Being a Momma for the second time around made nursing my daughter an extra bearable job for me. Sure it wasn’t easy! But when you’re doing it for the second time, it means you’ve already gained experience from your first time of experiencing it, right?
When I gave birth to Gabriel, my first born, everything is new to me. Every little thing, though it may seem very simple to someone, was actually hard for me.
One of those things is breastfeeding. Honestly, I’ve underestimated breastfeeding. I thought it was easy. When I got pregnant, I told myself that I will definitely nurse my baby with my breastmilk. I even imagined myself sitting peacefully in one corner, carrying my baby in a cradle position while breastfeeding.
But behind every expectation, there’s a reality! My baby’s first latch felt weird and painful. There was no milk right away. And my baby was most of the time agitated. Haha! I lacked enough knowledge and I almost gave up.
Online Support Communities
One thing that made me survive my breastfeeding journey is by having a supportive online community on Facebook. They’re the OMG Birthclub Group. A group of Mommies who gave birth in the 2nd quarter of 2015. They’re one of the reasons why I continued to breastfeed Gabriel despite the hardships. They’re also the ones who encouraged me to join the online Facebook community of breastfeeding mommies which is the Breastfeeding Pinays group.
I would always encourage the first time pregnant mommas or the mommas who will breastfeed for the first time to join Breastfeeding Pinays as they will learn a lot from this community as I did. The members of this group encourage each and everyone to pursue and push through with breastfeeding their little ones. The admins are real advocates of breastfeeding and in fact, as the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is already approaching, they are organising another “Hakab Na!” event happening in August!
Hakab Na! 2017
“Hakab Na!” is an annual event in the Philippines hosted by the BFP admins. It started in 2013 and has been successful since then. This event aims to spread awareness about breastfeeding and this year, it is made even more exciting! As it is also the celebration of the International Breastfeeding Awareness week, the central focus of the event is the Big Latch On wherein breastfeeding mommas all over the world is set to simultaneously breastfeed their children in an effort to set a world record.
“Hakab Na!” will be held at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on August 5, 2017. This will be the culminating activity of the ASEAN BREASTFEEDING FORUM which is projected to be the biggest Hakab Na! to date with the support of the Department of Health (Philippines). If you want to be part of another history, you may check their Facebook event Hakab Na! 2017 for more details.
Hakab Na! South Mommas
If you’re from the South like me and you’re worried about the EDSA traffic going to Araneta, worry no more! There’s a “Hakab Na!” event near you that is happening on the same day and time, too! Through the effort of the South PiNanays FB Group, “Hakab Na!” is made possible in the South.
For more information, you may visit the event invite here: South PiNanays Hakab Na! 2017
I am yet to join SPiNanays’ Hakab Na event for South mommas. I still need to figure out my schedule but God willing, I’d be there. If you’ll be there too, then I hope to meet you! Go Padede Mommas! <3