B is for Breastfeeding
There are so many motherhood topics starting with the letter, ‘B’ that I could write about; and there is so much I could particularly discuss about Breastfeeding.
You can see from my ‘a bit about me‘ page that I’m a big breastfeeding fan. I suppose my successful struggle to breastfeed (which I plan to write about soon) did this to me! 🙂
Here are the top 5 things I really like about Breastfeeding.
One of the outcomes of my difficult breastfeeding journey is my desire to understand how breastfeeding works. This really helped me to make it work better for my Precious Sparkle and I! My knowledge of the intricate details of how my milk is produced for my baby fills me with awe for the One who made me like this. The way women are designed to meet their babies’ needs through their bosom is amazing! It feels me with intrigue and massive respect for the Creator of it all. It is actually beyond amazing!
2. Free and convenient food for my baby
I’ve bought some breastfeeding accessories to help me on my journey and I’ve found breastfeeding to be physically, emotionally and mentally expensive. However, I don’t have to pay for my milk to feed my baby. How exciting! I know it’s the best food for him; specially produced for his particular needs at each point. It is also food that my baby, and now toddler, likes. I know he will accept it, and find it satisfying majority of the time.
I could never forget it at home, in the car, on the train, or anywhere else. It’s always with me, always available; 🙂 until our breastfeeding relationship ends. 🙁 It has saved me so many food prep time for when we are out and about since weaning started. It particularly comes in handy on days I forget snacks or food packs at home. Also, it is a great plan B quality and nutritious food for my toddler whose weaning-to-solids pace regularly fluctuates at the moment. I can relax, knowing that he is still getting enough food for his development.
3. Presence giving and warmth sharing
Breastfeeding requires me to be with my baby most of the time, and I really couldn’t ask for a better present for both of us. It gave me ample time to soak in my baby in the earlier months of his life, and it has a calming effect on my active toddler most of the time. 🙂
My family has mostly enjoyed it over almost 14 months. My husband is able to participate, in his own way, with our breastfeeding play moments. 🙂
It’s that time when Precious Sparkle and I gaze into each other’s eyes and communicate unspoken words of love into each other’s being. Oh the gentle stroking of my cheeks with those little fingers; I’ll never forget the first time it happened.
Our breastfeeding times helps me to partly meet our mutual need to be in close proximity during Precious Sparkle’s early years. It is especially handy for those times when he needs me but others want to hold him; I can tell them he needs to feed and they know I’m the only one who breastfeeds him. 🙂
I’ve also found it helpful to silence many tears, aid many sleep, and soothe many angst. I am so very thankful for the ability of my ‘mummy’s milk’ to fix so much for my Precious Sparkle. There really isn’t much in Precious Sparkle’s life at the moment, on a daily basis, that ‘mummy’s milk’ can’t ‘answer’.
4. Love infusing
Breastfeeding is a very important way through which I love my Precious Sparkle. It is also one of the ways that I show how important doing my best for our family is to me. My breastfeeding journey showed me how much I am willing to do to fight for what I consider to be the best for Precious Sparkle and our family.
Every breastfeeding time is filled with so much loving thoughts and moments.
5. Multitasking enabling
I can breastfeed and do a lot of other things at the same time when needed. It’s been time to catch up on saved TV programs, read magazines and books, talk etc. With the help of my Sleepy Nico carrier, I’ve even breastfed whilst pacing and listening at a conference. 🙂
I appreciate that breastfeeding is not for everyone; do you like anything about breastfeeding?
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