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  • Best Breastfeeding Stories Of 2019: Mom Breastfed Son In PH While Working In Singapore!

    These breastfeeding working moms will inspire you to continue your journey.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Best Breastfeeding Stories Of 2019: Mom Breastfed Son In PH While Working In Singapore!
PHOTO BY courtesy of Victoria Nepomuceno-Nem Singh, Paul Del Rosario, and Tin Bautista-Quimpo
  • Breastfeeding can be demanding physically, emotionally, and mentally, and moms who choose to provide liquid gold for their babies know they are in for a challenge. It becomes even harder when you have to do it while working — juggling motherhood and your career might make you feel like you ultimately need to choose one over the other.

    3 breastfeeding stories that will inspire you

    Working moms who choose to continue to breastfeed are truly remarkable and in 2019, SmartParenting.com.ph featured five mothers who made that decision and were successful in their journey. It was difficult, yes, but rewarding.

    If you ever need motivation, let these stories show you why breastfeeding is worth it. If they can do it, then so can you!

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    ‘I breastfed my son who was in the Philippines while I was working in Singapore’

    When her son, Teo, was born, Tin promised she would nurse him for as long as she could.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Tin Bautista-Quimpo
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    Mom Tin Bautista-Quimpo made sure her son would be able to drink her breast milk even if they were literally countries apart — she was working as a nurse in Singapore while her son lived in the Philippines. For two years, the new mom would pump in-between shifts and find ways to send her stash to Iloilo City, where her son, Teo, was.

    Tin would ask friends who were bound to the Philippines to deliver the milk, or she or her husband would fly back home. For some time, Teo also lived with the couple in Singapore.

    The mom admits that what she did was costly, and there were times when she would consider feeding her son formula milk, but her desire to give her son liquid gold was much stronger. “As long as nakikita ko ‘yung anak ko na happy, dumedede ng galling sa akin, I would do it,” she shares.

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    Read Tin’s breastfeeding story here.

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     ‘I breastfed my daughter while studying as a medical intern’

    Victoria still hopes to complete her medical internship so she can become a licensed doctor.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Victoria Nepomuceno-Nem Singh

    Aspiring physician Victoria Nepomuceno-Nem Singh knew she had her work cut out for her when she chose to continue breastfeeding while pursuing her postgraduate internship back in 2017.

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    “I wanted to give my children nothing but the best. I knew it was going to be hard to do since we have a lot of work in the hospital, plus the fact that I will have sleepless nights, but I knew it was worth it,” the mom told Smart Parenting.

     She was lucky that her hospital was a mother and baby-friendly workplace, which meant they promote breastfeeding not only among their patients but with their staff, as well. Victoria would pump during her free time while on duty, but if they had toxic schedules, she would only be able to express her milk after more than four hours.

    Apart from physical exhaustion, Victoria also struggled with workmates who would “get irked when breastfeeding moms would get more breaks than they do.” But she never thought of giving her milk up.

    “Mahirap pagsabayin ang pagiging ina at pagiging doktor. Pero kinaya ko at kakayanin pa sa mga susunod na panahon. Hanggat may gatas ako, itutuloy ko,” she says.

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    Read Victoria’s breastfeeding story here.

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    ‘We are sisters who advise and motivate each other to become successful at nursing’

    The Buenaventura sisters were determined to make each of their breastfeeding journeys a success
    PHOTO BY Paul del Rosario

    Having a support system when you’re breastfeeding is vital, and these sisters didn’t have to look far for theirs — Drs. Faith Buenaventura-Alcazaren, Dyan Buenaventura-De Guzman, Iris Buenaventura- Muñoz, and Atty. Clara Buenaventura-Sereno are sisters who are all breastfeeding advocates.

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    While their journey was far from smooth-sailing, they were able to help each other based on their own experiences and motivated each other to not give up on breastfeeding. For example, while Faith was recovering from childbirth, Clara nursed Faith’s son so he could still have all the nutrients he needed. “It just felt natural,” Clara shares. “I felt great that my breast was useful to my sister.”

    There was even a time when they were all nursing and they would help each other out whenever one of the girls needed a break! Iris shares, “Kunyari, si Ate Faith and her husband need a date night, they would leave Marco with me. Or Clara’s second daughter, Catalina, would also feed on me if Clara is away for work.”

    Their shared parenting doesn’t stop there. Because they are all breastfeeding advocates, they aim to share their knowledge to other moms, especially Faith and Iris, who are both pediatricians.

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    "Even if you’re a doctor, you wouldn’t really know all about breastfeeding until you become a mom,” Iris says.

    Read the sisters’ breastfeeding story here.

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