Breast is Best!
I have nursed all of my six babies. Well, not technically. My twins were born 9 weeks early and were actually bottle-fed. But, they did consume only breast milk for the first year of their lives…. My body worked around the clock to make sure they had all the nutrients and benefits that only my milk could give them. So, that counts, doesn’t it?
In addition to the convenience and money-saving perks (imagine the money I’ve saved by breast-feeding all six of my babies!), I have a special bond with each of my children because of this special exchange. Not only did their immune system benefit, but I am also more healthy because of it: Studies show that I have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, simply due to the fact that I have already spent 4 1/2 years of my life with babies attached to my breasts. Not to mention I have returned to my pre-pregnancy size just after a few short months, another perk attributed to exclusively breast-feeding.
During my breastfeeding years, I put a whole lot of stock in this simple act being a form of birth control natural spacing. With my first 4 kiddos (5 if you count each of the twins) I did not begin ovulating until my breastfeeding baby was 9 months old - Makes sense since that was about the time baby didn’t seem quite so interested in me because he was sleeping through the night, and eating lots of table foods.
Several experts have shown that mothers who eat fruits and vegetables have babies who are more inclined to like those foods themselves. Now, that explains why my kids like broccoli! Really though, it makes sense, if you think about it… Food flavors transfer to baby through our milk, much the same way they travel through the amniotic fluid. I wonder if my kids love for chocolate was born the day they were conceived?
So, my once perky breasts are on their way to my knees, but that’s okay. It’s okay because my kiddos adore me, they’re all incredibly healthy, I think they’re pretty smart, there is an even space between them all, AND they love their veggies!