Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Extended Breastfeeding

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There are so many good reasons to breastfeed beyond a year. I was reflecting on some of those and thinking about why I choose to breastfeed longer than one year. Here are a few:
  • It gives me a chance to rest. I am usually running around doing something or other all day. Breastfeeding gives me a chance to sit. I usually put my head back on this great chair I found at a yard sale last year and sleep.
  • Sometimes it's the only thing to get him to relax enough to rest.
  • The extra calories I get to eat! I don't know if it's the exercise or the breastfeeding but something helped me to shed those post baby pounds! There is a reason I'm fitting in 8's now.
  • I feel better knowing that he is nursing and getting a good well rounded food several times a day. I don't have to worry as much when I know he is nursing if he's getting everything he needs.
  • I like that in the days of MRSA, H1N1, super bugs and such that he is getting my immunities.
  • It gives me a chance to just hold and love my boy. I can gaze at him, rub his back. It's just him and me. I know he's my last and I am making the most of it.
  • It's the easiest thing to feed him at 3am.
  • It's the easiest thing to feed him on a plane, a hotel or just about anywhere.
  • I like that it reduces my chances of breast cancer.
I'm sure there is more, but I think that's a good list. I like breastfeeding. I thank God for thinking of it. He's so smart.

1 comment:

Rachel F. said...

I'm also thankful that I was blessed with the ability to abundantly provide for my children in that way. Another thing to add to your list is that it releases hormones in the mother that help her relax and bond with the baby. God does plan things in such an amazing way--not only good for baby, but good for mom.