1. The snuggles. Don't get me wrong, Kennedy is still quite the snuggler but it isn't the same. There is something about that sweet time that makes those babies snuggle extra close.
2. The bond. There is something about breastfeeding that leads you to have this unique and special bond while you are doing it. Part nature and part nurture it really is such a special time.
3. The ease. Never again will you be able to leave the house without cut up fruit, a snack cup of puffs and a pouch. I seriously think my child overtakes my food consumption and I'm 7 months pregnant.
4. The laziness. I will never, EVER say a mother is lazy and I don't mean it in any negative way but there is a reason that the mother breastfeeds and not the father. It makes you stop and take those few minutes to just enjoy eachother because, let's be honest, there's really not much else to do during that time.
5. The night time routine. This was the last feeding I gave up and it really made me sad to do it. It was such a relaxing time for both of us and it really helped Kennedy go down to sleep easier.
6. The power. There is something about breastfeeding that gives you a unique power over your child (for lack of a better word). Never again will I be able to breastfeed Kennedy back to sleep if she wakes up in the middle of the night or get her to go back down if she wakes up too early.
7. The late night feedings. When Kennedy was little and it was the middle of the night, after she ate I would always hold her for a few more minutes to just appreciate her and how tiny she was. No matter how tired I was or how frustrated I was by the amount of times she had woken up it gave me perspective.
8. The parenting style. No matter what Kennedy was upset about, it was a way to always calm her down. I'm not sure if it was the act of breastfeeding or just the time out but it always worked.
9. The peace and quiet. There was always an excuse to excuse yourself (not that I believe in that but if you need that time it's nice to have the opportunity). I found this most useful during family get togethers or big events where Kennedy (and I) both needed a few quiet minutes away from the masses.
10. The calories burned. Because let's be serious? Who doesn't want to be able to burn off calories while just sitting there :)
There really are so many reasons that I loved breastfeeding and it was definitely a sad time for me (and I'm sure her) to say goodbye to such a sweet, special time for us. Luckily, I won't have to miss it too much before number two comes along ;) So, cheers to World Breastfeeding Week and ALL the Breastfeeding Mamma's out there!