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'No Matter How Long Or Short, Breastfeeding Taught Me A Lot,' Real Stories Of Breastfeeding Moms
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  • August is World Breastfeeding Month, and we asked moms at the Smart Parenting Village, our online group of over 80,000 parents, to share stories of their breastfeeding journey.

    Here are some of the moms who hopes to inspire and empower other moms to breastfeed their children.

    Real stories of breastfeeding moms from the Smart Parenting Village

    'Mahirap, madaming sacrifices'

    PHOTO BY AVI CRUZ

    "My breastfeeding journey started in 2014 with my firstborn Achie and still going on until now with my secondborn Butchi. I am loving and cherishing my breastfeeding journey as long as I can. It changed my life and was a great help for me. Yes, mahirap, and madaming sacrifices but it is all worth it - seeing the benefits to my children and me." - Avi Cruz, breastfeeding since 2014

    'It gave me a superpower'

    PHOTO BY MA ANN TERMULO MONTANCES
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    "Breastfeeding changed me and my babies in different ways! I became more empowered as a mom. It gave me a superpower. It made me realize that I can naturally nourish, heal, or calm my babies with just me and my milk, anytime, anywhere. It taught me the real meaning of commitment and love." - Ma Ann Termulo Montances, breastfeeding for 3 years now

    'No one can replicate it'

    PHOTO BY RIYALYN PASIMIO

    "Breastfeeding constantly reminds me to be thankful dahil hindi kami gumastos ng malaki for formula, bottles, etc. We’re a one-income family and it was (and still) a big help for us. My daughter is not sakitin, and recovers quickly if she gets sick. I think breastfeeding also helped her transition easily to solids - she’s a really maganang bata. But above all those things, our bond during breastfeeding is special dahil sa aming dalawa lang yun. No one can replicate it. And all the effort is worth it pag sinabi niya, “Sarap dodo, mommy." - Riyalyn Grace M. Pasimio, breastfeeding for 2 years and 7 months 

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    'Walang hiya-hiya'

    PHOTO BY LEA MANILLE TEE CHING

    "This is me breastfeeding my 3-month-old son during his binyag. He doesn't like bottle-feeding, so I ended up investing in nursing clothes and dresses instead to accommodate his ‘demands.' I became more confident while directly breasfeeding him. Wala ng hiya hiya, wala ng cover cover, we just do it everywhere, strike everywhere sabi nga nila but discreetly so as not to distract/ disturb other people. Lea Manille Tee-Ching, breastfed for a total of 5 years and 4 months

    'It made us stronger'

    "I am a nurse, a military, and a committed breastfeeding momma. I breastfed all of my 4 kids since I became a mom 10 years ago. Some breastfeeding journeys were as short as how my maternity leave goes (2 months), the longest was 18 months with my 3rd kid. Now, approaching our 4th month of exclusive breastfeeding with my youngest. My breastfeeding journey, no matter how long or short, whether it was exclusive or not, had a huge impact on the bonding relationship between me and my babies. It made us both stronger and healthier physically and bonded us mentally and emotionally."

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    PHOTO BY CINDEL GATBONTON CABUSORA

    Personally, this journey has taught me a lot. It taught me patience and selflessness. It taught me to celebrate small wins, (like small ounces of liquid gold). And of course, it made me stronger as a mother and as a person. And now that I know that this is the last time I am going through this with my youngest child, I am even more determined and praying hard to make it last as long as we could." Cindel Gatbonton Cabusora, breastfed her three kids, and now breastfeeding her fourth child

    'Helped me lose weight'

    PHOTO BY GRETCHEN DELA CRUZ
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    "Breastfeeding positively changes me. Parang hindi ako nahirapan mag-lose ng pregnancy weight. When it comes to my baby naman, rarely lang kami mag-visit kay pedia because hindi siya sakitin. Less monthly expenses din kasi breastfeeding nanay ako." - Gretchen Mateo Dela Cruz, breastfeeding for 1 year 5 months

    'I choose to do it anywhere, anytime'

    "At 2 months old, my second born already had his first flight and my first breastfeeding in public transportation. Breastfeeding has empowered me to be confident in feeding my baby in public--be it in a plane, or boat, in the park, mall, buffet restaurant, or at the beach. I have asked and prayed for this journey. I have prepared for this mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

    PHOTO BY RI BENITO

    And no matter how difficult, painful and lonely it could get especially in the first few weeks, I choose to continue breastfeeding my baby anywhere, anytime. I want to raise awareness about every woman's right to breastfeed in public without shame or guilt. This is love that the whole world is doing for their children." -Ri Benito, breastfeeding for three and a half months now

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    'Ikaw lang, sapat na'

    PHOTO BY NIKKI FRIAS

    "Breastfeeding my baby changed the way I look at life. I've never been so selfless before. Motherhood will really change you, so is breastfeeding. Yes, it gives the nutrients that our child needs and mas nakakatipid kami sa milk expense, but looking beyond it, it changes you as a person. I am amazed at how God created women's body to give birth and to nurture their own child. Yung pakiramdam na ikaw lang, sapat na sa anak mo. Kahit gaano pa ka-insufficient ang tingin mo sa sarili mo bilang ina, meron isang baby na ang tingin sayo ay buong mundo niya and that alone gives meaning to everything na pinagdaanan mo noon. No amount of words can really express what being a mother means. Eto na ata ang susunod na pinaka masayang nangyari sa buhay ko, next to being married to a very selfless and loving husband too. - Nikki Frias, breastfeeding for 3 months now

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    'A bond like no other'

    PHOTO BY RONNA NATIVIDAD CONCEPCION

    "Breastfeeding brought challenges in my motherhood journey and how I overcome those with patience, courage, and determination to give what is best for my babies. I have to say that my liquid gold gives so much more than the love of a mother to her child, a bond like no other. -Ronna Natividad-Concepcion, breastfeeding for more than 3 years

    'Less of myself, all for my baby'

    PHOTO BY RONA PATIO LANESTOSA
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    "Breastfeeding taught me how to think less of myself and give my all for my baby. Breastfeeding is a commitment I made with my daughter. Our first try at it was never easy because she has a tongue-tie, but it did not stop us from breastfeeding. I even decided to quit my corporate job so I can be with my daughter longer and feed her on demand. What I initially planned to do for only a little over six months has now blossomed into 53 wonderful months and is still far from weaning. -Rona Patio Lanestosa, breastfeeding for more than four years now

    'I'd do this over and over again'

    PHOTO BY AGATHA DAYAO ARREOLA

    "I stopped exclusively breastfeeding my youngest because I need to report back for duty. Nakakalungkot kasi ito lang ang bonding namin na alam kong ako lang ang kaya mag-provide. It is hard for us but as long as I can still feed her, whatever way it is, I feel accomplished.Whenever I pump, hindi lang milk ang tumutulo but with luha pa. Nakakamiss kasi ang stare niya after feeding and the comfort of her touch even though breastfeeding is tiring (+ loads of house chores). Pero kung magkakaanak kami ulit, I'd definitely do this over and over again. I never thought of being this selfless, and it really proved to me that motherhood would push me to the limits." -Agatha Dayao-Arreola, breastfeeding for 30 months and counting

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    'Most selfless thing I've ever done'

    PHOTO BY KATRINA AMBION

    "Breastfed my firstborn since day 1. I breastfed throughout my pregnancy for my secondborn. We continued tandem breastfeeding until my firstborn self weaned and went on until my second weaned on her own too.Honestly, it is the most selfless thing I have ever done for someone; not only for my children but for those babies in the NICU who also benefited from our donated breastmilk. Looking back on my breastfeeding journey today, as my daughters are now 9 and 7, I marvel at how capable a mother’s body is from conception and birth to nourishing and nurturing our babies. I look at them today, so talented, so beautiful, thriving and flourishing. I’m currently 28wks pregnant with our most awaited son. Would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat." -Katrina Ambion, breastfed for six consecutive years

    'It's all worth it'

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     "Breastfeeding changed how I see my body, bukod sa nakaya nitong magdala ng buhay for 9 months, kaya din pala nitong magprovide ng nourishment sa baby (exclusively until mag-solids na ang bata). It taught me to trust, understand and love my body more. Wala sa size 'yan kumbaga. Tiwala lang sa law of supply and demand.

    PHOTO BY MARJE CUI ALAR

    This is a crocheted doll (I call this my "Hakab Doll") I made myself to celebrate/honor my breastfeeding journey (yes, may pag-honor kasi hindi siya madali mga besh! Labanan ng uhaw, gutom, ngalay, sasabog na pantog, pain sa pangangagat at twiddling, cracked nipple, at kung anu-ano pa ang pagpapadede... BUT IT'S ALL WORTH IT."-Marjie Cui Alar, breastfeeding since 2017

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