**As a preface to this post, I just want to say that although breastfeeding works for us, I know it’s not the right decision for everybody. I am a strong breastfeeding advocate but fully support those who choose to formula feed. I’m not an expert and don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I wanted to share my experience with you!**
Eleanor and I have made it to 7 months of breastfeeding! Things are going well, so we’re planning to stay the course and continue until she turns 1 (well, as much as she and I can discuss these things). Since breastfeeding has been a huge part of my life as a new mom, I decided to share a bit about why I chose to breastfeed. After reflecting, I realized it was quite simple…
Why I chose to Breastfeed
For me, breastfeeding was the obvious choice. It was how my mom raised my sister and I, and many of the parents I interacted with or nannied for growing up had made the same choice for their families. It seemed natural. Looking back, I probably should have weighed my options more, but I guess I just always thought breastfeeding was what I’d do.
Throughout my pregnancy I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to figure it out, but I knew I’d cross that bridge once we got there. And as it turned out, breastfeeding hasn’t been the easiest endeavor for Eleanor and I (that’s for another post), but it’s an experience I wouldn’t change for the world.
I may not have had the most concrete reasons for deciding to breastfeeding, but here are some of the amazing benefits I’ve found over the past 7 months…
3 Reasons Breastfeeding is wonderful
1. Take a Break
Breastfeeding forces you to take a break, sit back, and ENJOY your wonderful little baby. Over a 24 hour period there are a million things moms have to do, but when your baby needs to eat, everything stops and you’re there.
2. Lose the Weight
Yes, it may seem selfish and a bit superficial, but I don’t know many moms who don’t want their baby weight to disappear. I truly believe that breastfeeding contributed to dropping the extra 30 pounds I gained in pregnancy. It’s ok for us moms to get a benefit too :)
3. Forget those Bottles
Since starting work, I’ve come to realize the unique hell known as washing baby bottles. Each bottle has 4 parts, Eleanor drinks about a million bottles while I’m gone, which adds up to approximately 1.5 billion parts to wash each night. And the only REAL way to get them clean is hand washing. Ugh. Again selfishly, breastfeeding is SO much less maintenance :)
No matter how I ended up on this path, I’m so glad that I did! Eleanor and I have had to make some adjustments with me going back to work, so we continue taking it all one day at a time. In the coming weeks, I plan on sharing my breastfeeding story, a few of my ups and downs, tips for pumping, and my husband’s take on it all.
Let me know what you think!