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Extended Breastfeeding and 7 Reasons Why I Choose Do So

In celebration of the world breastfeeding week, I decided to talk about my experience in breastfeeding. I have been exclusively breastfeeding Nate since Day 1 because I knew that’s what I always wanted to do. I grew up imagining what people call “bond” between a mother and a child feels like so I knew I always wanted to breastfeed my child.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that those who don’t breastfeed are not good moms, we’re all different individual parents and we have our own decisions on what’s best for our child. I just want to share my own personal experience on breastfeeding.

EXTENDED BREASTFEEDING:
Nursing beyond 1 year is called “extended breastfeeding”. Honestly, I don’t even know there’s a term such as this before I had a child! Here in the PH, it’s mostly normal for breastfeeding mothers to breastfeed their children ’til they turn 2 (or beyond) but in some western societies, extended breastfeeding may seem like an unusual thing to do, specially societies with strong emphasis on independence and self-sufficiency. Thankfully, I don’t see judgmental looks when I breastfeed in public (or maybe I just didn’t notice? lol).

Breastfeeding mothers are advised to exclusively breastfeed their children for at least 6 months old. But breastfeeding wasn’t as easy as I thought. Breastfeeding can be very difficult for working mothers, I myself, even though I’m a WAHM, still has so many challenges when it comes to breastfeeding and quite frankly, almost gave up, I was almost to a point of suddenly weaning my son.

Breastfeeding doesn’t only have PROs, it has CONs sometimes too just like not being able to leave the house without taking your child with you, worrying that your child may not be getting the right amount of nutrients from your milk, and feeling has that he’s lean and not as ridiculously cute and chubby like other kids. As a WAHM, I experienced so many ups and downs on breastfeeding my son. So it really needs to be weighed as to which suits you and your child the most.

Last month, I was very persistent on getting a formula for Nate already and mix feeding him with formula and breast milk. However, it didn’t work out, Nate won’t drink any milk AT ALL! When he starts tasting the milk, he’d almost throw up so I’m not sure what’s going on. I’ve tried quite a few brands already but all to no avail. So what I did was, I tried pumping my milk, put it on a glass and had him sip it – to my surprise, he had the exact same reaction, he almost vomit my breast milk. So, I’m not sure why that is, I’ve yet to ask his pedia about it but we’re scheduling another appointment for that. In the mean time, I’ve decided to just continue breastfeeding him.

breast feeding Nate at 3 months old

For breastfeeding mothers like me who feels that breastfeeding is becoming more and more challenging, here are a few more reasons to keep going: 

1. Extended breastfeeding is good for mothers. Breast milk is said to be always best for babies. But breast milk aren’t just best for babies, it’s also good for mothers. According to research, breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in women.

2. Breast milk continues to provide nutrition. Our child starts getting vitamins and minerals from the food they eat, but it’s good to remember that breast milk still has calories, valuable immunities, vitamins, and enzymes for your child.

3. Boost your toddler’s immune system. It’s been said that toddlers and babies who breastfeed are less likely to get sick because of Colostrum that can only be found in breast milk. Colostrum helps strengthen a child’s immunity.

4. The mother and child bond. This is one of the reasons why I want to continue breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the chance for the mother and child to connect.

5. It gives mothers a time to rest. When you are too busy, breastfeeding can be a way for you to rest (or take a nap – happens to me all the time! lol) from whatever you are doing. 🙂

6. Less hassle during travels. This is oneother advantage that I like the most, feeding your child can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 when travelling and breastfeeding.

7. It’s affordable. I’m not being thrifty but I have to admit that breastfeeding can really cut costs. But now, if only my son would drink the milk we bought him, I am ready to formula and breast milk feed him.

Again, I would like to reiterate that I have nothing against formula feeding, In fact I want to formula feed Nate now, it’s just that he won’t drink it. So instead worrying that he’s not drinking his milk, I focused on the advantages of breastfeeding my son with great hopes that in time, he will be ready to drink formulas.

27 Replies to “Extended Breastfeeding and 7 Reasons Why I Choose Do So”

  1. I only mixed breastfeeding and milk formula feeding with my first child because I thought I needed to do it – gave my son milk formula when outside the home. But in the next 4 babies, I dismissed the idea and just totally breastfed them. It's quick, easy and very affordable. When the babies are older, about 1 year old or so, I just gave them milk in a small cup, not baby bottle – although I think 1 child insisted on milk in a bottle.

  2. It's really very convenient to travel with a breastfeeding baby since I didn't have to bring tons of things like bottles, formula powder and sterilizer. Breastfeeding is really rewarding and I miss it.

  3. I've thought about weaning my 19-month-old or at least letting him try other kinds of milk–pero hanggang isip palang talaga as I can't really bring myself to stop yet. I agree with you wholeheartedly on your reasons–particularly less hassles during traveling! It's so much easier to bring a nursing cover and some nursing-friendly tops versus a sterilizer, bottles, etc. 😛 Kudos to you for still breastfeeding, mommy! <3

  4. I also breastfed my children, but I was a cow so I was able to pump a lot and leave my baby whenever I had to back then. Usually lang naman when I had to go onstage and my baby would be backstage with a friend. 🙂

  5. Go go go sa extended breastfeeding, Nilyn! I was able to breastfeed Yuri for almost 3 years – we stopped just a month or two before he turned 3 (and I rapidly gained weight afterward haha). Had I been a full-time SAHM, sa totoo lang, I would have continued nursing him. Ang saya kaya mag-breastfeed!

  6. Ang galing! I have high regards talaga for moms who were able to breastfeed their kids. I was only able to do it for a month lang for both of my kids since I felt it'll be inconvenient once I go back to work 🙁 But for baby number 3, I'm really planning to exclusively breastfeed him na all the way.

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