I chose to breastfeed CJ even before finding out about the bad effects of formula and all things (more or less) about breastfeeding simply because of the saying “Breast is Best”. ‘Coz really, it is…
CJ is already 15 months and we are still at it. This has been one of the most amazing journeys I’ve been in and I am so glad that I have the hubby and my mom’s support. Because without them, I don’t think I could have done it.
Anyways, I’m currently a member of this amazing group called “Breastfeeding Pinays” where I learned a LOT about breastfeeding. Some of them are just really awesome I had to share…
- Exclusively Breastfed (EBF) babies do not need anything but breastmilk during the first 6 months of life. No vitamins (unless there is a deficiency) or water needed.
- Breastmilk is always PERFECT no matter what you (mom) eat.
- Breastmilk supply follows the law of demand and supply. The more you breastfeed, the more milk you produce.
- There is such a thing as a top-up trap. Sometimes, moms doubt themselves (and their milk supply) so they top up with formula. This means less time for your baby to nurse which could cause your milk supply to decrease making you top up some more until the next thing you know, your baby is purely formula fed.
- Moms who have not breastfed in a while (weeks or months) can get their milk back through relactation. This process requires a lot of dedication and effort but is very much possible.
- Breastfeeding moms can eat and drink anything in moderation. Yes, even coffee or beer.
- Moms can breastfeed when they or the baby are sick. Two words. Enteromammary pathway. This has got to be one of the most awesome things about breastfeeding. This allows the mom and the baby to share immune system. (1) A mother breathes in, ingests or comes in contact with a foreign invader. Her body forms an antibody for it, which then passes through her milk to the baby.<source:http://thenursingnurse.com/2013/02/22/breastfeeding-alphabet-of-benefits/> (2) A baby encounters a pathogen. The baby’s saliva communicates this to the mother through contact with mother’s breasts. Her body recognizes the challenge and creates an antibody, which then passes through her milk to the baby.<source:http://tummycalm.com/building-a-healthy-gut-for-baby.html>
- Breastmilk changes depending on your baby’s needs and age.
- Older babies (starting from 6-8 weeks) who are exclusively breastfed can go several days without pooping.
- Induced lactation can happen. I read about grandmothers who let their grandbabies nurse on them for comfort and they start lactating after 2 weeks of doing this. I also learned that some moms who adopt can do this so they can breastfeed their babies even though they did not give birth. Oh, and fun fact…. Men can also lactate because they do have the necessary parts for it. 😀
- Keep in mind that a baby’s tummy on Day 1 is as small as a cherry, at 3 days a walnut, at 1 week an apricot, at 1 month an egg. So there’s no need to worry that we don’t have “enough milk” as soon as the baby is born.
- Breastfeeding is not just good for babies but for moms too. It reduces the risk of cancer and other illnesses.
- The amount of milk you pump is not an indication of how much milk you make but of how much milk you can pump.
- Formula has risks.
- Breastmilk has more nutrients than any formula.
These are actually just some of the things I learned after more than a year of breastfeeding that I can think of right now. Will add some more in this post if I think of anything else to share.
Are you a breastfeeding mom? What amazed you the most about breastfeeding?