I have recently made the decision to stop breastfeeding and start bottle feeding my little one (you can read why here). However I only just noticed some benefits about breastfeeding that go beyond the obvious that everybody tells you about. These are the benefits that you only think about once you are on the other side.
1. You don't have to think about cleaning bottles at 3am because your little one is going through a growth spurt and you miscalculated the night feeds.
2. You don't have to think about how the hell are you going to sterilize the bottles while you are on holidays
3. You don't need to carry bottles with water in your baby bag when you go for a walk in the park "just in case"
4. You don't need to entertain your baby when he cries his eyes out while you wait for the feed to warm up
5. You don't need to worry about going on a long haul flight. I was carrying 6 empty bottles and 6 ready made feeds and I was praying for no delays as it meant another feed I might not have!
6. You don't need to think about where you feed him. You can even do it while you walk if you have him in a sling.
7. And the best one of all, you have one hand free to change the TV (I know more than I should about The Only Way is Essex), or more importantly stuff your face! So jealous...
It was only by talking to friends who breastfeed that I realised there are also some hidden benefits from bottle feeding too:
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1. The chances are if your baby takes the bottle he would probably take a dummy, which are a godsend in some critical "melt down in public" moments
2. You can take a night off to catch up on sleep because your other half can take over
3. You can have a girly weekend away, while husband takes over
4. You can enjoy date night without worrying about rushing home for a feed (grandma is well trained on the bottle feeding from)
5. You can sleep on your front!
Ok, so there are not as many points as the breastfeeding list but I am sure the "catching up on your sleep" point counts for at least 3 spaces!
Oh well, you know what I mean... The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence...