The Joys of Breastfeeding

After breastfeeding the little girl for 30 months, I finally stopped and fully weaned her from breastfeeding. I didn’t know that it would be that difficult and if I may say so quite emotional for the two of us. We’ve been through a lot and I just to share you my thoughts about breastfeeding, two years ago.

The entry below was originally published in my other blog Gene and her experiments on December 7, 2009.

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After a very long hiatus (thank Typhoon Ondoy for that) I’d like to talk about something I’m silently passionate about. But now I’m breaking my silence and screaming on top of my lungs how a proud breastfeeding mother I am. And I have been for 10 months (going 11 months on the 14th) now.

I personally experienced the painful first months of breastfeeding; added with the unsolicited and not so helpful advice from some insensitive mothers out there, but not only those comments encouraged me but it also fueled my need to prove them wrong. My main motivation is my child’s health. I’m so thankful that my child didn’t get sick after what we’ve been through during our darkest time last September. We went through strong winds, rain and freezing floodwater but my daughter is still as healthy as ever. She’s got strong bones and a nice kick if you mess with her. Nothing beats mother’s milk. Even milk companies have it printed on their packages.

With the price increase left and right, I thank God for the free supply of breastmilk. Also think of the bonding experience I had with my child. She’s like my very own ego booster. I swear I beamed whenever she would say “ama, ama, My.” (means “Sama, sama Mommy.”) It makes me feel important and appreciated.

I know most moms worry what they would look like. How they would look losyang or their boobs will sag and whatnot, not gonna happen! Sagging boobs is all about gravitational pull and age. If you don’t wear proper breast support then you’re not supporting your girls the more likely it will sag. And let’s face it, everything sag when we age, even teeny tiny boobies like mine. And you’ll only look losyang if you’re not taking care of yourself. Just so you know, breastfeeding is also a natural form of losing weight. I lost all of my pregnancy fat on the first month after giving birth. I’ve been using my pre-pregnancy clothes since then.

Of course, it’s not all sunshine in breastfeeding land. There are still a few hard times like learning how to properly breastfeed the baby, getting the hang of it and healing my nipples because I did it wrong the first time, wondering if you’re having enough milk to feed the little one and my least favorite of all, the biting. But these are just superficial compare to the benefits you’ll be giving your child. And think about the extra shopping money you’ll be saving instead of buying formula milk. Oh, what a joy!

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7 Responses to The Joys of Breastfeeding

  1. Chris says:

    breastfeeding my kids was one of the best decisions i have made as a mom… congratulations for doing it :)

  2. Mirage says:

    Health aside, you’ll have a special bonding too!

  3. Lisa says:

    Thats one thing I would love to do with my child, but sad to say, I wasn’t able to do it. I am blessed with big melons, got a lot of milk but then the milk was not able to pass through the holes. It’s inverted.

  4. Abby says:

    My nieces and nephews who were not feed with breast milk are hardheaded…

  5. Ina-Tay says:

    Hi!

    Whoa! You breastfeeding for 30 months is just amazing! I wish I was that productive too but I was only able to bfeed my daughter exclusively for 6 months. I enjoyed my stay here, hope to read more from you!

  6. How to lose weight after pregnancy says:

    Don’t go on a strict, restrictive diet. Women need a minimum of 1,200 calories a day to stay healthy, and most women need more than that – between 1,500 and 2,200 calories a day – to keep up their energy and prevent mood swings. And if you’re nursing, you need a bare minimum of 1,800 calories a day to nourish both yourself and your baby.

  7. Sondra says:

    First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Many thanks!

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