Back to Basic

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"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."

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 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:

The Articulate Pen's Breastfeeding needs Patience

Diapers and Stethoscope's Back to Basic

Ms. Masungit's From One Mom To Another

The Odyssey of Dinna's Breastfeeding Words of Wisdom

I Am Clarice's Paying it Forward

Planet Marsy's Better Than None

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

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

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

Mommy Mama Rat's My Breastfeeding Mantra

Apples and Dumplings' One Word of Breastfeeding Advice

Touring Kitty's Just Do It

the canDIshhh tales' My Breastfeeding Advice

Mec as Mom's Enough is Enough

Chronicles of a Nursing Mom's On Breastfeeding Number Two - Redux



  1. Same sentiments! And don't you just love supportive hubbies and hands-on daddies? I have one myself :-)

    1. oh yes I so adore my husband for supporting me.

  2. Nothing is definitely impossible if you set your mind to it!

  3. Yes to those lactation cookies! They're incredible! Agree, it's just a matter of supply and demand. When you "trick" your body into think you need to produce more, it does!

  4. Wish my husband was that supportive! When he saw me sporting a 39C fever, he offered to buy formula (as if ganun lang kadali).

    I let him down gently, and said, "kaya ko to!"

    Yay for Breastfeeding moms!

  5. I have yet to try lactation cookies. My milk supply had been decreasing slowly these past few days. Any suggestion?

    Yes to supportive husbands. Makes breastfeeding easier!

    1. I always buy my cookies from mommy treats. They're affordable and yummy. You can check her out on facebook.

  6. Here's to supportive and hands-on daddies!

  7. I definitely agree that there's nothing impossible if we set our mind to it. That determination, combined with sheer stubbornness for me, did the trick in beating the odds of low milk supply, all in the name of breastfeeding. ;)

    Oh, and Cheers! :) We couldn't have done it without the strong support of our better halves! :)

  8. One of my husband's sweetest moment was when he told me he super appreciated my effort to breastfeed. Yey for supportive husbands!

    1. that's so sweet clarice!! definitely husbands can make or break the breastfeeding relationship!

  9. Very true. Breastfeed on demand. Very, very, true. Supportive husbands make breastfeeding such a breeze. :)

  10. LOVE your post! Patience is really CRUCIAL to BF! Having supportive hubbies (and other people around you) is also important, and such a blessing! ;-) God bless you and your family always! Congrats on BFing past 6 months - go for 36! ;-)

  11. read, read, read, and feed!

    very true! :)