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I Am A Breastfeeding Mom

July 19, 2011

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (July).  For this month, we join the National Nutrition Council – Department of Health in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme “Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!” Participants will share their experiences in promoting breastfeeding or their tips on how breastfeeding should be promoted.  Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.

When I got pregnant, I may not have been sure of what kind of parent I wanted to be except for one thing: I was going to breastfeed.

Except I had no clue had to go about it.

Thankfully, I was smart enough to know that breastfeeding, as tranquil and effortless it seemed on TV, is not automatic. Natural, yes. Automatic, no. With that mindset, I sought out resources – friends who breastfed, Facebook contacts who posted status updates about breastfeeding, whatever. With an open mind, I attended a breastfeeding class with my husband, and the rest as they say, is blog history. In my little corner of the internet, I shared my thoughts, my stories, my tears and frustrations. And for some reason, people read, they related and passed the word along.

I’m just one mom, and I’m not a media personality who has the power to influence millions of mothers through my choices (yes, I mean them who chose to promote formula milk). But I will try my best to spread the word and help mothers make the INFORMED choice about breastfeeding their kids. Sometimes, information is all moms need to start.

I am fearless. I breastfeed anywhere. And I mean ANYWHERE. In a tricycle, at the checkout line of the supermarket, buying fish, during meetings – ANYWHERE. I don’t wait till the “proper time and place” for breastfeeding because in my view there is no such thing. I do it with or without a cover, and I smile and engage people in conversation when they look at me curiously. Most of the time, these people have questions, if not for themselves, but for people they know, and I take it as an opportunity to talk about breastfeeding and lead them to the proper support channels if they need more help. I will breastfeed Basti well into his toddler years if he chooses not to wean and I will not be a “closet nurser”, or those who say they have weaned their 2+-year old child but nurse them still at home.

I am informed. I try my best to keep up with the trends, not just on the facts of breastfeeding, its benefits and anything medically-related, but also on current news and events. I find out what the formula companies are up to, what organizations are supporting breastfeeding, ongoing campaigns in others countries, and also the media personalities who promote breastfeeding and also those who promote formula. I like knowing how the advocacy is moving forward, or being held back, and I love reading stories on its triumphs and successes. They make for good sharing when speaking with others. I hope to, someday, be actually trained as a counselor. (I really should, given all the questions I get about breastfeeding because of this blog!)

I am involved. I find out about what organizations are doing to promote breastfeeding and I take part in however I can. Be it a simple click of a Paypal button to donate, or to pose for pictures in an exhibit, take a friend’s call when she’s having breastfeeding blues, do a breastfeeding testimonial at a parent talk, take part in a PSA or even just wear a statement shirt in AugustI do something. One mother who gets the message will spread to 10 others. Though I love learning from the professionals, I also love meeting other moms who breastfeed and love hearing their stories.

I am supportive. The words that kept me going while I was going through my own breastfeeding blues were like gold to me. I am a cheerleader to every mother’s little successes – a good latch, milk supply going up, breastfeeding beyond the expected period, or even just plain MAKING THE CHOICE. It always brings me to tears.

Awareness is so vital. Some people don’t realize just how wonderful breastfeeding is and the mothers who choose it for their children are changing the world one baby at a time. Every mother who breastfeeds not only saves on healthcare costs for their family but also saves the country thousands of dollars as well. I don’t believe we are no match for the marketing specialists of formula companies. We have a product that’s way better than anything they produce, it’s free and it’s perfect. But we need to act on spreading the word, one mother at a time, in our own little ways in whichever corner of the world we are.

I am a breastfeeding mom. And I am so proud of it!

Other participating moms here. Please check them out!

Why I Don’t Nurse in Breastfeeding Rooms by Legally Mom (@legallymomPH)
W-u-r-r-w-u-r-r-w-u-r-r by Martha de Lusong (@frannie17) hosted by Jen CC Tan‘s MomExchange (@next9baby)
The Low-Milk-Supply Mommy Did It! by The Odyssey of Dinna 
Breastfeeding Promotion Tips from a Formula Feeder (Yes, you read that correctly…) by The Fearless Formula Feeder (@FormulaFeeder)
On Promoting Breastfeeding by ImPerfectly Created (@imperfectlyours)
Milk Mama Diaries 3 by MimmaBenz (@benzcorana)
Breastfeeding Mama by canDIshhh
I *heart* Breastfeeding by The Mum Side (@rachelcrz)
Spreading the Word on Breastfeeding by My Mommy Kuwentos
A Breastfeeding Formula-Fed Mother by Touring Kitty (@touringkitty)
Breastfeeding: Promoting It Even if I Didn’t Get Lucky The First Time Around by Glamma Momma (Mommy Erl’s Online Diary)
I am your breastfeeding friend by Changing Nappies in High Heels (@lilly_pad)
Thoughts of a LactatING Counselor: Breastfeeding is More of Psychology! by HandyMommy
Taking Breastfeeding Further by Mec as Mom (@delisyus)
Breastfeeding Promotion – A View from a UK Doctor by Good Enough Mummy
Celebrating my Magic Milk by Denise Gonzales (@deelirious)
Breastfeeding Sisters by Isis Evasco
More Breastfeeding Promotion Plus a Guest Post by Chronicles of a Nursing Mom (@mamababylove).  Guest post by Shaps Lim (@cromartielove)
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31 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2011 6:58 am

    Can I just say something totally off topic first? I LOVE THE LOOK OF YOUR SITE!!!

    我现在在(is that correct?)上海。 And I can’t even update my own blog. olats.

    Going back, it’s a great thing that there is so much support now! But more work is needed to be done. Hopefully posts like these certainly encourage those bfg mamas out there!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 20, 2011 11:27 am

      谢谢你我朋友!上海怎么呢?

      See you when you get back!

  2. cai permalink
    July 20, 2011 7:49 am

    Hi Elai!

    Off topic din haha! I love the look of your site too! 🙂
    I really hope that all the support breastfeeding it getting that more moms would be encourage to breastfeed!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 20, 2011 11:28 am

      Haha thanks Cai! It’s not done yet so I haven’t “announced” it. 😀 My hardworking designer is still tweaking!

  3. July 20, 2011 2:32 pm

    elai, 我的B新朋友, 上海很热!我的脚很painful from all the walking. hahaha!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 21, 2011 3:30 am

      Eh kamusta naman ang bargaining skills natin? Unless puro H&M ka lang! 😀

  4. July 20, 2011 6:14 pm

    i agree!! very nice and classic eli!!! on the related note – for me best way to promote is indeed to read up so you can pass on the knowledge. knowing that you are a breastfeeding mom, your friends who are new moms will turn to you for questions and advice and if you know what you are talking about, all the more you can convince them AND help them succeed!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 21, 2011 3:30 am

      I really have to buy a few breastfeeding books!

  5. July 20, 2011 7:01 pm

    Yay! Well done for getting the word out there!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 21, 2011 3:31 am

      Thank you for passing by! Can’t wait to read yours. 🙂

  6. July 20, 2011 9:19 pm

    I agree with all! I also breastfeed whenever, wherever. So totally over the “need” to be modest over the needs of our babies!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 21, 2011 3:33 am

      I remember when I was doing a breastfeeding testimonial and I mentioned that sometimes I would breastfeed without a cover. I saw one mom shake her head and say, “No way. Never!” I wonder where she is now. I just remembered.

      I can imagine you at your desk Frances! Everyone must be oblivious by now. And I love the comeback you told Jenny on Twitter. Magamit nga!

  7. July 21, 2011 8:34 am

    Since this is my first time to comment on your blog post, let me say first that I love your profile pic, or in your case, your profile painting. 🙂

    I’m just happy that there is better support now for breastfeeding moms. As I mentioned in Dainty Mom’s post, I’m actually a “3-in-1” mom. I was a formula feeder (with my firstborn) and a mixed-feeder (with my second daughter whom I breastfed until she was 2 years old, albeit not exclusively). My 3rd child, who is now 10 months old, hasn’t drank any formula.

    Kudos to all breastfeeding moms who have been tirelessly giving support, in whatever form, to other moms.

    • Eliza permalink
      July 21, 2011 9:41 am

      Thank you! 🙂

      And you’re absolutely right. I don’t know if I could’ve been as successful in breastfeeding if I had given birth 10 years ago either. I was one of those who thought breastfeeding wasn’t the norm and I bow down to the very few moms I met who did it! I hope someday things will turn around and formula will truly be the last resort.

  8. July 21, 2011 6:30 pm

    Personally, information and support has been very vital. I had difficulty pumping at first and being able to turn to someone from LATCH really helped in my success to sustain breastfeeding as a working mom. Sometimes information from the web is not enough. We need help from experienced moms as well. 🙂

    • Eliza permalink
      July 21, 2011 11:52 pm

      I agree! Dr. Google can only get you so far. I don’t think I would’ve been as successful with breastfeeding if not for the LLLI and LATCH.

  9. July 22, 2011 8:34 am

    it’s important to be fearless and informed, no? because being human, having crashing hormones, and having that innate need to please those we love, or worry over a newborn… these things can easily make us doubt our choices… are we doing enough? are we making the right choices?

    and knowing right is really half the battle!

  10. July 23, 2011 1:25 am

    Hay Elai,

    Am still so bilib you never pumped and still na sustain mo until now. You really sacrificed for this.

    -benz

    • Eliza permalink
      July 23, 2011 2:14 am

      Hi Benz! Actually I pumped, but only to donate. For a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, direct feeding is really so much easier. Small sacrifice lang naman yung I can’t go anywhere without Basti. Now that’s he’s also eating table food, I can be away from him for longer periods, like to watch a movie or attend a meeting, or just have an adult lunch. Time flew by so fast. Minsan ako pa yung nagmamadali umuwi and then when I get there, hindi man lang ako na-miss ni Basti! Haha!

      • July 26, 2011 12:26 pm

        We were on the same boat. I used to leave my kid with my Mom tapos pagdating ko pagagalitan pa ako. Natuto na kasi magsalita e.

        Truly being informed is my next best thing because nobody can stop you from doing what you want when you know that you are right. As a parent, we always doubt if what we do is good for our child. But knowing what I know about breastfeeding, I know I will never be wrong. And being able to pass the knowledge along to anyone who would ask is a wonderful feeling.

      • Eliza permalink
        July 28, 2011 3:40 am

        I agree! Doubt is such a buzzkill.

        Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  11. July 24, 2011 3:06 pm

    “Time flew by so fast. Minsan ako pa yung nagmamadali umuwi and then when I get there, hindi man lang ako na-miss ni Basti! Haha!”

    Hahaha this is so funny!

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