My Beautiful Breastfeeding Portrait

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My breastfeeding portrait as captured by Iman Dugeno of Iman Dugeno Photography.

Breastfeeding is not impossible.
But it takes much desire, effort, and much more
support to make it possible.

By now, my second daughter Shane is already 5 months old. Since she was about 2 months old, I had been exclusively breastfeeding her. Read my rather difficult breastfeeding story: Perseverance is Key to Breastfeeding.

My breastfeeding story had not been an easy one because I do not produce breast milk naturally. I mean there should be much stimulation and effort on my and the baby’s part. With my eldest, I was really frustrated. I really wanted to breastfeed her. I had psyched myself while I was still pregnant, as my mom had fully breastfed my brother and I when we were young. Unfortunately, I was not able to. If only I had the same amount of information and support that I got now, I would have successfully breastfed my eldest until she was in her toddler years. After all, I am a work at home mom.

Read: Rooming-In at the Mother-Baby Friendly Complex of Riverside Medical Center

Last Christmas, my brother Iman Dugeno came home to Bacolod for a visit and while breastfeeding, I asked him to take a photo. After all, he has a much nicer camera than mine. I wanted nice breastfeeding portrait that I can have printed and framed. It is both a strong reminder and a loving memory with my child. It reminds me that like many things in life, I just got to work hard at breastfeeding in order to full to achieve it. It is also a loving memory because when she outgrows my breast, Shane and I will remember that for a period in her life, not only did Mama carry her in the womb, Mama fed her exclusively from my breasts.

Whenever I breastfeed Shane and I look at her, I am just in awe. I am always in awe at how my body is able to produce my baby’s first food.

How God has designed women to
be able to nurse their young is
nothing short of amazing.

Yes, there are difficulties. For one, my breasts are big and are not positioned in a very breastfeeding-efficient way. Two, my daughter would rather nurse while lying down. Three, she doesn’t want to be covered when nursed, which makes it difficult to feed her in public. The longest she went without feeding is when we went to Guimaras–5 hours! But somehow, we managed to get through them.

I am no breastfeeding expert. I am a mom who achieved exclusive breastfeeding on her second try–that is, my second baby. If you ask me for advice, here is what I am going to tell you:

Read. Read facts. There are so many breastfeeding articles on the internet. Read and understand.

Listen. Listen to sound anecdotal advice. Not myths.

Take Part. Take part in the discussions in forums, like Breastfeeding Pinays on Facebook. You will learn a lot from other moms.

Note: It pays to have a supportive husband who does most of the reading for me. But if you don’t, I know you can do it yourself. hehe

With much prayer and the support of my husband, parents, in-laws, some friends, OB-Gyne, and of course, my new friends at the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club, breastfeeding became possible for me. They were God’s instruments at making this endeavor a great success. With that, I am truly grateful. Thank you very much!

I still cannot say at this point that even with so much stimulation and ample nutrition that my breast milk is overflowing. No, I don’t have bags or bottles stashed in my freezer even if I would like to. But at least, I am producing enough for my baby’s needs. With that I am truly gratified.

Breastfeeding is a gratifying experience.

Note again: I am talking to those who want to breastfeed but somehow found out that they couldn’t–not to those who don’t want to.


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