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When you get pregnant, you may not be thinking about how you'll actually feed the baby once he gets here. You may just be trying to get through the morning sickness in the first and second trimesters and the exhaustion and puffiness in the third. Then all of a sudden (after 9 months of course), baby is here and the two of you begin your breastfeeding journey. Sometimes the late nights can provide a grim picture so just to remind you, here is why you, too, should heart nursing babies:
1. It's FREE! That's right folks. It doesn't cost a dime. Nothing. Nada. Diapers, wipes, Those things can add up. Not to mention all the toys and clothes baby needs. And how about that detergent for baby's clothes? So while you're saving your cash on baby's food, you can always treat yourself to some fabulous nursing clothes?
2. The milk is ALWAYS the right temperature. You'll never have to deal with boiling water or a refrigerator. In the middle of the night, you merely have to put baby's mouth to your breast and it's the perfect temp. No warming up a bottle while you're half asleep.
3. You know that baby is getting the right amount of nutrition. Breastmilk is pretty amazing stuff. It's jam-packed with nutrients and all these other great things that your little one needs. And you don't have to do anything! It's all right in there! Woohoo!
4. You don't have to wash extra dishes. Bottle washing, in particular, can be a cumbersome task. Ever been to a friend's house where they've got multiple drying rack trees stacked with upside down bottles? No fumbling with a bottle brush, no chapped dishwashing hands, more counter space. It's a win-win-win.
5. It's very soothing for baby. Breastfeeding doesn't just fill up baby's tummy, it also give him comfort. He loves the feeling he gets from being held and cuddled and fed.
6. It's very soothing for mom (after the initial pain/frustration subsides). Once you and baby are in a nursing groove, breastfeeding can be really comforting to mom too. It's so relaxing, in fact, that sometimes it'll knock you right out!
7. It makes you indispensable. Not that you were worried. But it totally makes you No. 1 to baby. That, of course, can also be tough if you have to leave and baby doesn't want you to go...but just think how great it is to be that important to someone?
The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.