Thursday, 4 August 2016

The REAL reasons why I breastfeed

Apparently it's World Breastfeeding Week this week. I'm usually a bit rubbish at writing posts that are vaguely topical (on account of being a bit rubbish at blogging regularly generally) but now I'm onto my second breastfeeding journey I thought I should mark the occasion.

I love breastfeeding. Getting started first time round was the hardest and most stressful thing I've ever done, but also the most rewarding. I love knowing that I'm giving my baby all the right nutrients, antibodies and other wonderful stuff for his development, and I love the bond breastfeeding gives me with my children.

But there are some less altruistic reasons why I breastfeed. Here's a few:

1. I'm lazy

I hate washing up. When we chose our house the real clincher was the fact that this one has a dishwasher. So the thought of washing bottles every day fills me with dread. Plus I couldn't be bothered getting up to make up bottles in the middle of the night. Nah, that's all too much effort for me.

2. I'm disorganised

Tied to the above is the fact that I actually don't think I'd ever be organised enough to have enough bottles clean for any given day, I'd probably run out of formula pretty regularly and I'd almost certainly forget to bring some essential piece of kit when out and about. Breastfeeding: great for flaky mums.

3. I'm a cheapskate

I've seen formula in the supermarket. Blimey, that stuff is expensive. Plus I'm the girl who used to attempt to make anything I needed before resorting to the shops. At least my milk is actually fit for purpose, unlike the awful handbag I made out of a pair of cords.

4. I'm a bit soft

I love cuddles. I love babies. And I really love cuddling babies. Breastfeeding gives me the perfect excuse to cuddle my baby at regular intervals. Heck, sometimes I pretend he needs feeding just to get another cuddle in. (If my husband reads this: I don't really. Honest.)

5. I like cake

And chocolate. And biscuits. Luckily breastfeeding burns loads of extra calories so I can claim that the mountain of sugary produce I currently consume is essential. And flapjack is made of oats which is good for milk production, so really I should just live on that, right?

What are your selfish reasons for breastfeeding?

1 comment:

  1. Yep, these are pretty much my reasons too. I struggled so much with M, but once established it really is a great easy choice. The only downside is the dependence on me, but when I'm not exhausted or touched out I love that too