KBBF2013 – The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

So it’s the first day of the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2013. It feels like I’ve been waiting for this day for ages! But it is finally here, I’ve prepared all my posts and I’m ready to begin. I haven’t posted any breastfeeding photos on my blog before, but I’ve decided to be brave and share some of our intimate moments with everyone.

Happy reading and hunting and most of all KEEP BRITAIN BREASTFEEDING!!!!!

My first breastfeeding experience...
My first breastfeeding experience…

Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby. Breastfeeding protects your baby from infections and diseases. Don’t ask me how this happens, it baffles me, but somehow a woman’s body makes and supplies everything their baby needs when the baby needs it. I just love how it’s available on tap, when P2 cries for food, out come my boobs and she feeds and it’s at the perfect temperature – no bottles, no sterilising, no heating, no checking on your wrist. It’s free. Absolutely completely and utterly free! What’s better than that?! Formula milk is so expensive and it’s a huge weight lifted off our backs to not have to worry about buying milk each week.

 

I have such a strong bond with P2. I hate to admit it, but it’s definitely stronger than the bond I had with P1 when she was a newborn. I know that P2 is dependent on me, I’m the only one in this world that can give her exactly what she craves. I’m her lifeline. Because of that it gives me such a great sense of achievement and accomplishment.

 

I never wanted to breastfeed for long this time round. I was worried about feeling embarrassed. I agreed to feed her for the first few weeks, but then weeks grew to months and now I just don’t know when I’ll stop, maybe when she feels it’s right for her to stop. When she doesn’t need me as much. There’s also some great health benefits for me too, once again I have no idea how but by breastfeeding I have lowered the risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer. I’m also naturally using up to 500 calories a day which means I technically will be losing my baby fat quicker.

She fell asleep hugging her boobie...
She fell asleep hugging her boobie…

The most satisfying bit about all the benefits of breastfeeding is, of course, the way it benefits our daughter. She doesn’t have to wait for her bottle when she’s hungry. There’s also less chance of her getting an upset stomach, or vomiting and having to go to hospital because of that. Babies apparently get fewer chest and ear infections. Now breastfed babies are not indestructible, but breast milk is made on demand, it’s made full of goodness so they are also less likely to become constipated.

 

I just really believe that breast is definitely best. I never thought so, I couldn’t see any benefit of doing it except that it was free. But I’m so glad I’ve gone 19 weeks of giving my beautiful daughter boobie juice when she demands it. And hey, my boobs are amazingly big now.

 

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105 comments

  1. I love it when they fall asleep feeding – my daughter also used to hug the boob, as if she was afraid it would run away while she slept.

  2. Got to be the closeness, just love the looks baby gives me when feeding, very special moments.

  3. Leanne Lancaster

    The simplicity of it- baby is hungry, boob out, baby on. Simple as 1-2-3!
    No fuss and its perfectly adapted to your little one. Just perfect x

  4. I love knowing its the best nutrition for my baby and for free!

  5. My best benefit is the Immediate night feeds – no waiting for a bottle to warm just out of the crib and straight in for milk and snuggles with Mummy!

  6. breast feeding my children was the best thing i could ever do it gave me a bond i couldnt get any other way. in the middle of the night i shared special time without having to get up and walk through the house in the winter to warm a bottle. i used to take my baby out of the cot/moses basket and snuggled in a nice warm bed breast feeding. it was truly a magical time and i breast fed until my babys weaned themself off the boob around 11 months

  7. I love that breastfeeding my daughter gave her all the nutrition she needed for her first six months, as well as a lot of comfort. I hate that so many people think it’s weird to breastfeed beyond six months, let alone longer.

    My favourite breastfeeding benefit has to be the convenience!

  8. I adore watching my 13week old and my 2.5 year old hold hands whilst they tandem feed, breastfeeding has helped them bond and they both have a huge love of the milk!!

  9. I loved the bond I felt with my son. I hated that I missed out on some social occasions as I was banished to another room to feed him. I breastfed him for 4 months, I’m pregnant again and intend to last a lot longer than that this time.

  10. Helps to lose some of that pregnancy weight

  11. I love that it’s a special bond that only the two of us have, knowing he’s getting everything he needs from me and no-one else can provide in that way.

  12. I love most the pure look of love I see in my babies eyes as he looks up from the breast. I hate BITING! Ouch

  13. My best benefit is that I get to snuggle my baby more than anyone else 🙂

  14. What I love the most is the how close I feel to my daughter and the bond it’s created. What I dislike is that breastfeeding is not the norm and breastfeeding mums are made to feel as if they should either cover up, hide or not feed in public 🙁

  15. Favourite Breastfeeding Benefit: That it’s always available

  16. The best thing about breastfeeding is being able to comfort your baby almost instantly day or night at home or out and about. The disadvantage is you have to be there whenever your baby may demand this comfort or plan in advance to leave expressed milk with an alternative caregiver.

    I’m breastfeeding my second child. I breastfed my first for 15 months I think, until she decided she didn’t want it any more and intend to do the same with my son but it has been a lot harder the 2nd time round for loads of reasons.

  17. I love that it is simply me giving him all his nourishment! He is just so perfect and its because of me (and my husband sometimes if I express)- we have struggled through 9 weeks of thrush and 12 weeks of reflux and despite even health professionals telling me to switch him onto formula I was determined to keep going. I’m so glad I have and I have now had 2 weeks of wonderful feeding and bonding time with my lovely little boy. I now plan once he has been weaned to train to become a counsellor we can keep britain breasfeeding 🙂

  18. I like that it gives my baby all she needs – she was a teeny 4lb-er when she was born and has grown brilliantly. It’s lovely to know my body can provide for her still.
    I find it harder feeding in public, trying to be discreet and still be efficient. I also find cluster feeding hard – I become so drained! Good job I’ve got a lovely husband to look after me!

  19. I’m not sure I can pick one favourite benefit!! But the ones that keep me going are – knowing I’m giving my DS the best nutrition, not having to sterilise/wash/wait for bottles to cool and being able to eat as much chocolate cake as I like 🙂

  20. I am still breastfeeding my little boy who is now 7 months old. I plan to continue to at least a year and then see what I am comfortable with beyond that. It was very hard in the early days but I am so glad that I was stubborn enough to stick with it through everything. I love the closeness it brings, and on the more practical side the convenience and financial benefits can’t be ignored. I am now very rarely self-concious about feeding when out and about but sometimes do feel myself getting defensive if I feel people watching me. I hate how judgemental some people are, and have been amazed to encounter this in fellow mums more than anyone else. My choices aren’t a deliberate rejection or judgement of what other mums have chosen is best suited to them and their baby, motherhood is a tough job and I take my hat off to everyone who does it. We all have anxieties over the decisions we have to make and guilt often follows – I wish more women could try to empathise with each other over these common challenges and worries rather than lashing out and getting nasty. Doesn’t really put us in a good light does it?

  21. The close, quiet time with your little one, forces you to stop, slow down and appreciate the moment

  22. Love the fact that it is readily available for baby whenever, hate the fact that some people have distorted views of breastfeeding

  23. Having your hands free

  24. I love that no matter where we were or what we were doing we could feed anywhere anytime no bottles, no sterilising 🙂

  25. Catherine Miller

    I can’t answer the questions with anything other than expectations. I’m expecting twins any day now and my biggest worry is whether I will manage it with two and whether one pair of hands will ever be enough! Going to give it my best shot though!

  26. The best benefit for me is the time and money I have saved as well as the close bond it helped me form with my baby boy x

  27. Lovely photos 🙂 And a great first post too. Look forward to reading more throughout the week x

  28. I love the bonding and the smiles i get when feeding my baby. i also love all the benefit factors of breastfeeding.. what i hate about breastfeeding is how hard growth spurts are 🙁 but we are strong and can get throw them!!

  29. What I love about breastfeeding is that I am potentially lowering the risk that my little girl may suffer from allergies, eczema and asthma all of which I suffer from. What I hate about breastfeeding is the negative comments some people give 🙁

  30. I love that I can fix anything that’s gone wrong, instantly

  31. One great benefit is an excuse to wear comfortable bras and loose clothes! Lovely pictures btw.

  32. One huge benefit of breastfeeding is the amount of weight I lost whilst feeding my sons! Plus it was free and mostly easy, no kettles to boil or bottles to clean.

  33. I’m totally disorganised so my favourite benefit is that I don’t have to remember it! I don’t have to remember to buy it at the supermarket, I don’t have to remember to pack it when we go out for the day and I don’t have to remember how to serve or prepare it. It’s natures best fast food for babies!

    At 17 months we have thrush for the first time though. It’s a killer but there’s no way I’m stopping yet.

  34. For me it is the convenience and the cost! I don’t have to worry about sterilising and making up bottles and I don’t have to fork our for formula. Knowing that the milk my body makes has nourished both of my children is very special.

  35. Another Goldfish

    It’s cheaper and eco-friendly! Not sure what I’d hate about it…

  36. Very beautiful pictures of you and your little girl.

  37. I love absolutely everything about feeding. The bond, the excuse for cuddles now she is 2 and too busy. I love how I can comfort her when shes poorly and pump her full of anti bodies x

  38. Claire-Louise Nickelson

    I planned to breastfeed for exclusively for the first 6 months and up to two years… but I dont think I realised what that really meant. I definitely didn’t know before my daughter was born that I’d be lying here now feeding a 3.4 year old as we cosleep! Due with number two in September and the possibility i will be tandem feeding is also very high… it’s definitely been a journey so far and one I will forever cherish…

  39. I love the way that his chubby legs and arms and contented face are because of me and my milk. It gives me a great sense of achievement.

  40. my favourite thing about breastfeeding is that I can pack my bag and have it in the car ready to go anytime. I never have to worry about whether I have a fresh feed.

  41. I developed an abscess early days- the pain of breast feeding through that was an all time low. 2 years on though we are still going strong. I have a little boy who is hardly ever ill, when he is i know breastfeeding comforts and helps. I love it!

  42. I love that my milk is ready instantly but hate the fact that I leak all the time!

  43. Alexandra willetts

    My favourite thing about breastfeeding is the sense of pride I get knowing that my chunk is getting everything he needs and i made it, breastfeeding can be hard for some so it’s nice to know that I was able to achieve it, 3rd time lucky mind, down side is lack of knowledges especially if no one else in your family bf, my 1st 2 were awful attempts at bf because I never got the support x

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      I totally agree. First time round I think I could have got a lot more support, this time it’s been fantastic.

  44. It’s good foe them, the biological norm. It’s good for me, my family is cancer prone so every feed helps protect me and her. It’s quite time. It’s cuddles. It’s free. It’s beautiful. I couldn’t feed her any other way : )
    My baby boy self weaned at 27 months and I plan to let the newbie self wean too.

  45. I think for me the biggest benefit is the money we’ve saved and can spend on other things, we’ve had big period of unemployment and being able to feed the baby and not worry about whether we can afford to has been very reassuring

  46. I love not having to get bottles made up, I am too lazy for that

  47. There’s so many, but probably the convinience of it! So easy when out and about!

  48. The health benefits and it’s so convenient, can’t forget to take my boobies when i leave the house lol! And I love that roll-eye that he does when he first latches on – like it’s such a relief to get on!

  49. My favourite breastfeeding benefit is the bond I have with my baby girl… I just love when she smiles at me whilst still latched on. I also love how big my boobs now are!!!

  50. Love the booby hug photo

  51. that happy content face with milky dribbles and red flushed cheeks after a feed 🙂

  52. I never felt comfortable breastfeeding in public as I felt my body was on show

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      That was the main reason I didn’t want to do it before she was born. That feeling has definitely gone away now though. X

  53. Lovely blog, really made me smile. Breastfeeding is amazing in so many ways, I love knowing that when my little lad is off his food (he’s 18 months now) either ill or teething he’ll still have his milky cuddles and is getting the nutrition, as well a the antibodies from me and most of all comfort.
    p.s. breastmilk is much better than a saline nasal spray for a blocked nose on a bubba

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      Is it tough breastfeeding a toddler?

      • It’s so much easier than feeding a newborn, no worrying about positioning, show him a boob and he just latches on himself, there’s no worries about the amount he’s getting as he has three meals a day and snacks as well most days, (that’s a big one for us I had huge struggles with low supply when he was little). It also has new benefits; my son is a dare-devil there is nothing that soothes his aches after a fall than a milky cuddle, it’s almost instantly calming. Yes he’s more more likely to get distracted and boob-nastics can be interesting, but there’s nothing cuter than he looking up at me after a feed with a huge grin and saying mmmmm.

        • lifewithpinkprincesses

          My MiL breastfed until 20months. I always felt a little uncomfortable but I’m dreading the time when I stop.

  54. I love the photo’s! Thanks for sharing. I love the fact that its free and there is no panicing when the supermarkets run out of formula!

  55. what i love most is that i have no pnd this time and i put it all down to bf. What i hate is that it is not seen as normal by the majority.

  56. Milky smiles, i’m just starting to get lots of these, lovely,

  57. I love breastfeeding, the closeness and comfort it brings for both mummy and baby. I feel breastfeeding had helped me to overcome pnd whilst still maintaining a strong bond with my baby.

  58. Giving my daughter a good start in life.

  59. Knowing their getting the best!!

  60. Victoria Androsova

    bonding

  61. Mama Bec (@becb1984)

    Well done on getting to 19 weeks, I hope you are able to continue for as long as you like!!

  62. Beautiful photos :-). I love knowing I’ve given my son the best start in life.

  63. What I love most about breastfeeding is how close it’s made us in such an easy way and what I hate is….well, hate is a strong word. I don’t think I “hate” anything! I may find it a little challenging when my daughter gets her nipple twiddling on!

  64. A benefit I love is getting quiet cuddles with my busy toddler. Such a gorgeous pic by the way!!

  65. I love everything about it as you said. Also, the milkie smiles, her hands stroking or squeezing me whilst feeding.

  66. The bond between me and my boy, still at 11 months I’m able to comfort him with my milk. Lovely x

  67. I definitely think breastfeeding is good if you can do it as remember not all mums are able to do it. I’m convinced my little one didn’t get colds etc as bad as some of his little friends who were bottle fed x

  68. I love those bonding boob feeding snuggle moments 🙂

  69. I believe it keeps my child from infections xx

  70. I love the way my little girl holds onto me when I am feeding her and the huge bushbaby eyes that look up at me. Is just so convenient too

  71. I love knowing that I am protecting my daughter against ezcema and asthma as I have both. I’m finding it easier this time than with my first daughter as she was tongue tied and find I am enjoying it much more this time.

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      There’s so many long term benefits. It’s great. I wonder if all animals get the same benefits.

  72. opps forgot to say, the thing I love most about breastfeeding is, how close I am to my daughter and how I am the only one who is able to feed her all the goodness that she needs. Cant say I hate too much about feeding only 1 thing is I hate leaking all the time. It’s no fun having wet patches over your clothes regularly.

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      Have you tried little lamb washable breast pads. They are amazing! I have to wear them daily as I’m the same.

  73. Favourite Breastfeeding Benefit: I do not have to worry about sterilising, buying formula and we can just get up, pack a few nappies and go. Not to mention the health benefits for both Bubba and me

  74. Favourite Breastfeeding benefit: it’s reducing both our chances of getting breast and ovarian cancers.
    I’ve been breastfeeding for nearly 22 months. What I like most is how useful it is when my daughter hurts herself. I hate that my nipples are sore feeding her through pregnancy.

  75. It’s never been easy for me and I’ve struggled with pain both times. I’m still glad I’ve done it though

  76. I breast feed, my baby girl is now 9 weeks old! I love how close we feel and this amazing bond we have. I hate how people make you feel un-comfy when you feed in public and set up fb pages against it.

  77. Omgoddness! That post nearly made me cry (probably the hormones though!) I love breastfeeding so much, I love the way that my little girl is growing and putting on weight well and its all me, how she seams to cuddle me when I feed her. Its so cute! My favorite benefit at the moment is that breast milk is a great cure for sticky eyes, my daughter got a ‘poorly’ eye and I just squirted some milk into it (which she seamed to love as it hit her face!) and its healing up really fast 🙂

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      Oooo I hadn’t heard of that benefit. Thank you for sharing. Well done on sticking with breastfeeding.

  78. My favourite benefit of breastfeeding is the closeness to your child, and 2nd best is the convenience!
    I am breastfeeding my youngest now, like you i found it harder with my 1st and never thought i would really like it, but now I do enjoy feeding him and like the benefits of it, so glad i stuck with it!

  79. I love most the fact that my daughter is getting the right food and comfort for her, not milk stolen from calves. I hate most that breastfeeding needs to be renormalised in this culture, so we are fighting entrenched ignorance and misinformation.

    • lifewithpinkprincesses

      I feel like a cow some days 🙂 breastfeeding seems to be this unusual thing, but it reality it’s the most natural and we are the only mammal to not feed our babies. Thank you for reading.

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