Only the best for my baby!

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (February). For this month, we focus on back to basics. Participants will share advices – either the best breastfeeding advice they received OR/AND the best breastfeeding advice they can give to new moms.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Today, as I’m struggling to complete this entry, my little 2.8 year old  R is a little out of sorts.  She seemed to have caught the intestinal flu virus that made the rounds in the household.  She refused to eat her usual 3 meals.  But there’s a saving grace — she breastfed all day, almost like an infant again.  I would have been worried sick if she didn’t, because she wouldn’t have much intake otherwise!  It’s easier for her bum tummy, I guess.  Aside from fulfilling her nutritional requirement, I’m also giving her comfort — what she really needs at this moment…and many moments before now.  And, any antibodies that is still produced could only help her.

Breastfeeding is one of the best decisions I made when I gave birth to my firstborn E.  Despite all the doubts, I knew I was going to breastfeed him.  All because “BREASTFEEDING IS BEST”.

I learned that in Medical School.  Yes, despite them teaching us how to dilute formula, they did tell us that breastfeeding is best.  Moms who breastfed were praised in the clinic.  The OB ward had moms who were taught how to breastfeed their babies.  And they were successful.  And I totally believed that I will be too.

I hear that from formula milk ads.  Yes, the blurb that DOH required and lasted a few seconds after a 30 second-or-more commercial for some toddler formula.  There must be a reason for the DOH requirement — the fact that yes, breastfeeding is the most natural and the healthiest.  I totally want THE BEST for my kid.

I heard that from my mom, my MIL and other people from their generation.  Yes, despite the fact that most of us were actually bottlefed and that they had a lot of misconceptions (like my milk not being enough because my kid was not chubby).  They did believe in that, although they also believed that not all moms can.  I believed that I CAN.

It was this belief that made me hang in there and breastfeed despite all the odds.  When my son had to stay in the NICU, I pumped like crazy with the manual pump that I had at the time.  Despite getting a low volume, I didn’t give up, believing that I’d give him all that I can give.  Despite the engorged breasts, despite the pain, the cracking and bleeding of my nipples, it was that belief that made me continue on breastfeeding.

It was this belief that made me breastfeed my eldest for a little before 2 years and still breastfeeding my second for only-God-knows-how-long.

It’s the same belief I want all moms to keep in mind.  Because we are moms and we only want the best for our kids!

Another advise I kept in mind and which I would like to tell other prospective nursing moms — Take it one day at a time.  Because breastfeeding is not easy — at the start.  But it becomes second nature the more you do it.  When it’s painful, it’s difficult to project 2 years, 1 year, 6 months or even 1 month into the future.  I mean, when you feel that you’re being tortured, how can you imagine doing this for at least 6 months?  Just get through the present day.  Then when that is done, get through the next day.  Small achievable goal, right?  Before you know it, you’ll have breastfed for quite a while and can’t imagine weaning!  :)

Other inspirational posts:

The Articulate Pen’s Breastfeeding needs Patience

Diapers and Stethoscope’s Back to Basic

My Mommyology’s What I’ve Learned About Breastfeeding

Ms. Masungit’s From One Mom To Another

The Odyssey of Dinna’s Breastfeeding Words of Wisdom

Mrs. Bry126′s We’re All in this Together

I Am Clarice’s Paying it Forward

My Mommy Kwentos’ Sharing My Favorite Breastfeeding Advice

Planet Marsy’s Better Than None

Mommy {T} Coach’s Saved by the Nursing Mommas

Mama Drama’s Patience and Breast-friends

Adventures on Planet Mom’s Stubborn Me! Sure Glad I didn’t give up

Nanaystrip’s Eat Malunggay, Say “I Have Milk” and Love your Baby

Starting at Twenty-Five’s My Husband’s Best Breastfeeding Advice

Nanay *Loves* Purple’s Why Attend Breastfeeding Class/Seminars

Truly Rich Mom’s My Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Legally Mama’s Take it from the non-expert!

Mommy Mama Rat’s My Breastfeeding Mantra

Mr. Jacob’s Mom’s Breastfeeding Tips from a Non-Breastfed Mommy

Hybrid Rasta Mama’s Breastfeeding Lists, Advice, Links and More

Apples and Dumplings’ One Word of Breastfeeding Advice

Touring Kitty’s Just Do It

EthanMama’s Only the Best for My Baby

the canDIshhh tales’ My Breastfeeding Advice

Mec as Mom’s Enough is Enough

Chronicles of a Nursing Mom’s On Breastfeeding Number Two – Redux

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  3. mymommyology says:

    It’s good that she still drank from you in spite of being sick — breastmilk does contain pretty much everything she’d need. I hope she feels better!

  4. tyna quimpo says:

    I think its nice to have step goals for yourself – realistic ones – and celebrate each time you meet it. My goal before was to bfeed my son for at least a year, now we’re aiming for two kc he’s 19 months na. I agree na mas madali that way.

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  7. Good for you mommmy, for sticking with breastfeeding!
    It may be hard, but the benefits are really worth it

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  9. mrsbry126 says:

    Yup, only the best for our babies!
    What you said about weaning is true for me… I can’t imagine not breastfeeding my baby. But I’ve still got a long way to go, so for now I’ll enjoy our nursing marathon moments :)

  10. One day at a time! That is sooo true :-) I guess that comforted me when I was having early troubles with breastfeeding making things less daunting :-)

  11. admin says:

    @Tyna
    Diba? Ang hirap kasing isipin ang pangmatagalan kung nahihirapan. And it really is not easy at the start. Madaling mag give up :)

  12. admin says:

    @mymommyology — She is much better. Thank goodness! She’s now eating a bit. At least there’s breastfeeding to tide her over. I can’t imagine if she didn’t have ANY intake at all.

  13. admin says:

    @Maria Masungit — Thank you! I really believe so.

  14. admin says:

    @mrsbry126 — Yup, enjoy it while it lasts. I missed it when I had to wean my eldest, so this time I’m savoring whatever time is left before R weans :)

  15. admin says:

    Mommy {T} Coach — 1 day is so much easier than 1 year, diba? Kayang kaya ang 1 day — then another, then another…and so on. Aja!

  16. nadia says:

    One day at a time. After those sore nipples, engorged breasts, you won’t even notice that you and baby are enjoying and can’t imagine weaning.

  17. Julieanne says:

    Very true! We, mommies want the BEST for our babies! Thanks for your post.

  18. Emily says:

    “One day at a time” So true!

  19. I love that BFing is one of the BEST things we can do for our sick children! :) Sometimes, when our 5 yr old gets sick, I still wish he was breastfeeding. We would have gone for tandem nursing (him and our second child) if I hadn’t been unable to bear the nipple pain during pregnancy! :) God bless your family!

  20. Jenny says:

    one day at a time was also my mantra. and that one day became 46 months with N. i don’t know how long that one day will be with E. and that is also the advice i give to new moms especially during those difficult early days.

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