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August is National Breastfeeding Month, and it’s the first month in…7 years that I’m not breastfeeding a baby! That thought makes me equally sad and happy, which is a weird feeling. In memory of my breastfeeding years, here are the things I miss and don’t miss about breastfeeding.
Things I Miss
- I miss the excuse to sit down for a bit every day (usually multiple times a day). Breastfeeding is a built-in resting time. Even if you can’t actually rest or you’re perfectly capable of nursing while moving around, just having the excuse to sit down is nice.
- Nursing is also a built-in escape hatch for leaving awkward or boring events, specifically family gatherings. As an introvert, I often feel exhausted after a long stretch of time around large groups of people. Although I didn’t mind nursing in public, I would often use nursing as an excuse to find a quiet, secluded area to chill with my baby. It gave me a nice break from all the people.
- There are few things as sweet and adorable as nursing babies. The noises they make, their little hands and the way they nurse themselves into happy oblivion…these are some of my favorite things. And my phone was always loaded with pictures of my milk-drunk babies because they are the cutest.
- My nursing journey started out pretty rocky and got better with each baby, so I wouldn’t say that nursing itself was necessarily easy. However, breastfeeding always gave me an easy solution to so many problems! Sleepy baby that’s fighting sleep? Give her a boob. Upset baby that won’t calm down? Give her a boob. See what I mean?
Things I Don’t Miss
- I do not miss nursing bras. With all 3 kids I struggled to find ones I liked that were cute or worked super well. I finally found some that worked for me at Walmart and I wore those bras til they died.
- Another thing I don’t miss is having to plan my outfits around breastfeeding. When my babies were older it didn’t matter as much, but with a nursing infant, getting dressed required forethought. If we were going to be out for a while, I had to consider how I was going to get my boob out for the baby.
- During my entire nursing journey, I struggled with plugged ducts and worked through mastitis several times. I don’t miss either of those things. If you struggle with them, I share some of the things that worked for me here.
- I also don’t miss weaning, or the prospect of having to wean. Fun fact, when I weaned my last baby, she screamed at the top of her lungs “I hate everything!” until she finally went to sleep. It felt like a great mom moment.
Despite my rocky start, I really loved breastfeeding my babies. And all the things I don’t miss aside, the thought of nursing another baby kind of makes me want one more. I need to write down all my “don’t miss” items and post them somewhere I will see them daily.