Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life! (On Poverty And Women Empowerment)

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 - Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Breastfeeding for LIFE!

As I write this post, I am currently beside my almost 4 month old baby boy who has been exclusively (directly) breastfeeding for me since the day he was born. It was a decision I had to make even before he came. I have to be honest, it was not easy and it's still not. But I've equipped myself with all the knowledge and help that I can get before I gave birth.

My healthy and chubby little one (:

A lot of people may know that Ryu is my second baby. I gave birth to my 1st born in another country (long story) and sadly I wasn't able to commit to breastfeeding at that time. Aside from the fact that I was new to motherhood, I didn't have enough knowledge and I lack support from people around me. So I was only able to breastfeed him for 3 weeks or so and then I gave him formula. That's why when I became pregnant again, I knew God gave me another chance to experience and make good use of this amazing gift and take this wonderful journey with my baby. And I am really thankful for it!

So I am here now to share my thoughts and insights since I began my breastfeeding journey and hopefully it will inspire you too to breastfeed your little one:

On Poverty: I'm not going to lie. One of the reasons why I breastfeed my son is to save money. It is not a joke to raise a kid these days. You have to work hand in hand with your partner to be able to provide the needs of your family. And some (single parent) would have to work extra hard for them and their little one/s to survive. And we are all aware that formula milk is really expensive these days. I should know, my 4 year old son started drinking it when he is around 2 months old and up until today (4 years old) he still drinks it! And man a months supply is almost the same price as his tuition for a month! So when I found out I was pregnant again, I was really determined to breastfeed him so I can save more money. And so far, it has been doing good for us. We have some extra cash for us to spend on whatever we want or for emergencies. And I believe this is also the answer for those people who can't afford to buy formula. Not only will you save money from buying milk, but also from buying bottles, sterilizer, nipples, etc. Think about the savings you will get (not to mention the health benefits!).

I want to clear out though that I have nothing against formula fed babies. As I've mentioned my 1st son has been drinking formula eversince and he is one smart and adorable little boy. But I do encourage all moms to please breastfeed exclusively especially during the first 6 months (and more!) of life.

On Women Empowerment: There was a time when women were viewed as weak individuals or the weaker sex. Wherein they should just stay at home and do house work for their family. Well not in this generation, wherein women take on multiple tasks/jobs so they can make a living for their loved ones. When I became a mom/wife, I realized that house work is already considered "hard" work. It's not easy. So imagine us doing all those house work, working a day/night job and breastfeeding at the same time. It goes to show that we too can support and give food to our little ones. And the food we actually provide is really essential and healthy for our babies. It makes us a (more) important part of this world. It really makes me happy also to see more and more women not being afraid to breastfeed in public even w/o nursing covers. If men can walk around not wearing a shirt, then breastfeeding in public shouldn't be an issue either!

I hope this little post of mine inspired you to breastfeed your little ones for as long as you can. Yes it takes effort and strength, but trust me, it's very much worth it in the end.

Here are many thoughts and reasons why we should all advocate for mothers to breastfeed for the first 1,000 days of life #BF1st1000days:

Ams, The Passionate Mom says Breastfeed for a Better Future

Cheryl, the Multi-Tasking Mama, tackles maternal health as addressed by breastfeeding

2011 CNN Hero Ibu Robin highlights gentle births and breasfeeding, even in disaster zones

Monique reminds us that there are second chances in breastfeeding

Normi relates how breastfeeding gave her strength and purpose

Nats thanks Dr. Jack Newman for showing how breastfeeding can be a win-win situation

Em believes breastfeeding is a solution to societal problems

Jen of Next9 reminds us to do our research and share what we know

Celerhina Aubrey vows to work on one mother at a time

Grace wants to put an end to stories of toasted coffee and similar stuff over breast milk

Diane shares how she prevailed">when things did not go according to plan

Roan combines two passions, breastfeeding and architecture

Rosa shares how the picture she thought of was realized

Sally believes breastfeeding benefits mankind and our planet Earth

Floraine reminds us that breastfeeding helps combat diseases

Armi reminds us how breastfeeding during emergencies is crucial

Arvi tells us how breastfeeding made her look at her body a different way

Clarice elaborates on how breastfeeding saves lives and the planet

Giane reminds us that women empowerment can begin by seeing breastfeeding as more than a feeding issue

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life! (On Poverty And Women Empowerment)


  1. Lolz... yeah, it is not like we spray milk on everyone in our path when we nurse in public, right?

    Thanks for joining the Milk Mama Blog Carnival :)

    1. Haha!(: thank you for dropping by Mommy Mec!

  2. Hi Kaity! Congrats on your decision to breastfeed your second son baby Ryu! Nung first na nagkita tayo buntis ka pa, now you're a breastfeeding mom na rin! I'm so happy for you! :)

    1. Thank you Sally!(: thank you also for "pushing" me to breastfeed.You are one of my inspirations!

  3. I've had my share of having a first born who was given formula. We went through a mix feeding phase when I was working.

    Agree in all your points that you do save a LOT of money with breastfeeding but I do believe that empowering a woman through breastfeeding is something that the other sex cannot take away. Our children will be nourished by mothers and that should make all mothers more determined to breastfeed them.

    Wonderful and inspiring story!

    1. Thank you!(: yes, that is so true, only (us) women have this amazing "super power"! Thank you for dropping by!

  4. Wonderful story. Been reading on the Milk Mama Diaries entries and all are amazing.