I recently shared an image of full-term breastfeeding on our Instagram, and someone asked me if it was "necessary" to nurse like that in public.
My answer: It is always "necessary" to show up for your child as their mother. Whether that comfort is a kind smile, a loving embrace, or pressed to the breast, responding to your child is not just about feeding, it's about building the trust that you will always be there for them.
As the initial social bond that a child forms, the love shared between a mother and child is critical to the child's social development. However you respond to and nurture your child, even if it's not breastfeeding for your family, offer them the response that reaffirms that they are important. To me, that is nature's best health plan.
Since I am a believer in the long-term benefits of breastfeeding, extending breastfeeding past the first birthday worked for us. Building a healthy body is one thing...building a strong self-esteem is also part of mothering. For those of us that choose extended breastfeeding, saying yes when our child needs to nurse is part of responding to their needs and affirming their esteem. It is necessary, and very much a part of showing up as Mother.
Now for the actual physiological benefits of breastfeeding, I refer to some of my favorite summary images HERE and HERE, found on the Alpha Parent blog :)
What are some of the health benefits you have seen come from the choice to breastfeed for your family?
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