I have loved breastfeeding and for definitely more reasons than for the selfish ones I’m going to tell you in this post.
My first and foremost reason to breastfeed was for the best nutrition for Aiden and that alone would be plenty of reasons to do it forever if needed, but there are a few beneficial reasons for me too!
Selfish Reasons I Breastfeed
1. Convenience. I always have my boobs with me therefore breastmilk is always available. It’s always the right temperature and consists of the right balance of nutrients needed. I don’t have to make sure I have a bottle, water, and formula on hand and I always don’t have to clean anything afterwards.
2. Downtime. Now that Aiden is a toddler and running all over the place into everything, I find myself exhausted from chasing him around even the most baby-proofed places in our house. It’s a lot more physically demanding on me than it was a few months ago, yet I still think walking makes life easier – not more difficult as I had been told. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy whipping my boobs out for some downtime. Aiden is relaxed and peaceful and I have time to catch my breath for a few minutes.
3. Worrying Less. When Aiden was sick this past week, I would have been freaking out that he wasn’t getting enough nutrition had I not been breastfeeding. He didn’t want to eat as much as he normally does as expected, but he wanted to breastfeed like he was a newborn and I was happy to do it to give him necessary antibodies and nutrients to help him fight the croup. A side note: my nipples also feel like I have a newborn again.
4. Kept Aunt Flo Away. No one really likes Aunt Flo (until you want to conceive I guess) and breastfeeding kept mine away for over 12 months. I call this a definite win.
5. Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers. Breastfeeding women reduce their risk of breast cancer by as much as 25%. The more months or years you breastfeed, the more you slash your risk. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk fo uterine and ovarian cancer because estrogen is lower during lactation. There is a theory that the less amount of estrogen circulating through breast and uterine tissue, the less risk of cancer in those tissues. Source
6. I Ate More. Honestly, I didn’t worry about a thing I ate for several months postpartum. I lost the most weight from 3-6 weights after Aiden was born, but continued to lose weight thereafter. I have started to watch what I eat more now as Aiden weans, but it’s definitely true that it helps with postpartum weight loss.
7. I Have More Money. Breastfeeding isn’t necessarily free, but costs substantially less than formula. I paid for some supplies like lanolin cream, a breast pump, a boppy, milk saving bags, a few breastfeeding support groups to help with latch issues in the beginning and a few other things, but it was relatively inexpensive considering the alternative.
Did you breastfeed? For how long? We are at 13+ months now and I always wonder when it will end (not that I totally want it to).