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7 Totally Selfish Reasons to Breastfeed

I’d like to think we can all agree that breastmilk is the absolute best form of nutrition for a human child. Of course breastfeeding isn’t always right for every woman or child but that’s really irrelevant to my post. Just wanted to put it out there from the off.


Most articles and books I’ve read that list reasons to breastfeed focus on the documented health benefits for both mother and baby. That’s great and all but let me tell you it’s bloody hard work! Even on the most straightforward journeys there are moments when that big box of formula in the supermarket looks mighty tempting. What you might not realise is that there are a few fabulously selfish reasons to breastfeed, at least in my opinion.


7 totally selfish reasons to breastfeed pin
  1. You can keep eating like a buffalo, like you did during pregnancy. That constant stream of snacks you’re devouring is totally justified Mama!
  2. (usually) No period. Enough said.
  3. Being spontaneous is a lot easier when you don’t need 6 bottles, half a tub of formula, two flasks of water, sterilising tablets and a perfect prep in the boot of your car.
  4. Anytime you don’t want to do something, like clean or cook, you can whip out a tit and feed the baby. Feet up, phone out, reeelax.
  5. Similarly, you can ask just about anyone to fetch you a drink or snack and they will oblige.
  6. You can’t forget your boobs! I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve gone out without a spare vest or enough bibs or nappies but Luisa never has to go hungry.
  7. If you need a sit down when you’re out and about 99% of humans will shift it when you ask if they mind budging up so you can feed the baby.


So if you’re a breastfeeding Mama, or you’d like to be, revel in the selfish reasons to breastfeed. You deserve every perk 😉


  1. Nat Halfpenny
    2nd June 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I’m still using ‘but I have to feed the baby’ to get out of things! Never mind he eats 3 meals and 20 snacks a day!

    • Hannah
      2nd June 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Haha me too!! Xx

  2. 2nd June 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Loved this Hannah, especially ‘whip out a tit!’ haha
    I’m not breastfeeding my little one anymore but I still totally agree it is amazing and have lots of respect for breastfeeding mamas. Xx

  3. 4th June 2016 / 8:02 pm

    This made me laugh out loud, I would never pretend the baby needs feeding so that I can put my feet up… 😉

  4. 22nd June 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Hahaha love this post! And I thought ’cause it’s cheap and on tap was selfish enough haha! Everyone is always so accommodating and helpful when you need to feed, my mum has cut up meals for me before and people are always getting me drinks and snacks haha! Xx

  5. 28th July 2016 / 5:48 am

    LOL … good one Hanny, I’m off to add this to my BritMums breastfeeding roundup. I tell you, despite all the pains that most breastfeeding mums experience in the first few days, weeks, or months; even more will admit that its perks outweigh its groans :-). I’m especially thankful for your 6th point, and I have literally been so many times in our 2yrs+ journey.

  6. 14th April 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I agree with all of these. I’ve now been pregnant or breastfeeding continuously for 6.5 years. I’ve no idea what I’ll do when I don’t anymore!

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