I’m not sure about you guys, but during my pregnancy I took the tagline, “breast is best” pretty literally. I mean, it speaks volumes in its simplicity, doesn’t it? Also, it rhymes, so we really shouldn’t argue because everyone knows a rhyming tagline is a correct tagline (on that note, I'd like to also propose, "Bottle, don't dawdle."). However, now I understand that there are countless (seriously, so many) factors that can affect one's decision or ability to breastfeed. While a number of breastfeeding benefits for both mom and baby are well-documented (and often an integral part of the conversation about the potential decision to breastfeed) I've noticed that there are things you'll love about breastfeeding that have nothing to do with your kid.
These perks arguably aren’t as important as, say, antibodies and nutrients reaching my child, or, you know, a baby's decreased risk of childhood cancer, or a mom's reduced chances of developing breast cancer. No, these perks mostly have to do with my own personal comfort and indulgences. I also hope I’m not alone in enjoying some of the fringe benefits of breastfeeding, because if that’s the case then it would make me feel like I’m doing something wrong and I really dislike that feeling. Anyway, without further ado, here’s a trusty cheat sheet of just some of the bonus pros of breastfeeding that don't have a whole lot to do with actually sustaining your child. When you're a mom (especially a new mom) you take the wins anyway you can.