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I was at the library the other day when the sweet librarian says to my baby “Ooooh, you’re so cute! I just want to eat you up. Mmm. And sop you up with a biscuit!”
Weird, no? But I kind of get it. My baby? She’s adorable and I have this instinctive urge to, well, not to eat her…but kiss her a billion times a day. And I’m not kidding when I say it’s an urge…I literally can’t hold her without kissing her every few seconds.
Can any of your other mothers out there relate? Of course you can! But have you ever noticed that it’s more of a mom thing than a dad thing? Sure, my husband kisses our little bubs aplenty, but he doesn’t seem to have quite the drive to smother them with smooches as I do.
Turns out, that’s perfectly normal!
I wrote about this before in this article, but it’s worth reiterating. Breastmilk acts as custom-ordered immune guard for your baby. When a mom interacts with her environment, her body will automatically create antibodies for any germs she encounters. These antibodies are then passed on to the baby through breastmilk, thereby offering the little one a great measure of protection against sickness.
(Y’all, can I just press pause on the breastfeeding stuff and comment on my hair? I love me some natural beauty products, but not all of them are well…umm, good. Like the shampoo I used the morning of this photo session. Ugh…I felt like I was slathering lotion in my hair. Lotion that wouldn’t wash out…but I didn’t realize it until after we’d taken all the pictures. If you want proof that my hair doesn’t always look this sorry, check out this post.)
Anyway, if you’re a mom, and you find yourself with an insatiable desire to kiss your baby all day long, smooch away! That desire is actually a biologically driven instinct with a very important purpose. By kissing your baby, you’re sampling the pathogens on her skin and in her environment and signaling your breast milk to produce the necessary antibodies to protect your baby. (source)
You read that right, you’re kissing your babies to keep them healthy!
Isn’t it amazing how awesome God created breastfeeding?
To celebrate my love for breastfeeding, I’m partnering with Melissa from My Doula Made It for this sweet little giveaway. One Best of Baby winner will get an “Eat Local” onesie and t-shirt from Melissa’s Etsy shop. (Available in different colors and sizes, though some colors/sizes may be limited).
You can read more about Melissa on her doula website, but here is a little snippet:
Melissa is a Certified Birth Doula in Orillia with DONA International, and a mother of two. She has been a Doula for over 5 years and attended 25+ births. With plans to go on to become a Lactation Consultant, she is a breast feeding advocate. Through her Etsy store My Doula Made It, she expresses her creativity and shares her, and other Doula’s, hand made wares.
So mamas, keep on kissing your babies and then celebrate the awesomeness of breastfeeding with these shirts. If you don’t want to take your chances on winning, Melissa is also offering a 15% off any purchase over $20 CAD (about $17 USD) using code BESTOFBABYLOVE.