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11 Reasons I Want to Breastfeed

By Aela Mass |

11 Reasons to Breastfeed

Aside from the fact that I think breastfeeding is so freakin’ cool — I mean, how amazing is it that a woman’s body naturally produces “liquid gold”? — I also think the health benefits of breastfeeding are too abundant to ignore. Now, before anyone starts to misinterpret what I’m saying, let’s get a few things straight first.

I do not think that mothers who don’t breastfeed should be given the guilt trip so many other mothers — and society — seem to place on them. Nor do I think it’s right to judge any person, let alone another woman, for her choices. Even if that choice doesn’t coincide with our own beliefs. So this post is in no way an invitation to attack non-breastfeeding mothers, nor is it a post against them.

These are my reasons, my personal reasons, for wanting to breastfeed. And I hope with all my heart that I will be blessed enough to produce milk and that my baby will latch on sans issues or difficulties.

Do you breastfeed? If so, what are your reasons for doing so?

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Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom & Baby

Breastfeeding Protects Babies From Illnesses

That's certainly not to say that all formula-feed babies are sick. Plenty do just fine on formula. However, naturally occurring antibodies in breast milk stave off certain illnesses and cannot be mimicked or reproduced in formula.
Source: Women's Health
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7 thoughts on “11 Reasons I Want to Breastfeed

  1. Amanda says:

    I agree with all those reasons and I look forward to breast-feeding also. My main reason for wanting to is because I’m super-cheap. I’m not afraid to admit it!

  2. Kathy says:

    On top of what a wonderful bonding experience it is, breastfeeding burns TONS of calories! I remember being hungrier when I first started nursing than when I was still pregnant. It melts the baby weight right off you. Pretty sweet deal, right? So many benefits for baby AND mommy :)

  3. Kelly says:

    I breast fed but I made some mistake,
    Doctor telling me I can’t breast feed and be pregnant. I believed him
    I took birth contol and nursed with my second milk dried up
    I supplimented so she didn’t want to work so hard at my breast chose bottle
    Let other people get to me
    Didn’t join La Leche leaghe when I had the chance maybr I would have avoid the mistakes I listed above.
    Breast fed my 1st for 7 months
    the 2nd for 4 months
    3rd for 3 years 3 months

  4. Cora says:

    Breastfeeding is such a wonderful thing! There are a billion benefits for both mom and babe.

    For some moms, though, it isn’t an option. For those without the choice, it can be heartwrenching to hear of all the things your sweet baby will be deprived of… and it’s hard not to feel judged when everyone assumes it’s a choice you’ve made (or worse, that you’re just not trying hard enough).

    <3

  5. Jyliene says:

    I am still bfeeding my now 14 month old & it has been the most wonderful experience. I plan to continue until he is done & with any future children. We are lucky,it came rather easily to us. I applaud the mothers who struggle & stick it out & my heart aches for those who are try but are unable.

  6. Amanda says:

    I LOVE BREAST FEEDING! the reasons you mention are of course fabulous reasons but here are some others:
    MAGIC BOOB: LOVE me some magic boob. always works to calm a crabby baby whether its after getting his shots or if he’s just not feeding “right”
    NIGHT TIME BOOB: bringing my little buddy into bed for some cuddles and breastfeeding gives us both more rest.
    FORCED TIME OUT: I’m trying to purge my house and have lots of work to do. Also, I’m trying to make a little extra money because I don’t get maternity benefits. SO, breast feeding MAKES me calm down and spend as much time as needed with my babe. not to mention, as most husbands, mine thinks I just sit around and play blocks all day … when I need to nurse, he lays off.
    FEELS GREAT: especially when I first started, I could feel tingles all the way down to my toes. also, the pressure release feels nice too.
    JUST WATCHING HIM: how could you NOT love that??? I squeeze his chubby thighs and he giggles a bit and we have fun playing :)
    I have a theory that a baby who is breastfed calms down faster when Mommy picks him/her up. I SMELL like food, I AM food … as soon as I’m there he KNOWS that food is coming. Bottle babies have to wait until the bottle is given to them …. gives me a little extra time to finish what I’m doing to shut something off or otherwise prep for the down time.

    I have a great breast pump given to my by the health unit, who no longer gives them out … when I’m done with it (I hardly have to use it but just incase, I keep it for now) I will start a “diary” about my experiences and put a few things like handknit booties and bonnet. I will sign and date it too. then I will pass it along to the next mother who can do the same. it will be like the sisterhood of the traveling breast pump LOL. I’m excited to share this with other women :)

  7. me me says:

    I am breastfeeding my second son, but couldn’t breastfeed my first son due to illness and hospitalization post partum. I felt awful…like a horrible mother…and was given guilt trips by numerous moms who didn’t know i was sick when my son was born and milk dried up due to Iv meds. I want to say is this: who are we to judge other people? we have no idea what they’re going through. you never know what someone is facing and your comment may be the tipping point. and another thing… my older brother was breastfed for 14 months and he is obese, autistic, has testosterone problems and is allergic to shellfish…its obviously not going to cute tor kids of anything. But it will give them perfect nutrition.

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