To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August 2010), here are my top 7 reasons for loving breastfeeding, from a Stay-At-Home-Mum’s point of view:
1. Healthy for Baby
Breast milk is the perfect food designed for baby — loaded with antibodies and the composition changes naturally to fit baby’s nutritional needs. Vee has been a relatively healthy child since a newborn and I believe it is from the goodness of breast milk. (Read The Many Benefits of Breastfeeding at kellymom.com.)
2. Healthy for Mummy
Did you know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer? Breastfeeding is also a fast and easy way to lose all those pregnancy bulk. I cared for Vee full-time, dedicated little time for exercise, ate DOUBLE servings of food and stayed as slim as before. (Read 7 Ways Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers at AskDrSears.com.)
The best things in life are free? Yes, when it comes to breastfeeding. Inferred from the table in Which Milk is Better? (Part 2), we saved at least RM3500 (RM250 per month x 14 months) (~USD1100). The savings could be more since a younger baby would drink more milk than a toddler. Oh, and more savings from not buying more milk bottles and teats.
4. Best Baby Pacifier
When baby is crying, colicky and fussy, I have the best weapon as a last resort to regain peace — just pop him to the boobs. Initially I did not intend to co-sleep with Vee and nurse him through the night. But when he woke up every 45 to 60 minutes looking for me, and I lost sleep for a week, I GAVE UP. Suckle all you want and let us sleep, baby. I don’t know of any 20-year old who still breastfeeds, so you would definitely be weaned off one day.
Breast milk is sterile and available for baby when he needs it. During travels, it is super-convenient, without having to bring milk powder, bottles and steriliser. There is also no concern about getting clean water to make baby’s milk. And no scare about milk tainted with melamine.
6. No Menses and No Cramps
My last menses was on 26 May 2008, 2 years and 2 months ago, until I got pregnant with Vee. I used to have severe menstrual cramps that led to vomiting, fainting and diarrhoea on the first day. It was such a phobia every month when “that day” was arriving. Thanks to Vee who does not sleep through the night, I have enjoyed many carefree months. (I read from a forum that one Mummy practised tandem breastfeeding for 3 children and had no menses for TEN years! I shall try to beat her record.)
This occurred to me when 2handedoctopus (previous owner of Mia Bambina) pointed out in her Earth Day post. No production of tins, plastic covers, plastic scoops, plastic bottles and teats. No use of electricity to sterilise feeding equipment. Nature meant it to be this way.
Vee is starting to sleep though 5 to 6 hours, suckling only twice at night. I am sooooo going to miss breastfeeding him…
Sharing Time: If you are a breastfeeding Mum, what do you love most about it?