I previously posted about my breastfeeding fears, revealing I had a tough go of it in the beginning, as many women do. I almost gave up several times. One of the hardest parts in the beginning was how I felt like my life was run by breastfeeding. I felt like I was so tied down by it that I couldn’t live my life.
But then my perspective changed.
I realized even if I was formula feeding, I’d still need to stop what I was doing every 2-3 hours and feed my baby. That’s what being a mom was all about! The overwhelming feeling I had was due to the new sense of responsibility of having a baby, not necessarily due to breastfeeding.
So I continued with it, and I’m so glad I did. Most people talk about the bond they have with their baby when breastfeeding, but in my opinion, holding a bottle while staring down at your baby creates as much of a bond with your baby as breastfeeding. For me, it came down to the fact that breastfeeding just made my life easier! Here are some ways it has simplified my life.
No prepping bottles – There’s no searching the cabinet for a bottle and nipple, waiting for the water to warm up, or scooping formula.
No cleaning bottles and nipples – With up to 12 feeds a day, I would have a never-ending trail of bottles and bottle parts to clean.
One less thing to remember in the diaper bag – I already have such a hard time getting out of the house with enough supplies for me, my toddler and my baby. Remembering formula and bottles might put me over the edge.
Getting more sleep at night – Supposedly, even though breastfed babies might wake up more often at night, breastfeeding mothers tend to get more sleep because they can feed their babies without fully awakening since they don’t have to get up and prepare a bottle.
Feed anywhere, anytime – I love how hassle-free and low maintenance breastfeeding can be. It’s nice to just take a quick seat somewhere (like on a fallen tree on the Appalachian trail) and easily feed my baby.
Of course there are also lots of health benefits for both mom and baby, and oh yeah, it’s FREE! The last time I checked, organic formula was $26.99 for a tub that might last a week.
As I’ve said before, a happy mom and fed baby is what’s important and breastfeeding doesn’t always work out. But since I wrote about the hard parts of breastfeeding, I thought it would only be fair to include the really great things about breastfeeding too!
What do you love about breastfeeding?