So this morning we have another Leche League meeting. Why do I go to these? Because of the support that LLL provides for Abi and I! I am actually a real “official” member, and I even signed up to help with a group job this month. Wes calls LLL the “breastfeeding Nazis” (affectionately, of course). I have some days I want to quit, or days when I feel really weird for choosing to nurse Abi. Just knowing I can call or email someone for help makes a huge difference and keeps me going.
What is so weird about breastfeeding? NOTHING! But I get a lot of questions like “You’re still nursing?” (Abi is only 5 months old). Like, it was great and all when she was a newborn, but why the heck are you still doing it? Maybe because milk is still her main form of sustenance – she has cereal once a day now – and my milk is perfectly suited to do the job. God designed it that way, and He knows what he’s doing. Now, that probably sounds horribly unscientific – there is also lots of research that backs up that statement. For instance, breastmilk can be left out for several hours and is still safe to feed to baby – because it has antimicrobial properties! That is just one of several cool things about it.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to give formula, and I don’t judge other moms who do. Actually, I’m really glad it was invented and they keep improving it – some babies and some moms really, really need it. I was one such baby. Things would be bad if formula wasn’t available. It’s just not the right choice for us, since I can give her my own milk (and for that I am very thankful), I might as well do it. And keep doing it!