Will breastfeeding be right for me?

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While it’s recommended that every new mom tries breastfeeding, in the end, it isn’t right for everyone. Will breastfeeding be right for you? Hopefully. Are there both positive and negative things about it? Absolutely, let’s talk about them.

It’ll help you recover

Breastfeeding causes your body to release a hormone called oxytocin, often called “the love hormone” because it causes feelings of attachment and bonding. For postpartum moms, oxytocin can also signal the body to shrink the uterus and reduce postpartum bleeding.

For these reasons, and many more benefits for mom and baby, your healthcare provider will likely recommend that give breastfeeding a try. It might be the right choice for your health!

It’s economical

Formula feeding can be really expensive. When you’re breastfeeding, you do need to consume extra calories for your body to turn into breast milk, but beyond that, there are really no added costs!

In fact, the Affordable Care Act still requires most insurers to cover the cost of a breast pump. It used to be that you could spend as much as $400 for a hospital-grade electric pump, but right now, you might qualify for a breast pump at little or no out-of-pocket cost!

Our partners at Edgepark help new moms get the no-cost breast pump of their choice with no hassle from their insurance provider. Completing Edgepark’s qualification form takes about a minute. Once you finish it, you’ll be able to see all the great pumps available to you and start the ordering process no matter how far along in your pregnancy you are.

Edgepark makes choosing to breastfeed easier and a lot more affordable.

It can be difficult for busy or returning to work moms

Successfully breastfeeding relies on maintaining a feeding schedule. Some moms find that breastfeeding doesn’t work for them because they’re too busy or they have a job that makes it difficult.

Most employers are required to provide you a pumping area and all the time you need to pump. Even when you have that, it can be intimidating, especially at first.

Depending on your insurance, Edgepark may be able to provide your breast pump prior to baby’s due date. If you can receive your pump early from Edgepark, you can pack it in your hospital bag. During your hospital stay, lactation consultants often ask if you brought your breast pump, so they can show you how it works so you can feel more comfortable for when you need to use it at home.

It’s a personal decision

Do you want to breastfeed? That seems like a simple enough question, but the answer can be complicated and deeply personal. You might be nervous about the idea of breastfeeding, especially if you’ve had a negative experience with it in the past, and that’s okay!

Sometimes, you won’t know if breastfeeding is right for you and your baby until you’re both doing it. Having some ideas about what your goals are, and how you might feel if it becomes hard to meet them, can better prepare you for your personal nursing experience.

It looks different for everyone

Maybe you exclusively breastfeed. Maybe you only bottle feed from milk that you pump. Maybe you split formula feed. Maybe you and your healthcare provider discover some fantastic new method we’ve never heard of.

The best way to feed your baby is whatever keeps you both happy and healthy.

Having a breast pump with you from day one will make any nursing style you choose a lot easier. Tap the button below to see what pumps are available at little to no out-of-pocket cost from Edgepark. It takes just a few seconds, and you can get started any time!

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  • “Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom.” HealthyChildren.org. American Academy of Pediatrics, Apr 1 2011. Web.
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