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It's easy to find reasons to nurse your new baby (and, no
doubt, the hospital staff and 10,000 strangers will tell you all
about how important nursing is). For instance, there's no paying indecent amounts of money for formula, it
might make losing the baby weight easier, and it can be a great way to bond
with your new infant.
But there are other great reasons to breastfeed that have
nothing to do with cost, weight loss or bonding.
After nearly four years of nursing over the course of three
children, I've discovered some other pretty great perks of nursing.
1. A chance to
be an introvert
As an introvert, I tend to get worn out at social events,
so the excuse to slip away for 20 minutes and read a book or just day dream
while my baby eats is just about my favorite thing.
partner gets all the other duties
The toddler needs breakfast? I'll just
be here in bed nursing the newborn. My husband will have to manage everything
else. The number one reason I don't want to feed my baby formula is? My husband would be able to feed the baby and I might have to go deal with a toddler
diaper malfunction (but of course, when it's 2 a.m. and my baby is starving, formula
that my husband could dispense sounds pretty awesome).
3. You can
blame all spills on nursing
That slosh of soda down my shirt may be all my
fault, but I can blame lactating instead of clumsiness (or sleep deprivation).
4. A free
breast augmentation trial
Try before you buy, and all that. Will you really
like being a size D? How will your clothing fit when your chest is suddenly
notably bigger? (In my case, the answers
are 1) no and 2) very poorly). Let's
not talk about the fact that post-nursing, you're likely to get a non-trial
version of a breast reduction.