Why breast is best: because it's all about me
Parenting is supposed to bring out that deep, unselfish part of you that doesn't mind getting up in the middle of the night and being alternately pooped and vomited upon. Maybe it worked for me and I'm more unselfish now that I used to be, but then again...
I admire those Moms who breastfeed because it's a good thing to do. I'm not one of them. I breastfeed for purely selfish reasons:
1. I need to be needed.
There's nothing like being the only one able to provide food to make you feel needed. Sure, I can pump and someone else could give baby the bottle, but guess what? I'm still the source, baby. Talk about using your children to fill emotional voids? I am the queen.
2. I really like watching their little faces when they nurse.
It's probably somewhat the same with bottle feeding, but then you have to share. My son Zeke, the current nurser, is especially expressive. The early morning feedings are best. He's like a druggie getting his fix - head thrown back, eyes kind of rolling around and glazed over, and then that euphoric look when he gets full and just kind of collapses on my arm. Love it.
3. I'm lazy. Mixing bottles = work + mess.
Having to get out of bed in the middle of the night to feed the baby? Not for me. I like the roll over, pick up baby, stick boob in mouth method.
4. I am so not giving up the excuse to sit down and put my feet up at regular intervals throughout the day.
Other nursing moms get all excited about how quick their babies eat. Not me. Oh no. Mine are forced to 30-minute feeding sessions at a minimum, and I'm happy if I can make it 45. "I can't, I'm nursing," is a wonderful thing to be able to say.