I gave birth four times already and had missed abortion once. Odd as it may seem but its with my fourth that I am able to experience breastfeeding. A first time for this mom of almost thirteen years.
So when we marched to the Baby Company’s Grand Baby Fair 6 at SM Megamall last Saturday, I really paid attention to the lectures of the kind doctor on stage. I wasn’t able to catch her name as I was engrossed, by that time, fitting a baby carrier just a few steps away from the stage.
Any how, I took note of some of the important details of the lecture. Those new moms complaining they don’t seem to have enough milk or worst, no milk to offer their baby, are wrong. As explained during the short talk, breastfeeding is a normal physiological process.
It is very rare for a mother to have limited milk supply as the breasts start to feel full a couple of days after giving birth. This signals that milk is coming in.
The culprit perhaps to the thinking of no milk or low milk supply is the lack of support on or knowledge about breastfeeding. This has been true to my part as when I gave birth to my first born, I know nothing about breastfeeding. Though I tried a dozen times to latch my baby, he just didn’t want to or so I thought. No one taught me how, not even my mother, and so I have to content myself referring to breastfeeding journals and books. I lost interest and eventually gave up.
I love reading this slide repeatedly. One may find it too self-serving but I just agree with it. I have read and heard from a number of health organizations, dozens of doctors, and even my own pediatrician that breast milk is the best choice for babies. Breastfeeding helps defend against infections, prevent allergies, and protect against a number of chronic conditions.
The question then is, how can a nursing mom have a steady milk supply?
Breasts work in demand.
- The frequently we nurse, the more milk we produce. I have been exclusively nursing my little munchkin for more than five months now and thank God for the steady milk supply. At night, we often do unlilatch to boost my milk production.
- Another helpful tip is to pump after nursing even for stay-at-home moms. This all the more increases milk production and also gives our baby a milk on hand should we mothers would want to go out for a quick breather or even a nap.
Before, I regularly pump at 4:30am, another one in the afternoon and one just before bedtime. But because Y doesn’t want to use a feeding bottle, the milk I store inside the freezer would often go to waste. I stop then. But now that our little boy will be turning six months, I plan to express milk again and let him drink it in his new sippy cup.
- Proper positioning of the baby as well as latching are important factors to consider, too. Sometimes, mothers do not want to breastfeed their babies because they reason out that it hurts. And because they do not nurse, their milk supply dwindle. Nursing hurts when good position and latch are not achieved.
Breastfeeding is such a wonderful experience between a mother and a baby and it’s crucial that they achieve good position and latch to both enjoy the experience.
The kind doctor ended her talk with a recommendation to exclusively breast feed a baby until six months. By that age, we mommies can introduce complimentary food but still with continued breastfeeding.
Out Y will be turning six months this Sunday and we are just so excited to introduce new food flavors to him. But I promise myself to continue breastfeeding him until such time he prefers other nourishment.
Though I’m already old, I thank God for giving us another baby to take care of. And He is indeed great as He lets me experience breastfeeding my son.
And so to conclude this post, I would like to share a quote I so love. (I am a person who would write down phrases, sayings, and quotes on my journal should i find them amusing or simply when they hit me in the heart.) This one I got from Pamela K. Wiggins, a lactation consultant and author of Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Gift.
“Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.”