Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Got Milk?

The other day, my sister-in-law asked me what the perks of having two children were. Not only was this a great reminder to look for the positive in this experience, but among the perks I thought of, I was reminded of how much I love nursing. Sure, nursing a baby can be frustrating, exhausting, painful, and time consuming, but I still love it.

Granted, I have been blessed to have an easy time breastfeeding. Anna didn't give me all that many problems nursing and Mathias has been that much easier. Mathias does frustrate me by falling asleep and not eating as much as I think that he should, but he certainly doesn't look like he is not getting enough, now does he?

It is hard to pin down exactly why I enjoy nursing so much, but I think it comes down to two things. First, I love the closeness I feel with my child as I nurse. To sit there looking down on my child's face as he contently nurses brings me such joy. That may be from the hormones, but I'll take it any way it comes. Second, nursing is something only I can do for my children. Hubby can't do it, no matter how many times I ask him to take care of a night time feeding. Grandma can't do it, no matter how much advice she gives. Anna can't do it, though she does like helping me pump when he doesn't eat "enough". It is a job for me alone to do and being able to do it brings a lot of satisfaction, especially as they gain weight and I know it is all from me.

Now, I know that not everyone can nurse or that people choose not to nurse for very long or at all, and I respect that. But for me, nursing brings me so much fulfillment as a woman that I will continue to nurse for as long as my children want to, within reason.
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Liz Johnson said...

That's awesome. I'm so glad that people love nursing. And I can see why this second time around - it's way more fun when the baby doesn't fight you. :) I still don't love it, but I hope to at some point!

Delirious said...

I nursed all of my children for at least the first year. You left off one benefit though, when you nurse, you don't have to get up and fix a bottle in the middle of the night! For me it was really convenient!

Crytstal said...

Hey Sarah,

Sister Thompson told me about your blog and I have had fun reading all about the last year! I wanted to say congratulations on little...or not so little Mathias! He is beautiful! I am glad to hear all is going well for you all and that he is healthy. I was thinking of you just last week and was curious if you had delivered yet! Tell Karl congratulations for me too and let him we are happy he has such a strapping son! Also let him know that sweet Sis. Thompson teared up as she told me his name, Mathias Daniel. How special. Anyways, we have moved to North Plains, OR so send on your email address and mailing info...for Christmas card purposes and I'll send you mine...for whatever! : ) Take care all of you and again I am so happy.


Fromagette said...

Liz, I'm glad it's easier this time. I remember you talking about the nursing strike. Not fun.

Delirious, you are right. I really haven't used bottles and I hope my children never taste formula so I just plain forgot about that! Of course, with bottles, I could get Hubby to do it... :)

Crystal, does Karl have your email? If not, I need to get it. Thanks for the update!

Bree and Clif said...

I love it too. What a wonderful feeling it is to release all those endorfines on babies no less. I am so glad that I am not the only one that loves it so much... Bottles may be more convienent sometimes but they make a mess and with twins, yuck!