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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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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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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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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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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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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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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