As mothers, we have all heard about the undisputed benefits breastfeeding has for our children. New research continues to provide evidence about the magic of mother’s milk and how it provides our babies with the best start to life. Breastfeeding our precious little ones is like giving a gift that lasts a lifetime. But did you know that when you breastfeed, you are also giving a gift to yourself? Breastfeeding provides incredible short- and long-term benefits for mums, and here, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Emily Brittingham explains 10 of these.
As soon as your baby bump begins to show you will be bombarded with advice. Some of it is helpful, some is out of date because newer research has shown some of the old ways may not be safe and some advice is just bat shit crazy. Whatever advice you hear, it’s probably well-meant but it can play havoc in your mind, ‘could there be something in this?’ even if you can’t imagine following it with your precious baby. But how do you filter it and what do you do when it's unhelpful?
Pinky McKay is Australia’s most recognised breastfeeding expert (you’ve probably seen her on the telly), best-selling author of four books on parenting, breastfeeding and baby sleep, as well as being an entrepreneur and the creator of Boobie Bikkies lactation cookies. Boobie Bikkies were created in 2012, and now export internationally.