Friday, April 13, 2012

Breastfeeding: The Ultimate Convenience

When Daniel was still nursing, especially when he was a younger baby and he was nursing quite frequently, I often was grateful for the ways that breastfeeding was simple and easy: no preparing bottles with a fussy baby in arms, no extra expense (besides food for me), nothing extra to clean and sterilize, and Daniel's meals were always warm and ready whenever he was!
I'm happy to host today's guest post from Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama, about just a few of the many ways in which breastfeeding has been incredibly convenient in her life. Please read to the bottom to learn more about today's guest blogger.


Most of us have heard about the many benefits of breastfeeding, and although my decision to breastfeed my son was based upon reasons like breastmilk being the ultimate food for babies, I have to admit that reasons of convenience now play a big role in why I am continuing to breastfeed Baby at 13 months with no end in sight.

These are the 5 reasons why I don't want to give up the convenience of breastfeeding:


1. Breastfeeding makes air travel so much easier!
Baby completed his third round trip flight this Tuesday, and as we were landing, I told my husband that I would breastfeed Baby forever just to reap the benefits of nursing while flying. Baby has now flown from Massachusetts to North Carolina, California, and Colorado (and visited 10 states!) and he has been downright awesome on each flight, thanks to nursing. The pressure of takeoff and landing has never bothered his ears as I nurse him on the way up and down, and he has slept for at least 2 hours on each flight thanks to the relaxing effects of nursing combined with the white noise and movement of the plane.

2. I have never passed my germs on to Baby.
I love that I never have to worry about getting Baby sick. No matter what kind of illness I have had in the past 13 months, Baby has never caught it thanks to receiving the antibodies to those illnesses through my breastmilk. When I'm feeling sick, the last thing I feel capable of is caring for a sick baby, and thanks to breastfeeding, that has never happened.

mom and baby stand on a rocky mountain
Thanks to breastfeeding,
we can travel very lightly when hiking.
3. I never have to worry about a diminished appetite.
No matter how diminished Baby's appetite may be due to illness or travel or teething, I never have to worry about Baby not getting enough nutrition or calories. There is nothing that keeps Baby from wanting to nurse, so although there have been times when Baby didn't want to eat much table food, I have the convenience of knowing he is still getting everything he needs from breastmilk.

4. I have built in immediate and automatic comfort for Baby.
Baby has been in the stage of learning to be mobile in various ways for quite some time. This means he experiences lots of falls, tumbles, bumps, and bruises. Although he has never done anything serious like breaking a bone (Thank God!), no matter how hard he cries in response to a little accident, I can always calm him immediately by nursing him. He feels safe, secure, and placated with seconds, and I love that.

5. No matter where we are and what I have packed - or forgotten to pack - in the diaper bag, I always have food and drink for Baby.
We could be at church, hiking a mountain, or on a longer walk than anticipated. Regardless of where we are, as long as I'm with Baby, I know he has access to quick and easy food and drink.


If you consider breastfeeding to be convenient, how has it helped you and your little one?


About today's guest blogger, Charise:

Charise Rohm Nulsen is the proud mama of one, with another on the way. Charise blogs at I Thought I Knew Mama - a window into the adventures of stay at home mamahood, natural parenting, and green and healthy living. She is also a regular contributor at Natural Parents Network and a freelance writer who loves spending her days mothering and writing.

This post has been edited from a previous version, originally published at I Thought I Knew Mama.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the guest posting opportunity!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking me up on it!

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  2. I couldn't agree more! Once I got past the initial newborn phase, I found breastfeeding to be super convenient and easy, and so handy in so many situations! I was always super lazy about packing diaper bags, etc., and would just assume that boob + whatever I was eating would work as far as food goes. If Joe got shy or hurt or freaked out for some reason while we were out and about, I had an instant comforting tool. And nursing was good for me, and helped me lose the baby weight (and a bit more). Win!

    One thing that never worked as well for me was the germ thing - I mean, in theory, Joe got lots of antibodies from me, but in reality, we were both getting sick all the time there for a while. I don't think the antibodies work as well when your child catches an illness from a cute toddler friend and THEN passes it you. Sigh. But, it was great knowing that even when Joe was sick and on a food strike, he was getting breastmilk, so I didn't have to worry so much about whether he was getting enough nutrition. :-)

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