Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nursing says it best

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To me the term breastfeeding does a slight injustice to all that breastfeeding actually encompasses. I think the term nursing is such a better fit. If you look up the word nurse in the dictionary this is what you'll find:
to tend or minister to in sickness, infirmity, etc.
to try to cure (an ailment) by taking care of oneself: to nurse a cold.
to look after carefully so as to promote growth, development, etc.; foster; cherish: to nurse one's meager talents.
to treat or handle with adroit care in order to further one's own interests: to nurse one's nest egg.
to use, consume, or dispense very slowly or carefully: He nursed the one drink all evening.
to keep steadily in mind or memory: He nursed a grudge against me all the rest of his life.
to suckle (an infant).
to feed and tend in infancy.
to bring up, train, or nurture.
to clasp or handle carefully or fondly: to nurse a plate of food on one's lap.

To me, nursing really says it. Mothering through breastfeeding is not just feeding one's child, but bringing up, handling carefully, treating with care, promoting growth and development, and taking care of. Breastfeeding my babies has allowed me to get to know them and their needs.

Exclusive breastfeeding requires a mother to always be close to her baby. To me, this is how nature intended it and just feels right. I have had plenty of people question why I don't want girls nights out or even alone time in the early months but for me I enjoy the connection.
Breastfeeding, or shall we say nursing, has allowed me to be the mother I want to be. A connected mother who knows, nurtures, and cares fondly for her children.

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Timbra Wiist said...

oooh, i so like this, especially because sometimes there is controversy over saying "nursing" or "breastfeeding". . . but i think NURSING goes beyond the stage of just "feeding". . .love this one!!!

Family of 5 said...

oooh... I'm so inadvertently good at controversy :P glad you like it T!

Lexi said...

I was the same way, I didn't "need" time away from my baby. I liked being mommy, and nursing is a special part of that. :)

Anonymous said...

I hadn't ever thought of the difference between the terms nursing and breastfeeding. Nursing is definitely a better definition!