Memorable Moment

Being a stay at home mom for the past 7 years, I have so many wonderful moments with my 2 kids. Each milestone, each achievement, each funny moment, each tearful event, each artwork marks a special place in my heart. If I were to choose only one memorable moment, I would choose our breastfeeding moments. Both my 2 kids were breastfed. Starting to breastfeed my babies were not easy for me. For my first born, it took us 2 months to finally have a steady supply of milk and for her to switch to exclusive breastfeeding. Another factor was that my mother-in-law and my parents weren’t really very sold out to the idea of exclusive breastfeeding so it was a journey that I had to bravely face. For my second born who was hospitalized during his 4th day because of breastmilk jaundice, it was also tough at the beginning. We were still getting used to each other but we were confined in the hospital because doctor said he was too yellowish. Later, it was diagnosed to be because of the breastmilk or lack of breastmilk. After 5 days, we were able to go home already and continue on our journey together.

I have breastfed my daughter for 11 months and my son for 22 months. They were the most intimate bonding moments we had. Every time we nurse, I felt close and I knew that we are forming a bond. After many years, I am so glad that my kids are growing up with a close relationship with me and I believe that it all started with those breastfeeding moments. It wasn’t an easy journey at the beginning but it was all worth it.

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Our Breastfeeding Experience

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year on the first week of August! In line with this, I would like to share my own breastfeeding experiences with my 2 kids. When I gave birth to my eldest 6 years ago, I didn’t know a thing about breastfeeding, I just know that I wanted to breastfeed her. I didn’t produce enough milk at the beginning so the doctor decided to bottlefeed her while we were still in the hospital. Though I had her roomed in with me so we can nurse more often. We continued nursing and mixed feeding for the first two months but after the initial months, we finally moved to exclusive breastfeeding. We breastfed until she was 11 months old.

As for my 2nd child, I also was decided to breastfeed him exclusively so since the day he was born, we nursed and I was quite sure that I was not producing enough milk but still we pursued. He was even hospitalized again because of Jaundice and later the doctor said that it was breastmilk jaundice. We just continued our exclusive breastfeeding until 12 months old. I decided to offer cow’s milk but we still continued our breastfeeding sessions until 22 months old.
We definitely had our struggles and hardships, but those moments will be forever etched in my heart and mind… bonding moments which I will treasure in my heart for always!

Breastfeeding is Best!

Breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years and beyond… that is what advertisements of infant milk advertise nowadays. They have been required to include those statements since breastfeeding is being encouraged to mothers everywhere. It is not only natural, but its healthy for both mother and baby. It is also more economical for families everywhere. The WIC, a federal agency that gives food, counselling and health services has a new package which encourages breastfeeding. Once you select breastfeeding, you will not be given any infant formula. Instead, it will be reallocated to funding for all currently provided food. If you are partially breastfeeding or formula feed exclusively, you will also receive 13% less infant formula than the previous years.Though new mothers know this information, it still takes determination and patience to be able to breastfeed your baby. I have breastfed both my babies. It wasn’t easy especially when you are just starting but once you get used to it, it is the most natural and beautiful experience for a woman. I have exclusively breastfed my oldest daughter until she was about a year old and my son until 22 months. It has been a fulfilling journey.We were able to save a lot of money with breastfeeding. Infant formula can really be costly. There are so many brands that claim they are premium brands but when you check, they are all subject to the same government regulations. There are cheaper store-brand infant formulas. In fact, it would be interesting to check out baby formula savings calculator. You can see how much savings you gain when you purchase Parent’s Choice Infant formula against leading brands.