Tuesday, July 4, 2006
A quiet day...
I think I'm actually getting the hang of motherhood... it certainly
isn't as frustrating and crazy as the first few weeks were. The
breastfeeding has gotten much easier (it's gotten to the point that I
can be on the phone, texting, 'net surfing or channel changing while
nursing) and I'm starting to live the "sleep when she sleeps" rule. I
found myself one day napping while she rested, and felt refreshed when
Speaking of breastfeeding, I took for granted that it would be the way
I would feed Nicole until she was at least a year old. Many members of
my family as well as close friends breastfed their babies. It was, in a way,
expected... the first choice... the norm. What I didn't know (and only
found out recently) is that many Filipina moms don't breastfeed their
babies by choice (I'm not counting the ones who, for reasons of
physical inability, cannot breastfeed -- one mommy I know didn't have enough milk, while another was hemorrhaging when she breastfed). The percentage of NCR moms who
do breastfeed, I was told, is .5%. Half of 1% of moms who can
breastfeed opt instead to feed their little ones formula. That means I'm part of a very, very small minority, which is something that blew my mind. I had no idea. Personally, having tasted both breast milk and formula, on the basis of what actually tastes better, I'll take the breast milk anyday. Infant formula tastes like shit. We know; we fed that to Nicole the first few days of her life until finally my own milk came in. Since then, she's been exclusively breastfed (save for when I'm out of the house and the sitter runs out of stored breast milk... then we turn to formula).
I have my reasons for choosing to breastfeed my baby... one, I get my figure back faster (I'm only a few pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight)... two, all the immunities I've acquired over the course of my life is passed on to my baby (and I can also make antibodies on demand for her if she's sick)... three, she and I form an extremely close bond (to the point that I can already tell when she's going to wake up for a feeding, just by how my breasts feel)... four, it's 100% free (have you seen how much a can of formula costs?!?)... and five, well, it just tastes better. It also aids contraception, in that while I'm exclusively breastfeeding, I won't get pregnant.
I try to give my best in all that I do, be it professionally or personally. This is no exception. I give the best of myself to Nicole when I take her in my arms, offer her my breast and nurse her. I give her my time and my love, and there's no replacing looking into her eyes as I do.