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Breast is Best
Just a quick update on my breastfeeding journey
I can’t believe I’m writing this again 2 and a half years after my first breastfeeding entry here. Ahhhh, makes me nostalgic! Rereading that post makes me feel… all the feels! Especially seeing Selene in front of me right now as I type this and remembering the times I breastfed this not-so-little little girl. Seriously, when did this baby become a walking, talking tiny little human!? When they said time flies fast and your baby grows up right before your eyes, I didn’t think it would be this fast. Had you told me those words during all the times I felt like pulling all my hairs out – from the infant stage of nonstop crying not knowing what to do to the terrible twos tantrums (like crying out loud in malls and public places and you want to discipline but the screams just get louder with every word you utter) – I might have replied with “Can it come sooner?”. Thankfully, I’ve learned to cherish every waking moment from then on after reading mom blogs and hearing from other moms with older kids who miss the good ol’ tantrum days when their kids would actually need them and want to spend time with them. Huhu. So anyway, on to the breastfeeding…
My breastfeeding journey with Selene was a smooth ride. From the moment she was placed on top of me in the operating room right after she came out, her immediate latch was perfect. I didn’t struggle with sore nipples or engorgement or any of the normal breastfeeding woes. With Tristan, I was confident that it’d also be a smooth ride. I had this smug “Well I’ve already done it once, I’m sure I can do it again smoothly” feeling. I feel so ashamed now for thinking so high of myself! Tristan and I had a rough start – he wasn’t able to latch on ‘perfectly’ so the first two days I felt like my nipples were gonna fall out because it hurt so much every time I nursed. Thankfully, St. Lukes had a Lactaction Expert who taught me all the basics I never really learned the first time because Selene latched on well. I learned so much from her – from adjusting the latch to proper positioning to pre-massage for proper letdown. Technical things I never thought I needed to learn because I was oh-so-mighty-miss-I-already-breastfed-a-baby-before. It took a few more days for Baby T to finally perfect his latch without any help from me and to this day, we are direct breastfeeding without any more hitches.
….why breastfeeding is best feeding
I recently attended Pigeon’s event that focused on their breastfeeding advocacy with no less than new mom slash beauty queen Shamcey Supsup as their ambassador. While the focus was on championing breastfeeding, they also understand that some moms encounter difficulties during the journey. Take for example Shamcey’s experience where she almost gave up on breastfeeding because no matter how many workshops she attended on lactation, her experience on directly nursing her daughter wasn’t comfortable for her. Months on end, she experienced very sore nipples that would almost reach the point of bleeding. It was when she started pumping milk and feeding her baby through the bottle that made breastfeeding more sustainable for her long-term.
She shared how she would hear other moms criticize her for not directly nursing her daughter and how she’s not “really breastfeeding” because she pumps instead. I know right! How absurd is that!? Personally, I breastfeed because I know the benefits of it and I’ve seen its effects first-hand on Selene. But I would never judge a mom for wanting to express and bottle-feed instead of direct feed. Just as much as I wouldn’t even think to judge a mom who chooses to go for formula instead of breast milk. What’s important is baby is fed – and fed adequately. That we are doing our best as moms to give our babies what’s best – no matter what.
As discussed by the three guest speakers that day – Shamcey, Abbie Yabot (Lactation Expert) and Maye Yao Co-Say (Pigeon COO) and Issa Litton – we already face so much pressures as moms in today’s world that in place of criticizing, judging and policing, we should all be supporting each other and spreading positivity instead. Agreed!
Shamcey’s cute baby girl, Nyke, was with her that day. Such a well-behaved little one intently listening to her mom as she spoke!
Dads play an important role when it comes to breastfeeding, too. In a recent study, it shows that moms who breastfeed without much support from their husbands give up breastfeeding earlier. Pictured above are dads Mike Yabot and Duncan Ramos pledging their support for their breastfeeding wives.
Pigeon breast pumps are made with Japanese technology to ensure efficient pumping! Try out their manual and electric breast pumps if you are on the lookout for portable pumps!
I would love to hear about your own journeys – did you breastfeed your babies as well? How long? Any tips on breastfeeding on-the-go? I’d love to hear about it, you guys!
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