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Hundreds of Mothers Attended a Mass Breastfeeding Event in the Philippines

By CASEY QUACKENBUSH  11:15 PM EDT http://time.com/5358364/philippines-breastfeeding-child-deaths/ Mothers participate in a breastfeeding event in Manila on Aug. 5, 2018.  Noel Celis—AFP/Getty Images Hundreds of Filipino mothers participated in a government-backed mass-breastfeeding event, publicly nursing their children in an effort to combat child deaths, AFP reports. The annual event drew more than 1,500 women to a Manila stadium where the moms breastfed their children in support of a public campaign to get more women to feed their babies breast milk over formula. “It’s an empowering moment,” Joyce Balido, 29, a first-time mother, told AFP. “It was very difficult to establish a milk supply at first….

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“Mix Feeding Is Not Going to Make You Less of a Mother”

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/breastfeeding/bangs-garcia-mix-feeding-a00041-20180222?ref=home_feed_1 Many moms say it’s only hard at the beginning, and as soon as you and your baby get your rhythm, breastfeeding will be effortless eventually. Still, sometimes, it doesn’t always go according to plan, as Valerie “Bangs” Garcia recently found out. The new mom, who gave birth to daughter Amelia in the U.K. three months ago, revealed she developed an infection after her C-section operation. While on antibiotics, her breast milk supply diminished. “It explains why Amelia got so frustrated and stopped latching during our last day there,” she wrote on Instagram “I thought I couldn’t [breastfeed], but I did. It really hurts in the…

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Why Do Mothers Choose to Continue Breastfeeding Even After 6 Months

Breastfeeding is a choice, but one cannot deny the perks breast milk offers for both the mom and baby. One of those unique benefits is it contains antibodies that become your baby’s first line of defense against illnesses. Other kinds of milk cannot replicate the protection breast milk gives your baby. To show how breast milk does wonders for her baby, Ashlee Chase, a mom for the Pennsylvania, posted on Facebook a photo of two bags of breast milk, expressed only three days apart, but they look entirely different in color. The bag with white breast milk was expressed when her 7-month-old…

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The No. 1 Reason Why Moms Stop Breastfeeding

“Breast milk is best for babies up to 2 years,” we often hear TV commercials say at the end of powdered milk advertisements accompanied by a smiling mother with a baby at her bosom. What the TV doesn’t say though is that breastfeeding is actually quite challenging.  And, according to a survey, the struggles of breastfeeding get so hard to bear that a little over half of women quit just after six months. The 2015 Lansinoh Breastfeeding Survey polled 13,000 mothers to ask them about their breastfeeding thoughts and experiences. Almost all of them — 96% to be precise —…

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How Bianca Gonzalez Managed to Exclusively Breastfeed Despite Low Milk Supply

Since Bianca Gonzalez made that post about the end of her breastfeeding journey on Instagram two weeks ago, the mom of one says fellow mothers have flooded her inbox with messages that can be summarized in one question: How did she breastfeed for two years? Any mom who has breastfed a child, or tried, knows the struggle of sore breasts and cracked nipples. A survey reveals that many women give up after only six months because of the pain associated with nursing a baby. So how did Bianca — TV host, book author, writer, and in-demand product endorser — manage? She answers this and more burning questions…

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Bianca Gonzalez Expresses Support for Non-Breastfeeding Moms: ‘I Would Never Judge’

TV host Bianca Gonzalez is feeling proud and at the same time sentimental over her breastfeeding journey which had ended, after daughter Lucia weaned herself from it when she turned 2 years old in October.  In the caption of her Instagram post, she recalls how the weaning happened: “By that time, she would only feed (direct latch) two times a day: before morning nap, and before sleeping at night. We had been traveling; and when you travel, nagugulo ang sleeping and eating schedule. And my guess is, she figured, ‘Kaya ko naman pala matulog nang hindi na nag-mi-milk.’” Related to this experience, as she has done…

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How Breastfeeding Lowers a Mom’s Risk of Heart Disease

                                                             Jose Luis Pelaez Inc—Getty Images/Blend Images By ALICE PARK  June 21, 2017 A strong body of evidence supports the benefits of breastfeeding both for baby and mom. Breast milk gives babies a starter population of bacteria- and virus-fighting cells from their mothers, and breastfed babies tend to develop stronger immune systems, have less asthma and allergies and have fewer ear infections and respiratory problems than babies who aren’t breastfed. Some data…

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Can My Baby Be Allergic to Breast Milk? Here’s Some Expert Advice

A lot of moms, if not all, would love to be able to breastfeed her baby. Not only is breast milk healthy for the little bundle of joy, but nursing also offers other benefits even those for the new mom. It is not a walk in the park, but many moms choose to persevere and brave through its challenges.   On Facebook, we got asked if one of those challenges could be an allergic reaction to breast milk, which was news to us. Here was the situation: A breastfed baby developed rashes. It couldn’t be the “food he eats” because…

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8 Things We Need to Stop Saying to Moms Who Breastfeed in Public

Breastfeeding is hard enough as it is, and the last thing a nursing mom needs is shaming. IMAGE lolostock/iStock Society ignores breasts in lingerie ads, but it seems to have a lot of issues when it comes to breastfeeding in public. People don’t seem to know what to do with a breastfeeding mom. Spoiler alert: you just leave mom alone and go about your business. Breastfeeding can be hard enough in itself, and the last thing a nursing mom needs is to be shamed. So we certainly hope none of you have ever said the following — and if you have done so, we…

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Do Breastfeeding Moms Need Lactation Massage?

IMAGE 2p2play/iStock My family believed in hilot, which I often thought of as pamahiin. But it didn’t stop me from letting my father’s cousin, a hilot expert, do her magic on me after I gave birth. If I remembered it correctly, she ran her palm gently on my upper chest area outwards from the cleavage, around the breasts, and then at the back area, too, near the neck and shoulders.  Of course, hilot is what many now call as a breast or lactation massage, and it’s no old wives’ tale. Nursing moms rave about its benefits today. “When done properly, breast massage can be…

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Filipino Moms Unite to Show Breastfeeding Is Best for Babies

Filipino moms unite to show breastfeeding is best for babies In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, some 2,000 Filipino moms came together to breastfeed their babies simultaneously in Araneta Coliseum, and it was just one of the venues for this year’s “Hakab Na 2017.” Support group South PiNanays held a gathering in Ayala Malls South Park in Muntinlupa on the same day, August 5, and another Hakab Na event was held in SM Iloilo, to name a few.  The event wanted to promote breastfeeding, dispel taboos about nursing, and normalize breastfeeding in public. Ros Macachor of non-government advocacy group Breastfeeding Pinays, told the AFP that the country…

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7 Really Good Reasons Why You Should Not Give Up On Breastfeeding

The liquid gold doesn’t just benefit your baby. It’s good for your health, too, moms!   by Rachel Perez   IMAGE David Leo Veksler/PIxabay You already know why breastfeeding is best for your baby. There are its undisputed benefits — antibodies that protect newborns from illnesses and cash savings that could have been spent on formula and sterilizer. But it’s also not a secret that moms get a lot of perks from breastfeeding. In fact, in the news today, a recent analysis of 17 past studies found that women who breastfeed their children for six to nine months reduce their risk of endometrial cancer by 11…

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Breastfeeding times two

While many mothers easily gave up on breastfeeding, here is a first-time mom who took courage to nurse not only one but two little girls all at the same time. Meet Anabel Dela Serna-De Jesus, 35 years old, and mommy to premature babies Alyssa and Eliana. Being a licensed nutritionist-dietician herself, Anabel believes that there’s no better food to her children other than breast milk. “Breast milk is known as complete nutrient or food for the babies. It is economical because we don’t need to buy formula milk, especially now that I gave birth to twins. It helps us save…

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What’s keeping the Philippines from exclusive breastfeeding?

Rappler August 14, 2014 The Philippines is one of the top nations with the least number of exclusively breastfed children despite its full implementation of the Milk Code TSEK. The Department of Health promotes breastfeeding through its many campaigns. Photo by George Moya/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – The situation of the Philippines’ breastfeeding culture is ironic. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the Philippines is one of the 37 countries that fully implements the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes through its Milk Code. The International Code maintains that there should be no form of advertising or promotion of milk formula to…

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Pope Francis encourages moms to ‘breastfeed without fear’ while inside the church

The Holy Pontiff reassured moms at a recent baptism service at the Sistine chapel to feel free to breastfeed within the church’s walls Society has differing opinions when it comes to “appropriate” time and places to breastfeed. While many moms have been shamed for breastfeeding in public, there are those who encourage moms to nurse their babies when and where they see fit. Pope Francis is part of this support group. photo: dreamstime As worshippers gathered for an special annual baptism service at the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Pontiff made his stance on the issue clear. “The ceremony is a little…

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7 Surprising Superpowers of Breastmilk You Didn’t Know About

The wonders of breastmilk never cease to amaze us! You know this by now: breastmilk* is unanimously advocated by health experts and professionals around the world as best for your baby. But there are many other things about breastmilk that perhaps you didn’t know, which we’d like to tell you about.  You’re bound to find these facts absolutely fascinating! 1. Breastmilk can potentially cure cancer Proteins in breast milk can kill cancer cells. A Swedish professor and her team have found out after decades of research that a special protein in breastmilk has the ability to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells! …

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