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an image inside my head of what kind of mom I was going to be. I was going to take care of her, love her
like crazy and of course, I will exclusively breastfeed her.
Women I work with told me stories of how breastfeeding hurts and how I
would need to stop breastfeeding my baby anyway after my maternity leave would
be over in two months.
after efforts to induce labor because of oligohydramnios, a condition wherein
there is a deficiency of amniotic fluid and because there was meconium in my amniotic fluid. Meconium, which is a baby’s very first poop,
is expelled by the baby usually after birth.
Meconium in the amniotic fluid is a sign that the baby is in fetal
distress. The normal fetal heartbeat is
between 120-180 bpm, but my baby’s fetal heartbeat would go above 200, which was a sign that she was in fetal distress.
minutes and doing “Yoga for Pregnant Women” practically every day with dreams
of going through normal labor, I went under the knife.
because she ingested her meconium.
Luckily, the stuff didn’t get into her lungs, but still, she has to get
I made it clear that I was going to breastfeed. However, this was sixteen years ago, and the breastfeeding campaign here in the Philippines was not that big yet. Multi-national companies actually gave hospitals samples of baby formulas! When the nursery staff gave formula to my baby and my hubby approved, because the baby was crying and needed to feed, I wasn’t able to object.
tried to feed my baby with breasts hard as rock, she refused. Not knowing any better, I finally gave in and
agreed to give her formula with a heavy heart.
since I have read that you can battle nipple confusion, but me being young and scared
to see my baby screaming hungrily and refusing my milk, formula won. And here’s the downside, when she finally
decided to breastfeed, I no longer had milk.
persisted. I had Nicole, my second daughter, one year and ten months later, but
I knew a whole lot better. I persisted
in breastfeeding her, giving clear instructions to the hospital staff that I
will breastfeed even if I gave birth through C-Section again. I breastfed her until she is around seven
months, and I only have to stop because I had to be at work on field full time
(breast pumps during those times cost a fortune.)
With my third child, I breastfed him for over three years, and that was
while working full time on field.
mastitis, and problems on how to boost milk supply almost
pushed me to quit. Had I read about Milk
Up! Secrets to Increase Your Milk Supply, I would probably be able to
re-lactate and re-introduce breast milk to my first child. This breastfeeding book includes ways to solve low milk supply, what to do when you
cannot feed your baby right after giving birth (like what happened to me with
my first child), and methods on how you can produce sufficient milk. It is like your own support group, because
this book addresses a lot of your breastfeeding questions. This elevates your belief that, yes, you can breast feed and dispels doubts that you are not producing enough for your child.
nutrition. It is a moment of connection,
that special moment when your child looks at you, with milk dribbling on her
chin, with a smile especially for you.