There are so many benefits to breastfeeding—from all those disease-fighting antibodies you gift your baby, to the ways that breastfeeding boosts your mood and helps you bond. But what you may not realize is how much freedom breastfeeding offers.
At first, nursing means feeding your baby around the clock. It might mean sore nipples and constant worrying that your baby isn’t getting enough. But once you and your baby find your groove (usually about a month in), breastfeeding actually becomes easier than bottle-feeding. #HELLOFREEDOM
FREE OF COST
Sure, you might need to get a breast pump and some breast pads. (FYI, take our current Breastfeeding Basic class, and we’ll facilitate you getting a free breast pump through your insurance [INSERT LINK]). But the truth is, you don’t really need to buy a thing to successfully breastfeed your baby.
On the other hand, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, formula can cost between $1200-1500 per year. It’s estimated that if 90% of families breastfed exclusively for six months, $13 billion in medical costs would be saved. Wow!
FREE OF STUFF
Having a baby means lugging around all kinds of stuff when you leave the house: diapers, wipes, burp clothes, change of clothes, etc. If you’re breastfeeding, you can lighten your load. No need to carry bottles or formula, which are generally more weighty than the other stuff.
Not only that, but you don’t have to clean bottles, prepare formula, or make endless trips to the store for feeding supplies. Win-win-win!
Some moms bemoan the fact that breastfed babies don’t always eat on a schedule. That’s understandable, but what you might not realize is that not being beholden to a strict schedule can actually be… awesome!
Breastfeeding mamas have the freedom to go out and about, feeding their baby whenever hunger strikes. And yes, that might mean on the runway ….
Or while prepping for a hockey game …
Breastfeeding moms are nothing if not incredible multi-taskers.
Lots of moms feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public. That’s okay, and if you feel more comfortable nursing with a cover, you do you.
However, you should know that all 50 states have laws in place protecting your right to breastfeed in public.
If you want to try breastfeeding in public, but feel unsure, here’s a tip: Practice in front of a mirror.
- Dress yourself as you would if you were going out.
- Sit in front of a mirror, and start breastfeeding.
- You’ll find that the amount of flesh actually revealed is a lot less than what you see when you latch your baby on.
Now go out and breastfeed like the amazing mama you are!
EXCLUSIVE FOR OUR MEMBERS: The Baby Box Co. and our proud partner Nurx want to support all breastfeeding moms throughout #BreastFeedingAwarenessMonth this August and beyond! We’re providing free online breastfeeding education and we’ll reward you for completing our class. Plus, we’re giving away a whole bundle of breastfeeding gear ($250 value) in our #MyBreastSelf Instagram Giveaway. Check it out and play for a chance to win!