“My first breastfeeding experience was not an easy journey but I chose to be successful in giving the best for my child.”
Mommy Bhing shares what a lot of mothers have struggled with during breastfeeding – supply vs demand. “My supply was not enough to meet my baby's demand,” Mommy Bhing shares. However, she didn’t let this nor her job stop her from pursuing exclusive breastfeeding— “I needed to wake up in the middle of the night just to pump so I can leave her breastmilk that she can take enough for the day before going to the office.” She was determined to balance being a professional with her desire to exclusively breastfeed — she was successful with her first born, Anya, and she continues to be successful for baby Aira.
Despite all the problems she has faced with her breastfeeding journey, she was able to push through with determination and love for her daughter. So when asked if she would have done anything differently when she had first started breastfeeding, she said she wouldn’t change a thing. Mommy Bhing brings everything that she has learned to her on-going breastfeeding journey with her second baby and shares her story to other mothers having struggles with breastfeeding.
From a fortified immunity, to more savings, and to being environmental-friendly, Mommy Bhing uses her experience with both her daughters as a platform for advocating breastfeeding to relatives and friends. But most of all, she promotes breastfeeding because of the love she and her daughters share, it is a love every mother should experience. “It’s true that breastmilk is really best for babies. I am more close to my 1st born because i chose to breastfed her. I want all mothers to know the benefits of breastfeeding as i have seen it with my first born.”
"It’s true that breastmilk is really best for babies."
Mommy Bhing wants mothers like her and soon to be moms to know the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding but she does not why away from the common problems and misconceptions that others may have. “I want all mothers to know that it is not true that there are some moms who are not blessed with enough liquid gold and there are some who are blessed. It’s not something given to you instantly, it’s something you have to work on.” She believes it is important to consult doctors and fellow moms regarding exclusive breastfeeding. By getting professional opinion and knowing the experience of others, families are able to make informed decisions and clear up misconceptions.
In line with our objective to empower Filipino mothers to breastfeed, Milk Matters presents Express Yourself, an online movement that sheds light on the breastfeeding experiences of Filipino mothers, families, doctors, nurses, and other members of society. Our vision is to inspire other mothers to continue breastfeeding through these stories.