Even before my second pregnancy, I knew I wanted to breastfeed exclusively. I did breastfeed my first born but it lasted for as three months maximum. I didn’t have the a good breast pump then to use when I returned to work.
And then when I got pregnant on my second baby, I did my preparation. I bought myself a Medela Swing pump. I researched about storing breast milk, bought insulated bag and ice packs that I can use when I pump from work.
I gave birth about a year ago and good thing that the hospital where I gave birth in was an advocate of breastfeeding. I had a C-section and within one hour after Ponce came out, the nurse brought him to the recovery room so he could breastfeed for the first time.
And one year after, I’m proud to say that I’m still exclusively breastfeeding my baby boy. And I’m not planning to stop anytime soon. I always say as long as he wants to nurse or I still have milk, I’m still breastfeeding.
Although I would say that my breastfeeding ways are now different from when I started breastfeeding Ponce. For example, on breastfeeding in public places. If we’re in the mall and he wants to nurse, it’s either we’d find a breastfeeding station or sit wherever we were and user a nursing cover. But now, our style is strike-everywhere. As long as there’s a chair, all I have to do is pull up my shirt and voila, he’s eating. Of course, I don’t just whip out my boobs. I do this in a very discreet way.
Now, let’s talk about the benefits of breastfeeding. I can’t stress enough the many benefits of breastfeeding. You can find tons of articles online about all the good things breastfeeding can give you. Here are my favorites:
- It has helped me lose weight.
- When we go out, I don’t have to bring a baby bag. My handbag is enough to bring Ponce’s extra clothes and a few diapers.
- We don’t spend on pricey formula milk.
Not to mention the special bond that the mother and baby share during breastfeeding. Although I think this has made Ponce more clingy because of this. I can’t go to the bathroom to pee without him crying after me.
Anyway, I try to encourage mommy friends especially pregnant ones to breastfeed. Does that make me an advocate? Maybe.
If you’re reading this and you’re pregnant or planning to be, as what they always tell and I this is true – breastfeeding is still and will always be the best for babies.
Photo by me.