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Breastfeeding and Weight Loss 2010-01-07 14:00:29

Did You Breastfeed For Selfish Reasons?

The decision to breastfeed is a natural one for many families. Putting baby to breast creates a unique bonding experience between mother and child, has been shown to create smarter children and may even lead to fewer overweight kids. As an added benefit, nursing may reduce the risk of breast cancer in certain women, cut daily expenditures and help shed unwanted pregnancy pounds.

While some women don't see the weight fly off as quickly as others, weight loss is one of the most popular reasons women cite when discussing their feeding decisions. Celeb mamas such as Naomi Watts and Angelina Jolie have credited their baby's feeding schedules with their own rapid weight loss and many new moms start nursing hoping for the same results.

Did you start breastfeeding for yourself, or for your baby?

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
you should put another poll up with the headline "do you formula feed for selfish reasons?' im sure that would go over really well. its funny how you cant say it but we know its true (for some) breast feeding is something good for me for the first 6 months (losing the spare tire) and good for kids for the second 6 months. it is much better than feeding them non organic powdered milk and oil produced and promoted ruthlessly by some of the biggest companies in the world. since i am not a fan of powdered milk drinks (diet/ protein/ health shakes, etc) i'm not going to make that choice for my kids. i realize many moms dont have a choice and it is good that formula exists for them. after the first year i would like to be selfish and quit, change to organic homo milk. for my son it took 4 extra months to wean we'll see with my daughter
LovlyRita LovlyRita 7 years
For both. It benefits him in so many ways, and it also makes me feel good about myself. It saves me money and from the pain of having to make and wash bottles all of the time.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I agree with the user who said that they could never imagine breastfeeding as a selfish choice when you go through a few weeks of agony to get to a point where it becomes natural. There were so many nights of me almost giving up because of latch problems, sore breasts, cracked nipples, engorgement, etc. I struggled through all of that because I wanted to do it for my baby. The benefits were just an added bonus to that, definitely not a "selfish" reason. I found this title to be quite offensive as well.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I didn't breast feed and I find this offensive! Mothers do what they feel is best for their child. There is nothing selfish about it. Sure there are some good perks either way, but at the core of it, it's all for the little one. To say anything else is demeaning.
crazykittylady crazykittylady 7 years
Once again my mind is blown by this blog...selfish? Really? I think it's time to delete this site from my bookmarks.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Yeah, what kind of question is that. I breastfeed because I want to give my baby the best start. If it was just about losing weight I'd happily hand her the bottle and hit the gym!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
Benefits...maybe...but the word Selfish??? How inappropriate!!!!!!
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