Belly to Belly.

My little is asleep right now. It’s almost 10pm as I am writing this. It probably won’t be this time when I publish it but just thought you should know.

It was hard getting her to sleep tonight. Actually, lately it has been. I think it has something to do with her current leap, or maybe teething, or maybe she’s already starting her 4 month sleep regression early. Whatever it is, she has been seriously fighting sleep.

I’ve had to put her down and pick her up about 6-7 times because every time she falls asleep and I try to put her down in her crib, she instantly wakes up and cries. She has been extremely attached to me lately. Not that I mind it, but it does make things difficult when trying to get things done for my new business, as it does require some time alone in order to think/write/research/etc.

But putting all that aside. I kind of love the act of putting her to sleep. No, not because it means she goes to bed and I get to do my things. But because I get to really bond with her during this time.

Usually, I’ll start her bedtime routine with a bath around 7:30pm, and then once she’s settled down, I will turn down the lights and lay on the bed with her. We will lay belly to belly. Her cuddled up right next to my breast.

It is the best feeling in the world to share that warmth with her. To make her feel completely safe as she is cuddled against my belly, just as if she was back in the womb. I bet that is why it feels so natural to her.

And that is how we feed and how she falls asleep. At least in the beginning. After transfer to the crib is another story.

But it makes me think of that simple act. Being belly to belly. Such a close bond it forms between mother and child.

Just like the bond of breastfeeding, if you think about it, just like sleeping, it is another form of belly to belly. And I know they say “fed is best,” which I believe it is, but I really do think breastfeeding is ultimately best if you do have that choice. It has so many crucial benefits to the child besides just giving them nutrition.

Did you know that breastfeeding passes on your antibodies to your baby?

That whatever immunity you already have built up, it will pass all of that through your milk to him or her, giving them an amazing head start with their own immunity. And also that through their saliva, it will signal to your body what antibodies your baby needs at the time, especially during cold and flu season when illness is more prevalent or when the mother is exposed to bacteria/viruses.

Did you know that as your baby grows, your milk will adapt to their nutritional and developmental needs?

Did you know that breastfed babies have less risk for disease and illness, such as respiratory infections, diabetes, celiac disease, gut infections, colds, even allergies? There is even a lower risk of SIDS occurring!

I’ve always been for breastfeeding and at first, it was simply because I felt like it was the natural thing to do and very convenient. Just pop the boob out wherever you go!

However, now that I have done more research into the amazing magic of breastmilk, I want to continue to breastfeed for as long as I can.

Have you seen that science experiment that went viral on the internet a little while back and how this lady showed how breastmilk was warding off these viruses. It was truly amazing how it did that and how it does that for our children! This is why I truly believe in God and that He created such a perfect body and a perfect system for everything. Everything He does is with great purpose and that is why I don’t like to stray too far from what is natural and what our bodies were created to do.

Here is the article in case you would like to read it!

Also, while I was doing my research into the benefits of breastfeeding, I came across something that said that women in other countries actually breastfeed well past the age of 2. In fact, the average age of weaning was between 2.5 and 3.5 years old. In some indigenous countries, the average age of weaning is even older, around 5-6 years old.

There are countless studies that show that breastfeeding well into the toddler years is still very beneficial for the child. I hate how there is such a stigma around extended breastfeeding. I say we normalize it!

Anyway, that is my rant for tonight or today, depending on when you choose to read this.

Regardless of the fact that breastfeeding is something completely miraculous, just being able to bond with my baby, belly to belly in that way, is an experience worth everything.

Tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Do you or did you breastfeed your children? Why or why not? If so, how long or how long do you plan to?

xx

Mama with Grace

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