I for one find looking at my daughters chubby little thighs and double chin quite confidence inspiring. My body did that. I did that as a mother. My baby is healthy because I am feeding her the best way I know how. It gives me the confidence to handle other things as a mother as well.
I loved the nursing sighs, the drunk nursing look, the smiles and giggles while nursing. The hand wrapped around my nursing tank or bra. The frantic head bob when they want to nurse so badly but you just aren't getting it out fast enough. How it always soothed him. I could go on... I can't wait to nurse again!
Since my 10 mo is now so active, I love our nursing sessions because we get to sit down together and I can hold him in my arms and play with his hair while he eats. It's so peaceful.
I love seeing his chub and knowing it came from me!
I love how easy it was to lose my baby weight!!
I love when he takes a break from nursing and looks up and me and smiles--though lately he's started saying "dada!" when he does that.
I love having the ability to calm him down--whether it's after a little tumble, or if something has scared him, whatever--being able to let him nurse and get himself re-oriented!
I also love that DF looks at him and says "How did you get so big just drinking milk?"
DCP to 1 busy munchkin! and a CRST too!
Mama to two girls: 5/06 and 3/09
I have been having issues with quick letdown in one breast, so she is usually very mad when she is on that one. So...we get a nice break when she feeds on the other one ;-)
I think my absolute favorite moments are when he's nursing and I'm singing to him. Whenver I start his favorite song, he pauses to give me a little smile. My heart about bursts with love.
I love knowing that every bit of growth is due to me.
I love when she lunges at my breast when she's hungry. I call it the boob dive.
Kristy, wife to Josh proud mama to Katie: since 3/08 and Emma since 8/12.
Oh, and pinching her fat thighs while she's nursing!
i love it when she drinks and in between each swallow, she says, "mmm" - like a little moan of total bliss.
i love it when she smiles up at me whilst nursing!
..that my body failed to keep them inside but my breasts came to the rescue...
..the way their cheeks smell after a feeding- milk and skin- a pure ecstasy of smells.
I love that he still needs me and only me sometimes. Well, most times.
I love when he sucks in his sleep, because I know he is dreaming of me.
I love that he touches my face now when he eats.
All of the above. Plus, for me, BFing was and is incredibly helpful in helping me get over the initial emotional let down of ending up with a c-section. Right at first, I had difficulty grasping that DS was in fact my baby because I didn't feel like I'd given birth (still don't). Instead it felt like I went to some crazy magic show... like when they pull a bunny out of a hat. Only in this situation the bunny was a baby and I got to take him home after it was all over. Anyway, BFing really helped me to restore that instinctual relationship with him. Knowing that his nourishment was/is coming from my body, just like it had when I was pregnant.... well that went a long way to convince me that he is, in fact, mine. BFing is also helping to restore some of the trust I lost in my body when I ended up with a c-section. I worked so hard to be so prepared for my home water birth... did everything I could to build up my self-trust and ensure a gentle natural birth... and when I ended up with a c/s after 31 hours of unproductive labor I really felt like my body had let me down. But BFing, and knowing that my body alone provides the absolute best nourishment for DS that can be found anywhere is helping me to heal from that disappointment. I still have a ways to go on that road, but DS is only 4 months old... so we've still got plenty of time to let the BFing work it's magic.
DS is a year and I still have problems with his birth. But I'm so happy that I am nursing him. It does create SUCH a special bond. 4/5 months was the worst for me in terms of PPD -- after that, our bond got REALLY strong. It just gets better and better. :
My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
We were at out and about recently, and I watched a different feeding scene altogether. The baby was in a stroller, looking bored and unattached. The parents were distracted, not looking at the baby...acting as human bottle props, basically. Now of course not every bottle-feeding episode looks like that, but watching that family just made me sad for them - and made me so grateful for being able to breastfeed, because every feeding is a warm close-contact encounter. I'm new at it; our LO is just 6 weeks old today. The realization I had at that market made any of the discomfort of the early weeks just melt away and seem so insignificant.
I love the warm sleepy snuggles.
I am proud of his confidence and health--knowing that I had a hand in that!
Nursing sessions are a welcome break time in our busy days.
While nursing the love between us is just palpable--wonderful!
And at the start nursing forged our bond and taught be how to be the responsive mother I wanted to be.
loss 2/28/03 ds 1/5/08 dd 2/8/10
When we know better, we do better. ~Maya Angelou
|i love it when she drinks and in between each swallow, she says, "mmm" - like a little moan of total bliss.|
I think nursing is my favorite aspect of mothering. I had no idea it was such a pleasure.
I love the gulping noises- I don't feel let down but I can hear it and that is satisfying
Ilove the "milk drunk" look and little smiles after nursing.
Oddly enough I love it when she spits up a little milk. I made enough for her to take in a little too much, and after i wipe it away, I can make sure she's full again. A true blessing when you're dealing with supply issues!
I too love when she pops off, satisfied, and uses my boob as a pillow!
Used to be stay at home parent to our two lovely girls, survived nursing school with family intact, about to graduate and looking for a job! I low-supply nursed my bio daughter for 3 years.
but no, he got the biggest smile and said 'nummies!' so happily.
seeing how happy nursing makes my son makes all the tough moments worthwhile!
When she was really young, I would be so amazed at every poop, I'd think, "Look! I made this!" : And the chunky thighs and double chins. But the poops were very exciting to me!
The smiles, the milk-drunk happiness, the sighs of contentment.
When I nurse her laying down, if I'm topless, she'll put her hand on my other breast and stare at it longingly like, "OMG, there's another one too?!?!?!? I'm the luckiest baby in the world!!!!"
Nursing is awesome :
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
He's started doing this thing where he grabs on to my breast while he eats, it's really sweet, and I love when he looks up to me and makes a soft "oooo" noise and smiles. Oh yeah, or when he falls asleep, opens his eyes, smiles REALLY big and then falls back asleep.
Most of all, I love the bond we have. We are so close and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact I bf him. :
~*Have more than you show, speak less than you know*~
I think though, my favorite thing about nursing is the look she gives right before she nurses (sheer joy) and right after she latches on (sheer contentment). Even at nine months she still rolls her eyes back and closes them for a couple seconds
Also, once she had just learned the sign for milk and I was away from her for a few hours and my MIL was watching her. I guess she kept signing milk the whole time I was gone (even when my MIL would offer her a bottle, she'd push it away and sign milk). Then when I came home, I nursed her and she just looked so content, looked at me, stuck her little hand up and signed "milk" which I think she thought meant "ma-ma."