Skip to main content

Breast-feeding Part I: Why we do it

I could probably write the world's longest blog about breast-feeding. Instead, I want to break it up into several entries. First up: why we do it.

1. It saves money. This was honestly the biggest motivator for Kyle and I when we decided to try breast-feeding. We both hated the idea of spending money on formula when we could get what our baby needs straight from my body.

2. It's empowering. When I was pregnant, I was reading several blogs, books and message boards about breast-feeding. I realized all of the women who did it seemed to have an extra confidence as mothers. At first I felt frustrated and confused. But now that Kenlee and I have gotten the hang of things, I definitely feel empowered by breast-feeding. For real, my body has supplied my baby with everything she has needed to grow. It's amazing!

3. It's easy - most of the time. After Kenlee and I got past the learning curve and we both got used to nursing, it has been a breeze. I can just whip out a warm, fresh meal for her when we are together. Pumping when I am at work isn't much fun, but we don't have to worry about it on the weekends, which is great. I have learned to find ways around bottles when possible just because they are such a hassle.

4. It's addicting. My friends and family are probably sick about hearing me constantly talk about breast-feeding. Seriously though, you'd be obsessed with something too if you did it at least six times a day! Also, I read earlier this month that breast-feeding releases oxytocin, which gives mothers's a bit of a high. We literally become addicted to our babies. How cool, right?!

Those are the four main reason we continue to breast-feed, but it isn't all puppies and rainbows. Stay tuned for my next installment about breast-feeding: The struggles of a nursing mom.


Popular posts from this blog

Worth the Wait: Archer's Birth Story

Archer Wilden Brigle Nov. 11, 2016 7 lbs., 10 oz. 21 inches long
Archer's delivery only lasted a few (intense) minutes, but the tumultuous story of his arrival started several weeks prior. My pregnancy lasted FOREVER (or at least it felt that way) and, even though I knew he could be late, I was on pins and needles looking for ANY signs of labor as each day passed by. 
Oct. 31 - 40 weeks  Despite my best efforts to kickstart labor over the weekend, I was still pregnant on my due date -Halloween. This was good news for Kenlee because even though we had already participated in our local trick or treat on Saturday, I was willing to go out walking again so she could trick or treat a second time with her cousins (who live in another town). 

Nov. 2  My 40-week appointment was on a Wednesday afternoon. I was nervous/excited because I decided I would finally get my cervix checked and see what kind of progress I was making. Even though I'd had no other signs of labor at this point, I hop…

Disney World DVC rental: How we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for a FRACTION of the normal price

As you may recall, I spent approximately 18 months planning and saving for my family’s first trip to Disney World. We stayed Nov. 15-21, 2015, and I have to say every bit of research and budgeting paid off – big time. And, I can’t wait to share everything I learned.
But before I dive into any tips or tricks, I want to set the stage with the “stage” of our vacation: our resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge. This place is so incredible, it’s hard to describe. From the sights (animals grazing on the savanna), to the sounds (genuine African drummers), to the tastes (Indian and African dishes) and the smells (OMG I asked if they sold incense so we could take the scent home!!), every detail added to an immersive, amazing experience. 

Now, you may be wondering how we decided to stay here. I wish I could say we chose it after a lengthy comparison of features and costs … but really, we just got one hell of a deal. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for a good discount or clearance sale. And I fou…

I'm a Marathoner! Recap of the Akron Marathon

WARNING: This post is nearly as long as my marathon. It's taken me nearly a month to put together, and it's probably too long and rambling at parts, but I don't care. You're about to read more than a race recap. You're about to read my memories of one of the hardest, craziest and most incredible days of my life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Part 1: The hills are alive If you were looking at elevation maps (hills) for a marathon course, which of the two below would you rather run?

Yeah ... That's a trick question – they’re for the same race ... my race! They’re just scaled differently, which is REALLY hard to see unless you’re some sort of map guru (which I am not). 
So when I saw the first map back in December last year, I didn’t think the course for the Akron Marathon looked so bad. Yes, it would have hills, but I thought they seemed comparable to the hills I run out in the country. 
Fast forward 10 months to when I saw the second chart … an…