When I got pregnant in 2008 with Langston, I knew I wanted to be breastfeeding for his first year. The beginning was tough, but I was determined to make it work.
When he was 8 months old, I already knew I was pregnant with Riverson and Langston’s weight gain had stalled. I had to give it up and I was actually ok with it.
With Riverson, I stopped around the same time but it was mostly because my supply had plummeted and with a toddler to chase around, I was frustrated and ready to be done with it. I was ok with that decision, too.
Now that I’m breastfeeding Brantley, I know we’re just about on the downhill side of her breastfeeding days. If I don’t see some improvement in her skin within the next month, I might be seeing the end sooner than I’d like.
Nevertheless, I wanted to document reasons why I love breastfeeding, before my time comes to an end, forever.
This is the obvious reason and probably my favorite reason why I love it so much. I remember after I was finished breastfeeding the boys how much I hated having to pay for formula. I was constantly on the lookout for coupons, sales, and where to find the best price for their formula. That hunt wore me out.
The time spent nursing each of my babies has been very special to me and by the time Brantley got here, I had realized how fast the first year passes by. I was actually ok with waking up a couple of times during the night to nurse her. I wish I had had the same attitude when Langston was nursing. I was pretty bitter about those middle of the night feedings. Once again, it’s funny how you change as a mom with each one of your kids.
There’s no bottle to prepare and it’s always warm and ready to go. After the first two weeks, which can be REALLY REALLY hard, the rest is pretty easy, assuming you’re complication free, which I was, thank goodness. You’d be surprised how fast I can get my little one from crying to sleeping, without ever having to walk to the kitchen for a bottle. I’m lazy like that.
Basically, whenever I’ve been breastfeeding, I can eat whatever the heck I want! I drop weight pretty easily after pregnancy and the ONLY thing I can really attribute it to is breastfeeding, since I’ve struggled with my weight my entire adult life. Well, that and the fact that I’m chasing kids around all day and don’t have much time to eat.
Now that Brantley has food allergies and I’m trying to push through with nursing, I’m eating even healthier and my old clothes are actually loose.
Basically, breastfeeding does good things for my body.
Aside from losing the weight, this is my favorite reason I love breastfeeding. My husband doesn’t usually read my blog so just don’t tell him, m’kay?
Whenever one of the boys wakes up in the middle of the night, just needing some comforting, it’s REALLY easy for me to say, “Can you go? I’m feeding the baby.” I may or may not be feeding the baby.
As much as I absolutely love breastfeeding, you will never find me as one of those people who tells every mother why it’s the best thing for their baby. There are plenty of other women and websites out there to do that. I hope you do not read this post that way. This is just simply a few reasons why it’s good for me and my babies.
I genuinely feel that how you feed your baby is your business, not mine. My very best friend did not produce milk. At. All. She wanted it to work, but it just didn’t, no matter how hard she tried. My heart broke for her, but I never once thought she should feel guilty for not nursing her baby.
There are people I know who really just have no desire, and that is ok.
Only you know what is best for you and your baby!
Check out my post on 5 reasons I HATE breastfeeding.
If you nursed your baby/ies, what was your favorite thing about it?