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For women saying no to breastfeed babies

Updated on August 4, 2009

A reason to feel good about breast-feeding

Losing weight by breast-feeding

According to a popular belief, breast-feeding makes you lose weight rather than put on. "Producing milk for baby takes a lot of extra energy, about 200 to 500 extra calories above what mom needs to maintain her weight. The higher caloric requirement for breast-feeding is one reason that extra body fat is stored during pregnancy, so that mom has an available source of extra fuel to make milk, so breast-feeding creates a unique opportunity to help mom lose fat more quickly by burning up that stored fat".

So my advice is that it is best to breast feed your baby and it will not hurt your body figure and body image.

Mother's milk is best for a baby so say yes to breast feeding
Mother's milk is best for a baby so say yes to breast feeding
There is a big emotional attachment of mother and baby and it is the reason why sometimes mother's milk leaks out when the baby feels hungry
There is a big emotional attachment of mother and baby and it is the reason why sometimes mother's milk leaks out when the baby feels hungry
You will stay in good shape by breastfeeding your baby.
You will stay in good shape by breastfeeding your baby.
It is best to breastfeed your baby for the first six months to build up the babies immunity so that baby's body is able to fight with common ailments like cough, runny nose, viral fevers, etc.
It is best to breastfeed your baby for the first six months to build up the babies immunity so that baby's body is able to fight with common ailments like cough, runny nose, viral fevers, etc.

How long is it okay to breast-feed a baby?

Well as it is common knowledge that a baby should be breast fed until 6th month or if the mother wishes to till the 9th month depending on the baby's health. First six months are very, very important as the child does not have the resistance power, which is taken care by breast milk. After 6th month, generally doctors advice for semi solid food, which gives way to gradually wean off the baby by 9th month. Weaning off should be done week wise so that the baby does not develop an insecure feeling. Daytime can be alternated with semi solid food depending on the baby's needs. A mother knows her baby the best so it is she who decides how long to breast-feed and slowly wean the baby off of breast milk.

Is it okay to breast feed in public?

Yes it is okay to breast feed in public because it is a mother's right and nobody should be against it. There is a lot of awareness around and even the doctors advise on breast-feeding till the first 6 months. If a woman feels shy about feeding in public places, I would suggest finding a proper place where there is some privacy.

Most women nowadays do not feel shy to breast feed in public but it is up to you and what is your priority, baby or your shyness. Try to find a private place is you are so shy of it.
Most women nowadays do not feel shy to breast feed in public but it is up to you and what is your priority, baby or your shyness. Try to find a private place is you are so shy of it.
A mother nursing in public.
A mother nursing in public.

Why mothers who breast feed complain of leg cramps at a later age?

Most mothers who have breast-feed their babies successfully through their life, later at the age of 40 to 50 end up having issues with calcium deficiency because of not following the doctors advice on prenatal vitamins and calcium supplements. This calcium deficiency leads to weakness of the joints and leads to leg cramps.

If a mother does not like taking calcium supplements, she can supplement herself with calcium found in food during their breast-feeding years. By doing this, their body will provide all the support for them and the baby from inside.

In some cases, it is also seen that a baby, whose mother has not followed doctor's advice of taking proper vitamins and supplements, has to be put on these supplements because of delay in his/her physical development like delay in walking, no signs of teething even at 20th month, so it is really good for a mother to support or load yourself well during breast feeding times and even at the time of pregnancy.

Mothers can avoid leg cramps at later age if they take calcium supplements, either in form of food or by pill.
Mothers can avoid leg cramps at later age if they take calcium supplements, either in form of food or by pill.
Yes follow your doctor's advice and take your calcium and prenatal pills.
Yes follow your doctor's advice and take your calcium and prenatal pills.

Are working moms depriving their child of parental attention?

Yes, a child is deprived of parental attention when both parents are working. Until a child's basic foundation is developed, I think a mother should mould her baby rather than be cared by servants or daycare. All his/her emotional needs are developed in the care of his/her parents, his sense of belonging, love, discipline, responsibility, until a child is confident that what may come, my parents are there for me. Every child's first five years are very important. His/her first year in school where the child is left to a totally new environment with his play group, here his journey starts to decide on what he likes and dislikes and either one of the parent should always be available to answer his questions and doubts which he comes across in his daily routine. Days have changed and I have noticed that Dad's too are playing an important role in moulding a child's future. With job demands on mother's, father's flexible work timings are a great help to the couple's to organize and take care of the baby right from the beginning. It is all about PRIORITIES again. From my point of view, our child and family should always be a PRIORITY. Intial years of hard work always bring good results-A Happy Family

Mother kissing her daughter
Mother kissing her daughter

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Joe. I am glad you found this article useful and interesting enough to leave a comment.

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      joe  

      8 years ago

      thankz for the information

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot mmoruno2000. I am feeling proud today.

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      mmoruno2000 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! Love all the great information.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the comment and linking relating articles Veronica. I love your hubs.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I just read your article! I love all the benefits listed. I agree with them all (unfortunaltey , as you've read) I didn't lose the weight. But that's neither here nor there, the point is, it is the best option for both mother and child. It's great you're helping to spread the word about this often antiquated practice. Thanks for the shout out! I've linked some of your articles with mine as well. Here's to more great hubs.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey friends,

      There is an update on this hub.

      Every woman is not the same and there are individual differences in everyone. Some women lose weight because of breastfeeding and some don't. My friend Veronica has shared really incredible info on one of her hub in which she says

      "Breastfeeding And Weight Loss - Not My Reality" Here is the link:

      https://hubpages.com/family/Breastfeeding-And-Weig...

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you very much Berni for sharing your thoughts on this subject. A mother should not feel ashamed of breastfeeding if it is in public also.

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      Wacky Mummy 

      9 years ago from UK

      This is a great hub, especially in today's times where we are made to feel ashamed of breastfeeding due to breasts being sexualised. It's okay to have a womans breasts on the front of a magazine cover but oh my god? A woman doing what she was made to do? How inconsiderate of her. Of course I am being sarcastic, but living in England I always felt embarrassed when breastfeeding my son in public, unfortunately I only managed to do mixed feeding for 8 weeks but at least he got some of the good stuff!

      Unfortunately due to the recession neither me nor my partner are working, but we are taking full advantage by spending as much time raising our son as we can before we finally get accepted for a job. We never know when our applications are going to be successful!

      Again, this is a great hub and so informative :)

      Berni

      xx

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Marrisa for adding your valuable input in this hub and letting the visitors about your personal experience of breastfeeding your 5 daughters.

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      Marrisa 

      9 years ago from Missouri

      Great hub, I'm pro breastfeeding and have nursed all 5 of my girls. It's tough being a breastfeeding mother in today's world, thank you for showing other moms that it's okay to do what our bodies where made for!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the nice feedback on this hub kmadhav.

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      Kmadhav 

      9 years ago from New delhi

      good thoughts.....

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you very much Cathy and emohealer for your really beautiful comments and backup. I know breast-feeding is not very popular in the west. One common myth people have here is that your figure sags after you breast feed. Many are just against it in principle and say it makes them feel like a cow or a milking machine, but here in India there are women who I know have done this beyond a year so I created this hub for them to let them know about the benefits of breast feeding for their babies and themselves.

      One more thing to add, I really enjoyed writing out this hub yesterday because I have gone through this phase when my daughter's birth took place around 20 months back. I have a lot of knowledge regarding parenting and childcare which I have gained from my personal experience that I would like to share here at hubpages in the near future.

      I would like to have more views on this really good topic.

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Superb hub!!! Breastfeeding has always been a way of life for my family, but not so for everyone. Thank you so much for sharing the basics and reviving pure parenting as it is meant to be so simply by just saying, yes, it is okay!

      Very well presented, Thank You!

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      Cathy 

      9 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Great Hub! Nice, solid beliefs in there also about the benefits of parents being there for the child during the early months and how family needs to be priority. I think that's becoming a bit more popular than a decade or so ago, thank goodness. Further child development studies will prove, I believe, just exactly HOW dire it is that an infant have the parent(s) there for the rapid growth time, maybe even through toddler years if at all possible. Good Hub, great pictures.

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