Commemorate your lactation journey with a breastfeeding portrait that was taken by a professional photographer. These loving and happy memories of mom and child should be preserved and remembered for years to come.
“Breastfeeding is not impossible. But it takes much desire, effort, and much more support to make it possible.”Mommy Sigrid
Continuous Process of Breastfeeding
By now, my second daughter Shane is already 5 months old. Since she was about 2 months old, I had been exclusively breastfeeding her. Read my rather difficult breastfeeding story: Perseverance is Key to Breastfeeding.
My breastfeeding story had not been an easy one because I do not produce enough breast milk naturally. I mean there should be much stimulation and effort on my and the baby’s part.
With our eldest daughter, I was really frustrated. I really wanted to breastfeed her because I am aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. Plus, I had psyched myself while I was still pregnant, as my mom had fully breastfed my brother and I when we were young. Furthermore, I am a work at home freelancer, so I have the time to be able to breastfeed round the clock.
Unfortunately, I was not able to. If only I had the same amount of information and breastfeeding support that I got now, I would have been able to successfully breastfed our eldest. Probably even until she was in her toddler years.
Last Christmas, my brother Iman Dugeno came home to Bacolod City for a visit. While I was breastfeeding, I asked him to take a photo of Shane and I. After all, he is a professional photographer and has a much nicer camera than mine.
Honestly, I have long wanted a nice breastfeeding portrait that I can have printed and framed. It is both a strong reminder and a loving memory with my daughter Shane. These special moments we spent together while breastfeeding her are just gold. It reminds me that like many things in life, I just got to work hard at breastfeeding in order to fully to achieve it.
When she outgrows my bosom, Shane and I will remember that for a period in her life, not only did Mama carry her in the womb, Mama fed her exclusively from my breasts.
How God has designed women to be able to nurse their young is nothing short of amazing.Mommy Sigrid
Whenever I breastfeed Shane and I look at her, I am just in awe. I am always in awe at how my body is able to produce my baby’s first food.
Obstacles to Breastfeeding
Yes, there are difficulties and obstacles to breastfeeding. For one, my breasts are big and are not positioned in a very breastfeeding-efficient way.
Two, my daughter would rather nurse while lying down. Three, she doesn’t want to be covered when nursed, which makes it difficult to feed her in public. We really need to campaign to normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod and everywhere else so that nobody needs to cover up anymore!
The longest Shane went without feeding is when we went to Guimaras for a family trip, which was for five hours! But somehow, we managed to get through them.
I am no breastfeeding expert. Instead, I am just a mom who achieved exclusive breastfeeding on her second try, which is, with my my second baby. If you ask me for advice, here are the things I am going to tell you:
- Read. Read facts. There are so many breastfeeding articles on the internet. Read and understand. And then apply what you have read. There may be some trial and error and it’s going to be worth it.
- Listen. Listen to sound anecdotal advice from moms before you. Not myths.
- Take Part. Take part in the discussions in forums, like Breastfeeding Pinays on Facebook. You will learn a lot from other moms.
Note: It pays to have a supportive husband who does most of the reading for me. But if you don’t, I know you can do it yourself. hehe
With much prayer and the support of my husband, breastfeeding became possible for me. Moreover, my parents, in-laws, some friends, OB-Gyne, and my new friends at the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club helped me a lot. They were God’s instruments at making this endeavor a great success. With that, I am truly grateful. Thank you very much!
I still cannot say at this point that even with so much stimulation and ample nutrition (like malunggay capsules, lactation milk, and lots of soup) that my breast milk is overflowing. No, I don’t have bags or bottles stashed in my freezer even if I would like to. But at least, I am producing enough breast milk for my baby’s needs. With that I am truly gratified.
Breastfeeding is a truly gratifying experience.Mommy Sigrid
Note again: I am talking to those who want to breastfeed but somehow found out that they couldn’t–not to those who don’t want to. If you are discouraged, I hope you find comfort in my breastfeeding story.