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Exclusively Breastfed for 6 Months | Frugal & Simple

Exclusively Breastfed for 6 Months

This past Saturday was an exciting day in our family! We celebrated the half birthday of our son and that I reached my goal of exclusively breastfeeding him for 6 months!

I’ve been blessed that breastfeeding has been an easy experience for both of us. It has been challenging, especially those days when he was younger when he’d want to eat every 2 hours!

I have moments when I think that I’ve been nursing every 3 hours during the day (or more some days) for the past 6 months. That is amazing as well as physically demanding and time consuming. However, those sweet nursing snuggles and nursing naps (where we both fall asleep) are precious and time well invested in my son!

A few of the benefits of breastfeeding for us:

  • Paxton has been healthy – no sickness or trips to the doctor other than for well baby visits! (He has had the sniffles the past few days – I think it could be teething related.)
  • It’s essentially free – I do eat more since I’m nursing but we’re not having to purchase formula!
  • Breastfeeding is simple! I don’t have to worry about bottles, formula, washing bottles, mixing bottles and all that goes along with formula feeding. (We give him breast milk bottles about 2-3 times, typically for the nursery at church and washing bottles is no fun!)
  • I love feeding my baby; nursing is so relaxing and wonderful bonding time!
  • I believe breastfeeding has helped me lose my baby weight!
  • Delaying fertility.

My 6-month-old exclusively breastfed baby! It’s amazing to think that my body has nurtured this little person and allowed him to grow into a healthy baby boy!

My new goal is to continue nursing until a year – and possibly longer.

*Both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusively breastfeeding the first 6 months and breastfeeding should continue to the first year – or even beyond!

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*I know many women struggle with breastfeeding whether it is horrible pain, a baby who won’t latch or lack of milk supply and these are things they just can’t control. I do not think mothers who formula feed their babies are inferior to those who breastfeed, we all love our babies and do what is best for them!