Friday, November 07, 2008
Breastfeeding - what motivates you?
Random Poll Friday! Seeing as I've been nursing babies for pretty much all of the last 5.5 years, it's obviously on my mind a lot. When I had Tyler almost 8.5 years ago, breastfeeding was something I just did without thinking about it too much. I saw my sister-in-law nursing her babies, and it was just the natural thing to do. By the time Tyler was 6 months old, I switched to formula, since I was going back to school full time and didn't know much about pumping and such. By the time Bryan came along, I had read more about breastfeeding, and I knew I wanted to nurse him until he was a year old. He ended up self-weaning at 20 months. Kaylee came along just 4 months later, and she nursed until she was 30 months old (I know I know, not all of you think that's a good thing, I think it's great :p). Elly was born 6 months after Kaylee weaned, and we're still going strong. My motivation to breastfeed my babies, over the years, has gone from something that just came naturally to being something that I'm very committed to. Learning about the health benefits for babies is part of it, as well as learning how beneficial it is to mom's health. So, if you breastfeed/breastfed your babies, what is/was your motivation? You can choose multiple answers. Feel free to comment if you like!