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