breastfeed your baby after they’ve started solids may protect them from being allergic to certain foods.
16. If your baby gets a cold, you'll then get the cold virus from them but your immune system will make antibodies to fight the virus. Then through your milk, those antibodies will help your baby fight the infection themselves.
17. Breastfeeding is free. Let’s not underestimate the importance of this one. No bottles to buy, no formula, no sterilising equipment.
18. Breastmilk contains long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. They help your baby’s all-important brain to develop.
19. Back to you again: your own risk of ovarian or breast cancer plummets if you can breastfeed your baby.
20. While there’s no evidence breastfeeding will help you shed weight anywhere else, it will definitely help your uterus return to its normal size.
21. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of your baby wheezing and developing severe eczema.
22. Mums who can breastfeed won’t see the return of their periods quite so soon. This can be handy as it may assist with birth spacing.
23. With no packaging or plastic, breastfeeding doesn't have an impact on the environment.
Most importantly enjoy your time with your baby-and remember that there will be health and wellbeing benefits to you and your baby however short/long you experience breast feeding for.