February 23, 2010
This post is part of the 2010 API Principles of Parenting blog carnival, a series of monthly parenting blog carnivals, hosted by API Speaks. Learn more about attachment parenting by visiting the API website.
Those of us that choose to breastfeed to do for a variety of reasons... because we know it is healthiest for both ourselves and our babes, because it's free and convenient. Most of us continue to breastfeed, though, because of the amazing bond that it creates. Breastfeeding is like being in love. There is nothing in this world that compares to the sight and feeling of a babe at your breast. Pure heaven. Hands down.
If you're a new mom starting out your breastfeeding journey - or if you're pregnant and awaiting the birth of your babe, the most important reason to breastfeed is to give your little one that heavenly feeling too.
My almost four year old Elea, who was weaned when she was three, likes to hold my breast every night before bed. A few nights ago, she said "Mommy, I don't feel close to you if I'm not holding your breast." I was struck by her ability at such a young age to express such a deep emotional concept. Although phrased in the negative, her message to me was simple - my breasts bring her physical and emotional connection, safety, and love. My constant, loving presence in her life surely brings her these things, but in her mind, they all derive from my breasts. Breasts are wonderful, powerful things!!
If your baby could talk, she would probably use the same words as my Elea. Your baby loves breastfeeding - so much that she'll wake up at night to do it!! - because your breasts are the ultimate in comfort, love, juicy warm goodness. Give her all that love at every opportunity - night and day - and she will grow and thrive in your love.
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