Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why Breastfeeding is AWESOME

So. I did a post on thankfulness yesterday. I can do something totally random today, right? :)

Haha.

I wrote a post once a long long time ago about all of the woes of breastfeeding. Given my current condition, we can add another woe to the list: breastfeeding can potentially make you SICK. (Rarely...but potentially. This has certainly never happened to me before.) I wrote that post specifically at that time because a ton of my friends were having babies, many of them their first, and I was getting so many questions about my experience with breastfeeding. I like to keep it real when it comes to this particular topic. As a friend, I have never had any issues dishing out the bad with the good, particularly because most sources set new moms up to fail, in my humble opinion. The truth is, it can be HARD, and if you're not expecting that, you're much more likely to give it up. (If you missed the post, don't worry, I shared some good stuff, too.) :)

I should have some pretty sour grapes towards this whole issue right now, but as I look down at my baby boy all I can think about is how thankful I am to have this special time with him. Breastfeeding is AWESOME. Beginning for the first time is the toughest part, but it's like conditioning your body for anything else worth achieving: you sacrifice your time, push through the pain, deal with setbacks, and train your body until one day it's like riding a bike. You're happy, baby is happy, and all is well with the world. :D

So here it is. 
**Ten reasons why breastfeeding is awesome!**

1. Breastfeeding has always continued the very close bond I felt with my baby when he/she was in the womb. There is just nothing like it! And it's no wonder - hormones released during breastfeeding make you happy and promote bonding. Your body knows what it's doing!

2. Two words: No bottles. I don't have to prepare them, I don't have to wash them, I don't have to warm them. When baby is hungry they can eat right away. It's always available!

3. I REALLY don't want to jinx myself with this one, but none of my babies have ever had ear troubles or tummy troubles. We've never had to search for the right formula that agreed with them. The only reason I've ever had to take my kids to the doctor was for their shots. Awesome!

4. Breastfeeding has always helped me lose weight...and a lot of it! It doesn't happen overnight. Usually around three months or twelve weeks I start to see the weight melt away. Just producing milk burns an extra 200-500 calories per day...it's like swimming 30 laps but you're sitting on your rear! Haha.

5. It's cheap! You know how much money I've spent breastfeeding? $0.00

6. It's healthy for mom. Breastfeeding helps your body heal faster after delivery. It literally helps move your organs back into place. And it can prevent common female issues down the road, like breast cancer and osteoporosis.

7. We've all heard it - it's the perfect food for baby. But it's not just what's in breast milk, it's WHEN what's in breast milk, too. The composition of the milk changes as your baby ages from month to month, week to week, day to day, even during a single feeding. When baby first latches they get fore milk which is higher in fluid, quenching their thirst and giving them carbs. Then comes the hind milk, which is thicker and gives them all the calories they need. A woman's body is an awesome design, I must say!

8. I love always having at least one hand free during feedings. I've typed most of this post while feeding my kid. BAM.

9. More and more women are doing it. Breastfeeding is becoming popular once again, so we have less to deal with than women who breastfed say, a decade ago. Awesome!

10. And finally....that's what breasts are FOR! There's a reason men don't have them. :) It's just one more thing that makes a woman so special. If there's nothing preventing you from trying, why not??

***

That last one is the honest reason I started breastfeeding with my first baby. I'm not one of those people who had super strong convictions about breastfeeding before I had children. I was more of the mentality of, "Why wouldn't I at least try?" I tried it - Evie rocked it, I rocked it, and here I am three kids later. :)

I certainly don't judge anyone for choosing not to breastfeed, because I KNOW how difficult it can be, and there are many outside factors that make it very difficult for some women to do so. I couldn't imagine keeping up with it if I had to work full time. If you're a working mom who breastfeeds, you are amazing!! A billion mom points to YOU. If you're about to be a mom yourself and are on the fence about it, just give it the old college try wont you? You have nothing to lose, and your baby will love having that special time with you. Plus, one more benefit (and NO, I've never tried it myself, haha) I hear breast milk tastes a million times better than formula. More than one person has informed me that it tastes like cereal milk after the cereal is gone - really sweet. A nice bonus, I suppose. :)



Speaking of EATING...tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! Hooray! I hope that you are able to gather with friends or family...or friends AND family...to have a very special day. I know we'll be enjoying ourselves with both sides of Eric's family tomorrow, and then my family will be celebrating on Saturday. I'll take two days of Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch!

I am very thankful to be feeling markedly better today than I have felt in quite a while. I think I will be able to really enjoy myself for all of the festivities! Thanks to all of you who have been so encouraging to me in the past few days. I love you more than you know.

So from our family to yours, here's a big fat HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! See you on the other side. :)


7 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh Adrien, you couldn't of posted anything closer to home today. Guess who is breastfeeding??!! Long story short, it is the only way we can get Liam to eat. I have been getting a crash course the past 24 hours. I am having a love/dislike/pain/excitment relationship with it at the moment. I might need you to come over & give me some tips. This caught me completely off gaurd! It is so much harder/amazing than I ever thought it would be. Ahhhhh!! PS thanks for the shout out yesterday. Love you mama!

Heather said...

Hahaha...I knew Sarah would be on here STAT!

Glad you're feeling better and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Adrien said...

Ah, Sarah! I'll help you with anything you need! I know you've probably been told this a million times already, but you're doing the toughest stuff now in the beginning. It will get easier and easier as you go! Love you, girl!!

Meagan said...

I wish my breastfeeding experience would have been as good as yours but it wasn't, still disappointed about it but it is what it is I guess!

PS, Sarah I have a practically brand new Medella pump that I'm willing to sell if you're interested!!

Litney said...

I LOVE BREASTFEEDING!
I never thought twice about it, I knew I was going to do it, and I'm so glad that I am able to do it. It definitely takes dedication. Pump on the way to work, pump 2-3 times at work, feed baby all night, then pump before bed! I'm glad more people are breastfeeding now days, I still can't get over the cost of formula!

Katie said...

Love this post. Our baby is due in April and I've always wanted to breastfeed but recently I've been hearing a lot about how much it hurts and how hard it is and it was kind of freaking me out...I love your outlook on trying it and giving it your best shot. It will be the best option for our baby so I definitely want to try!

April Robert said...

Very informative, thanks for sharing your ten reasons why you breastfeed. I didn't know the milk changed over time. Thanks. From a future mom. April R.

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