Why I Chose to Breastfeed

This post is being shared as part of World Breast Feeding Week. To find out more please visit http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org

For me, breastfeeding was never really a question. It was something I just always assumed I would do. It never occurred to me to buy bottles or formula to have in the cupboard just in case. I was going to breastfeed, simple as that.

As I explained in my feeding journey, it didn’t go to plan. Not even close. But why did I persevere? If I’m honest, the easiest option for me would have been to let Piglet continue with the bottle. He didn’t want to breast feed, so why push it?

I could harp on at your about the health benefits to both mum and baby for breastfeeding, but we all know them. So why bother right?

I have some purely selfish reasons for breastfeeding though. Reasons that have nothing to do with health, or Piglet:

  1. Weight loss – breastfeeding can burn 500-800 calories per day. I could not bother to work out and still have dropped any baby weight pretty sharpish. Unfortunately it won’t tone you up though. Damn.
  2. Cakes galore – hand in hand with the weight loss, if you’re burning calories you might want to be replacing them. Personally I don’t want to lose any weight so I’ve been enjoying not having to watch what I eat. If I’m going to have a Piglet sized parasite for a year or so I might swell reap the cake-y benefits.
  3. Instant comfort – if in doubt, breastfeed. When Piglet is having a rage at life, a breastfeed always comforts and settles him regardless of what the issue actually was. It makes my life 10x easier – although not so easy for his father when I’m not home!
  4. Ease – I can’t forget my boobs when I leave the house. Its just not possible. I don’t have to faff about with bottles and formula and all that jazz. Just grab the baby, some nappies and hit the road! (ok and maybe my keys, purse, phone….. but you get the picture). And the middle of the night – no mucking about. Just up feed and back to bed. No pratting around with boiling water and sterilising. More sleep for me – hooray!
  5. Flexibility – I can change plans with no (feeding related) repercussions. If we decide to stay somewhere later than we originally thought then no problem, got the milk on tap. No fuss!

Am I a horrible person who will rot in hell for being selfish? Possibly. But do I care? No. Piglet is happy and I am happy – there are no losers!

Why I Chose to Breastfeed

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23 Comments

  1. 1st August 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Hahaha… such a different post on breastfeeding! I thought it would be the run-of-the-mill reasons but this was such a refreshing, witty read! And… all valid points!
    Fab post.
    #FartGlitter

    • OddHogg
      Author
      1st August 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you – I’m glad you liked it!

  2. 1st August 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I’m totally with you on the benefits! I lost all my baby weight and then some due to breastfeeding, despite excessive cake consumption. I’m only breastfeeding twice a day now, so I don’t have that excuse of needing the extra calories anymore, yet I still eat way too much cake. Oops…#fartglitter

    • OddHogg
      Author
      1st August 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Just maintain that the cake is medicinal and you’ll be fine – surely no one can argue with that!

  3. 1st August 2016 / 8:45 pm

    The weight loss really surprised me, I’m breastfeeding at the moment although it’s slowly coming to an end, my son is 9 months now and is weaning himself. But I weigh less now than I did before I was pregnant! It’s great! #marvmondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      1st August 2016 / 8:53 pm

      It was definitely a major factor in my decision – yes I’m truly that shallow! I haven’t stepped on the scales in a while but I suspect I weigh less too

  4. Jane Taylor
    2nd August 2016 / 8:23 am

    Hello Kimberly,
    Lovely to pop over to your blog today. I’ve had a little peek at your ‘about me’ page because I like to get to know the blogs I visit (and I’m nosey!). Lovely photo of you and your family. I breastfed both of mine, who are 9 and 13 now. I agree with all of the benefits you list! Selfish? Absolutely not! I know not everyone can get along with the whole breastfeeding thing (no judgement) but I think it’s such a wonderful and natural thing to do and good for baby, so not selfish at all. Thanks for sharing. #MarvMondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      2nd August 2016 / 10:16 am

      Thank you. Unfortunately for us the road to breastfeeding was not natural. In fact it was quite stressful for all involved. In those first few months of his wee life Piglet would probably have been happier if I have just given up and let him be bottle fed – but we got there in the end! And we definitely reap the benefits now. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. 2nd August 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Great reasons to breastfeeding and glad you masters the art as it is solid! X

  6. 2nd August 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I totally agree with all of these! I stuck rigidly to breastfeeding despite cracked nipples and feeding problems and mastitis and blah blah blah. My reasons were 80% laziness as I knew that I just had zero desire to have to start making up bottles at 3am! Oh yeah, and the cake. That was definitely a motivational factor haha. Fantastic post. Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

  7. Single Mum Speaks
    2nd August 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Yay! Your reasons are all the same as mine, and I am still breastfeeding my two year old (also known as Piglet) and it is still going well. Love this. #thetruthabout

    • OddHogg
      Author
      2nd August 2016 / 10:23 pm

      I love that you have a Piglet too! The nickname started when I was pregnant – because we are Hogg’s and I didn’t know baby’s gender. And it’s just kind of stuck!

  8. 3rd August 2016 / 9:33 pm

    There are days when I wish I could just put them on the breast. #MarvMondays

  9. Sam
    3rd August 2016 / 11:16 pm

    It’s fab that you feel secure enough to talk about the more selfish reasons for breastfeeding – this is exactly the kind of thing we like over at #thetruthabout 🙂 Personally though I would never in a million years dare to suggest that there were selfish reasons behind my choice to bottle feed my second child (after one very emotional week and 20 weeks of absolute mental and emotional and physical agony breastfeeding my eldest). For me, it was much more convenient because, despite the extra job of making up bottles it allowed me to leave the house. With my first child I simply couldn’t face breastfeeding in public and so I was practically a prisoner at home for large periods of time. Making up bottles was not a chore for me because on the flip side I got to have a much healthier emotional bond with my baby with breastfeeding out of the equation. For his comfort there was stretchy sling time and a dummy, for weight loss – well I’m just lucky I have a high metabolism so that wasn’t an issue. I’m still proud of having breast fed my eldest for a good amount of time despite the difficulties but that experience helped me to understand what the pros and the cons were *for me personally* and your description of being selfish – well we all do what’s right for us and our babies and I don’t believe that any choice we make is made without at least a small element of self involvement. Thanks for linking up! X

    • OddHogg
      Author
      4th August 2016 / 7:54 am

      I use a nursing cover to breastfeed in public – I don’t think I’d be as comfortable without it! But I agree – there is absolutely no need to breastfeed if its going to be too stressful for both mum and baby. If Piglet hadn’t started breastfeeding properly at 8 weeks I don’t think I would have persevered much longer as it truly wouldn’t have been worth the hassle. I bottle fed for 8 weeks thought which was enough time for me to realise I wanted to breastfeed!

  10. 5th August 2016 / 9:06 am

    What a refreshing breastfeeding post! I wasn’t able to breastfeed and have felt a lot of shame about it, so I’m relieved to see this wasn’t a post harping on about the health benefits we already know. Instead you focused on positives of breastfeeding that don’t always get a mention 🙂 Thank you and well done for persevering xx #thetruthabout

  11. 5th August 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Great reason and they are my reasons for breastfeeding too haha! Well I have only learnt how easy it is to go out without making bottles up and every time he cries if he doesn’t settle – give him the boob and he’s calm!
    #MarvMondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      5th August 2016 / 8:57 pm

      I was just having an issue getting Piglet off to bed….. bit of boob eventually did the trick haha can’t deny it works!

  12. The Speed Bump
    6th August 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Lovely post – as someone who wasn’t able to breastfeed, it’s refreshing to read an honest, non-preachy post about breastfeeding! #MarvMondays

  13. 7th August 2016 / 3:12 am

    I dont think theres anything wrong with some of the reasons you choose and persevered with breastfeeding, many of these are on my list too! As well as being great for baby, it is just so much easier and convienent (I think) so why wouldnt I! I love the honest of your post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  14. Kay Brown - Cheery Little Thing
    7th August 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I totally relate to point 4! & we didn’t buy formula beforehand either but we had some bottles that came with the breast pump etc. This changed when we got out of hospital as we were forced to give top ups in hospital to fight jaundice (which confusingly goes against the NHS’s own advice for breastfed babies!) & we felt it would be best to have an emergency supply just in case. I think that’s helped relieve some of the pressure on me in many ways. I think the psychological aspect of breastfeeding is often forgotten – it’s interlinked so much to our own worth and progress post natally.

    • OddHogg
      Author
      7th August 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Piglet had formula from day 1 due to being in the neonatal unit. We also had real issues with jaundice and ended up readmitted to hospital for treatment 5 days after he was first discharged. We gave formula top or expressed milk top ups for 8 weeks int he end – I explain it all in a post on our feeding story https://oddhogg.com/breast-or-bottle-our-feeding-journey/
      Its a funny old thing breast feeding, I did feel immense pressure to feed. But that pressure was purely placed by me, my health visitor told me to give it up pretty early on when it wasn’t working! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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