Some Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Cool

Breastfeeding is Cool

In honor of breastfeeding awareness month, I want to share with you some reasons why breastfeeding is flipping awesome. 

Breast is best (yes, I went there but read on). So actually, fed is best. As long as a baby is fed, that's what is best for your baby. However, if we're getting technical here...breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for your little one. While there are wonderful brands of formula out there, nothing and I mean nothing, can compare to breastmilk. Breastmilk is so full of so many amazing nutrients and vitamins that to this day researchers still know that they have not uncovered them all. The science of breastmilk is like bottomless chips and salsa at Chilis...it's so good and it never ends! 

It's easier. Sort of. The first 4-6 weeks of breastfeeding is hard, like really flipping hard. I've been through it three times and during each child I had days where I thought about just quitting. But I fought through the hard time and the nipple pains and engorgement because I knew in the end, that breastfeeding was so much easier. There's not really any bottles to wash, no bottles or formula to carry around, you never have to worry about not having baby's food in the case of a zombie apocalypse and you do not have to make bottles in the middle of the dark when you're basically a zombie yourself. Praise the Lord!

 It's natural, but read on. We're the only species that will turn around and eat another mammal's milk when we consume dairy products. As mammals we are designed to feed our offspring. However while it is natural, natural doesn't always mean easy. Just because it doesn't come natural to you, don't get discouraged. I'm sure there's a monkey somewhere struggling to feed a chimp. You're not alone, promise!

It's beautiful. If you've ever thought for a second that breastfeeding was kinda weird, you're not alone. I remember once feeling like it would be odd to nurse my son. Why? Because our modern culture has sexualized breasts and if we're being honest here, we all know that we've probably used in that way (oops). But it's truly the most beautiful thing. Once you experience it and begin that journey, you find a whole new appreciation for your body and for the way God so cleverly created us. 

It's healthy for YOU. The longer you breastfeed, the more you lower your chance of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Every month counts - so even something like 4-6 months per child is huge! Also, breastfeeding usually helps most mothers lose weight! It's not always the magic solution and for myself, it takes about 6 months or so to really see the effects; and by around one year, I would also see a good drop from it as well! 

You'll feel stronger. Breastfeeding makes you weak in the beginning. It makes you cry and it makes you feel like something so natural just isn't natural for you. You'll think you're doing it all wrong, and that's oaky. It's exactly how we all feel and even three kids in and I still felt that way each and every time. It's a daily struggle for awhile and then one day you realize how second nature it all becomes. Then one day, you'll approach whatever personal breast-feeding goal that you set for yourself and you may even surpass it. You'll feel like a champ. You'll feel like a goddess. You'll feel like you won a challenging game of LIFE. And you'll realize just how grateful you are for that. 

Breastfeeding isn't for everyone and it certainly can't be done alone. It takes a village to breastfeed. It takes realizing that for those first few weeks, you may be glued to the sofa, with Netflix and a water bottle while a newborn sucks the life out of you. But you'll forever be grateful for trying. I encourage you to consider the option to breastfeed. Even if it feels so foreign to you and so out of your comfort zone, try it. You never know how easily you may fall in love with the gift that God provided for our babies. 

Nurse on mamas! 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

To my Kindergartener

To my Kindergartener

When did you grow up little one? This all happened too fast. Here we are on the brinks of Kindergarten and all I can think about is how fast this all happened. I wasn't ready for this; no one really prepared me for it. 

People say so often, "It flies by so fast," but when you're in the brink of sleepless nights and never ending baby spit up, nothing seems to be going by too fast. In fact, at times I wished for you to grow up and overcome whatever hard stage we were in (like terrible twos) but here I am wishing you still had chubby baby cheeks and short curly hair. 

It seems just yesterday you were drinking from that cute little sippy cup that you used to throw everywhere. Now here you are telling me, "I can do it" when it comes to putting the straw in your juice box. Sometimes you do struggle with it and then you need me, and perhaps I secretly like that. 

It seems like not that long ago you were saying words all cute and funny and I thought it was so adorable that I hardly corrected you. Gosh, I can't even remember some of those words now because you're so grown and that's all so far away. Now, you speak some days as if you're in junior high and I'm just sitting there with my mouth hanging open wondering when did I start raising a thirteen year old? 

You're beyond excited for school and my heart is thrilled that you are. I know this means new friends, new lessons, new challenges and a whole new norm for you. But what about our old norm? 

What about all of these years of you staying home with me and learning life lessons from me? What about the days of running through the sprinklers or playing at the park while the rest of the world was tucked away at a desk, will you remember those days? Will you remember all of the snacks eaten on the front porch and the days of lazy cuddles after nap time where we just snuggled and watched your favorite movies? I pray you do. 

My normal for so long has been you. You home, you here and you spending so much time with me. I provided your safety net and now someone else will (and that scares me). I buckled you up tightly and drove slowly, and now there's a big yellow bus awaiting you (and that scares me too). 

Here we are, on the brinks of having our normal forever changed. Alarms need to be set, bags need to be packed and this is the real deal. This isn't preschool where we can just go for a couple of hours and come home or skip just because. This is the real deal and my heart is having so many mixed emotions about it. But...I have to be strong for you, because you're so strong. 

As you go out there and create a new normal for yourself, as you make new friends and as you learn new lessons, I hope and pray that you carry the ones from our time together. I hope you always feel my love and my snuggles, even when we're apart. I hope you carry the kindness I've taught you and show it towards others. I pray you remember you're worth, your beauty, your joy and your love for yourself no matter what things are tossed your way. 

I hope that when you open your snack at school that you remember all of our moments of snacks on the porch or baking cookies at home; and I hope you share yours with others who need it. I hope that when you think of me, your heart fills with joy and that you shine that joy to others. 

So here's to you my sweet child, as you begin a new normal. Here's to us as WE begin this new normal together. Life is changing fast and the seasons and rhythms of motherhood and childhood change more than I think I am prepared for. But we will get through it day by day. 

So go my love, shine your joy to others and bring your kindness to the table. Carry my love in your heart and turn to the warmth of my snuggles when you need to; because I'll be right here ready for you and all of the new norms that life will present. I'm not going anywhere, it's just a new norm. 

My Daily Wellness Habits

 Post workout with my little guy. All photos copyright. 

Post workout with my little guy. All photos copyright. 

Sticking to a routine can sometimes be tricky, #momlife. Our nights of sleep and our morning start can all play a role in just how well we do with balancing our days with the routines that we know are helpful and good for us. 

I went through a time in my life where everyday I took my supplements and oiled up just as I had the day before. I had more energy, more grounded emotions and just an overall better feeling, and that was when I was a brand new postpartum mother. I realized then how important that routine was to helping me feel so balanced and grounded and have strived to continue to keep it up ever since then. 

 My Oily station. 

My Oily station. 

Sometimes I get asked by others, "How do you do it all?" and sometimes as flattering as the question is it is also a very hard question for me to answer. I suppose like so many other mothers, in my mind I feel like I am not successfully doing it all. There are indeed clothes that need to be washed, chores I didn't do, blog posts that I didn't write and a child who wanted me to color with them today and I never did. I think we are all guilty of holding onto mom guilt and believing that we're just not doing good enough. But...I digress...back to my wellness routine. 

I suppose that my wellness habits are a tool that helps me do it all. And while every day I may not feel like I'm on top of the world, most days I feel pretty darn good. I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the things that I take and the oils that I use daily for my own health regimen. Essential oils have changed the game for me. When used daily and consistently and when using the right brand, your body can respond in ways that you never dreamed. Essential oils can offer support for emotions, sleep, anxiousness, mood, skin, digestive health, respiratory health, immunity, energy and SO MUCH MORE (but this post isn't just about oils - so keep reading!). 

 An excellent blend for your diffuser in the mornings! 

An excellent blend for your diffuser in the mornings! 

Before I share my routine, I want to point out that some of these things are not always achieved every day. Life happens and sometimes I can be forgetful. But when all of these things are achieved, my days are just simply better. 

Here lately I have been rising before the kids to have some quiet time for reading scriptures and praying. I have noticed how this greatly impacts my day for the better! Sometimes I am also able to squeeze in some work and chores. Rising before the kids, truly makes a difference! 

MORNING ROUTINE: 

  • Wake before the kids for quiet time - I like to spend this time on my front porch 
  • Diffuse Peppermint with a citrus oil to wake up and become alert
  • Take two Super B tablets with breakfast 
  • Take two Multigreens capsules
  • Take 1-2 Vitamin D gummies from Nordic Naturals
  • Take one plant based iron capsule from Rainbow Light 
  • Apply Progessance Plus to my forearms 
  • Apply Valor oil over heart and behind ears
  • Apply Tranquil oil when heading out the door 

MID MORNING ROUTINE:

  • Drink 1-2 oz of Ningxia Red 
  • Workout for about 15-20 mins if I can (or want to)
 Go outside for some fresh air. 

Go outside for some fresh air. 

MIDDAY SLUMP:

  • Diffuse oils based on what I want/need: sometimes it's for a pick me up and others for more joy in our day
  • Drink a NingXia Zyng (it would also be wise to do an ounce of Ningxia Red in the morning and another ounce in the afternoon for a pick me up)
  • Apply Tranquil oil for some afternoon zen
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to my water
  • Go outside for a bit to walk or ride bikes with the kids, water the flowers or simply pull weeds! Sometimes we just eat our afternoon snacks on the porch 
  • Go for a change of scenery - if we have been stuck inside all day, we may run to grab ice cream to go for a change of scenery 
  • Also I like to nap. While this is happening less these days, I will listen to my body during the kids' nap time and get myself a power nap in. 

EVENINGS:

  • Diffuse calming oils such as Lavender + Cedarwood, Stress Away + Orange, White Angelica + Orange or Gentle Baby 
  • Soak in the bath (obviously this isn't always a possibility) 
  • Read something if I can 
  • Apply Rutavala before bed (especially on days where my mind won't stop and I can't settle for sleep)
 Ending the day in my own little paradise. 

Ending the day in my own little paradise. 

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into how my days typically go around here when it comes to the things I do to keep going. It can be hard to keep the adrenaline going and believe me, I'll nap during the kids' nap time if my body needs it. 

Listen to your body and treat it the right way. It will thank you in your mind, body and spirit. 

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