Wife, Mummy, Nurse: What I Loved about Breastfeeding {#BFBlogHop}

07 February 2013

What I Loved about Breastfeeding {#BFBlogHop}


Breastfeeding is free. Everytime, I'd go to Target and went into the formula aisle, I was thinking, "Ch Ching! Look how much money we don't have to spend." Before Charis was born, I worked full time, but Drew did not have a job. After she was born, it took two months before Drew could find a job; money was tight, and I was SO thankful I had relatively few hardships with breastfeeding.  I was blessed with a wonderful supply to feed my baby.

Nursing on demand.  If Charis was hungry, I could nurse her right then and there; she did not have to wait for me to get formula ready, while I was preparing it or putting it in a bottle.  The temperature was perfect.

The quietness.  Breastfeeding meant that I had to stop what I was doing and feed Charis.  The dishes had to wait, the laundry had to stay piled up a few more minutes, the meal could get colder a few more minutes, my baby needed her nourishment, and I was able to pause and savor my time with her.

Sleeping while breastfeeding.  {Maybe this is more of a selfish reason.}  Once I figured out how to nurse from a side lying position, I took full advantage of doing so at those 2 AM feedings and ended up falling asleep instead of coaxing a baby to finish her bottle.

Knowing that my daughter is getting the best.  All the nutrients she needs are in breastmilk.  Her risk of getting gastrointestinal infections, ear infections, pneumonia, and diarrhea were reduced.

It was convenient.  I did not have to worry if I had enough formula or bottles if I went somewhere for the day.  It was one less thing I had to worry about packing.

Most importantly, I enjoyed holding my baby.  I realize this more now that my daughter's growing up, which is a good thing.  As a baby, she was content being held as I breastfed her; now, she wants to go, go, go nonstop from morning to night with a two hour nap in the middle of the day.

What do you love about breastfeeding?
Join me over at this week's #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth.

3 comments:

  1. what a great post! I may join the blog hop :)

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  2. With my 3rd child it was the middle of the night feedings when everyone else was asleep and it was just me and the baby. She was mostly likely (and has so far been...it's been 18 years!) my last because of complications with the last labor/delivery and I made a point to cherish every feeding until she weened. It lasted 15 months and I still miss it. Even wondered sometimes if there was a way to be a wet nurse. Oh well. Time moves on....

    Stringmaker

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