Every year, approximately 4 million babies are born in the United States. This means that every year, approximately 8 million breasts are swollen with Mother Nature's own ambrosia, ready to start our children down the path to a healthy and well-adjusted life. Having a child is the most natural thing in the world to most women. Breast feeding is the the most healthy food for a newborn child. It prevents a wide range of illnesses as well as helps the mother feel better after birth. So why not breastfeed your new born? Although many people believe that breast feeding puts undue stress on a new mother, ultimately, as a mother, you will be responsible for every single feeding that your child experiences. Sure, it is true that you can pump the breasts in order to store milk or allow others to feed the baby; this can also prove to be a large hassle. Another common issue that women experience after giving birth is getting all of the weight off that they have acquired while carrying the baby. By breastfeeding, the body will naturally burn calories. This will result in less weight, and the extra weight to burn off more quickly. ;http://breastfeeding. about. com/od/breastfeedingbasics/a/proscons. htm;. Nursing is definitely time-consuming. Newborn babies typically feed every 2 to 3 hours during the day and may awaken frequently at night. There can be a certain amount of anxiety and frustration while a mother is learning the process of nursing. It is easy and convenient there is nothing to buy or prepare so it gives the mother much more freedom. Breasts are always there and the milk is always warm and ready. The mother can snooze during night feeding, this may also help her stay more relaxed during the feedings. (Nagin) Sometimes mothers have physical problems like mastitis, plugged milk ducts and engorgement if the baby is not feeding frequently or properly. Your breasts also leak, a lot. Lots of women leak quite a bit. For several months they may have to sleep with 2 sets of breast pads or a cloth diaper under their bra, and still wake up in puddles every morning. Now, most women don't leak quite this bad. That alone can make it frustrating enough to make a woman question whether they would want to continue breastfeeding and having the front of their shirts soaked all the time. Breastfeeding protects babies against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), as well as sepsis in pre-term babies. Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight off infections like otitis media and respiratory problems
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