She’s Still Nursing?

At two and a half years old, Abby is still a nursling. I often get raised eyebrows and questions when people find out. Here are ten reasons my active toddler still nurses:

  1. She likes it!
  2. Breast milk is a healthy snack, available anywhere when I am with her
  3. Breastfeeding 2 years or more lowers your risk of breast cancer by 25%
  4. I do not need to worry about her nutritional intake
  5. It is comforting to her
  6. Breastfeeding gives us some Mommy and daughter snuggle time
  7. She never misses a meal
  8. It keeps her healthy by providing antibodies
  9. There are benefits science has yet to find out about
  10. She likes it!

My mother thinks I breastfeed still because I want more “baby time” (which is true) but it can be a pain more often than it is fun. Yes, she nurses while I write a post, talk on the phone, watch tv, try to go to sleep, grade papers, think, sleep, relax. Anytime I sit down, there is a fairly good chance Abby will run over and want to nurse. Mostly, I do it because I love her and want to provide her with the best. Right now, breastfeeding is best!

Why Breastfeed?

As a mother, making the decision whether to breastfeed can be difficult. Hectic schedules, sensitive breasts, and the need for your constant presence can make breast feeding seem challenging. But breastfeeding is natural; it is your body’s way of nourishing your child perfectly. Here are 35 reasons why you should consider breastfeeding:

  1. Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for babies at each stage of development.
  2. Your milk is more easily digested than formula.
  3. Your baby is less likely to die of SIDS.
  4. Breastfed babies are more protected against illness, therefore
  5. Babies who are breastfed get sick less often.
  6. Breast milk is ready on demand and comes in a nicer package than formula.
  7. Breastfeeding promotes bonding between the mother and baby.
  8. It is less expensive than formula.
  9. Breast milk is green! No packaging to throw away and there are fewer resources used to produce it, compared to formula.
  10. Breast milk tastes better than formula. Try it. Continue reading “Why Breastfeed?”