In honor of World Breastfeeding Week 2013, I’ve made a list of 10 reasons why I love breastfeeding. They are in no particular order. Also, if you are a not a breastfeeding mom, this list is NOT intended to make you feel bad, or guilty or like less of a mom. Breastfeeding is something I enjoy and I’d like to share why I enjoy it.
1. The Snuggles
Oh, the snuggles. I’m thankful that Munchkin is a snuggle baby. Nursing enhances that for us. It allows me to focus on her and not on everything going on around us. I also love it when she falls asleep nursing. Even after a year, I love watching her eyes roll back in her head and she drifts off, content in knowing that my milk satisfies her.
2. Forced Down Time
Breastfeeding Munchkin FORCES me to have down time. We nurse best laying down (less distractions) so nursing means I have to rest. I love the time to just rest, relax and focus on Munchkin. Around the holidays when there was so much going on, it was nice to retreat from the craziness. Life can get so hectic and it’s nice to have a reason to slow down.
3. Breast is Best for Baby
We’ve all heard that breast milk is best for baby and it’s true. It’s not just good for boosting the immune system, but also for protecting the digestive system and helping to lower Munchkin’s chances of getting breast cancer and a host of other diseases including diabetes.
4. Breast is Best for Mama
Did you know that there are health benefits for you when you nurse? You can lower your risk of getting breast cancer, uterine cancer and bone loss after menopause. Breast cancer runs in my family so anything that can help lower my risk is awesome!
5. It’s “Fast”
Nursing, once you get the hang of it, is faster and easier than having to make a bottle. I can just whip out the boob and Munchkin can start eating. I always have my breasts with me, so I always have food for Munchkin with me. That’s a good thing, because I was so forgetful in the beginning (who am I kidding, I still am!)
6. No Periods
This is a HUGE plus for me! I love not getting my period! I know it differs for everyone but it’s been a LONG time since I had to worry about my period.
7. The Ultimate Boo-Boo Healer
Mama Milk is the best way to soothe Munchkin after getting shots or a bad fall. I haven’t worried about being a human pacifier as she usually only nurses for a few minutes when being soothed.
8. It’s Cheap
Mama Milk doesn’t cost us anything! It’s been nice to not have to budget for formula. We might spend a little more in produce but since we should be eating that way anyway it doesn’t bother us.
9. It Forces Me To Eat Healthier
Since I know I’m making mama milk for the baby, I do my best to make sure I’m eating well. That includes drinking eight 8oz glasses of water a day (minimum), eating plenty of fruits and veggies and making sure I’m eating enough protein and dairy. My body will make sure the baby has what she needs so I also need to make sure my body has what it needs to be healthy as well.
I’m not quite sure how to explain this one but I’ll try. My body protected and nurtured Munchkin for the first 9 months of her life while she was growing in my womb. I love know that my body continued to nurture her after and gave her the nutrients she needed to grow and thrive. It’s also the knowledge that my body was doing what it was supposed to do. Breastfeeding also gave me confidence as a mom and it helped to heal the hurt of having a c-section.
If you breastfed your baby, what was your favorite part?
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