Commit To Nursing

If you’re planning on exclusively breastfeeding, understand that it’s a big commitment. But the rewards are so worth it.

Mom breastfeeding her baby

Health Benefits of breastfeeding

The bonding of exclusively breastfeeding your child is a powerful thing. Outside of the closeness that exclusive nursing brings, the health benefits are hard to ignore. Breastfeeding your baby can lower his risks of developing gastrointestinal infections, lower respiratory tract diseases, asthma, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia and ear infections. Breastfed babies are also at much less risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than non-breastfed babies.

It’s all you, Mom

If you choose to nurse exclusively, remember that all the feeding responsibilities will fall on you for as long as you choose to breastfeed your child. That means middle-of-the-night-feedings and much more. Consider how your lifestyle can be adjusted to accommodate your choice to exclusively nurse your baby. If you can’t commit to being al your baby’s beck and call for an undetermined amount of time, consider bottle and breast feeding so baby’s daddy can share in the feeding responsibilites (and bonding time!), too.

Budget friendly feeding

Outside of the health benefits and bonding with your baby, exclusively breastfeeding is a great way to save! Breastmilk is free and you can’t beat that!

Pump... just in case

To keep up with baby’s demand as he grows, consider pumping milk and storing it in the freezer. Even if you don’t think you’re going to give up exclusively nursing anytime soon, it never hurts to have a saved stock of milk in case of an emergency. For example, if you become sick and need to take antibiotics, you can serve baby your breastmilk from a bottle during the time that the antibiotics are in your system.

Nursing on the go

Exclusively nursing your baby means you’ll sometimes need to feed on the go. Come prepared with a thin blanket or nursing apron so you can have some privacy if you need to nurse your baby in public.

More on breastfeeding

Breastfeeding baby steps: 12 ways to get ready before your baby comes
New AAP breastfeeding recommendations
Breastfeeding equals super strong babies – literally!

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