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:
- She likes it!
- Breast milk is a healthy snack, available anywhere when I am with her
- Breastfeeding 2 years or more lowers your risk of breast cancer by 25%
- I do not need to worry about her nutritional intake
- It is comforting to her
- Breastfeeding gives us some Mommy and daughter snuggle time
- She never misses a meal
- It keeps her healthy by providing antibodies
- There are benefits science has yet to find out about
- 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!
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:
- Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for babies at each stage of development.
- Your milk is more easily digested than formula.
- Your baby is less likely to die of SIDS.
- Breastfed babies are more protected against illness, therefore
- Babies who are breastfed get sick less often.
- Breast milk is ready on demand and comes in a nicer package than formula.
- Breastfeeding promotes bonding between the mother and baby.
- It is less expensive than formula.
- Breast milk is green! No packaging to throw away and there are fewer resources used to produce it, compared to formula.
- Breast milk tastes better than formula. Try it. Continue reading “Why Breastfeed?”
Before my six year old daughter Ari was born, I had already started to “go green” (although I’m not sure I would’ve known that term then). I used cloth diapers and made her food at home rather than buy it, but there also was a lot I didn’t know. With the birth of my second daughter I made a lot of changes. One of those changes was in how I cleaned.
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