Sunday, February 12, 2012
Back to Basic
I have been breast-feeding my almost 6-month-old son now and there is no hint of stopping. I have received good feedbacks on how healthy he looks or how heavy he is or how smart he is for a 6-month-old baby. I am a full-time working-mom and breastfeeding him or pumping milk for him have been a blessing and a joy for me. This would never have been possible without the words of the people that have encouraged me. Yes you read it right, "people". I could never pinpoint just one person for my success.
First, my husband, Glinard, for always telling me, "sige lang, ipadede mo lang" even when I barely had milk for our son. Even with our 1st child and then our 2nd child and now our unico hijo. That has always been his words. He saw me struggling to make my milk abundant. He saw the sleepless nights I had just to pump milk. He never told me to stop but instead, encouraged me to continue.
There's Mi'ann of the Babymama.ph who was so helpful when I had breast engorgement and mastitis for the 1st time. She told me to just keep feeding my baby. I don't know how I could have survived that night of pain and fever.
There are blogs that have been so informative especially during those times when I was just starting out. Now words could ever described how grateful I am that they exist.
To the first time mom who wants to breastfeed or to mothers who are breastfeeding, keep it up. Just continue to feed your baby on demand. Whether you're a work-at-home mom, stay-at-home mom or a full-time working-mom like me, you can still give your baby the best gift you'll ever give.
When you want to increase your milk supply, there are galactagogues you can take, malunggay or fenugreek, take your pick. There's also lactation cookies that you can take and they are proven to be effective. I've been taking them myself. You can always pump every 2-3 hours for 15-20 mins to also increase milk supply.
Read, read, read and feed, feed, feed!
There is nothing impossible if you really wanna do it:)
Check out the other entries for the Milk Mama Diaries for February: