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10 things I love about breastfeeding

When I was pregnant with my first baby, someone asked me if I would breastfeed. “I guess so,” I replied. My mother, within earshot, shrilled “you guess so??” And this was how I learned that I actually come from a long line of breastfeeders. My mother breastfed all three of us, and even her mother breastfed her youngest child in the late 1950s, when no one was doing it. It was my duty to carry on the family tradition.

And so I did. Despite a rocky start, I took to it, and so did my babies. I feel very fortunate to have had such an easy time of it.

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, here are my 10 favorite things about breastfeeding.

10. I get to wear comfortable clothes all the time. I can’t honestly be expected to look awesome when I’m breastfeeding? I mean, if I want to, that’s another story, but most of the time I’m in yoga pants and nursing tanks. Because I’m breastfeeding. Same goes for high heels.

9. I can eat anything I want. Almost. Sometimes I even have ice cream. Because I’m breastfeeding. Which may be why I’m still trying to lose the last 10 pounds, but I swear when I eat ice cream, there’s a noticeable change in my milk supply. Really.

8. I take the money I’m saving on formula and spend it on other things. Like ice cream.

7. I am fast food, meals on wheels AND an all-night, all-you-can-eat buffet.

6. I get to sleep in a lot. Oh honey. I’m SO exhausted from all the milk I’m making. You get up with the baby, so my mammary glands can get some rest. It works.

5. I get to wear nursing necklaces instead of real jewelry. Because the baby broke all my good stuff.

4. I have time to read books. I got a Kindle for my birthday, and it turns out to be a nursing mother’s best friend.

3. I can kick your butt at a one-handed typing contest. For real.

2. I feel closer to all of my employees now that they’ve seen my boobs.

1. It might derail the productivity of my entire company every time the baby comes over to nurse. But it’s still the best part of my day.


  1. amen to breastfeeding. i agree with all the comments. the best perk for me the third time around is “honey, i’m busy feeding the baby so can you please feed, bath and put the other kids to sleep”. i dont know why whenever my husband walks in the house, i am nursing and the other kids need things done. WINK WINK,
    anyway, seriously, breastfeeding is great and i salute all who do it because it is not as easy as it seems. But it does get easier over time and the benefits definetly outweigh all other issues.
    happy breastfeeding week to all!!
    (mom of 3 ages 6, 3, 2 months)

  2. Love your top ten list – I can so relate. There are many reasons I love bf’ing, but strictly from a vanity standpoint I relate to number 9 because I love losing the extra calories without having to work out. (Unless, of course, you count balancing a 17 pound baby on your boob with one arm.)

    I’ll take your one-armed typing challenge!

  3. This is a great top 10, and a great way to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week! I especially loved #s8, 2, and 1. And, yes, having an excuse to wear tank tops all of the time–perfect! Thank you for writing this.

  4. I definitely felt much closer to you post-vegas after I saw your boobs and you experienced my excellent driving skills…

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