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Monday, February 25, 2008

The ONLY reason you need to BREASTFEED

my favourite bf photo, by my own personal part-time photographer

Forget the fact that breast milk is the best food for your baby. Forget the fact that breast milk contains all the wonderful anti bacterial properties, vitamins etc. Forget the fact that your baby will get the best immunization and health protection from breast milk. Forget all the health benefits that you will get from exclusive nursing. Forget the fact breastfeeding can help you lose weight easily. Forget about the money you’ll save for not needing expensive formula milk. Forget about the minimal stuff you need while traveling with baby thanks to breastfeeding. Forget about the easy night time feedings because you don’t need to get up to prepare formula. Forget about the more sleep you’ll get. Forget the fact that your baby’s poop will smell better.

The ONLY reason you need to breastfeed is this - the incomparable emotional bonding and satisfaction that only breastfeeding can give you.

From my personal experience;

When my baby is screaming / crying: I pick him up, lifted my shirt and immediately he smiles, latches on, close his eyes, and grabs my skin/shirt/tudung with his little fingers. Sigh…it’s the most wonderful feeling.

I see his contented face, calm and happy, smiling up at me.


My baby can’t sleep unless he is in my arms, latched on (even if he’s full and not really sucking anymore). We sleep in each other’s warmth.

I see my baby gaining weight well and I know I’m the only one contributing to it, and not some cows.

I am his source of comfort, not just food. He nurse when he’s upset, sad, bored, tired etc. I feel needed and I confident that I can soothe him.

He knows my face and my smell. When he sees me he will start to react: smile, turn his body towards me, becomes restless (wants me to hold him), once I hold him if he’s hungry he’ll start burying his face is my chest / open his mouth / tarik2 my shirt / start to babble..bla..bla..bla

My unlimited, growing love for him as I nurse him everyday.

On my bad days when I feel like I’m a terrible mother, that I cannot give my baby the best things that he deserve, when I see other supermoms who can do everything so organized, when I feel like everything I do with the baby are only trial and errors (many errors too!), when I feel guilty that I leave my baby to someone else to take care of while I’m at work, when I feel guilty that I often sleep early and didn’t teach/play with him at the end of a tiring day, when I feel guilty that I take my baby to my shopping trips until he gets exhausted….

I can always look back and be assured that at least; I know I am doing something right.

Breastfeeding, what a luxury. Alhamdulillah.

17 comments:

along said...

I baru terasa nk tulis pasal ni tp xde kesempatan lagi.
Couldn’t agree more with you. Mmg itu yg I rasa, except for soothing him with breastfeeding. Hehe, my baby xsuka minum bila dia upset. Abiskan mengamuk2 dlu baru dia mntk minum. Kalo tak, melalak2 marah.

One more thing that really makes me breastfeed is, each drop of our milk dicatat sebagai 1 kebajikan. Well as a mother like me, I am handicap in handling everything at the same time. & faham2 la solat pun nak cepat2 je especially when my boy dah start ukk ekk ukk ekk… then to me that’s the extra mark for breastfeeding mom. & also for other moms sbb each perbuatan yg kita buat utk anak, akan dicatat jd kebajikan. But to me the feeding2 one is the most..sbb ayah pun bole bgn malam jaga anak summer tp xde ayah yg bole breastfeed…

diyana said...

hi aida,

I master DCS same batch with kak aida, kak wawa etc..:D..penah tserempak ngan aida n taufik..tpi xpenah tegur lak..ehehe

anyway my baby pun dh 8 bulan alhamdulillah still bfeed lgi..:D happy breastfeeding!

mama ryan said...

couldn't agreed more.... mcm nak copy paste je posting u nie n kasi kat kkwn i yg selalu look down about breastfeeding nie....

even my relative pun x ramai yg support breastfeeding nie...

d bestest feeling is when my lil ryan nie dah kenyang, he will gigit2 manja my tit n look n me, mostly with d sweetest smile, as if he thanked me for d wonderful milk...

hu hu... ryan... mama missed u aaaaa

MommyAdam said...

along,
true, that's why i think it's such a luxury..not everybody can "afford" it..

diyana,
oh yeke...hidup sheffield! hehe..wow i miss that place, don't you? congratulations..lama tu 8 months..i hope u can continue bf-ing..

mama ryan,
feel free to paste anywhere u like. the more ppl are aware about bf, the better.rugi sungguh baby2 dan mommy2 yg tak dpt b-milk just because mommy2 diorg taktau...i'm lucky my relatives semua support eventhough diorg pun tak semua dpt bf anak diorg..

Lan0stZz said...

wow aida. uve put our motherly feelings into beautiful words. love this post!

MommyAdam said...

lana,
tq for such a kind comment..motherhood has really opened my eyes..to appreciate simple things that i would normally take for granted. dulu2 kalau tgk org susukan anak pun i look the other way - either to give privacy or i feel embarrassed myself (if some parts are showing). now i know how beautiful it is..

elly wong said...

tepat sekali! :)
on saturday, brisbane recorded the hotest summer for 2008 but guess what? little insyirah still nak tido bawah ketiak ku yg busuk itu. :P

suke post ini jugak! :D

MommyAdam said...

tq elly i appreciate it..
i hope you too have the luxury to bf you little insyirah for as long as u wish...

mommylyssa said...

love this post! so true so true! i linked this post on my page k!

MommyAdam said...

mommylyssa,
tq!i feel honoured! i wish i could comment on your blog..do u not allow comments or my browser something wrong?because bile i view ur blog cam tak betul je susunan everything...

btw, what i'm itching to comment about is the giggly toy you got for lovely Lyssa. mane u beli? nak gak...hehe

mommylyssa said...

haaaa...i beli that toy kat Robinsons@TheGardens. mmg cute the toy...my dotter suka sgt...leh switch on/off the sound so taklah annoying...

yeke?tak betul ek susunan?u pakai browser apa ek?

i put up the chatbox dah so ur welcome to leave ur comments there k ;-)

MommyAdam said...

thanks mommylyssa =)
i pakai internet explorer jer..

jua said...

loves this entry. sama mcm apa yg i rasa bila BF. keseronokkan yg tak terhingga.

to diyana..
hi kak diyana, *hugs* faris fo me key..

Puteri said...

Hi Mommyadam,

I pakai IE kat ofis & Mozilla kat umah to view Mommylyssa's blog..ok je.

Btw, I bought the tub yg I tanya u the other day.Best best...can't wait to use it.Thanks for the info.

MommyAdam said...

jua,
good to know others feel the same way too ;)

puteri,
you bought the tub! yay! hope your baby will love it as much as Adam loves his =)

-me- said...

mommyadam...
u have described the feelings very well!!!
i feel the same way too...

violetsmama said...

Well said! I absolutely agree!

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