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I don't often write about the benefits of breastfeeding. I assume if you're here you've already heard about the benefits and want to learn more about the how. As we well know, breastfeeding can sometimes be hard starting out. I've talked a lot about dealing with the struggles. It dawned on me that I am doing you all a disservice by not speaking of the triumphs as well.
I love breastfeeding for many reasons. The bond. The health benefits. Having a sense of purpose. But one of my favorite breastfeeding perks is convenience. I can go anywhere I want and not have to worry about packing enough feeding supplies to last, and making sure I'm home in time for a feeding if we run out of feeding supplies. I can feed my baby anywhere, any time... for free!
On Thanksgiving day, I got to experience one of my dreams! My family and I ventured to New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! It was one of the best days I've had in a long time. Everyone I've told about it was shocked we did the trip with a baby. The first question is usually about how we stayed warm... Layers and babywearing do a great job of keeping us both cozy, not to mention the weather worked out to be pretty great this year! Then comes the second question, "You lugged all that gear up there?" Nope. I took a single diaper bag back pack (The AMAZING JuJuBe BFF - best investment ever besides our Tulas). That's it. Three adults. Two Children. ONE bag.
Then I get the crazy looks. But literally ALL we needed was a few diapers and a change of clothes for my toddler. I didn't have to worry about packing formula and bottles which take up so much space (though if I had, the JuJuBe BFF has plenty of space!). I also didn't have to worry about finding a place to make up bottles, warm up water, rinse bottles, etc. Breastfeeding on the go, once you get the hang of it, just makes life with a little one so much easier. I love being able to go on random adventures, without having to pack the whole house. Babywearing and Breastfeeding have definitely allowed us to experience a low stress, fun loving, adventurous lifestyle with our children. Now that's not to say these kinds of adventures can't be worked out if your baby is bottle fed, but boy the convenience of breastfeeding just can't be beat! Have you found yourself grateful for the portability of breastfeeding? Tell us more about your experiences with feeding on the go!
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