If I had any regrets with my 2 older kids, its that I wasn’t able to breastfeed them.
With my eldest, Cesca, I breastfed her for only a day. My milk supply was so low that unknowing to us, she has been drinking blood off my breast na pala. Imagine seeing your kid na maglungad with blood! With the pedia’s go signal we fed her formula milk and never looked back.
With Seven, I mixfed her with breastmilk and formula again thinking that my supply will not be enough. That totally stopped when I finished my maternity leave and went back to work.
You see, I was aware of the idea of breastfeeding and its benefits but I didn’t know enough to really push myself to commit to it. For me, feeding the kids with formula milk was more practical, more convenient. In my head I was thinking, “Hey, I tried and it didn’t work. It’s not for me.”
I was also looking forward to going back to work that I couldn’t be bothered with all the inconveniences of planning how to continue breastfeeding when I’m not at home. See, I told you I didn’t know any better.
But as you grow older, you begin to see the importance of these things, for yourself and most especially for your baby.
And so with my third child, I tried to educate myself as early as possible on ways and tips on how I can exclusively breastfeed my baby boy. I researched the net for blogs and mommy forums, I joined Facebook support groups and asked endless questions to friends who were breastfeeding their kids. It also helped that hospitals are now strict in enforcing breastfeeding of newborns that they altogether ban formulas and milk bottles.
At the hospital, I expressed my concern about my supply to the pedia and she assured me that Raven is being fed enough or else he’ll be fuzzy and crying throughout the day. At week 2, my milk supply still needs to be established but hey, I’m able to feed my child with it.
I’m supposed to pump only after 6 weeks as well but I’m so excited with the idea of breastfeeding that I already had hubby buy a manual pump for me to try.

Looney Tunes manual pump Php 699.75, Baby Company
Looney Tunes manual pump Php 699.75, Baby Company

I’m also learning the technique of hand expression since it really drains out the breast of milk that then signals the body that it needs to produce more since the general rule with breastfeeding is supply and demand. That is why since I’m just at home at the moment, I let Raven latch to me directly whenever he wants.
Unli-latched when we are at home.

I’m not claiming that I’m an expert now, I’m far from it. Breastfeeding is natural but its something that needs to be learned. I’m also fortunate that my family is supportive with my new advocacy. I think most moms , especially the new ones, fail to follow through with their desire to breastfeed because they lacked support.
To those who wanted to know more about breastfeeding and wanted to be part of a support group where you can ask questions and share breastfeeding stories, I highly recommend that you search for Breastfeeding Pinays in Facebook. I personally learned a lot from the threads that I follow.
My breastfeeding journey is just beginning and already it opened my eyes and mind to how complex this facet of motherhood can be. It can be tiring and time consuming, not more than once that we were tempted to resort to formula feeding (and we are just on our second week!), but it is at the same time rewarding. Because nothing beats the feeling of being able to provide only the best for your child.
Do you have any breastfeeding tips and stories you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below!

37 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Diaries: Week 1 & 2”

  1. Almost the same situation with you mommy, First one i breasfed for just a few weeks thinking that my supply doesn’t meet his needs, second ugh never got to try and last one is breastfed and now 2 years of age. I’m currently a breastfeeding advocate and now well aware of the benefits and must do.

  2. What an adorable baby! Yay to breastfeeding! I am breastfeeding my son since Day 1, he’s now 1 year and 5 months. There were challenges along the way, but definitely worth it, kaya go lang ng go mommy. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks mommy! Kakainspire when I hear about moms you were able to exclusively breastfeed their kids ng matagal πŸ™‚ Hoping that I get to do that this time with my baby as well.

  3. I’m still breastfeeding my almost 2yr old son. There are times na gsto na mag give up pero dahil alam mong healthy yung breastfeeding, itutuloy mo. πŸ™‚

  4. I breastfed my baby until she was almost 2 although I was producing very little and she would still feed from bottle. I tried pumping to produce more, we even bought those expensive electric pump that have very good reviews, still I can only fill up to 2 ounces.

    1. That was my problem as well with my 2 elder kids, not enough milk. But reading though the support groups I’ve joined, the best solution would just to let your baby latch on you as often as possible so our body would know that it needs to produce more milk. Wished I knew about this sooner.

  5. During my first baby i only breastfed him for 4 months then i shifted to formula. With my second child, my milk supply lasted for 2 months only.. they both had their formula milks until 4 years old..I wish i could have more milk and given another chance to conceive i will do my best to produce a lot of milk for my baby… the rewarding benefits of breastfeeding is always the best for babies!

    1. Those were my exact sentiments that’s my I really took the time to educate myself with breastfeeding talaga mommy. Nothing but the best for the kids dapat πŸ™‚

  6. Usually breastfeeds for a couple of months then head back to fulltime work in between expressing milk. Thanks for sharing your story

  7. Im still breastfeeding my 1 year and 9 months baby! Though its really hard to breastfeed because Im on my full time work, I still want to continue it. go go go!

  8. Wow I’m so glad you didn’t give up on breastfeeding! I had to force my son to wean right before he turned 3 because of some factors but breastfeeding is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

  9. Breastfeeding is an exciting bond of mother and her child. Glad you experienced it.

  10. Baby charley was breastfed until she was 6months. Unfortunately when i went back to work, my supply went low so we had to formula feed her exclusively. πŸ™‚ it was a journey.

  11. I breastfed my eldest for two months, then my youngest for more than a year. It was painful at first but things got better when my babies learned to latch. Patience lang mommy and commitment πŸ™‚

  12. that is my biggest regret, too, that i was not able to breastfeed my little man. back then, i had no choice but to formula-fed him as no milk is coming out from my breasts + my son drinks a lot! i was not aware then that there are lactation experts you can consult with to help you with your milk production. this is something i vow to give my next child, ample time for breastfeeding! πŸ™‚

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