Tuesday, September 2, 2008

To nurse or not to nurse....

I nursed both of my kids until they were about a year old. I have to say I loved it, but I know it isn't the same for every woman. I think the most important thing to keep in mind when your just starting to nurse is to just relax. Your baby will get feed. Women have been doing this for thousands of years. I don't know of any baby that starved from nursing. I know my biggest concern was that my baby wasn't getting enough to eat. I was religious about doing 20 minutes exactly on each side. My best advice - let your baby lead the way. He or she knows what they need. Occasionally, you are going to have to wake your baby up because he will want to sleep through the feeding, but overall just let your child guide you. I personally, liked having my kids on a feeding schedule, but other moms nurse when they think their child is hungry. Do what is best for you and for your child. The benefits of nursing your baby far out weigh the negatives so give it all you've got. I promise it will be worth it in the end. Here are just of few of the positives I received from nursing my children:

1. Convenient feedings - no messy bottles

2. Spit up and poops are much less smelly

3. I lost 60 lbs! ( you burn 500 to 1000 calories a day nursing)

4. Bonding with your baby

5. Soooo much cheaper (formula is $26 a can)

6. My 3 year old and my 19 month old have only been to the doctor once for an illness

7. Bigger boobs (who doesn't like that!?!)

Keep trying - don't give up - you CAN do this! Check out my side bar for a FREE nursing kit. It is a great deal.


marlatiara said...

I really liked this post a lot (I found you via moneysavingmom). Thank you!

Amanda said...

Loving your nursing post. As a mom to three (nursing my 7mo old now), I'd love to say the bigger boobs thing lasts. But, sigh, it was not to be for me! Someday I know others will take her attention from me, but for now, at least, she's all mine!