Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month? Well, it is so here’s a little about my experience and why you should breastfeed if you are able to. As some of you may know, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 3 months ago. I have already talked about how easy the birth was so you can read that post here. Over the past three months have been truly amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I say this as my cute little ESA doggy stares at me. Her and my son have taken a huge liking to the new baby and it’s so wonderful to see them interact.
When I had my son, I breastfed him up until he was about 1.5 years old. Why? BECAUSE I COULD. *Laughs* I joke, I joke. I kid, I kid. That was a partial joke. I breastfed him that long because I wanted him to decide on when he should be weaned. So naturally, I would do the same for my beautiful baby girl. In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, here are 5 reasons why you should breastfeed.
1. Time & Money Saver
You don’t have to get out of bed in the middle of the night to make get a bottle, make it, warm it up, and all that other good stuff. All you do is wake up, pop your boob, give it to the baby and go back to sleep. How much does it cost? Nothing. You can do it FOR FREEEEEEEE!!!!!! Formula costs about $30 per can, which is ridiculous. If you don’t need to use formula, do the boob.
Breastfeeding a baby is a bonding experience. At that point in time, it’s just you and them. Did you know that babies comfort eat sometimes? The thought of your baby needing you can be an amazing feeling for some of us. While you two are bonding, your stress level is going down!
Breastmilk contains all the proteins, vitamins, and fats except one. That is Vitamin D. I have never heard this until recently but whatever. The good news is, there are Vitamin D supplements and you can purchase some here.
4. The Antibodies
Your breastmilk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. I can attest to this one. My son rarely gets sick. When he was a baby, he didn’t get sick at all which was great. I’m hoping to continue that. When my son was 1 & 2, he got about 2 or 3 ear infections and had Rubella. That was it.
5. Breastfeeding Positively Affects Your Weight
For some, breastfeeding helps to lower their weight. Not only will it help your uterus contract you will start dropping the pounds because of the calories it burns. I am not trying to lose weight, so I’ve been trying to eat my butt off. I’d rather be 125 than go back to being 86 which was my pre-pregnancy weight.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s a list of 5 things that will make breastfeeding a lot easier:
This product is godsent. There may be times where your nipples may be sore or cracked. This can be used for soothing. Not only that, but it also has other uses such as Lip Balm, Cuticle Hydration, Brow Balm, and Foot balm. I mean, who doesn’t want a 5-in-1 product. I will say that I have not used it much this time around but after finding out that there are alternative uses, I will be giving the Fiancé a foot massage with it and try moisturizing my crusty lips.
After having my daughter, I had issues with clogged ducts. I was given cold pads to put on them to soothe my boobs. Granted, I still had to massage them, but this product helped it to be less painful. Not only that, when it’s hot outside, but you also have an air conditioner in your bra. How about that?
These are a lifesaver. I tried going without using them and I leaked through my clothes. Do you know how weird it looks when you have two random wet spots on the front of your shirt? People look at you like you’re crazy.
Yes, receiving blankets. Now hear me out! Instead of using these to swaddle, I used them as a nursing cover and birth cloths. Why? It’s like getting 2 for the price of one. Not only does it catch more spit-up and drool than your average burp cloth, it is also big and thin enough to use as a nursing cover. Believe me, breastfeeding in public may get a little weird sometimes but having one of these on you makes it easy to quickly cover yourself and baby for a little more privacy if you are like me and don’t feel comfortable with just “whipping it out” while people stare at you, baby and your boob.
Sometimes breastfeeding can be a little hard on the back. The Boppy Pillow makes it a lot more comfortable for you and the baby. There have been times where I would lay my daughter on the pillow and then fall asleep while she was breastfeeding. I knew she was safe because she couldn’t go anywhere, and my back was propped up so neither was I. After using it with my son, I just knew I had to buy another one.
This protective cover is important. The spit-up will roll right off. Also, sometimes the baby will have a blowout while being fed, this protective cover will protect your pillow from smelling like booboo. Believe me, you will thank me later.