In addition to bonding there are many health reasons for breastfeeding although I will not list all these as they are easily available in pregnancy books. Essentially you will be giving you baby the best start by giving them protection against infection. A great benefit for you is that you will lose pregnancy weight very quickly as it burns 500 calories a day and it stimulates your uterus to contact more quickly. Your milk also will adjust to make the exact amount for you baby, you are in sync. As you baby requires more milk, your body will make it. Supply and demand.
It probably sounds like breastfeeding has been easy for me and that I have found it all very natural, however like everyone else I have suffered sore nipples, blocked ducts, difficulty latching and nursing strikes. My upcoming challenge is the arrival of Poppy's upper front teeth! Just because you are a women does not mean you know the first thing about feeding and nor does you baby. You learn together. I assure you it gets easier, persevere it is worth it for you and your baby.
If you decided to breastfeed I will be writing a post full of tips and advice for those who have begun the breastfeeding journey. If you are deciding to bottle feed I recommend trying to make up a bottle and making sure you have all your equipment ready before the baby comes, you will have to be extra organised but your partner will be able to help feed your baby giving you a little extra well deserved rest. You will love seeing your baby getting chunkier by the day. Good luck ladies and please send any questions you may have.