Deciding whether or not to breastfeed can be an easy choice for some women, and a harder one for others. The reason some women choose not to breastfeed is that they think it will affect their personal appearance however, this is a myth which has been spun by those women who do not want to breastfeed. The act of breastfeeding does not make breasts sag, what does is the natural aging process and gaining weight, which can be common in women straight after giving birth. Another myth spread by women who do not want to breastfeed is that many women do not breastfeed and it's an uncommon practice. In the UK alone 75% of women breastfeeding showing that around the world it is not such an odd thing to do.
When weighing up your options about whether or not you will breastfeed you child, it's important to get all the facts straight. Some people may say that some women find it harder to breastfeed, but the truth is all women can breastfeed enough for their child should they choose to do so, and even if they have trouble in the beginning their body will soon adapt. Some women are worried about having sex after giving birth and while they are breastfeeding, as they feel it can be a bit odd to accidentally produce breast milk during sex. A woman's body produces oxytocin during sex, which is the same hormone produced during breastfeeding, meaning it's common to produce a little breast milk during sex, but a woman should not worry about that affecting their sex life.
The ultimate decision making choice for a woman deciding whether or not to breastfeeding should be which one will benefit their baby more. Formula is nothing more than instant nutrients, which helps a baby to grow but will not benefit their immune system. Breast milk is full of living bacteria which builds up a baby's immune system, helping them protect against infections and viruses much better later on in life. Due to these benefits alone, a mother should find it hard to think of a good reason to choose formula feeding over breastfeeding, as a child will find it hard to develop those essential immunizations later on in life when they're around other children who are ill if they do not get those nutrients and bacteria from their mother's breast milk.
The differences between formula and breast milk are obvious to those who do the research, and by putting in a little time and effort a mother can soon change her mind about what she will do. Even though formula can help a baby grow at the same rate as breast milk, it will extremely cost more and will mean a child needs to develop their immunizations slower than others.