Importance of breastfeeding

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about the importance of breastfeeding. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!


 

Breastfeeding was so important to me with my daughter. I really felt that the research shows it is good for kids and good for mommies. Now, there is evidence that it helps stave off postpartum depression as well, which I didn't know at the time. But, I thought it was important. However, I didn't know how truly important it could be. Since breastfeeding didn't work out with my daughter, I was dying to breastfeed my son. And, by then, I knew the benefits.

My daughter got sick quite often. I had postpartum depression. I didn't feel like I bonded well with my daughter. She had really bad colic. I really wanted to see if things went better when I breastfed my son. And they did.

My son almost never gets sick. I didn't get postpartum depression. He wasn't really colicky. He still had a wheat intolerance for a while, but it was managable. And, the biggest thing was the bonding. I bonded with my son right away and very tightly. The bond I developed with my son actually built a better bond with my daughter. Now, I'm really strongly bonded to both of them. We are so close and I love it. Breastfeeding wasn't the only factor, but it was a significant one.

Plus, the breastfeeding has given me a really selfish benefit. The intimacy of breastfeeding has helped me through a lot. I have gone through feeling abandoned by my spouse as he was having an affair and drawing away and I have been going through a nasty divorce. Intimacy with my baby has helped a lot. And, there is not a need to try to get my kids to draw closer to me to help me out. The intimacy is just there. Plus, the bonding with both kids is just there. So, I can be a parent to them, not a needy mess, but I still get that closeness and love that I need. I can't tell you how much that has helped.

Breastfeeding helps build a closeness in fmailies that our current society often doesn't have. Working in hospitals, I see the sick abandoned by their families all the time. People move away when things get too messy or too intimate. Breastfeeding creates that intimacy and can be a messy and complicated process. As a result, I am going to be more prepared to always be there for my children, no matter how sticky, messy, and tough.

I really believe in breastfeeding. It was never easy for me. I have struggled with breastfeeding. My son and I are not pros. Plus, pumping is a pain and I work full-time, so pumping is essential to keep breastfeeding. But, I am dedicated to breastfeeding for the bond, the benefits, and the sheer "wow" factor.

That moment when I am feeding my son and look into his eyes is more stunning than the most beautiful scenery and more amazing than the best Olympic feat.

 


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I'm so glad that

I'm so glad that breastfeeding has given you such a strong bond with your son and improved your bond with your daughter. The bond between Mother and child is SO beautiful and comforting in the darkest of days!

Submitted by Whitney (not verified) on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 16:02.

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