1. Nurturing and Bonding With My Baby
I loved those moments of quiet, skin-to-skin contact with Mayumi, the way she would look at me, the way she depended on me. She would often reach up and caress my neck or gently pull on a strand of hair. As she got older she liked to insert a finger into my belly button, always searching for a way to connect to me. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of a child's life (and exclusively for the first six months), because mother's milk offers nutrients and antibodies that no other milk or formula can provide. Apparently breastfed babies are less likely to have allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems, ear infections, childhood leukemia and type 1 diabetes. There are even claims that breastfeeding may boost your child's intelligence and protect against obesity later in life.
2. Health Benefits for Mama
Besides helping to lose all that pregnancy weight, breastfeeding offers a slew of benefits to mama as well. It can lower your stress levels and reduce postpartum bleeding, reduces the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer and may protect against osteoporosis later in life. Not to mention that breastfeeding is FREE. Granted, it may take a toll on your lovely bosoms (I admit it was a shocker when I weaned Mayumi to see what had become of my lovely ladies) but the benefits FAR outweigh the costs.
3. Having a Rack
Sorry for the vulgarity, but having been small-breasted all my life, it was a definite bonus to finally fill out up there. In fact, one of the compliments I most often received was that my breasts were beautiful and perfect. I felt so feminine. It was a nice feeling. (No knock against small breasts - they are also beautiful and feminine and often more convenient, especially when working out!)