When supermodel and mom Gisele Bundchen famously declared that breastfeeding should be required by law, she re-ignited an age-old debate. Is breastfeeding really better? Bundchen isn’t the only one to tout the effects of feeding your offspring the old fashioned way (and we’ve all heard it burns up to 500 calories a day).
There is a downside too. Some women simply don’t make enough milk, their babies aren’t able to ‘latch on’ properly, other health issues or illnesses prevent it entirely, or for some women, it’s a fear that breastfeeding can lead to sagging and volume loss in breasts (an issue looked at in-depth in The Bra Book). Plus, sometimes it’s just plain painful!
So whether you prefer the bottle or the boob, here are seven good reasons to choose the latter.