Friday, August 22, 2014

Breastfeeding: Save Money, Save the Earth

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 - Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Almost five years and counting... That's how long I've been breastfeeding, if you discount the one month break I had just before giving birth to my second child. I encouraged my eldest to wean, as I was already having difficulties maneuvering around with him nursing and my pregnant belly. It was a decision I kind of regret, honestly, as I would have loved to experience tandem feeding. But those almost five years of breastfeeding? Not remembering much of anything for the first month after birth for both kids except nursing round the clock? Making sure I leave enough stash inside the refrigerator or freezer when I leave for work? Making sure I expressed enough, or more, within the day to replenish what my child consumed? Having my child, or my pump with me every time I go out to make sure I keep up my supply? I don't. I cherish those every moment as I know I gave, and am still giving, the best milk my children can have, the comfort they needed, the warmth they craved.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Breastfeeding is Love: Why I breastfeed 'til 2 and beyond

When I got pregnant with my eldest, I never knew anything about breastfeeding. I was fed with formula. My sister was given formula. My aunt gave up breastfeeding and pumping milk by the second month, as far as I could remember when they lived with us and I remember her using that "bicycle" horn pump that was the manual pump in the 90s (which I learned later on was very unsanitary). But I was determined not to wake up in the middle of the middle, measuring powder, testing water temperatures, and then finally giving that formula to a hungry, cranky newborn.