• Breastfeeding is best for babies, but it is not the easiest choice for many mothers. Many breastfeeding journeys include stories of struggles and difficulties such as sore nipples, low milk supply, engorgement, and improper latch. Celebrity mothers are not exempt from such challenges, but many of them have proudly chosen to breastfeed their little ones while dealing with long hours at work and sometimes, traveling and being away on location shoots.

    Some of them have become staunch breastfeeding advocates and because of their celebrity status, they get to promote breastfeeding through their social media accounts.

    We give a salute to these celebrity breastfeeding moms! Here are just some of them.

    1. Rica Peralejo

    Rica, who was Smart Parenting's cover mom in January this year, is a breastfeeding mom to her 19-month-old son Philip. She shares her early difficulties, breastfeeding while traveling, and recommended products through her blog.


    2. Nicole Hernandez

    In an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph in October 2013, Nicole said this about breastfeeding her son Alonzo, "I approached breastfeeding with flexibility. I told myself, for as long as I have milk, I’ll continue breastfeeding Alonzo. It became three months. I was barely producing milk, and some would already quit at this point, but I persisted because I saw that my baby was getting bigger. Then wow, I reached five months. Then six months. Maybe I’ll try to go for 10 months. And then one year na pala. I took it one day at a time."


    3. LJ Reyes

    Mother to Aki, who is now 5 years old, LJ is a breastfeeding advocate. She breastfed Aki for 2 years and 8 months and credits her post-pregnancy weight loss, as well as Aki’s strong immune system, to breastfeeding. She also has a breastfeeding scene in the film "Bigkis", a movie on teenage motherhood.


    4. Jolina Magdangal

    Jolina Magdangal

    Photo by Vincent Coscolluela

    Jolina is a proud breastfeeding mother to her 18-month-old son Pele. In her Smart Parenting birthing story, she shared that she wants to continue breastfeeding Pele beyond two years. To prepare for her decision to breastfeed her son, Jolina attended breastfeeding seminars while she was still pregnant. Her journey includes sore nipples, clogged milk ducts, and donating expressed milk. To be able to continue breastfeeding Pele despite her schedule, she brings him to work and also expresses milk for times when she has to be away from him for longer periods. Recently, she was invited by UP PGH to share her breastfeeding experience during the lay forum in celebration of World Breastfeeding week.


    5. Yasmien Kurdi

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    Yasmien Kurdi

    Photo by Dairy Darilag

    Mom to 2-year-old Ayesha, Yasmien recounts in her SmartParenting.com.ph birthing story how she had low milk supply during the first two weeks after giving birth. With the help of her supportive husband and mother-in-law, she was able to find someone who gave her a lactation massage that addressed her milk supply issue and had her milk flowing. Eventually, she was even able to donate her abundant milk to the neo-natal unit of UP-PGH and was invited to speak at one of the talks to share her experience.


    6. Ciara Sotto

    Ciara Sotto

    Photo by Mark Jesalva

    Ciara shares in her Smart Parenting interview that she didn’t think she’d want to breastfeed. A proud breastfeeding mom to 5-month-old Crixus, Ciara even tweeted that “Breastfeeding is tougher than pole dancing.” She also posts images of various lactation goodies to help her maintain her milk supply, as well as other breastfeeding products and information that she wants to share.


    7. Marilen Faustino

    Marilen shared in an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph in May 2011 that her then- 10-month old son Iago was exclusively breastfed. "At the hospital after he was born, he was able to latch right away.  The doctor was glad to see that I was able to do it. But then, at home, I encountered some difficulty because I had sore nipples, which I think was because I was doing something wrong also.  I hired a lactation consultant and she corrected my positioning.  That is very important especially when the baby is very small and is hard to handle. I was really committed to breastfeed and there was no turning back.”


    8. Andi Manzano

    Andi, also known on the radio as Andi9, is a breastfeeding mom to 5-month-old Olivia. She has a great support and resource in her own mother who breastfed Andi and her 4 siblings. Andi blogged about her breastfeeding preparations by attending breastfeeding classes and her Instagram account gives a peek into her life as a breastfeeding mom. Watch her video interview on SmartParenting.com.ph.


    9. Say Alonzo

    A breastfeeding mom to 10-month-old Asher, Say shares images of breastfeeding-related products on her Instagram account. She also engages with those who ask her about breastfeeding in the comments by generously answering their questions and sharing some breastfeeding tips.

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