Posted by Briana Meade on Friday, October 28, 2011
So now that you have heard all the reasons that breastfeeding can be a huge bummer, here are the reasons breastfeeding rocks.
1. Your Baby Needs....You.
It can be difficult balancing all the things you have to do with your day (or all the things you used to do!), and a little one. However, there is no one that can satisfy your baby's needs but you. Your baby has a built-in "timer" ( her pea-size stomach) that will cause an automatic cry in your baby when she is hungry. And guess who will always be there to provide? Mom.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or even if you choose not to breastfeed, you will probably still be the primary source of comfort and nurturing for your child. That is something to be proud of.
2. Slow down and enjoy.
I am so thankful that my type "A" personality with its' go, go , go, mentality was given the chance to take a break and enjoy the "quotidian" part of life. The quotidian things are the basic necessities, like washing dishes, vacuuming, etc. I often spend vast amounts of time avoiding the basics, because, let's face it---they seem boring.
Having a baby will force you to take life a little slower. The painful part of breastfeeding will usually go away in about 7-10 days. Then it's all downhill after this.
Take time to stop and notice her perfect little nose while she is pressed against you. Isn't she perfect?
Breastfeeding is one of the main ways I felt like I bonded with Zoe. (This is definitely not to say that you can't bond if you are not breastfeeding.) It helped me to maintain an almost constant tie to my baby. I am always thinking about her, even as I am doing something else. (Is she hungry, does she miss me?) When I get back home from a trip to the grocery store, or a night out with my hubby, and I rush to see this little face in front of me:
All I want to do is bring her close and give her everything she needs.
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