There's so many opinions about breastfeeding out there. You shouldn't nurse for more than a year. Nursing makes your kids clingy and you baby spoil them. It's disgusting. You should never do it public. The list goes on. I have had my fair share of rude comments from family, friends, strangers, and even doctors and pediatricians. I feel like our society has grown to see boobs as only one thing, sexual, instead of what they are really for, nursing. Here's my personal opinion from my own experience with breastfeeding but please be WARNED before you hit "Read More" ... there will be more breastfeeding pictures throughout my post. If you don't care for breastfeeding please just view my other posts and skip this one. This post is not made to upset or cause conflicts but instead inspire and applaud all breastfeeding mothers around the world.
Breastfeeding! What can I say. In my eyes it's the most amazing bond a mother could ever have with their child. I say breastfeed for as long as your child wants. I have two beautiful daughters and both have been breastfed. My first one, Bella, was breastfed for 8 months. I cried when I ran into issues and dried up. All this happened shortly after my husband deployed and I think the stress and depression of deployments got to me and dried me up. It was the worse feeling in the world. I felt like I had failed her. She wanted to nurse but there was nothing there. I was devastated and even more depressed.
I am currently still proudly breastfeeding my almost 20 month old daughter Isabelle who's currently dealing with a bad cold and high fevers. Almost all morning I laid with her in bed and nursed her. She was constantly switching from one boob to another and I didn't mind. She's not feeling well and nursing helps her feel comfort and loved. Not just that but a mother's milk is the best thing you can give to your little one when they're sick. It gives them vitamins, water, nutrition, and best of all immunity all at once. My daughter loves to eat but these last few days she's barely ate anything but I can assure you that she has had lots of water and mommy's milk to help her feel better. She's currently taking a nap which I had put her down for while breastfeeding. A mother's milk has many uses. It's natural, it's free, and it's the best thing you can give to your child so I say go for it and keep on going. Your baby will never get everything that breast-milk gives them from any kind of formula. It will never compare. Below is a list of the difference between formula and breast-milk.
Breastfeeding is hard at first, it's not a walk in the park, but it's not impossible. It is the most natural and healthy thing a mother could ever do with their child, and not just human mothers but any mammal. Breastfeeding is not just beneficial for the baby but as well as for the mom. Breastfeeding helps a mom not fall into post-partum depression, helps their uterus shrink back to it's normal size, helps you loose weight, and best of all it's free. How can you beat free!!! Formula is a fortune but breast-milk is free, portable, and it's beneficial to both you and your baby. How awesome is that! Below I have posted a few pictures of gorgeous mothers breastfeeding their little ones, from the smallest to the largest. There's no better bond than that of a mother and a child when they're nursing.
In today's society here in the US (I say US cause I haven't been to other countries to know) it is disgusting, unaccepted, and unnatural from a huge percentage of our population. I've had my share of rude stares, rude comments, and even terrible attitudes. I usually cover up or make it to where my boob doesn't show to the whole world, mostly cause I'm a little self-conscious but also to avoid sassy attitudes from others. Take it from my own experience, whether you cover up or not, whether you hide in a car or breastfeed on a bench, whether you just pop out your boob in the middle of the street or discretely cover up and nurse under your blanket, you will always get rude stares, comments, or something from someone at one point during your time of breastfeeding. It may not be today or tomorrow but there's always that one close minded person that can't stand to see it or even know that you do it so all breastfeeding mama's out there... go for it! It's your boob, your child, and if he/she is hungry, feed them. It's natural and beautiful so don't let any negativity get in the way of that. Everyone does their nursing in different ways and every kids likes to nurse differently. My daughter hates to be covered and loves to have one boob in her mouth and the other one in her hand (I'm telling you she's greedy when it comes to food) so nurse whichever way makes you and your little one happy. Some babies do like to be covered or have a blanket, others don't Who cares what others think. Breastfeeding is normal. Boobs were made to feed not for sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is just a plus :D but don't let negative people get to you. You shouldn't hide from the world. The best thing you can do is feed your child. Worse is if you don't feed them. And if someone tells you something negative, just ignore it and keep on feeding. Sometimes silence can speak louder than words. ;)
Now here's why I have chosen to breastfeed. Like I said before, breastfeeding has many pros to it. The only con I find to breastfeeding is our society and peer pressure. When I first got pregnant I had no idea what I wanted to do. Breastfeed, bottle feed, formula feed, or how to even hold a bottle and a baby at the same time... how to hold a baby period. But I learned. The minute I had my daughter and was able to hold her for the very first time I knew she was everything to me and I knew that nursing was the way to go. I did a lot of research during my pregnancy about breastfeeding and formula and the one that really convinced me the most is everything that your child and yourself can benefit from from breastfeeding versus what little formula does. Now please don't get me wrong. Breastfeeding is not for everyone, not everyone can breastfeed or have complications like I did my first time around, or just choose not too and that's ok. In my books, if you're child is being fed that's good with me. I don't discriminate with any decision. Like I said this is my personal opinion. Just want to leave that part very clear with everyone. :) Below is a chart of Breast-milk vs Formula which is what convinced me to breastfeed.
These two charts are the reasons why I decided to breastfeed. The list I was shown was much much larger than this. Formula ingredients alone was about maybe 3 pages while the ingredients of breast milk was over 12 pages long. I was shocked at how much our bodies can do and knew that this was the best option for me. I can't say this enough though, if you choose to formula feed I don't judge. Everyone is different and in this world we have to be supportive of one another instead of bashing each other of whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding. The choice is yours and only yours!!
My daughter is almost 20 months and though I don't breastfeed her full time I still nurse her every day, 3-4 times a day. Usually in the morning before breakfast, nap time, and before going to bed at night. Sometimes at another point in the day. I leave it up to her. If she wants it she'll let me know. I will continue to breastfeed her till she's ready to let go. Some kids take longer than others but I wouldn't trade it for the world. It's good for me and for her and I will not rush her out of this amazing bonding time we get to spend with each other every day.
What are your personal thoughts on breastfeeding? Do you plan on breastfeeding? Is there inspirational stories that you would like to share with us? Feel free to comment below and share your own personal experience. Please no rude comments. We are each entitled to our own opinions and ways. If you liked this article please share with your friends and families.
Disclaimer: This post is composed of my own opinions from my own experience in breastfeeding. Please be kind and respectful to others that have chosen to breastfeed or formula feed. This post is just to put my opinion about breastfeeding and to show how happy I am to still be able to breastfeed and bond with my little one. Every mother is different and is allowed to have their own style, choice, and opinion on the topic. All rude and negative comments will be deleted. Lets keep happy and positive vibes going to all mothers out there. Lets live in peace and harmony with each other and accept each other's differences. Mahalo!
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