Breastfeeding Journey: Breast is Best

Eversince I learned of the pregnancy, I got hooked on reading blogs, forums, etc. on parenting and motherhood. That's also when I started reading mummy blogs aside from my usual Fashion Blog favorites.

One of the things I learned thru reading up is the importance of breastfeeding. Almost all of the mummy blogs I read are breastfeeding advocates. They share the importance of breastfeeding and their journey on ensuring that they give the best milk for their little ones.

When I was pregnant, I know I'd breastfeed. I am VERY SURE that I'd exclusively breastfeed my child. The mummy bloggers I read are also working mums, they pump while at work and they leave pumped milk for their little one at home to ensure that the baby won't need formula.



I was telling myself, "It'll be easy. I'll get a double electric breast pump and would make my child latch on me when I'm at home." I was very determined to exclusively breastfeed especially after reading the benefits of it. Better immune system, prevents asthma (everybody at home has it), smarter baby. Oh hindi ka pa ba magpapabreastfeed nyan diba?

Honestly, ang yabang ko pa. I was telling everybody I'd breastfeed Skye until she's 7 if she wants. And then I gave birth and my baby started to latch...

Several days of breastfeeding made me realize one thing - breastfeeding is no joke! It's so difficult. Why is it that the most natural thing in this world is so difficult for a mother like me?

I had issues. Painful nipples. Engorged and painful breasts. Zero sleep because there’s a baby attached to my chest 24 /7. It'll be a lot easier to switch to formula. And free myself. But I am still trying. Almost 2months now of exclusively breastfeeding my child. I won't lie, there are times when I would be so tempted to buy a can of formula but then I'd remember that my milk is the best milk for my baby so I'd tell myself that I'd try for another day.

Don't get me wrong. I have no issues whatsoever with formula. And I strongly believe that the kind of milk you give to your little one won't define you as a mother. Exclusively breastfeeding your child won't make you a perfect parent. The same way that giving formula to your child won't make you a bad one.

It just so happen that after reading up, I learned that breastfed babies have lower risk on respiratory diseases. Lower risk on asthma. I want my child to be protected because asthma runs in our family and the companion's family. Kung sakali man na hindi kayanin ng breastmilk na protektahan ang anak ko sa hika, umaasa akong kahit papaano magiging mas madali sa kanya ang hika dahil protektado sya ng gatas ko.

Now, I am a strike-anywhere kind of breastfeeding mum.


I am not sure how long I can do breastfeeding but I will surely try. So for now, let me share with you my breastfeeding journey. And I hope kayanin ko to kahit until 6months lang ni baby. Also, I do hope you'd learn a thing or two from me. Samahan nyo ko sa pangarap kong ito. :)


xoxo,
Reigne

4 comments:

Desiree Orias Rodis♥ said...

Sis, I found your blog very very helpful! Goodluck on breastfeeding :-)

reigningstill said...

Thanks Sis!! :)

Aimee Diego said...

I agree! Breast is best! Congratulations for breastfeeding exclusively for two months! :-) It really isn't the easiest thing in the world but it's worth it! :-)

reigningstill said...

Thanks Aimee!! Congrats to you too. The things we do for our kid..really!

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