I am currently nursing my sixth baby. Well, not technically. My twins were born 9 weeks early and were actually bottle-fed. But, they did consume only breast milk for the first year of their lives…. My body worked around the clock to make sure they had all the nutrients and benefits that only my milk could give them. So, I guess that counts.
In addition to the convenience and money-saving perks (imagine the money I’ve saved by breast-feeding all six of my babies!), I have a special bond with each of my children because of the milk exchange between us. Not only did their immune systems benefit, but I am also the more healthy because of it – Studies show that I have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, simply due to the fact that I have already spent 4 1/2 years of my life with babies attached to my breasts. Not to mention I have returned to my pre-pregnancy size just after a few short months – Another perk attributed to exclusively breast-feeding.
I used to put a whole lot of stock in breastfeeding as a form of birth control natural spacing, but now I’m really not so sure. With my first 4 kiddos (5 if you count each of the twins) I did not begin ovulating until my breastfeeding baby was 9 months old – Makes sense since that was about the time baby didn’t seem quite so interested in me because he was sleeping through the night, and eating lots of table foods. HOWEVER, I’m a bit leery this time around… Baby Noah, at 5 months, is already so big AND he’s sleeping through the night. I don’t really feel like I can trust what has happened before, and I’m afraid I will be re-acquainted with my monthly friend. I guess I’ll just be a bit more careful than I was when any of my other babies were only 5 months old, if you know what I mean.
Now, according to a new study, breastfed babies whose mothers eat fruits and vegetables are more inclined to like those foods themselves. Now, that explains why my kids like broccoli! Really though, it makes sense, if you think about it… Food flavors transfer to baby through our milk, much the same way they travel through the amniotic fluid. I wonder if my kids love for chocolate was born the day they were conceived?
So, my once perky breasts are on their way to my knees, but that’s okay. It’s okay because my kiddos adore me, they’re all incredibly healthy, I think they’re pretty smart, there is an even space between them all, AND they love their veggies!