Breastfeeding is Hard – Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding is hard. It’s exhausting. It’s painful (at first). It’s hard (I said that already). But with proper help and support, you will get through it.
This August, let us all celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Let’s look back at Philips Avent’s World Breastfeeding Week celebration with some part of the mom community shared their experience and encouragement.

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I still remember our first. When I visited you in NICU, I tried to nurse you. You refused me. The nurse said, you‘re used to cup feeding and still don’t know how to latch. I cried because I keep on failing in nourishing you. After the visit, I tried to pump so they can cup feed it to you. The first try is so painful and I only got a teaspoon size. My breast is so hard and painful to touch. Good thing, I bought a MQT nipple cream and tried to apply it after the pumping session. My second try is less painful. I was able to pump 25ml! When I visited you on your third day, we tried to latch again. We tried and tried but you keep on refusing me. I’ve seen you doing the queues for hunger – stirring, rooting, mouth opening, stretching and hand to mouth. Yet, you still don’t want to be feed by me. My milk just keep on dripping on my clothes. You cried non-stop because of hunger. I’m clueless and nobody is there to help us. So I return you again. That night, my breast is aching because it’s very hard again and it’s difficult to sleep. My online mommy friends told me that I have to apply a warm compress, massage then pump it. I followed their advice and it worked! This time, I got more than I expected! Salute to all the #padedemoms ☺️ As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. Thank you so much @philipsaventph for letting me be a part of this meaningful campaign. ❤️ Photo by @jc2700

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In couple of weeks, I will be celebrating my 3rd Breastfeeding Anniversary! I never really thought I would come this far! Like most moms, I’ve experience engorgement, plugged ducts and fever, sore nipples, and not to mention the continuous sleep deprivation making my breastfeeding journey even harder. Never easy and nobody said it will be. I cried buckets and even thought of giving up but I was lucky I have a support system who encouraged me all the time especially my husband who kept on reminding me of my goal of breastfeeding my son, the amazing benefits that comes with it and believing in me that I can do it regardless of the circumstances. The struggle didn’t stop there, I am also juggling a full-time job with the demands of my little one. I have to pump in the wee hours and while at work to ensure I have enough stash while I am away. There were also several times that I had to express milk while in a meeting just so my supply will not deplete. And as of today, Matteo has no signs of weaning which I don’t really mind for I want to cherish this journey, the bond that we have right now is really priceless. I know that my son is proud of me as well because he would brag about my milk —He was like “My mommy has milk and it’s yummy!” 😂 Breastfeeding is not easy but it is worth it! As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. PS: Thank you @philipsaventph for letting us be part of this campaign. It is such an honor to share this wonderful experience. It was also nice to meet @sheilacatilo in the shoot.

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I have been exclusively breastfeeding Lilibubs for nearly 9 months now, & I thank the Lord for the gift of breastmilk. When I was still pregnant with her, all my readings have pointed to the many benefits of this liquid gold, that’s why I have set my mind to nursing for at least a year. I honestly couldn’t have held out this long if it weren’t for my husband, my mom, & the countless other mommies I exchange breastfeeding challenges with online. . I remember those very first days of unli-latching the little one. Sobrang hapdi, sobrang sakit. It was then that I understood why some moms say na mas mahirap mag-breastfeed kesa manganak. Masakit pala talaga siya sa una! But I was encouraged by other moms, particularly by @suziecolber who said, “Your nipples will toughen up.” And they did. Amazing how the body adapts. I think after the first 3 weeks, nasanay na nga katawan ko na may dumedede sa kanya. . I have been blessed with oversupply for the first 3 months. But with oversupply came an overactive letdown, & a baby who coughs & seemingly drowns when she feeds. I am so thankful for my husband, @joeyramirez12 . Whenever I would get upset because Lilibubs would cry, he would just get her from me & appease her, while I frantically pump out the excess milk. When Lilibubs is more relaxed, he would give her back to me so she could continue feeding. It went on like this for weeks until we finally found our balance & I learned how to manage my supply. He was our rock during those stressful moments.. how grateful I am for his steadfast nature. . Lilibubs was also gassy on those first few months, & there were moments when I blamed my milk for it. My mom encouraged me when she said, “never doubt your breastmilk. Kaya nga sabi breastmilk is best for babies up to two years.” Thank u, Ma. Sobra talaga ako na-encourage. . To all the other nursing moms, mahirap man, marami kami who will support u. Tuloy-tuloy lang tayo para sa mga anak natin♥️ . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding

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Since today marks the 1st day of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month (August), please allow me to share with you our breastfeeding journey.❤ 🔹 Prior to giving birth to Savia, I had little or none idea about breastfeeding. I wasn't as confident as I am now, with all the doubts and discouragements that have crept in my thoughts then. When I finally gave birth, it felt a whole lot different. True enough, you just wanted to give what you know is best for your little one, no matter what. The doubts I previously had were replaced with excitement and joy esp. when Savia started to latch on me. IT WAS THE MOST PAINFUL THING (physically) that ever happened to me (probably next to labor 😁) but knowing how important and beneficial it is for the both of us, I had and I CHOSE to bear all those pain. After that, the rest, as they say, is history. God has allowed me to return for work and experience pumping and collecting stash for 8 months, before I finally decided to shift career to being a full-time mom and wife. This way I can also pass on my learnings and knowledge to my fellow breastfeeding moms and inspire them as well. Having had my fair share of struggles and triumphs in our breastfeeding journey, I am proud and thankful that Savia is exclusively breastfed for 34 months now (and counting). 🔹 Forever grateful to the unwavering support of my husband, @everardonggon . Also, to my moo-mmy friends, parenting communities and support groups that I am a part of, also to Savia's pedia who is also a BF advocate.❤ 🔹 As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. 🔹 Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. 📷: @thecatilos for @philipsaventph

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#Repost @omniandbryce (@get_repost) ・・・ Breastfeeding for 6 years now and counting! 😊 I started breastfeeding when my first child @zialarrosa was born. It was smooth sailing back then bec I was with her all the time. When @zelalarrosa came, of course, we also made it a point to exclusively breastfeed her bec of the advantages we saw with Zia. But it wasn't that easy. At that time, I already have a day job as a Marketing Executive for a Telco company. I remember having to carry huge cooler bags to store breastmilk that I pump while at work. And pumping! Yes! How can I forget having to pump discreetly while having sunud-sunod na meetings! It's quite a challenge but I was able to continue breastfeeding Zela until she was 2 years and 3 months old. I stopped when I got pregnant with @zedlarrosa. I would say that my breastfeeding journey continue to be a success story but I cannot attribute it to my own dedication alone. I was able to make it thru bec of the tireless support of @brycelarrosa in doing those lactation massages on me by himself and for being so matiyaga in thawing pumped milk every two hours when I am not home. I am also grateful for my officemates who showed their support by covering me during meetings when I already have to pump and for being patay-malisya when they hear the little squeeky sound that comes from my breast pump. 😅 Because of their support, I can overlook the challenges and just go on in our fight as an advocate of breastfeeding. As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. 😊💚 #TheClingyFam

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I never thought of breastfeeding not until Cloud came into our lives. Me as a first time mom, I joined breastfeeding groups, did my own research and taking vitamins for my milk supply to make sure we are on the right track. But it was more difficult than I expected. Our first week was so exhausting – swollen nipples, engorged breasts, sleepless night, my CS wound and a nonstop crying baby haha 😂. I thought I was having PP blues coz’ tears just rolled down out of nowhere. 😔 . . But thank God I was able to get over it with the help of my husband. I’m so grateful that not a single moment I didn’t get support from him. My husband is always there whenever I needed him. From washing my breastfeeding paraphernalia to putting our baby to sleep in less than 5 minutes (that’s his superpower!). 🦸🏻‍♂️ . . It was 3 fruitful years filled with happy breastfeeding memories with Cloud. Surely, that is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. And early this year, another bf journey has started and this time with our little munchkin bunso, Cal. Look at those arms and legs, nakakagigil diba?!! 🤣 As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmonth #breastfeedingawarenessmonth

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As I look back to my 3 1/2 years breastfeeding journey with Keisha, all I can think of are the happy memories that we shared together. It was a great bonding time for the two of us – morning, afternoon and night. Anytime of the day that she wanted to latch, she did. And, thank God she grew up well-nourished and healthy. She rarely gets sick and I'm quite sure breastfeeding had a lot to do with it because she got all the nutrients she needed when she was young. However, I must admit that the experience was not all glorious. It was a roller-coaster ride but it was worth all the pain and sacrifices on my part. My husband, mama and mom-in-law played a good part in encouraging me not to give up. And, I'm so grateful to have that kind of support system as a new mom. • When breastfeeding, it's important to be #ComfortableAnywhere. So this August let’s all celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Let's thank the people who support us on our breastfeeding journey because we couldn’t do it without them – thank you my dear husband and thank you to my mom and mother-in-law! • Always remember that breastfeeding is one super power that we have as a mom. Let's embrace it and encourage soon-to-be-moms and nursing moms to do the same. With that said, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. I would love to see your photos and know your breastfeeding stories.

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“Breastfeeding is real time and a precious engagement between you and your little one!” . . I was a little bit nervous when I got pregnant before with my eldest Zayn first, i have many questions “what if I don’t have enough milk supply, if he can latch immediately after i giving birth?! If he gets hungry and i dont have milk what I’m supposed to do?. So many what if’s. But all my questions turn into all positive ways. I feel so blessed and amazed to myself that i quickly produce milk supply. I’m really so thankful because i fed Zayn in the right amount of milk that time. And now my second son Zach is still a breastfed baby, i have even more milk too, sometimes i was shocked when my shirt is wet because of milk leakage’s. I’m so thin but I’m proudly say that i have more enough milk for my son. And now I’m more even #ComfortableAnywhere because of our generation, specially for our supporting breastfeeding mommies community. And to my family, to my husband supporting all the way on my motherhood breastfeeding journey. He’s the one who told me that breastfeeding is always the best for our baby. Thank you always for empowering me to be #ComfortableAnywhere with my breastfeeding journey. Above all Thank You Lord for giving me a chance to be a wonderful liquid gold provider 💜🤱🏻 . . . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. . . . Thank you so much @philipsaventph for letting me and Zach to be part of this powerful campaign! ❤️💜❤️ . . 📸: @sheilacatilo 💓

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Looking back on my breastfeeding journey 6 years ago as a first time mom made me realize how blessed I am to have an amazing support system despite all the challenges I faced during those times. I called it my “initiation into motherhood” coz of the many struggles I encountered! ⠀⠀ Brie had multiple food allergies and reacted badly to what I ate. I had to go through a hypoallergenic diet, sacrificed most of my favorite food just so I could continue to breastfeed. I also had to mix feed her with a special (and very expensive) formula milk during the times I ran out of donated breastmilk – imagine the #momguilt I went through! All that plus problems with milk supply, cracked nipples, milk plugs, etc and yet I stood firm with what I believed in and eventually got through the most difficult months. ⠀⠀ I was a working mama back then and I had to pump and store milk. Philips Avent has been Brie’s bottle of choice and I’m so happy she did not have a hard time adjusting to the bottle and would still directly latch when I was around. I was able to nourish her with my milk for almost a year.🤱🏻 ⠀⠀ I couldn’t have done this alone! Thankful for my husband, my family and in-laws who were my rock during my struggles, and to my mommy friends who I could turn to and ask for advice anytime. They all stood by me and supported my decision to breastfeed my children.♥️ ⠀⠀ Breastfeeding has always been my advocacy and I believe that it is important for a mother to be able to feed her baby anytime, anywhere without being judged nor shamed. ⠀⠀ So as we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. ♥️🤱🏻♥️ ⠀⠀ You got this, momma! 📸 @sheilacatilo

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Breastfeeding is an act of love that has made me do things I never thought I could do! I've expressed milk in the back of a moving Grab car. I've breastfed Andi WHILE doing live voice overs at an event. I had to entertain guests and smile through a 3-hour wedding hosting gig while secretly wincing in pain due to engorgement. I used to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to pump and wash pump parts and bottles. Breastfeeding is a real commitment! It's not always easy but it's ALWAYS fulfilling. . . People who find out that I still breastfeed Andi to this day are surprised. Frankly, I am too. (My pain tolerance is VERY low.) My initial goal was just 6 months, but actually, during those early days of nursing when the agony was unbearable, I didn't think I'd even last a week! But now, here I am, at 19 months and counting, still breastfeeding my toddler who is very healthy, happy, and smart. 😊 . . I know I made it this far because I have a solid support system. My husband attended countless breastfeeding seminars with me and gave me hugs, massages, and a glass of water to make me feel more comfortable. He helps me put on my nursing cover whenever I have to nurse in public. He affirms me but never once pressured me when I felt like giving up. My family has also been very encouraging, and they recognize my dedication and remind me that I'm doing a good job. I'm also grateful to parenting communities and local businesses — from lactation treats to nursing wear — that empower me in my breastfeeding journey. To all of you who help make me feel #ComfortableAnywhere as I breastfeed Andi, THANK YOU. 💜 . . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who makes you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. . . 📸: by @shielacatilo for @philipsaventph Earrings by @trinketfarm . . #AndromedaEveSmith #FluffySpacePrincessAdventure #breastfeedingmonth #nationalbreastfeedingmonth #happybreastfeedingmonth #breastfeedingmom

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3 kids, 3 different journeys. Adrian- I breastfed him for 3 months. It was a challenging journey because I was a single mom. I was so shy to breastfeed him in public. It was very painful. I was homesick in Canada. So the two of us went back to Philippines when he was 3 months. Arriana- I breastfed her til 22 months. This one is very different. I an married to @jbalmeda who supports me in my breastfeeding journey especially Arriana doesnt want to be covered and people would always look at us. JB would always protect us from those “audience”. It was painful in a sense that I have so much milk, I will wake up with ant bites. Arriana would bite me too! I wanted to stop before so I can grieve since my dad passed away but people keeps on motivating me. So I did. It was hard to breastfeed while grieving as it affects your supply. People looked at us with malice since Arriana will go on a hunger strike if I cover her. We forcedly weaned her when I was pregnant already with Amanda because it was a delicate one (bleeding and preterm contractions for 9 months) It was a painful transition as Arriana doesn’t like other options. Amanda- breastfeeding her until now! My most behaved newborn who will sleep on her own after breastfeeding. Breastfeeding anywhere and everywhere. But while I was pregnant with her, I had to wean Arriana. I said, I will breastfeed Amanda for 6 months but here we are, 16 months and no signs of weaning. With God’s Grace, I’ve been Breastfeeding for more than 3 years straight now. What I can is that, breastfeeding should come from a place of love.  Feeling enslaved to breastfeeding won’t help you remain motivated.  Instead, find ways to make breastfeeding easier that is why ALL kinds of support is important. And because not all breastfeeding looks the same, your journey is just as important. Breastfeeding reminds us of the universal truth of abundance; the more we give out, the more we are filled up. As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding.

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Thirty-seven months and counting, with no signs of weaning. I've been directly and exclusively breastfeeding this long already and even though it makes me tired more than I can imagine, it also makes me proud of such an extraordinary personal achievement. . . Since I work from home, I breastfeed Monica on-demand — she would ask for milk anytime, anywhere. This routine is draining, challenging, and exhausting and yet I still have no desire to wean her yet. I can patiently wait until she’s ready. Afterall, she would only be this little and needy for a short time. . Reaching this far is made possible by the support of the people around me most especially my husband. We do things together. He always supports anything that will make me feel better and tells me how important my role is. He appreciates even the little things that I do and that matters a lot to me. If not for his encouragement, love, understanding, and support, I won’t be enjoying motherhood as much as I do now. He makes it easy for me to be #ComfortableAnywhere. . . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. . . PS: Thank you @philipsaventph for making me part of this wonderful campaign. It was also an honor to be photographed by THE @sheilacatilo 💜 Thank you. #BreastfeedingMonth #MommyDiaries #BreastfeedingMommy #FedIsBest

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Happy Breastfeeding Month to all the beautiful breastfeeding mommas! Sharing with you today my 3 years (and still counting) breastfeeding journey. Long but relatable and inspiring post ahead. I never knew I have a special gift which came with motherhood and this is being able to produce breastmilk for my kids. Among my three children, I exclusively breastfeed my youngest son, Damien to this day. Breastfeeding is one of my greatest achievements as a mother. Along the way, I experienced toe-curling moments, sleepless nights, judgemental eyes on me in public, unmet deadlines or missed meetings at work, struggles with low supply, daily cleaning, sterilizing and refilling Damien's Avent Natural bottles with my breastmilk as I went to work, and many many more. What kept me going is knowing that this is the best nourishment I could give my child and as long as our breastfeeding lifestyle is still working for us, we will carry on. I am eternally grateful to my husband @macky_saints whose hand I held when the latch was painful, who assists me when I feed my son in public comfortably, who encourages me to go on because he recognizes the benefits of breastfeeding, who even gives me the money we save for not buying formula milk monthly, and who supports us 101% in this journey. We definitely wouldn't last this long, without you mahal! Thank you for all the help you give me so I could breastfeed and be #ComfortableAnywhere doing it. As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding has been one of my winning moments ever since I became a mom. At first, it is really a hard start. When I was still recovering from a natural birth, coping with nipple cracks while I have a newborn who latches every minute of time and chilling because milk was stuck on my breast. I just want to end my breastfeeding journey in there. I feel discouraged at that time. My thinking is that it’s so easy to mix milk, shake it and feed the baby. 😅 . Come to the day that I talked to my partner and I can clearly remember saying that ”I’ll stop breastfeeding. I can't do it. It's very painful. I'm having a hard time every single latch.” — I'm so grateful that he refused and said, ”Why? Because you have lots of milk and you can't pump?”. After how many minutes, he came back with a newly bought pump and saying “Here you go! I know you can do it and it’s best for our baby!” — Before I am also afraid to breastfeed in public, I don’t want other people to judge or questioned me on how I feed my baby. But with my partner’s guidance and his big whole self as a cover-up, I was able to learn to strike and be #ComfortableAnywhere when breastfeeding. 🤱🏼 . Not a single moment in my life that I didn’t get his support. From providing all my necessary breastfeeding essentials up to insisting on buying more lactation treats and to getting afraid if I get hungry or whatnot. How did I get so lucky? 🥰 . My breastfeeding journey has a lot of struggles at first but I am glad that I overcome those challenges because I have someone at my back giving me full love and support. I know to myself that I wouldn't have been able to breastfeed Aina for as long as I want if it weren't for his support. Thanks to you my love, I couldn't do it without you! ❤️ . From ”I don't want to breastfeed already.” To ”I don't want to stop breastfeeding anymore.” 🤱🏼 . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. . Thank you @philipsaventph for letting me be part of this wonderful campaign! 💜

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Three precious years of breastfeeding my Coco-bear, a choice I made because I know that it is the best gift that I will give him in his lifetime. It was probably one of the most amazing times I had with him, those "he doesn't want anyone else but me" moments, those hugs, those look in his eyes, those sounds he made while feeding as if chatting, those warm touch, those exhibitionist positions, those sleepless nights. Oh how it made me teary eyed as I reminisce THE feeling, so clingy and sweet, the only bonding that him and I shared. . Looking back, I think I was my own support system. Yes, those who surround me would just let me do what I want, to breastfeed him. Agree with me. But there will still be those who would tell me to give him formula. I refused that because I know I can manage and I know this is what's best. But even though I felt like that, I still want to thank my husband, because he believed in my decision and supported it. . Maybe because of that feeling, I had a commitment to myself. I had to encourage at least 1 friend to breastfeed. I remember helping a friend latch her daughter. It was like the first time I latched Coco, like there was magic everywhere. One friend turned to a handful. It is fulfilling to know that one way or another, I had inspired a mom to breastfeed her child. . I always say before, “Strike anywhere, everywhere”, because I really didn’t care before, wherever I was, whatever I wore, I would feed on demand. My breastfeeding journey before is quite different from the journey of mom’s in the present time. If it wasn’t that normal before, well it is more normal now. And I would like to commend all the breastfeeding advocates for taking the stand, for pushing to normalize breastfeeding, for making it Comfortable Anywhere for moms and their babies to breastfeed, even in public. I must say, “we” did it. #BecauseMomsSupportMoms . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel Comfortable Anywhere while breastfeeding. #BreastFriends! . PS. Not condemning formula fed, #FedIsBest for me

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Who would have thought I can breastfeed two babies at the same time? Breastfeeding my twins is one of the best feeling in my Motherhood journey. I honeslty feel like a “Super Woman” whenever I feed them together. I love looking at them, caressing them, and talking to them every feeding time. I can feel that I know them more because we have this special bonding that no one can ever give. Yes, it’s challenging but definitely all worth it. . . Since they were born premature and stayed in NICU for almost a month, I have to bring breastmilk everyday to make sure they’ll have enough supply even if I’m not with them. I couldn’t stay long in NICU and needs to be home and sleep early because after I gave birth, I was diagnosed with Post Ecclampsia. I struggled with my milk supply during the first two weeks. . . I’m so thankful to the Twins Neonatologist, Resident Doctors, NICU Nurses of St. Luke’s Quezon City. They are the one who pushed and encouraged me to feed my babies with my liquid gold. I also want to thank my Cousins, Friends and my sister, Jamae who have always been there to listen to my rants, sends me messages and lactation treats from time to time and visits me to make sure I’m okay. To my Mom who has always been there beside me since the day we found out that I’m pregnant with my twins. Words are not enough to thank you for everything you have done for me and my twins. You have always been my strong support system. . To my husband Mark, your encouraging words keeps me going. We were not able to facetime or text frequently because you know that I have to feed two babies at the same time. I can feel your love and support even though we are miles apart. . . Thank you to everyone who believes in me. Who believe that I can breastfeed Faith and Hope. I couldn’t do this alone without all your help. ♥️ . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while Breastfeeding. . . Thank you @philipsaventph for having us in this campaign. 💜 . . 📷: @sheilacatilo #ComfortableAnywhere #PhilipsPH

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Breastfeeding is the most wonderful gift you can give to your child. I remember when Franco was 5 day old and been struggling, I literally cry every night till dawn. I need to sit down every 2 hours to nurse him, close my eyes and bear the pain. I almost give up but I am blessed my husband was and will always be by my side. He’s the one been reminding me “You are doing a great job momma! Breastmilk is the best milk for Franco!” So I seek help and support from my family and friends. Thanks to them, Franco has been purely breastfeed up until today (34 months now) . May this post inspire you and feel you’ve got our support on your breastfeeding journey. May this remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE momma ! ❤️❤️ . As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding . You are an Amazing Mom, wether you nurse/pump for 3 years or 3 days or 0. . Thank you @philipsaventph for making each mom comfortable in their breastfeeding journey! ❤️❤️❤️ . . . . . . . . . #whenmomsupportsmoms #breastfeedingph #breastfeeding #breastmilk #nursingph #exclusivelypumpingph #mommybloggerph #mommyblogger #bloggerph #blogger #mommyph #mom #momlife #breastfeedingjourney #purelybreastfeed #liquidgold

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(SWIPE) Today marks the first day of the Breastfeeding Month, where breastfeeding is celebrated and encouraged all around the world for our little babies.👶 . But for those Mamas who cannot breastfeed or those that chose not to breastfeed at all, I also and still celebrate you and the love you give to your little ones.👌 . Breastfeeding would have to be one of the most demanding, time consuming and painful experience for us mothers. It can be tiring & emotionally challenging having a little one latch onto you every 2-3 hours, needing your body, your love, your patience and your time… . But you know, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so grateful that after my few breastfeeding challenges, that I now cherish those precious moments bonding with and loving my little girls, giving them the nourishment that they need to thrive in this world. Even though it’s meant I’ve had to remove and reduce some of my favorites from my diet and lifestyle choices , to support their little bods! 😂 . Breastfeeding or not, keep going Mamas! We have the most incredible role in existence, being able to nurture, love, and guide our little ones through this life…and you are always more than enough! 💕 So as we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding.😊

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Going 24 months of breastfeeding in a few days. I can’t thank enough for the people who supported me all the way. To my family, in-laws and friends- thank you for believing in me that I can feed and nourish our little Astrid. Special mention to my hubs, I’m so blessed to have a supportive partner. He support my ministry in donating breastmilk for premature and with special conditions babies. He spare time to carefully deliver my milk to the NICU and parents of those babies who eventually became our friends. After some time, my advocacy became his advocacy too. Sharing with his soon to be parents friends and even random stranger he met the benefits of breastfeeding and pursuing them to breastfeed their children really make me proud. I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed this long without the help and reinforcement from my support system. It is incontestable that it takes a village to raise a child. Endless praise and gratefulness to the Lord for giving my baby more than enough milk. She’s a strong, lively, happy baby. As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. Time and circumstances did not permit to have my hubs and baby with me in this photoshoot but thankful to @philipsaventph for letting us to be part of this wonderful campaign. #breastfeedingawarenessmonth #breastfeeding

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, Breastfeeding ain't easy. It's the most difficult yet one of the most REWARDING parts of my motherhood journey. It's one of the main reasons why I decided to work at home and give up my career as a teacher and I don't regret a thing. I still spend sleepless nights (just like last night) nursing her. I still get sore nipples, lumps on my breasts, scratches on my face and lose hair from all the pulling of my little baby but believe me when I say that it's all worth it. Seeing Allyka healthy and happy makes all the sacrifices worth it. Seeing Allyka look at me directly in the eyes with so much love while she's drinking momma's milk makes it all worth it. Sacrificing my time, my body and my life to nourish this little treasure of mine are all worth it. I thank the Lord every day for blessing me with liquid gold to nourish her and other babies I've shared my breastmilk with in the past. A huge shoutout to my husband too. He is our support system, my motivator and the one who taps my back to tell me that I'm doing a great job whenever I feel like giving up. My breastfeeding journey wouldn't be successful without you @sir_viray 💕 My husband, my mom, and my friends empower me to be #ComfortableAnywhere when breastfeeding and I'm thankful to have them. So this August let’s all celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month and thank the people who support us on our breastfeeding journey – we couldn’t do it without you! As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding. Thank you @philipsaventph for letting us be a part of this awesome campaign! ❤ 📷: @sheilacatilo 💕

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Being a mom is really my calling and not just one but God wants me 4x the mother I can be. ⁣👩👩👩👩 With that, I always want the best for them when it comes to nutrition from their first day of life so I choose to breastfeed all four of them. ⁣Let me tell you a little story. 😄 ⁣ I am lucky because I didn't have a hard time producing milk the first time I breastfed and that goes the same way child after child. I was challenged when the twins were born. They were born prematurely at 33 1/2 weeks, had complications, and stayed in the incubator for weeks. ⁣ ⁣ I was determined to breastfeed them because I know it will help them grow faster and stronger. I brought pumped milk to the hospital everyday until they were well and continued tandem-feeding until they were over a year old. I wanted to breastfeed longer but due to some circumstances and stress, I had to wean them. Nevertheless, I tried and believe I gave what's best for them and can you believe it, they have never been hospitalized since then! It really is liquid gold. ⁣ ⁣ I can go on and on with my breastfeeding journey so now I would like to thank my husband, in-laws, relatives and friends who had been my support system then. I couldn't have done it without your help. It keeps you sane when there are people around you who supports your advocacy. Also thankful to mom communities, breastfeeding workshops, and breastfeeding nooks available to all nursing moms and their babies. I am no longer breastfeeding but I am an advocate of this and I encourage all new moms or moms-to-be to choose what's best for your child. ⁣ ⁣ As we celebrate Breastfeeding Month this August, let’s support our right to be #ComfortableAnywhere with #PhilipsPH. Share your experience and post a photo with your support network who make you feel #ComfortableAnywhere while breastfeeding.⁣ 💙💙💙 ⁣ #ComfortableAnywhere⁣ #PhilipsPH⁣ #BreastfeedingMonth⁣ #Momof4sc ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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