1. It’s the only time she lets me scratch off her cradle cap.
2. It gives me a moment to look deeply into her gray blue eyes.
3. When I overeat (which I fear I’ve been doing a lot lately), I know she will help me by nursing off most of the calories.
4. I never have to worry that I’ll be somewhere with the baby and she won’t have anything to eat.
5. I never have to worry that I’ll be somewhere with the baby and she won’t have anything to drink.
6. She nurses to sleep, which makes bedtime go smoothly.
7. I’m trendsetting!
8. She is learning and changing so fast, making five-word sentences, climbing ladders, telling Mommy to “go ‘way,” that it’s especially nice to have this quiet, loving, skin-to-skin time together, like we had in her infancy.
9. I eat more fresh, colorful, plant-based foods knowing I’m eating for two.
10. I get to tell my neighbor, “through college,” when Anna asks me how long I plan to nurse.
11. It lessens my risk of getting breast cancer.
12. I get some quiet uninterrupted time to read Middlemarch on my iPod while I’m nursing her to sleep lying on my side at bedtime.
13. Portable food for the museum visit, airplane ride, and playground.
14. Portable drink for the museum visit, airplane ride, and playground.
15. A chance to flash good-looking strangers.
16. A handy way to overcome jetlag since nursing is soporific for both of us.
17. She lets me nibble her toes (or shoves a foot in my face) while we’re nursing.
18. Sometimes even just the promise of “Sides” (which is what Leone calls nummies) is enough to quell a tantrum or fix a frustration.
19. This is my last baby. Chances are I’ll not lactate again after she stops nursing. Knowing that makes me appreciate it even more.
20. Nursing a toddler is a good conversation starter.
21. I get to smooth her flaxen hair back from her forehead, inhale her sweet scent, and cuddle her when we’re nursing.
22. My older kids and their friends see breastfeeding every day, which reinforces for them that it’s normal, healthy, enjoyable, and something moms do.
Are you nursing a baby or a toddler? What are some of the things you love about nursing?