There are lots of things I like about breastfeeding – and here are eight reasons why I’m in no rush to stop. Of course there are also some drawbacks (leaky boobs are never a good look!) and it’s not for everyone, but I have had a positive experience so far. I’m not getting into any breast milk vs formula debate – I’m pro-doing-whatever-works-for-you – so there is no offence intended, this is just a light hearted post about my experience of breastfeeding. Please share your own breastfeeding benefits in the comments below!
- I’m pretty lazy
The last thing I want to do in the middle of the night is come downstairs and prepare bottles in the freezing cold kitchen.
- It’s quicker
No making sure there are enough bottles sterilized and waiting for the kettle to boil/bottle to cool, all while trying to comfort a very hungry and impatient baby. For instant comfort, just add boob.
- I can travel light
It’s hard getting out of the house with a baby. Even harder with two kids. It makes rushing out of the house in the morning a lot easier when all I need to remember are some baby wipes and a spare nappy. No having to pack sterilized bottles, a flask of hot water and individual pots of formula powder – I can’t very well forget my boobs.
- I can feed wherever and whenever
No making sure I have the right facilities to make up and cool down bottles. Or warm up pre-prepared ones. Sure I need to remember to dress for easy access, but I can feed straight away in the car, in the street, in a café – wherever my baby gets hungry.
- It’s nice to sit down (again, I’m pretty lazy)
Some days I’m so busy rushing around getting everyone ready, school run, cooking, shopping, cleaning, being pestered for snacks and drinks, finding lost toys, fixing broken ones and redressing Anna and Elsa for the hundredth time (seriously, stop undressing your dolls if you can’t get their clothes back on!) that the only time I get to sit down all day is when I’m breastfeeding. Or on the toilet, but even that’s done with a strict time limit. I get approx. 5 seconds before I hear either “Maaaaaaammy, I need a wee!” or “Maaaaaammy, whatcha doing?”
- The cake
Stopping breastfeeding means I’m going to have to start watching what I eat, but at the moment I need to replace all that energy somehow. It seems far less indulgent stopping at Costa for a hot chocolate and cake when I’m breastfeeding. And eating an entire family pack of mini eggs in one sitting is also acceptable. (I so just did didn’t do that while writing this post.)
- It’s great for bonding
Ok, so far all these reasons have been pretty superficial, but having that special one-to-one time with your baby (especially if you have older children demanding your attention) is priceless. It is a few minutes of calm to connect with your baby in an otherwise hectic day.
- Baby loves it
The cute faces she pulls as she’s feeding and the smile on her face when I even say the word ‘milk’ makes it all worthwhile – even the leaky boobs.
Despite this, I’m all too aware of the downside to breastfeeding and there’s lots I’m looking forward to once I stop – but that’s a whole other post!