Breastfeeding is a normal, beautiful part of motherhood. Unfortunately, a lot of moms choose to bottle-feed their babies without even trying to nurse their kids first. Most of the time, these moms make the choice because of inadequate knowledge or plain ignorance. Luckily though, breastfeeding has been gaining a lot of positive public attention lately, and groups likeL.A.T.C.H., and La Leche League Philippines/Best Friends in Breastfeeding (contact Cris Nicandro Rosenthal 0917-8941099) have been working double time to promote the womanly art of breastfeeding as the best way to give the best nutrition to one’s child.
When it comes to breastfeeding in public, most Filipino moms would probably not think twice about doing so, but there would definitely still be one or two out there who may find it “nakakahiya” (embarrassing). For those of us who may be a little bit uncomfortable when it comes to “whipping ‘em out”, here are a few tried and tested tips to help dispel the discomfort about nursing in public.
1. It’s all about the attitude Mommy! This is the most important thing you will need to successfully breastfeed your baby, not just in public, but everywhere! When you know that you have chosen to give your little one the best start in life, you will find that you can breastfeed in confidence anytime, anywhere and given any situation.
Being a new mom in itself is a daunting task, and mastering the art of breastfeeding, with all the initial challenges of sore nipples (usually due to improper latching); fears that the baby is not getting “enough milk” (breast milk usually starts to come in a few days after giving birth, in the meantime, the “golden liquid” colostrum – packed with antibodies and baby’s perfect first food – is enough for baby’s nutrition right after birth); and battling post-delivery fatigue can make one easily give up.
Do not give up. Just keep at it. Get some advice from your ob-gyne (try getting one who is breastfeeding-friendly) and other sources who can help you in your nursing adventures. Jenny Ong, the mommy blogger behind “Chronicles of a Nursing Mom”, has provided a list of useful resources here < >.
So to all you “milky mommas” out there, be proud of the choice you made, and arm yourselves with the knowledge and information that you’ll need to help you in your journey.
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