Breastfeeding has benefits!

Well it is the start of The British National Breastfeeding week and to celebrate it SimplyHayley is taking part in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt! We’ve been breastfeeding now for a few days shy of 23 months and I don’t see my son making the choice to stop anytime soon! Having been a bottlefeeding mum the first time around 6 years ago it has been a whole new world!

In the early days one of the key benefits I found was that I didn’t have to faff around with making sure I had sterile water, enough milk powder, clean bottles when going out, all I needed was nappies and a change of clothes! It saved so much time when dashing out the door! Then when your out you don’t have to find anywhere to heat the bottle up, you just whip your boob out theres the milk at a perfect temperature! A total timesaver!

There are also of course the health benefits of breastfeeding, for both mother and baby. As a Mum it gives you a reason to make sure you eat enough as a new mum, I could always tell if I hadn’t eaten or drunk enough because it affected my milk supply!! Its vital when your a new mum to keep your energy levels up and that can only happen if you EAT! Theres loads of time to lose the baby weight so theres no need to diet and if you are concerned about weight you just make sure what your eating is healthy! As a mother it also helps to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. For me lowering my breast cancer risk is important to me because its been in my family, infact it was diagnosed when my son was just a few days old, that felt incredibly bittersweet, there was me doing something amazing with my breasts and they were to cause my Nanny pain.

The baby also benefits from breastfeeding. According to the NHS the baby benefits are:

  • less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result – I have to admit youngest has never been admitted to hospital, didn’t suffer with reflux like his older brother and he has never suffered any serious vomitting or diarrhoea, maybe its a coincidence or maybe it is breastfeeding?
  • fewer chest and ear infections and having to go to hospital as a result – Thinking back I actually can’t remember a time when son has had either chest or ear infections, again maybe its a coincidence, hes a healthy baby in general!
  • less chance of being constipated – Thats something he has never struggled with! ;-)
  • less likelihood of becoming obese and therefore developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life – Well I can’t speak for that yet as hes only 2 years old, nearly, but if its going to help him thats no bad thing right?
  • less chance of developing eczema – This one I would say its important to sit on the ‘less’ littlest has suffered with some small patches of eczema, nothing severe but there is a family history afterall.

The other BIG benefit as far as I am concerned is how much money I have saved. When I had eldest I would buy roughly 1-2 cartons of baby milk a week, and he needed one of the specialist ones so it wasn’t the cheaper stuff, probably looking at £8-9 per carton. Even if that was just 1 a week at £8.50 x 52 weeks of the year = £442! Thats pretty insane really and makes me cringe when I think of what I spent on babymilk for eldest although I know I did try my hardest to breastfeed him. How much has breastfeeding cost me with my second son? Zilch! Breastfeeding is totally free! You can spend money on products to assist you etc but its never going to cost you £442 a year!

There are dozens of blogs taking part in the scavenger hunt and heaps of excellent prizes to be won, see below rafflecopter! Some other great blogs include In The Playroom, Respectable Breast Spectacle, Life Happens So Smile , Mummy is a Gadget Geek and Pea Musings. There are also awesome companies taking part such as the excellent boobiemilk

The rules of the scavenger hunt can be found HERE, the basics are you must visit other blogs to accumulate points across the week :)

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42 thoughts on “Breastfeeding has benefits!

  1. Favourite Breastfeeding Benefit: I do not have to worry about sterilising, buying formula and we can just get up, pack a few nappies and go. Not to mention the health benefits for both Bubba and me. breastfeeding has built such a lovely natural bond between us and I would not change anything about breastfeeding

  2. Lovely :-) once you’ve established it breastfeeding is the.easiest thing, I always have my baby’s food and drink with me and at the perfect temperature for her!

  3. I have only been breastfeeding for 16 weeks but love the fact is so easy. If she does wake in the night I have all I need without having to get up. Is also so easy when we are out.

  4. I love all the benefits, closeness to your child, convenience and also as you said saving money i must have spent so much on the formula with my other two!! i find it a nice moment with my little one, first thing in the morning when he wakes up, he likes to have a feed. knowing how they grow up so quick thats a lovely moment 2 cherish each day!

  5. Although DS (nearly 3) has had 3 bad ear infections and 2 bouts of D&V I hate to think what might have happened if he wasn’t BF.

  6. Same as all the above. It’s great, helps bonding, clears infections, milk can be used for all sorts of rashes and inflammations, free, convenient etc.

  7. The amount of money saved is always something that impresses dads I think :-) The ease was great for me, I’m too lazy!

  8. The biggest benefit for me is cost in finance in that I don’t need anything special just me and my baby…… and the convenience that when I go out I don’t need to take anything with me

  9. so many benefits, i love how she has increased immunity, we have an amazing bond, it is so convenient, i am able to soothe and feed her… the list could go on.

  10. Breast feeding has become my passion! The ultimate super food and fast food rolled into one, with comfort, added in for good measure- the ultimate cure all as far as my children are concerned :)

  11. I find it so handy to breastfeed and I honestly think I’d go mad if I had to make up bottles every day and sterilise them, and clean them and then start all over again the next day..

  12. My favourite bf benefit is the closeness that breastfeeding brings. The ability to soothe and comfort my little girl at any time, and knowing that she is happy and healthy.

  13. My favourite bf benefit is the closeness that breastfeeding brings. The ability to soothe and comfort my little girl at any time, and knowing that she is happy and healthy.

  14. My favourite benefit is the cheapness and the convenience! I’m so disorganised that making up bottles would be a nightmare for me, I’ve always loved to be able to feed my children instinctively wherever I am!

  15. I’m so excited for my daughter to arrive in a few weeks time, I am so looking forward to experiencing the joy of having her feed from me for the first time :) Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  16. I’m totally disorganised so my favourite benefit is that I don’t have to remember it! I don’t have to remember to buy it at the supermarket, I don’t have to remember to pack it when we go out for the day and I don’t have to remember how to serve or prepare it. It’s natures best fast food for babies!
    At 17 months we have thrush for the first time though. It’s a killer but there’s no way I’m stopping yet.

  17. My favorite breastfeeding benefit is that I am hopefully protecting my daughter from suffering from asthma, eczema and allergies all of which I suffer from.

  18. The health benefits to us both. Especially the reduced risk of hormone feed cancers such as ovarian and breast

  19. You’re so right about the cost. We started giving Wee Man follow on milk on the advice of the health visitor when he went to nursery (I had to go back to work) and now I look back on it I wonder why we spent all that money when I could have just pumped for free!

    Lovely post, look forward to reading some more during the week x

  20. My fav benefit of breastfeeding was best illustrated this morning when I was walking back with littlest after dropping biggest off at preschool I bumped into someone I knew and they asked me in for a coffee. I knew littlest would be hungry in the next half hour but instead of saying no I’ve got to go home to feed littlest I was able to happily go and enjoy a coffee and a natter and my baby was able to have his milk as usual. Brilliant.

  21. I love the fact that it’s one thing I don’t have to be organised about. No making sure that bottles are sterilised, no boiling water, no re-heating, no flasks of hot water, no running out of formula when we’re skint!

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