My Beautiful Breastfeeding Portrait

My Beautiful Breastfeeding Portrait

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.

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.

13 thoughts on “My Beautiful Breastfeeding Portrait

  1. ann cagalingan

    True ang gatas ng Ina ay isa sa pinakambisang pagkain na ibibigay mo pra sa iyong anak,at pra sa knyang kalusugan,at naniniwala ako na napakabisa nito,dahil hanngang ngayun healthy at hndi sakitin ang mga kids ko..

  2. aiko borja

    im so envious! i want to have that kind of picture too while breastfeeding my little boy. im so happy cause i give the best gift of god to my son which is my breast milk.

  3. Cy valencia

    I salute all breastfeeding mommies. It is very hard and painful experience but it was all worth it!

  4. MariChuy

    Oh! How sweet! I missed the times that I am breastfeeding my kids. It is painful from the very first time when you are starting to feed the baby, sometimes the nipple gets wounded but it is fine coz the important is to give your milk to your baby. That’s what I’ve had before. I almost cried when my baby sucking my nipple while it has such cracks but it’s healed also with continuously breastfeeding him.

  5. carla venie relayo

    TRUE, when i was pregnant before ill make sure to breastfeed them until the time i have to go back to work

  6. Pearl Paguio

    What a nice portrait! I would love to have one too πŸ™‚ Just like you I also had struggle with my 1st and 2nd babies. I was able to BF my eldest for 3 mos. only because I don’t have that much supply and I started to work right away, with my second I was not able to BF her at all and it’s such a big regret! Right now I am exclusively breastfeeding my 2 month old baby girl (youngest) and I totally agree with you, it’s indeed a gratifying experience. I also don’t have that much supply but I’m producing enough amount for my baby and I’m really happy with it πŸ™‚

    1. Loving Mama Post author

      Awww that’s great sis! πŸ˜€ Yeah, do have your photo taken. πŸ˜€

  7. Jastene Angelene E. Galacio

    Indeed this is part of the Safe Motherhood program of the DOH I believe that it is really important to breast feed the child my mom told me that me and my brother was breast fed before and everything turn out well. It was like the child has a connection with the mother while breast feeding.

  8. Cel Fajardo

    True its a nice bonding when your baby even though its painful makes you want to cry .. but importants is you feed your baby and the health benefits it gives to your child

  9. Marinela Diaz

    That is one beautiful portrait! I have a breastfeeding photo shot by my mom. πŸ™‚ I breastfed my son until 11 months. Actually, it was mixed feeding because I don’t have enough supply. When I already ran out of milk, I became a little bit sad as I intended to breastfeed him til 18 months or so.

  10. Chona Gomba

    I don’t know but this blog post made me cry a little bit. I have this thing for motherhood and I look up to every mother in the world. For me, being a mother is the greatest honor and privilege that a woman can ever have. I’m not a mother yet but I am a mother by heart. I take care of my baby niece, I love and treat her as my own child while her Mom is working full-time. I know that I cannot really compare what I do to what a true mother does because I haven’t experience all the pains and sacrifice that you, mothers, go through during conception. I commend you, for your bravery and I am grateful for your being strong enough to bear such beautiful children. :’)

  11. Yna Bronozo (@yns023)

    I’m not a mother but I’m very aware how Important Breastfeeding is to new born babies. So I’m really looking forward to experience how awesome it is being a mom and how nostalgic it is to see your child being nourish for the first time. I salute Moms out there who breastfeeds as long as they still have milk to share to their children.

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