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.
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.