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August 05, 2005

A Few of My Favorite Things

Some of our favorite things about breastfeeding are. . .


"How my now-weaned preschooler rubs my belly affectionately and tells me about when he was little and ate noonie." -- TulipGirl

"How it forced me to stop and relax. Boy, do I miss that when stressed. :)" -- Andrea R.

The loving caress of my daughter's hand on my skin, her sweet nursing smiles and the way she looks when she drifts off to sleep happy and milk-drunk. --Kristen

The baby's breath after breastfeeding--the sweetest smell ever.
--Pam

The way my 15 month old giggles when he says "nah-nah" and then settles down as he starts to nurse.
--Mel

The reminder that there is always something simple and beautiful under all the chaos of the world. --Jess

the "take some time out to put your feet up, drink a cold glass of something refreshing, and snuggle with baby" relaxation. It often meant that I had to consciously focus on myself and my baby, instead of everything else that I thought was "important."
--CarolynM

"The milk drunk look of bliss on my babys' faces." --Deputy Headmistress

"But one thing I love are the grins while they are still latched on and the "smack smack smack" sound that makes. :-)" --Keer

"My seventh child used to happily hum while he was nursing.=)" --Deputy Headmistress

"when my toddler would stop and look up at my face, and smile with that wide milky grin, as if to say "oh, that's where you are"." --Tracy

"When her eyes roll back into her head when she first latches on as if to say, "Oh yeah, that's the stuff." :)" --Amy

When my boys. . .tandem nurse, look up at me when nursing and start giggling and give me big milky smiles.... it just makes me relax, breathe and concentrate on the good things in life... --Melissa

The playful way she swats mother breast while she nurses.
We co-sleep so her meals are always available.
--Vegan Momma

The way my 2yo can seem so old and independent until she nurses and I catch a glimpse of the newborn she was once again. --Jess

And on a more selfish level, how easy it is. Both of us hardly wake up to nurse at night, somehow it just happens - and we sleep so well because of it. --Mel

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



This post is part of a World Breastfeeding Week 2005 series.

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How it forced me to stop and relax. Boy, do I miss that when stressed. :)

Posted by: Andrea R at August 6, 2005 08:56 AM

I agree with Andrea -- the "take some time out to put your feet up, drink a cold glass of something refreshing, and snuggle with baby" relaxation. It often meant that I had to consciously focus on myself and my baby, instead of everything else that I thought was "important."

Posted by: CarolynM at August 6, 2005 03:53 PM

One of my favorite things is when my toddler would stop and look up at my face, and smile with that wide milky grin, as if to say "oh, that's where you are".

Posted by: Tracy at August 6, 2005 04:22 PM

Had to chuckle at your preschooler rubbing your belly...

My now 3yo, while he was still nursing and for months afterward (weaned at 2) enjoyed "tweaking" the ni**le he wasn't nursing on. I can honestly say I do NOT miss that LOL!!!!! (He was a very persistent little guy too...I'd try to gently and nonchalantly remove his hand, and he'd get MAD LOL!)

But one thing I love are the grins while they are still latched on and the "smack smack smack" sound that makes. :-)

Posted by: Keer at August 6, 2005 04:42 PM

The milk drunk look of bliss on my babys' faces.

My seventh child used to happily hum while he was nursing.=)

Posted by: DeputyHeadmistress at August 6, 2005 04:45 PM

When my boys, Xavier,age 3 and Colin, 11 months, whom I Tandem nurse, look up at me when nursing and start giggling and give me big milky smiles.... and how like Andrea, it just makes me relax, breathe and concentrate on the good things in life...

Posted by: Melissa at August 6, 2005 08:44 PM

The way my 15 month old giggles when he says "nah-nah" and then settles down as he starts to nurse.

And on a more selfish level, how easy it is. Both of us hardly wake up to nurse at night, somehow it just happens - and we sleep so well because of it.

Posted by: mel at August 6, 2005 08:49 PM

The reminder that there is always something simple and beautiful under all the chaos of the world.

The way my 2yo can seem so old and independent until she nurses and I catch a glimpse of the newborn she was once again.

Posted by: Jess at August 6, 2005 09:07 PM

The baby's breath after breastfeeding--the sweetest smell ever.
Take care,
Pam.

Posted by: pam at August 6, 2005 10:08 PM

The loving caress of my daughter's hand on my skin, her sweet nursing smiles and the way she looks when she drifts off to sleep happy and milk-drunk.

Posted by: kristen at August 6, 2005 10:52 PM

The playful way she swats mother breast while she nurses.
We co-sleep so her meals are always available.

Posted by: Vegan Momma at August 7, 2005 08:34 AM

When her eyes roll back into her head when she first latches on as if to say, "Oh yeah, that's the stuff." :)

Posted by: Amy at August 7, 2005 02:26 PM

What a sweet thread! It takes me back years...*g*

I remember their goofy, great big smiles, after they'd nursed enough but didn't let go just yet because we were busy bonding, dang it, and it was their time. I gazed down into their eyes and smiled and they grinned right back but didn't quite let go of that nipple. Just another few minutes, Mommy.

Remember that little reflexive suckling they did even after they'd fallen asleep just to assure themselves that we were still there?

Interestingly enough, I think about my kiddies nursing as they grow older. Mine are 21, 20, 16, 13 and 11. When they get nutty and teenagerish, I smile at them just like I did when we bonded during nursing and kiss their stubborn, obnoxious little foreheads and cheeks and say I love you.

It's amazingly odd, but it actually works most times. Go figure. We remember fondly and on some level they do as well. Mommy loves me, delights in me...all will be right with the world.

Posted by: Lana at August 8, 2005 12:56 AM

When they were teeny-tiny and when they latched on they'd shake their heads side to side for a few moments, nuzzling in close.

When they were older and they'd giggle while still latched and little milk drips would escape from the corners of their mouths.

Posted by: Valerie at August 9, 2005 09:06 PM

how he closes his eyes and lets the tension of the day run right out of him.

Posted by: tami lewis at December 20, 2005 09:41 PM


 
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