Truth: I’m a breastfeeding advocate. Breastfeeding for me has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my entire life, and no doubt about it, I’m going to miss it when this chapter of my life is over.
Tallying up the days I’ve spent breastfeeding four different babies, I suspect I’ve breastfed a combined total of over 40 months, approximately three and a half years of my life.
This is not me bragging by any means, I’m just stating a fact.
I while I have a laundry list of reasons I breastfeed, probably the most honest reasons I can give is that for me and my family, it’s the cheapest and easiest way to nourish my child.
Because hear me out:
I don’t have to buy expensive formula.
I have two bottles for expressed milk, but haven’t had to invest in tons of bottles and accessories. Additionally, less dishes to wash.
I do get up in the middle of the night to feed, but it’s quick and easy. Most nights, I breastfeed laying down in my bed with the lights out.
The milk is always at the right temperature, and there’s zero waste.
And before I leave the house, I don’t have to spend the time planning out the bottles and formula. No lugging supplies around in my diaper bag, because my boobs are always ready and waiting!
Oh, and there’s that thing of breastmilk being “best for baby”. BONUS!
And a small confession: if breastfeeding didn’t come easy for me, like if I didn’t make enough milk, or my baby didn’t latch, I would confidently feed my baby formula in a heartbeat. Personally, I thing formula has gotten a bad rap, and is in fact a blessing for so many that either can’t or chose not to breastfeed.
Sometimes I’m left to wonder, am I “less” of a breastfeeder because I admit I do it because I’m cheap and lazy? I hope not.
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