January 24th, 2008
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Categories: Your Baby

As an expectant mother someone may have mentioned breastfeeding to you. This can be a touchy subject to some mothers considering adoption – I didn’t even want to think about it! But you may want to give it some thought, especially if you are leaning towards parenting. Whether or not to breastfeed is a personal decision, but one that you should educate yourself on. In this post, I will discuss breastfeeding in general and in the next post I will discuss it more specifically in the context of breastfeeding while making an adoption plan.

Many doctors consider breastfeeding better for a baby than bottle feeding as there are many benefits to breastfeeding. Even if you are only able to breastfeed for a short period of time, your baby will still benefit from it.

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One practical benefit if you decide to parent is that breast feeding can save you money as you would not be buying a lot of formula, which is kind of expensive (or at least it was when Noah was a baby.) It also requires no preparation as formula does.

But there are also health benefits to breastfeeding.

  • Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for a baby as it has just the right amount of everything that a baby needs and is all natural.
  • Breast milk contains nutrients and antibodies that help build up a baby’s immune system causing breastfed babies to be less sick as a child than babies who are not breastfed.
  • Breast fed babies are also less likely to have colic, upper respiratory infections, ear infections, constipation, asthma, and allergies.
  • It’s often easier for a baby to digest breast milk as compared to formula.
  • The first milk that comes in is called colostrum and it is very good for the baby and contains many antibodies to build up a newborn’s immature immune system so even if you only breastfed so your baby got the colostrum, he or she would still benefit.

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3 Responses to “Breastfeeding your Baby: Benefits”

  1. Sunbonnet Sue says:

    There are benefits for the mother as well. When an infant nurses, it causes the uterus to contract. Additionally, producing milk causes a mothers body to burn an extra 500 calories per day. These two things together assist mom in fitting back into her jeans a little faster. There are hormonal benefits for the mother as well, allowing her to feel more relaxed and happy as her infant chows away.

  2. colgoo says:

    Another benefit may be that your child may never have to use a bottle, whether or not you place. This could mean better dental and overall health for the child. More and more adoptive parents are breastfeeding their adopted babies. (I did with both my daughters.)

    Breastfeeding is usually not easy, especially at first, and if you end up placing with an adoptive mother who plans to breastfeed, it could help in the first adjustment period to not have to retrain a child who has been on a bottle. In an open adoption, if you live close to the adoptive family (and with their permission), you could even bring some pumped milk on post-placement visits as you deal with engorgement and not having the baby with you.

    This would be a fabulous gift for your child in those early weeks as you recover. It would also benefit a breastfeeding adoptive mom, who is likely still building her milk supply and using a supplemental feeding system (basically a bag or bottle with a tube that allows the baby to stimulate milk supply on the mom’s nipple, while getting a larger quantity of milk). The baby could get milk from both moms at the same time!

  3. Coley S. says:

    Very good point, Sue! I knew my readers would have some additional input and I apprecuate it!

    Thank you for the comment colgoo. I do mention the possibilty of pumping and providing your pumped milk for the baby in the next post. :)

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