10 Important Things to know about breastfeeding

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I decided to breastfeed my little one even before I gave birth to my son. Before I joined Breastfeeding Pinays on Facebook, I thought breastfeeding is such an easy peasy task a mother would do. I started reading pinned posts and Q & A portions about breastfeeding because I wanted to be well-informed nor more educated than people around me. First thing you must know that breastmilk is the only thing a baby needs for the first six (6) months of his life. As people say, “Mabuti na yung may alam.” In this post, I will share to you some important things you must know about breastfeeding. 

1. Aside from the fact that breastmilk is the only thing your baby needs for his first 6 months of his life, your patience and perseverance is your key to success in breastfeeding your little one. I experienced ups and downs in my own journey but I still keep going to breastfeed as long as my son wants to. 

2. Your milk supply is determined by the stimulation that your baby provides while nursing. In other words, the more you breastfeed, the more milk your body produces. So, if you seem to be producing less milk than usual, try to feed your baby more often. You also can pump after nursing to help stimulate more milk production. But remember, you can pump your milk after your first 6 weeks as it may cause oversupply of milk or worst, mastitis.

3. As much as possible feed your little one by demand. Watch your baby and not the 2-3 hours feeding time. Learn the hunger cues.

4. It is very normal if you find your newborn asking for milk every hour. Breastmilk can be easily digested and your little one’s tummy is as small as a cherry on day 1.
5. Sore and cracked nipples. I am sure every mother who breastfeeds their little ones experienced this. No fret though as there are nipple creams in the market like Lansinoh, Mustela, Pigeon or Motherlove that can soothe and heal your exhausted nipples. However, if you are in a budget, like I do, you may try applying your own breastmilk on the affected part and let it air dry. Other says, let your baby latch as their saliva can help to heal your sore and cracked nipples in no time. In my case, I bear the excruciating pain and let my little one latch every 30 minutes for 1 hour and my nipples got numb after a week. Whew!


6. To those working mothers, you may start building your stash after the “6 weeks period” as you have established your milk supply. I suggest to express milk from 12 midnight to 5am as people say that you have more milk supply during wee hours which I can attest. You can choose from manual to electric breast pump depends on your lifestyle and of course, your budget. In my case, I chose the Spectra 9+ - a double electric pump since I express milk at my workstation.


Avent Manual Breast Pump
Spectra 9+ Electric Breast Pump (Read my review HERE)
For milk storage, there are different kinds available (depending on your budget too) in the market from storage bags, storage cups or storage bottles. You can check them out in all SM or Landmark Department Stores. 

Breastmilk Storage Bags
Breastmilk / Baby Food Storage Cups
Breastmilk Storage Bottles

 Lifespan of breastmilk is as follows:


8. Maintain a healthy diet or you may also take food supplement like malunggay capsules to help maintaining your milk supply.

9. If you are a breastfeeding mom, as much as possible do not take any sort of medicines without your doctor’s prescription. You may also searched for Lactmed in the internet to check what are the prescriptions for lactating mothers.


10. Breastfeeding is a wonderful journey with your little one. Even my nipples got sore nor cracked, I continue to breastfeed as it is one way me and my little one get to bond. Also, the fact that you nourished your baby with your own breastmilk that is full of nutrients, it is one of the best thing a mother can give it to our child.  


Hope you learned something from this and enjoy breastfeeding!


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28 comments

  1. Nice post dear! Follow you on GFC #40. Hope you follow back so we can stay in touch :)
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  2. I breastfed my son for only 2 months because I need to take medicine, after that natuyo na. Sayang, sana nagpump pa rin ko. :(

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    1. Awww, I heard this thing about relactation. You may consider it if you just stopped recently.

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  3. This is an awesome post for soon to be Moms! Breastfeeding is always the best for our babies.

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  4. Respect for all breastfeeding mothers! It's definitely not easy. I breastfed all 3 kids and it's one of the best decisions I've made.

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  5. I learned soo much as in SOO MUCH from breastfeeding pinay. How i wish i could have done it to my other two kids. ~Pearliza Paguio

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    1. Same here, if without BFP I wouldn't know about these things.

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  6. Wow, I'm proud to say I know quite a few! haha. I've been breastfeeding my son for 1 1/2 year now. Yeah, I have very saggy boobies! But yes, the journey is amazingly wonderful.

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    1. Wow ang galing! I hope I could reach that too! Planning to nurse him as long as he wants.

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  7. Yay!! Another breastfeeding mommy here. I stopped when baby charley was 7months. My work demands affected my supply. :(

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    1. Awww kaya as much as possible I don't want to get stressed kasi it really affects our milk supply.

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  8. So so true! When my son was still young, we thrived on following predictable routines but breastfeeding following a schedule never worked; breastfeeding on demand brought better results.

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    1. I agree, I can attest to that. Until now I nurse my son by demand. :)

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  9. I've done my own share of breastfeeding but only for two months, need to go back to my corporate job, my limiting factor :(. It is nice to see that nowadays, companies are adapting pro-breastfeeding policies.

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    1. I agree. Nako, if they don't allow me, I will resign heheh.

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  10. I envy all of you who successfully breastfed. Unfortunately, I have tried but it only lasted for 3days.

    I accepted the fact that I am one of those who have insufficient glandular tissue to provide enough supply.

    Or I think my kids has high feeding requirements, "malalaki kasing tao". Lol

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  11. Breastfeeding is one of the amazing things that never happened to me. I don't know why. Maybe lack of knowledge. I hope I have read this when I am still pregnant.

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    1. You can try to breastfeed on your next child if you have plans :)

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  12. Great tips! I remember when I was breastfeeding, I would feel guilty if I feed more frequently than the recommended 3-4 hours interval hehe Can't resist feeding the baby eh...

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    1. Hehehe same here, actually nursing him somehow soothes me. :)

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  13. Even I am done with breastfeeding, I learned an additional information. It is important to monitor the expressed milk as well and on how to store them properly.

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  14. Thanks for sharing these things about breastfeeding. This will surely help newbie moms out there.

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  15. Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter cream is my favorite. You can also use it for rashy cheeks and red bottoms.

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  16. I was an Avent manual pump user with my last two boys! Super effective.

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