9 Reasons Why I Love Nursing My 9 Month Old

While nursing can sometimes have it’s challenges, it’s been an awesome joy and experience for my daughter and I. I wanted to share why nursing is great for us and I also hope to promote breastfeeding and dispel a few myths! Enjoy the list and feel free to post why you enjoy nursing. This pic is of me nursing my daughter at a park when she was 6 months old.

I Love Nursing Because:

1. It’s a wonderful way for Elyssa and I to bond. She likes to hold my fingers and gaze into my eyes while nursing. She enjoys cuddling up close to me and nursing till she’s satisfied.

2. The breast milk I produce is the perfect nutrients to keep her healthy, strong and developing on target. Breast milk also protects my baby girl from many illnesses and future health issues, therefore it’s worth the minor challenges I encountered in the beginning.

3. It’s super convenient and easy once she and I got the hang of it. I’ve never had to prepare bottles in the middle of the night or get frustrated when I run out the house and forget her diaper bag. I can just find a nice comfy spot and nurse her. My body provides her with everything that she needs. Now, latching is like second nature to her; she doesn’t need my help at all.

4. I’m able to educate those around me about the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. I’ve been blessed to have an awesome breastfeeding experience and to learn a lot along the way. I love posting about nursing on my Facebook status, having discussions with others online, at work, church and family events. Many moms and moms to be have sought me out to process their concerns and challenges about nursing and I’ve been able to help, encourage and give them resources. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to help another mom breastfeed successfully.

5. Nursing has helped me to lose 60 pounds! I lost the 30 that I gained during my pregnancy soon after birth and since then I’ve lost an additional 30 pounds. This week my coworker complimented me on my weight loss and asked me how I did it. When I told her that all I’ve been doing is nursing and Elyssa AND I have benefited greatly from it, she was very surprised and said she never knew that weight loss was a benefit of nursing.

6. Nursing has helped us to save lots and lots of money! Breast milk is what’s best for babies and it’s FREE!! Between breast milk helping babies to remain healthy, it being free and helps with weight loss, I’m not sure why more women don’t nurse. Trust me, nursing is worth the initial challenges as mom and baby learn the techniques. Don’t believe that nursing is very hard, that it hurts and is too time consuming. Everyone’s experience is different but my experience has been easy and rewarding.

7. I use my breast milk to make baby food. Elyssa’s pediatrician gave me the great idea of using my breast milk when making her food due to me having a big milk supply. Making her baby food has been lots of fun and very easy. Also making her food helps us to control what goes in her body and saves us money. I can spend $2 on 2 jars of baby food or I can take $2 and buy a few fresh veggies and prepare a few trays of pureed food.

8. I can donate my breast milk to help other moms and babies in need. I’ve donated 405 oz of milk so far and I plan to donate more in the future. I’ve been blessed to have a high milk supply and Elyssa never took well to bottles so the milk that I pump at work each day starts to pile up. I hooked up with the Human Milk For Human Babies Facebook page and located the Michigan page. I went to the page and let the moms know that I had milk to donate and I hooked up with 5 moms over a 2 month period to donate the 405 oz. It was an amazing feeling to be able to bless those families!

9. It brings my daughter so much joy. When I come home from work each day, Elyssa is smiling and reaching for me because she’s ready to nurse. In the middle of nursing, she stops, looks me in the eyes and gives me the BIGGEST smile! Sometimes she even babbles a few sounds as if she’s saying, thank you mommy, I love you. Those moments make me feel wonderful and reminds me why I nurse.

Bottome line, breast is best! I hope this blog post has helped you and answered some of your questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Feel free to email me questions at http://www.joanna.willis@hotmail.com

Helpful FB breastfeeding pages

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Breast-Feeding-Mommys/116929728388525

https://www.facebook.com/#!/BreastfeedingMothersUnite

https://www.facebook.com/#!/BlacktatingBlog

https://www.facebook.com/#!/hm4hb

Nursing, Burping & Pumping OH MY! Diary of a Breastfeeding Mommy 6 Month Update

In this post I’ve included professional pics of me nursing Elyssa. Breastfeeding is one of the most important, precious things I’ve ever been blessed to be able to do. Shout out to all my nursing mothers, thank you for doing whats best for your babies despite any challenges you may have faced. It’s so worth it!

My daughter Elyssa is turning 6 months old on October 1 and I’m so excited. She’s healthy, strong, active, happy, peaceful and smart. I’ve been blessed to be able to successfully and joyfully breastfeed for six months and counting. I always wanted to breastfeed but I never knew how fulfilling it would be for me or my baby. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to produce exactly what my baby needs, whenever she needs it. I don’t have to go to the store to pick up milk, I don’t have to prepare bottles or budget my money to purchase what she needs, I just snuggle up comfy cozy with my little lady and allow her to nurse until she’s satisfied. I truly give God the glory because I know I couldn’t do anything without Him and all of my successes in life are because of Him.

When I was pregnant, I continued to confess that my breast would produce milk for as long as I needed them too and they would be able to meet our little girls needs and work properly without any issues. God gets all the glory for hearing and answering my prayer as everyday goes by. I’m so grateful that I haven’t had any major issues with my nipples hurting or cracking and I’ve always had more than enough milk to keep up with her appetite. I’m not bragging on myself, I’m bragging on God. He hears my prayers and He’s always faithful!

One amazing perk of breastfeeding is the weight loss. I lost my baby weight within one month of birth and have went down 3o more pounds since then. I can wear clothes now that I haven’t been able to wear in years. It’s amazing and I’m loving it.

Due to me being a working mommy, I nurse Elyssa twice in the early morning and a few times in the evening (between when I get home from work and when she goes to bed.) One of the highlights of Elyssa and I’s day is our first nursing session when I get home from work. She stares into my eyes and I rub her hair, hold her hand and tell her how much I missed and love her. Because Elyssa enjoys nursing so much, she often struggles with her bottles. She doesn’t drink her encouraged amount of milk during day, she drinks enough to keep her going until I get home. She is peaceful and content during the day as if to say, no thank you, I don’t want too much of the bottle, just give me a little; I know my mommy’s returning soon with the good stuff. She continues to gain weight, she’s a big girl actually, therefore the doctor isn’t concerned.

Due to Elyssa not drinking as many ounces as she should during the day, I have accumulated a very large supply of milk. Our freezer is being taken over by breast milk so I plan to transfer two large bags of milk to the deep freezer so the milk will last longer. Do you want to guess how many ounces I have frozen???? 649 oz, that’s just over 5 gallons!! God blessed me with an overflow of milk supply and I pray that Elyssa gets to drink every drop without any going to waste. I don’t want to waste my  “liquid gold,” people would pay good money for this stuff 🙂 We continue to try different bottles and positions to help Elyssa feel comfortable taking the bottle and we’re confident that she will adjust to the bottle transition soon. She started cereal this month and graduates to baby food in October.

Call To Action

If you’re a nursing mommy, I encourage you to educate those around you about breastfeeding. Share your POSITIVE experiences with others. Be honest about your challenges but also share how you overcame them. Explain the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Don’t push your views on others or make formula feeding mommies feel bad, just confidently explain why breast is best for your baby and be open to questions. People need to know that breastfeeding is normal, natural and beneficial to mommy and baby! HAPPY NURSING!!

Breastfeeding Mother Harassed on Bus For Nursing Newborn

On 6/24/11, Ms Afrykayn Moon was told to stop nursing her newborn on the bus. The driver, a woman, working for Oakland SMART transit in Michigan, actually pulled the bus to a stop, all the while passengers were saying the driver needed to drive they didn’t want to be late to work, called dispatch and the police. Long story short the mom held her ground, continued nursing her baby and rode the bus to her final stop.BREASTFEEDING NURSE-IN TO HELP SHOW OUR SUPPORT TO Ms Moon who the driver tried to throw off the bus, it will be FRIDAY JULY 1 AT 9AM AT OAKLAND COUNTY SMART BUS TERMINAL IN MICHIGAN. We will show the SMART bus staff that we breastfeeding mommies stick together and most importantly educate them.

If you are not currently lactating you can still come and show your support by having signs. This will be a peaceful educational event. Your support is needed and welcomed!

Check out the full story; http://www.drmomma.org/2011/06/detroit-mother-ordered-off-bus-for.html

If you’re going to the Nurse in at the Oakland Terminal the address is 2021 Barrett, Troy MI 48084. Everyone is meeting there at 9am. I plan to attend the nurse in and hope to see some familiar faces.

There will also be  a conference call Wednesday June 29 at 9pm to answer any questions you may have 213-417-9250 please email Keva Williams at candiestaken@gmail.com for the access code . Please repost this everywhere you would like.
 
Question: What do you think about what Ms. Moon encountered? What are your thoughts on public breastfeeding? Have you ever breastfed in public and if so, what were some of the responses you received?