Why I Chose to Breastfeed My Baby


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 cows 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!!

 

15 thoughts on “Why I Chose to Breastfeed My Baby

  1. Lamora

    This is a good reminder. I have a little 10 month old myself. Sometimes I can’t wait to wean him because it can be exhausting sometimes- and painful other times (he has four teeth!)- but the good outweighs the bad.

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  2. Savannah (@HowHesRaised)

    I love this so much!! Currently nursing my 21 month old and, though we are well into weaning, I do love the special bond that it has given us. I love the convenience of using my boobs for everything – comfort, to soothe a fussy baby, etc. Thanks for such a great reminder ❤

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    • thetaylor411

      Thanks Savannah!! I actually didn’t realize how much I love it until I recently decided to ween. After a day I then realized I wasn’t ready yet and neither was my child. Within that day it made me realize how special nursing is 😊

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  3. Nadya

    Thank you for sharing!

    I was not able to nurse my oldest, but when my daughter was born I was determined to make it work, and it works! We are 6 months into EBFing!

    I like all the reasons you have listed, and some of them really made me think that I should take a bit better care of myself. 😉

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  4. afrugaldesteny

    It’s kinda funny, my initial reason for choosing to breastfeed was because of the price of formula 🙂 I mean, all your other reasons apply now, but before my daughter was born, I knew it would save me money! So I knew it was the right choice for us!

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  5. 2momsandababyblog

    I’m so glad you were able to be successful on this journey!! Definitely cherish the moments!

    I, unfortunately, was unable to breastfeed my son (I have IGT so my supply was practically non existent) and it makes me so sad to think about all the things both him and I are missing out on.

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    • thetaylor411

      I’m sorry!!! This also happened with my first son. I wasn’t producing enough so I had to supplement and he writes himself
      early. As long as you two are together and you are enjoying as much as you can with him then you aren’t missing out. It’s the bond with the child and I’m sure you have a great one, that’s all that really matters ❤️️ hugs momma!

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