Honestly, I don’t understand why people wouldn’t choose to breast feed. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are some situations that hinder nursing and I’m not out to make anyone feel bad about thier decision but I’ve met many moms who didn’t even try. In my opinion, there’s just so many benefits not only for the baby but for Mom that it’s at least worth a shot.
Let’s not sugar coat it. Breastfeeding is tough, especially in the beginning. But after a few weeks you really start to reap unexpected benefits.
Here are some of the selfish reasons why I breastfeed…
1.) It Costs Less.
I’m sorry but formula is EXPENSIVE! Why in the world would you want to pay hundreds of dollars a month when your body produces it for free. Some would even argue it produces something better for free.
2.) Less Overhead at Feeding Time.
When my baby needs to eat I literally pick him up and start feeding. There’s no need to weigh out formula or warm bottles. I don’t even need to leave my bedroom at night. I don’t know about you but I’m lazy at 3AM!
3.) A Lighter Diaper Bag.
Being a breastfeeding mom, when I prepare for an outing all I do is grab a diaper and go. I may be over simplifying it but seriously, I don’t need ice bags, bottles, or formula. My diaper bag literally contains a change of clothes, diapers and wipes. That’s it.
4.) Less Things to Clean.
A new baby brings a whole host of new things to clean. Towels, cloths, clothes, blankets, toys. Why mix bottles in there? My baby is just over 3 weeks and I haven’t even used a bottle! That means I haven’t had to wash a bottle! Totally fine by me. I have enough dishes in my sink already. Oh! Just think of the environmental impact if mothers world wide bought and cleaned less bottles overall.
5.) Extra Calorie Burn.
Nursing burns calories. It’s true! Of course this doesn’t give you a free pass to eat whatever and whenever you want but for those interested in losing weight post baby the extra calorie burn can come in handy. I’m on weight watchers and I get an additional 14 pointsplus simply for the fact that I’m a breastfeeding mom.
I’m not sure if these things are necessary “selfish” but they are aspects of breastfeeding people don’t always talk about. I’m not about to argue the health benefits as I’m not a medical professional but as a mom who has gone down the breastfeeding path, I like to let other women know that the sore nipples and sleep depravation pay off big time in the long run. At least they do in my opinion.