Friday, August 7, 2015

Why I Am Still Breastfeeding My Preschooler

It was exactly a year ago when I wrote about the How and Why of My Breastfeeding Journey. I can't believe that until now I'm still going to write about it. It's not that I'm tired of telling my story about it, it just amazes me how far I have come. I won't ever forget, it's because of God's unending grace in my life.

My Love Bug is almost 4 years old now, 47 months and 28 days to be exact. And I'm happy to tell everyone that she still loves "Mommy's milk". That's how she calls it. Sometimes I wonder if it's just out of habit that she asks for my milk, but as I look at her every time she tells me she wants to "dede" (Filipino word for "nurse"), I can tell that she still likes it. There are times when people around us, specially family members would tease and discourage her from getting this liquid gold but she couldn't be dissuaded. She would always get assurance from me that it's just fine to "drink Mommy's milk".
My Love Bug at 47 months. She nurses when she takes a nap and at bedtime.
"She's older now; a preschooler. Why do you still breastfeed your daughter?" you may ask. I may only have a few reasons why I still do it, but I believe these are enough to continue doing it.

It's just the natural thing to do. From day 1 until today, I believe that feeding one's offspring is a natural thing to do, isn't it? Although there are lower forms of animals that do not care for their young (because they are not given the ability and the wisdom to do so), female mammals (including human moms) are gifted not only with the ability to care for their young but also with this precious milk to nourish them. My daughter would always say, "Mommy, it's okay for me to 'dede', di ba (isn't it)?" And I would assure her, "Yes, it is." :)

I remember that time when I gave birth, I was so afraid I would not be able to breastfeed my daughter. We (my husband, the nurses and I) did everything we could possibly do. Because not even a drop of milk was coming out from my breasts (I have inverted nipples), the nurses got an electric pump and start pumping my breasts. Nothing happened. Then they used a syringe so my nipple would "come out". Still nothing happened. I was petrified. But prayers with faith and persistence really do work. I was determined to breastfeed. So even without seeing that liquid gold I let my baby latched onto me (which I believe is a natural thing to do). And then the "natural thing" happened. The milk just flowed out! Until this day, my preschooler is enjoying and loving it!

The bonding moment is priceless. If I may say this, it's not just my daughter who is emotionally benefitting from breastfeeding her. I am too. I can't describe how I feel every time my daughter nurses. I'm overjoyed! And I can feel how happy she is too. It's like our "date", a special moment between us that even though we don't say a word, she knows she is loved and I am too.

It is a gift that you receive and give as well. I feel so blessed to be given this precious gift. I have learned from a medical practitioner that generally, women have the ability to breastfeed their children and there's only about 1% who wouldn't be able to do so. I am humbled to be part of the 99%. This is the kind of gift that you wouldn't want to keep for yourself. This is the gift that doesn't bless you alone (Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom) but the recipient (your children) as well. Who wouldn't want that kind of gift? :)

Are you a breastfeeding mom too? What are your reasons for doing so? Please feel free to share your thoughts on the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Breastfeeding Week to all the breastfeeding moms out there! We are blessed so let's be a blessing! :)

18 comments:

  1. I wished I had the chance to breastfed but unfortunately there wasnt enough milk from me. I salute you for still being able to breastfeed until now.

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    1. Thank you! You may not have been able to breastfeed your child but you have shown your love to him/her in other ways and I believe that's what matters most. :)

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  2. I salute you for continuously breastfeeding your child.

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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    1. Thank you! Thank you for dropping by. :)

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  3. congrats mommy! not all moms are as lucky as you to be able to breastfeed their baby that long! :)

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    1. Thank you! It's God's grace and gift. :)

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  4. Given the chance, I would have breastfed my baby a lot more. Amazing!

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    1. Yes, it's all worth it! :) Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Awww I'm jealous. My son is 3 years and 4 months now, and I had to wean him off the breast just before he turned 3 because it was already too stressful for me as a single, yayaless WAHM. He handled it well, but sometimes I still wonder how life would be if we're still nursing.

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    1. Aww, it's okay. Matagal din yun ah! :) I'm without nanny too but a SAHM. I'm looking for an opportunity to become a WAHM one day. Thank you for dropping by. :)

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  6. Wow, congrats! I think that breastfeeding can really take a lot out of a mom, and so I salute you for being so patient with it. :)

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    1. Thank you! I believe it's worth it. :)

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  7. wow 4 years old na, you are lucky mommy that you still have a milk. I stopped breastfeeding 2 months before he turned 2 years old, I don't have a milk na kasi

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    1. Yes, it's really God's grace. I can't believe I still have milk. Other people are wondering too, haha! :)

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  8. aww.. I envy you. good job, mommy and baby :)

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  9. breastmilk is the best for the little ones + it is commendable that you continue to do this for your little one. if i could, i would've done the same. :)

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