Welcome to March’s Carnival of Breastfeeding
I wasn’t able to join last month’s carnival on breastfeeding challenges. This month’s topic is on the joys of breastfeeding and what I like best about it. I think I’m actually on the tail end of my breastfeeding journey with Naima. She is already 2.3 years old and nurses only at night. So, here are the 5 things I love about breastfeeding

1. Limitless health benefits – Almost every month, I read about new research on more breastfeeding benefits. I’ve never encountered research on breastfeeding as being bad for babies but rather on how formula approximates breast milk.

2. Ease, convenience and instant food – Stan and I are travel bugs and I can only imagine the horrors of traveling with a formula can, gallons of mineral water, sterilizer, bottles – we’d be over our baggage allowance even without Stan’s photography gear!

3. Savings savings savings! – Cans of formula milk range from 800pesos – 1,200 pesos for one week’s consumption. Plus, you have to purchase feeding bottles, sterilizers, WATER, etc. etc.. Added to this would be health care costs of taking care of a sick child. Several studies have established that breastfed babies are generally healthier than formula-fed babies (see #1). This means that annually, you will be spending at least 45,000 pesos to feed your baby.

4. Quick comfort – New moms often complain about how their babies are always attached to them 24/7. My sister tells me that even after Anya just fed, she would still cry and can only be soothed at the breast. A lot of moms end up questioning if they have enough milk since their babies never seem to be satisfied. Thus, when everyone else around them starts questioning their milk supply, they become disheartened and turn to supplements. Moms (and everyone else around them) actually tend to forget that breastfeeding is just not for food but also for comfort. Your baby was thrust into a cold world from the warmth of your womb and breastfeeding (often) reminds them of the cozy nest they used to enjoy. Even now, whenever Naima is scared or bumps her head or wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, nothing quiets and comforts her quickly then nursing in bed.

5. And the thing I love most about breastfeeding is waking up with Naima saying to me: “Thank you Mommy for making the milk” 😀 Never fails to bring a smile on my face even if I wasn’t able to sleep well because she nursed all night long.

Check out other joys of breastfeeding experienced by fellow blogging moms:
Life of a Baby Wearing and Breastfeeding Mom’s Breastfeeding is how I connect with my little one after work
Breastfeeding Moms Unite’s Poems about the Joys of Breastfeeding
Lucy & Ethel Have a Baby’s Nursing My Little Person
Maman A Droit’s A Joyful List
Code Name: Mama’s Milk Songs
Little Snowflakes’ The Joys of Nursing to Sleep
Good Enough Mum’s You don’t have to be crunchy to enjoy breastfeeding
Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog’s Things I loved about breastfeeding my son
Living Peacefully with Children’s Nursing Haikus

Blacktating’s What Makes Breastfeeding So Great