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August 03, 2004

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Some of our favorite things about breastfeeding are. . .


"are the milky smiles when he pulls away after nursing." -- TulipGirl

"the graceful ways my babies have used their hands while nursing. So delicate, almost like a hand-ballet." -- Melissa

"reading to the older one(s) while nursing. The last book I read that way was Baby Island." -- LizaQ

"The "ahhh, Sweet Nectar" expression babies wear when they've drunk their fill, nursed a bit more just for comfort, and are so completely relaxed that their heads loll back with the deep, peaceful, completely intoxicated contentment that comes with being comforted so deeply and so well. It's like holding Joy itself in the crook of your arm." -- Dy

"beautiful to enjoy vicariously." -- Earth Girl

"looking at his pudgy little hands and feet and knowing that it came from me. " --Angie

"as a prospective breastfeeder, my favorite thing is not having to buy formula!" --Lenise

"The sweet sounds a little one makes as they nurse. The contented smacks and sighs as their tummies fill." --Selah


"the way she'll smile with the breast in her mouth, as if we share something special between just the two of us." --Anne

"Going from squalling, frustrated pre-toddler to angelic sleeping baby in 90 seconds at the breast." --KatyM

"The sweet way their tongues curl around the breast as they suckle." --Kim

"The way she curls her whole body around me, hands around the breast she's nursing and legs around the free breast. And the look she has when she's rooting initially -- an "ohmigosh! milk is coming! yay! yay! yay!" -- she's so excited she can barely latch on." --Kristen

"When my kids hold hands while they nurse and the special bond it brings them. . ." --Tenn

"when he would just stare at me and touch my face with his hands. It's such a special bonding moment and it built the close relationship we have now. " --Christina

Have your say! What are your favorite things about breastfeeding?

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I love it when she's mostly asleep, lets go, realizes that it's not in her mouth anymore and starts rooting for it. It's so cute!

Posted by: Anne at August 3, 2004 09:48 PM

I've always had a thing for the graceful ways my babies have used their hands while nursing. So delicate, almost like a hand-ballet.

Posted by: Melissa at August 4, 2004 02:23 AM

Melissa, you read my mind!! Seriously, it was beautiful to watch. My youngest loved to play with the ruffles on my nightgowns.

This week two of my girls (the 13yo and 5yo) told me that they think we need a new baby. Not likely, as I had my tubes tied after my 5th c-sec 4 years ago. BUT it has me wondering (more than usual, that is) if we should do something to reverse it....I have a hard time praying about it. Sad but true.

But this was supposed to be a cheerful comment! Here's something I didn't love at the time but now miss - reading to the older one(s) while nursing. The last book I read that way was Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink. Thanks for reminding me!

Posted by: Liza Q at August 4, 2004 03:09 AM

The "ahhh, Sweet Nectar" expression babies wear when they've drunk their fill, nursed a bit more just for comfort, and are so completely relaxed that their heads loll back with the deep, peaceful, completely intoxicated contentment that comes with being comforted so deeply and so well. It's like holding Joy itself in the crook of your arm.

Posted by: Dy at August 4, 2004 06:26 AM

Being an adoptive mnother, I've never had this pleasure, but it is beautiful to enjoy vicariously. When my son was about seven I took him to a garden party and he wandered in the house catching a friend breastfeeding her baby. When we got home, Rick announced, "Guess what, Daddy. I saw a baby milking its mother."

Posted by: Earth Girl at August 4, 2004 03:55 PM

I, too, love the "hand ballet"! My son (2.5 months old) also does some "feet ballet". It makes me think how he must be enjoying himself. The other thing I like is looking at his pudgy little hands and feet and knowing that it came from me. (By the same token, I don't like the rolls that are on me for the purpose of supplying his pudginess! Ah, well. I guess that's just the way is has to be for now! :) )

Posted by: Angie at August 4, 2004 04:40 PM

Sounds great! So far, though, as a prospective breastfeeder, my favorite thing is not having to buy formula!

Posted by: Lenise at August 4, 2004 04:57 PM

The sweet sounds a little one makes as they nurse. The contented smacks and sighs as their tummies fill.

Posted by: Selah at August 4, 2004 08:01 PM

I love the way she'll smile with the breast in her mouth, as if we share something special between just the two of us.

Posted by: Anne at August 4, 2004 09:55 PM

Going from squalling, frustrated pre-toddler to angelic sleeping baby in 90 seconds at the breast.

Posted by: KatyM at August 5, 2004 03:23 AM

The sweet way their tongues curl around the breast as they suckle. Precious!

Posted by: Kim at August 6, 2004 03:14 PM

The way she curls her whole body around me, hands around the breast she's nursing and legs around the free breast. And the look she has when she's rooting initially -- an "ohmigosh! milk is coming! yay! yay! yay!" -- she's so excited she can barely latch on :o)

Posted by: kristen at August 6, 2004 06:21 PM

Tulip Girl,
Your latest posts, especially with the comments, show a part of womanhood and motherhood that is rarely discussed. It is something that men can never fathom. And it is quite powerful.

Posted by: Carol at August 6, 2004 07:18 PM

When my kids hold hands while they nurse and the special bond it brings them. Having tandem nursed three children I see so many benefits that have made those trying times worthwhile.

Posted by: Tenn at August 10, 2004 06:05 AM

I loved it when he would just stare at me and touch my face with his hands. It's such a special bonding moment and it built the close relationship we have now.

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