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Monday, October 16, 2006As I head into the third week of breastfeeding, it's dawning on me that there are many benefits to nursing that I'd never thought of.
One is the idea that it's God and nature's way of ensuring that new moms get some rest. Now that may sound funny considering breastfeeding moms are known for having to wake up every hour or two during the night to nurse their little ones...thus, sleep doesn't really happen so much for the first few weeks.
But I'm not talking sleep, I'm talking "rest."
You see many moms in the past and today have a tendancy to go non-stop. Cleaning, chasing older kids, running errands, cooking, working, etc... tons and tons of stuff to keep us busy. But when you nurse, especially in those first few weeks, you can ONLY nurse. There is no nursing while carting around your kid and vaccuuming the living room. Babie take awhile to perfect their latch, moms take awhile to perfect their holds. ;)
So...I've been forced to take a break every two hours or so and to just SIT for 20 minutes while snuggling up with Emmitt and nursing him. Sometimes I day dream, sometimes I watch a bit of TV, sometimes I snuggle with Elnora. But no matter what I'm doing, I'm resting.
That's kinda cool.