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I'm about ready to quit (for a variety of reasons) and could use some motivation.
What do you like best about BFing (or EPing)?
DS weaned himself about 2 weeks ago, and what I already miss most about it is the closeness. He's so active! BFing used to be his relaxed/cuddle time.
Jaffytaffy:It makes me feel like I'm special to her because it's something only she and I share and no one else can give it to her. Plus I love how good it is for her and how healthy she is!
This is my reason.... and it's not that breastmilk is healthier than formula it is that formula is a sub-standard food for babies. Breastmilk isn't food.
All of the above.
I give DD 1 bottle a day - so DH can feed her and she gets her vitamin in it. I hate washing that one bottle....couldn't imagine having to deal with multiple bottles all day long. No thanks!
squishles10:1. Not cleaning bottles. 2. Instant food= less screaming baby. Other than that I hate it. I'm always in a struggle to produce enough, try to find a place to feed him in public, and he eats more often so I feel like he's attached to me some days. I don't stop because I feel guilty, and that is the ONLY reason.
I agree with this. I have been having supply issues since she was born so I have had many a tear over BFing. Some days I do want to quit, but it seems silly to say "I can't EBF so I won't BF at all."
I hate hate HATE the smell of formula and I can't stand the fact that I'm putting it inside my baby. The bottles don't bug me so much -- we probably don't give her more bottles of formula per day than she would get of expressed milk were I EBF. But I can't say I love how long it takes, vs how long it takes to just drink a bottle. I just keep telling myself how much better BM is for her. It's worth all the trouble.
For me, it is definitely the closeness with LO. I love the faces that he makes at me and having him drift to sleep on me.
Bonuses include convenience, cost, health benefits, diapers are less smelly...
If all else fails nursing will make DS fall asleep, both for bedtime and naptime.
I can nurse DS in the morning hours and he will almost always go back to sleep and cuddle with me till at least 8am.
It helped me lose a lot of weight after having DS.
The closeness with DS and I.
It's cheaper than formula.
Lastly, he is so comforted by it. "When in doubt, whip it out." lol My motto when he gets upset.
I love how happy DS is during and after nursing, once he gets satisfied. He will pull back and give me this drunken, milky grin with milk running down his chin. It's gorgeous.
I love the snuggly closeness.
I love how proud I am knowing that all his awesome healthy weight gain came from me.
Also, I'm lazy and it's way easier than formula.