The other night my sister asked me why I chose to nurse my child. The first thing that came out my mouth was, “Do you know the price of formula these days?” Her question however stuck in my head all night long. The cost of formula is not the reason I nurse. Yes, it plays a big part but there is so much more to it than money. As far as I know, I’m the first mother to breastfeed in my immediate family, so I get this question a lot.
I nursed my first born until he was 4 months old. I also knew when my youngest son was born, that I wanted to nurse him too. My only reason at the time was that it would be healthier for my child. The first time that I nursed him, there was an immediate bond between him and I. It was an amazing feeling knowing that I gave life to this little man and my body was supplying his food.
My son is now 9 months old and I have nursed him all 9 months. He doesn’t like to drink out of a bottle so I only pump once in a blue moon. Mainly just to get a little milk supply saved in case of an emergency. I am very lucky to be able to be by his side at all times so we just nurse on demand. After these 9 months, I’ve thought of many reasons why I breastfeed.
- There is a special bond you feel with your baby.
- You don’t have to spend money on formula and baby water.
- I don’t have to wake up to go make a bottle in the middle of the night.
- He sleeps beside of me, so nursing through the night is very easy for us.
- When we go somewhere, I don’t have to get bottles prepared to take with us.
- We will never run out of formula.
- I know my breast milk is healthier for him.
- Nursing comforts him.
- Nursing is very time consuming, but during this time I get to relax with my baby.
- I am the healthiest I have ever been, due to eating well and taking prenatal vitamins.
- It inspires me to be a better mother. He depends on me to always be by his side, be healthy, and take care of myself so I can take care of him.
I’m very thankful that my sister asked me this question because it really made me realize how lucky I truly am. I never really sat down and actually thought, “Why did I chose to Breastfeed,” until now. However, I know our breastfeeding adventure is coming to an end soon. My son is getting teeth, eating solid foods, and slowly becoming more interested in bottles. At a year old, I plan to introduce cow’s milk so I will no longer need to nurse him. I have become so used to nursing that I am going to miss it. It warms by heart to know that we have made it this far. I’m just sad because he is growing up so fast and may possibly be my last baby.
Whether you choose to bottle feed or nurse, there are pros and cons to both. All that really matters is that you are doing what you feel is best for your baby. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby, and most of all do what makes you both Happy!!