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I'm sure all or most of you have heard that "breastfeeding is best for babies up to 2 years of age". In the Philippines we have what we call as the Milk Code. I breastfed my eldest and now I am currently breastfeeding my 2 month old baby girl. ever since i started to fully breastfeed my kids i felt a deep since of happiness. I can really feel the true essence of being a mother because I know that my kids are having the Best milk that I could possibly give them. I struggled at first to know how to properly breastfeed my kids. At first it was hard for me, because i dont know how to position my baby well for him to fully get the enough milk that he needs. but along the way as the weeks turned to months i have learned how to properly position my baby in a way that its easy for the both of us. Breastfeeding my kids, is a great experience. I get to spend more time with her, at the same time it saves us the time and money to go out and buy formula milk which some are quite expensive. Browsing on informative blogs and websites also helped me to learn a lot of things on how to properly breast feed my babies.
Some also say that when you do breastfeeding it hinders you from going back to your old job thats why you have to quit on it. I say NO. you can still breastfeed your baby by expressing, I was lucky enough that my cousin had an electric breast pump and she made me borrow it. I promise you it works like magic! it doesnt make you feel sore or anything and its much easier and faster. The Medela Breastpump is the PUMP! hehehe the price is kinda pricey but the product is so worth it. But if your budgeting you could also do the manual breast pumping. you can buy those in your local drugstore. Just make sure you sterilize all of those things needed for expressing your milk so as to keep it safe for you and your baby. So who says you cant let your babies drink breast milk while your working. But as for me, a stay at home wife and who takes care of business from home I choose to make my baby girl stay close to me. give her the best milk right from the source.
Just make sure mommies that you drink lots of liquid preferably milk and water. Stay away from caffeine as much as possible and some alcohol too. always remember your baby needs the best milk that he/she deserves. Make sure you eat balanced meals so as to give your baby and YOU the right nutrition that you need. but if you feel like taking those is still not giving you enough milk try asking your doctor about it. My OB-GYNE and my daughter's Pediatrician prescribed me a tablet to drink that can help me improve my milk supply. Im sure you're all familiar of it, well if not email me or leave me a comment so that i can answer you hehe because I'm not sure if I can mention it here on my blog hehehe (still a newbie blogger here!)
I know at times it may seem very tiring for you but the benefits your baby and you will get through breastfeeding is so worth it. Just remember that the more you spend time with your kids breastfeeding the more your bond as mother and child will be develop.
So I salute all breastfeeding moms out there!!
Also if you guys know any way how to donate breast milk to local hospitals please do leave it on the comment below. Some mommies reading this might want to donate some of their milk to local hospitals or to a milk bank.