my baby is turning 3 months next week. how time flies! once a tiny, fragile 3.8 kg creature now turned into a strong, heavy 6 kg boy. he kicks me and pushes me sometimes especially when i’m feeding him or when i co-sleep with him. babies grow too fast like balloons being filled with air. i feel happy and proud to see my bubba growing so healthy. i feel grateful that at 3 months, my milk supply is steady and enough for my baby’s needs.
i have a love-hate relationship with breastfeeding. during the first few days at the hospital, i was crying in the wee hours of the morning because of the exhaustion, lack of sleep and most of all…dealing with the sore, cracked and bleeding nipples. they were so painful that i almost want to give up on breastfeeding and throw my baby out the window at the same time. i can’t blame the other mom’s for choosing to use formula milk for their babies because of the traumatic experience of having painful nipples. fast forward today, i’m whipping my boobs out like a pro and can feed my baby anytime i want. as the adage goes, “no pain, no gain”.
my goal is to breastfeed my baby for as long as my baby needs it. that feeling when the baby latches is priceless. it not only provides a bonding moment for us but the thought of the baby needing you and no one else is something to be cherished. after all, they will grow up soon and chase the world on their own. *sniff*
here are some tips if you are planning to breastfeed your baby someday. 🙂
- invest in a good breast pump – this is most useful when you are planning to go back to work and you will build a stock of expressed breast milk for your baby. i bought the medela swing single electric breast pump as i was advised that using a manual pump is cumbersome especially if you have to pump most of the time. this is a good brand and recommended by most mommy friends i know. it costs $295, quite expensive but i guarantee it’s a good investment.
- buy good quality breastmilk storage bags – i learned that the storage container is important because you don’t want the milk to be spoiled or contaminated with chemicals and other toxins. i bought the 25 bags pack since i am now starting to build my supply in preparation to going back to work.
- eat healthy, hydrate and drink lactation supplements – of course there are the greens, malunggay, water and soup to keep the supply coming. for my breakfast, i drink milo with rolled oats and chia seeds on it. if we don’t have any malunggays at home, i see to it that i have stocks of ready to made soup in our cabinet. i also drink the fenugreek capsule thrice a day as recommended by my midwife.
- join a community or support group – breastfeeding is still a taboo for most people and perceive boobs as sexual objects. also, some people were thinking that breastfeeding is only for the poor and it has less nutrients compared to the formula milk. remember, “breast is best”! join a support group that will help and encourage you in your breastfeeding journey. they will give some tips and correct the misconceptions often heard from the oldies. haha! i joined the breastfeeding pinays group in facebook to know more about breastfeeding in general.
- direct latching of baby – the most important of all, always latch the baby to the boobs if he needs it and if there’s an opportunity. it stimulates milk production and the brain signals the body to create more milk because the baby needs it. galing! the more baby latches, the more there is a supply of milk.
i will be on maternity leave for 6 months so guaranteed my baby will be breastfed during that time. once he officially turns 6 months and ready for daycare, his immune system is strong and won’t become too sickly especially now it’s winter. a healthy baby means a happy mommy. 😉