I recently came across an article titled 6 Reasons to Stop Breastfeeding, so I figured I'd get all cute and do 6 reasons to KEEP breastfeeding...except this is SEVEN Quick Takes Friday..so I'm going to come up with SEVEN reasons. The authoress of the article listed only "non-medical" reasons...so to be fair..I'm only going to list "non-medical" reasons, too. (P.S. I sorta, kinda, maybe, possibly could have stolen the idea from my friend, Martha....must give credit where credit is due!!)
If you stop breastfeeding, you still have to feed the baby. Doh'...ya'll are probably all, so tell me something I don't already know already. But, it's totally true, if you stop breastfeeding you still have to feed the baby, which means you have to buy formula, and you have to mix it up in bottles, and warm the bottles and then feed the baby and then wash the bottles. Golly...I'm exhausted just typing all that. That seems like a lot of work...and I don't like work..it cuts into my internet blogging/surfing time.
You can totally multi-task while breastfeeding. I'm breastfeeding now as I type this post. Once the baby gets older and has more head control, it is pretty easy to read, or facebook, or surf the internet or type, or teach school or even eat all while breastfeeding.
It gets easier...I promise, it really, really, really does. Most of the problems moms have in the beginning are because new babies are tiny and have tiny mouths and no head control. But, babies grow and get head control..and it gets easier, much, much, much easier, and it's so worth it.
It's free..it's free! Yippee!! I love free stuff! And formula is not free...in fact it is $$$$$.
You always have a readily available, perfect temperature, food source with you..and you don't have to lug a bunch of stuff around. Which is great news if you are totally disorganized and always late and constantly forgetting things...
like me. But, so far, I haven't managed to forget my mammary glands..yet.
It gives you a great excuse to get away from boring or annoying people. Say you're at a party and get stuck listening to someone drone on and on.. Whoops...sorry Uncle Roger, I'd love to hear all about your trip to Timbuctoo for the 20th time, but baby's hungry. What's that you say...she just fed 30 minutes ago and appears to be sleeping soundly. Growth spurt..she'll wake up any time...better go feed now...sorry to miss those pictures.
On the flip side though...if you're someplace fun and don't want to get up and leave, you can just feed anywhere. I do it all the time, and so far, no one's ever kicked me out.....yet.
Breastfeeding assures that you are at least one person in this world's totally, bestest, most favorite,person ever! I love admiration...even if it is only coming from someone who drools all day long. I'll take it!