My Breastfeeding Journey

12:00 PM Mayen Acebron 8 Comments

I am passionate about breastfeeding a baby. I try to encourage as many pregnant and mommy friends to breastfeed because I truly believe that it's the best option to feed their babies. Now that my son is officially one year old, I decided to share my breastfeeding journey. I am also writing this post to reach as many women out there to do the same.

So why do I choose to breastfeed? Before I even get pregnant, I already decided that I will breastfeed my baby and that's my only option. Mainly because it's the healthiest option for my baby. Of course, I will always choose the best for my baby if I can help it. Wouldn't you?

Aside from the health benefits of breastfeeding a baby, it is also cost efficient. But even if I have all the money in the world, I will still choose to breastfeed because formula milk, no matter how expensive, will never be superior to breast milk. 

A mother's breast milk is "design" for her child. It is even gender-ready. When a mom got sick, her baby is less likely to get the illness because the mother's body will automatically produce antibodies through breast milk to protect the baby. How amazing is that? These are just a few benefits of breastfeeding. There are so much more benefits that a mother should know about breastfeeding. So if you are pregnant and cannot decide whether to breastfeed or not? Do your research and prepare to be blown away.

My breastfeeding journey was a breeze, still is, thank God. No painful, bleeding or cracked nipples. No baby who's having difficulty latching. As soon as I offered my breast to my son, he gladly latched it and the rest is history. 

The only challenging part I encountered was when I had too much milk supply. Yes, having too much milk can be a challenge. I pumped my milk too soon. It is not advisable to pump for the first 20  to 30 days because that's when your milk is regulating according to your baby's needs. I didn't know it back then. By pumping my milk too soon after giving birth, I signaled my body to produce more milk than my baby needs. As a result, my baby cannot handle my oversupplied milk and he often chokes and throw up. 

Eventually, I found a site that taught me to regulate my milk supply. I let my baby feed in one breast twice in 2 consecutive feeding sessions. That way, I gave my body a signal that I don't need that much milk. Later on, my milk regulated according to my baby's needs. I don't need to pump because I decided to quit my job and personally take care of my baby thus I can feed him directly from me. 

I've been breastfeeding for more than 1 year now and I consider it one of my greatest achievements as a mother. Breastfeeding is not easy, there were times when I have to hold my pee for several minutes because my baby is feeding. I have to wake up several times a night to breastfeed my baby. But to be honest, it easier to breastfeed a baby at night than bottle feed a baby because breastfeeding requires minimal effort. I just have to pull my shirt up and let my baby latch to his heart content then I can go back to sleep while he latches. I have to stop what I'm doing whenever my baby needs to feed. I have to breastfeed in public if I need to. It took me awhile to adjust to that, but I managed to ignore judgemental people in the end. 

As I've said Jarvis is now 1 year old. He is very healthy. A little heavy, but not overweight. He weighs 9.6 kg now. He rarely gets sick. If he does, it's only because of teething and some minor allergies. He's very active. He can almost walk. He sleeps 10 to 11 hours every night at most. He wakes up 2 to 3 times at night to feed. But like said, feeding him at night requires minimal effort. Also, with exclusively breastfeeding, a day can go by with zero bottles to wash (except when you are a working breastfeeding mom). You also don't have to carry so much stuff when you go out. I personally do not bring diaper bag when going to the mall. Just a small bag with all our essentials which not a lot. 

Of course, I would understand that we all have choices, that a mother may choose not breastfeed her baby for different reasons. However, I hope more and more mothers would realize, especially if they are really capable, that breastfeeding is a wonderful thing and it benefits not only the baby but the mother as well. It's true that it's not easy for everyone but if you are determined, nothing will prevent you from giving the best source of nutrition to your baby. 

I am grateful that my breastfeeding journey was smooth, still is. I know a lot of mothers who struggled so much just to make sure they breastfeed their babies and I admire them so much. I also admire mothers who continue to breastfeed even if they have regular jobs. Pumping milk requires so much work and dedication. It's not easy, but a lot of moms managed to do it. Like they say, breastfeeding is 10% milk supply and 90% determination. Nothing can stop a mother who really wants to breastfeed her baby.

At the end of the day, we all have choices and circumstances that influenced our decision on how to feed our babies. No matter what it is, as long as you are loving,  respecting and treating your child well, you are still admirable. Thanks for being here!


  1. We almost have the same story mommy. Only that for me, latching is a bit of a struggle because he usually bites. It is still tolerable though and no plans of stopping. I also try to encourage pregnant colleagues and other friends who have babies to continue breastfeeding. If only they knew the benefits of it. For 10 months now, baby didn't get sick. I'm happy with what I'm doing and hoping I can inspire others to do it too. Congrats to us both mommy!

    1. Wow. Congrats for breastfeeding your baby for 10 months. I TRULY ADMIRE YOU! I know you are a working mom pa. Anyway, my son used to bite when nursing too but I patiently tell him every time that it hurts. Eventually, he listened. He tried to bite other people like his dad but not me. Hehe..

  2. You are right that breastfeeding has many benefits for the baby than formula milk. It also promotes mother-baby bonding.

  3. I remember a line from a certain milk promo which says "mother's milk is the best milk". That is true, but working mother is depriving her baby of the best milk which the infant could take. I am very sorry to tell you that some of my children were given commercial milk after three months, I think.

  4. I am also pro-breastfeeding. I breastfed all of my 5 children. The youngest breastfed for 4 years or more. I also experienced having more milk than what my child could consumed. I pumped the milk, put it in sterilized bottles and froze them. I gave some of that to our friend's baby who was not breastfed because his mom did not have milk. My child who came before my baby even drank the milk and like it.

  5. Sis lookalike kayo ni baby. I admire your decision to breastfeed your baby. I pray i can do the same in the future. I failed na with my first born e. Hopefully to my next child, I can fully breastfeed him/her. Ang mahal pa naman ng formula milk today. So good job mommy!

  6. Congratulations on your breastfeeding journey! Keep it up! I breastfed my son 'til he was 2 yrs and 7 months. Also a breastfeeding advocate like you and I'm so happy I did. I built a strong bond for us. ♥


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