The inspiration for this blog name is summed up below. But the blog will take many different roads beyond motherhood, as I realize the phrase Milk It applies to a lot of things and attitudes.
For my first child I nursed for seven months and had stockpiled enough breast milk so she never had formula until she was nine months old. I had twins on March 12th, a boy and a girl. Breastfeeding them was a bit more of a challenge, first of all there were two hungry babies and second of all my body was four years older. Eventually the milk came in and everyone was happy. But everyday and every night it was up to me to provide sustenance for them. It was very stressful, although I don’t remember the early days that well, I just remember the mantra of day by day. My husband didn’t want me to continue, he saw how tired I was and wanted me to take better care of myself. But I persevered because I was still going to have to get up in the middle of the night with them, so making a bottle is not easier. In my mind I kept thinking that my daughter got the benefits of being breastfed and she will always have the benefit of being first born. The least I could do was try to make this as fair as possible out of the gate.
So, here I am almost seven months in and I know the time is almost up. I lament the impending end. I love breastfeeding for many reasons.
1.) It’s good for the babies – protects against allergies, obesity and other health related issues
2.) It’s good bonding between mother and babies
3.) Lower’s the mother’s risk of breast cancer and type 2 diabetes
4.) Cheaper than formula and with twins I can tell you we go through a lot of formula (the babies are on formula during the day and sometimes a cocktail depending on how much I’m able to pump during the time I’m at work or traveling.)
5.) WEIGHT LOSS – I am back to my pre-baby weight. But I suspect a lot of that is loss of muscle. It’s difficult to workout when you don’t sleep.
6.) Clear skin
7.) Longer hair – although it is falling out at an alarming rate, there is a lot of it growing to cover the loss
8.) Less work at night, you don’t have to make bottles (Now I know what you’re thinking, they are 6.5 months, why are they still getting up? Well, I can’t tell you why, I can tell you that they just are.)
9.) May boost intelligence of the baby, not the mother – sleep deprivation puts a stop to that for sure
10.) As a working mom, it is the one thing that can eliminate guilt for leaving your children with someone that’s not you for long stretches of time. As soon as they see or smell your scent they get excited and can’t wait to nurse.
So I lament. I wonder if they will still be excited to see me walk in the door at night if they are just going to get a bottle. I wonder how much weight I’ll put on before I can work out on a regular basis. Luckily I have sizes 2-10 in my closet. I know the babies have received their fair share of benefits from this. I know they are fine with food and formula. So mostly it’s about me and my benefits. It’s about not worrying about what I eat. It’s about the bonding. It’s about the long hair. So forgive me but I’m going to milk it for as long as I can.