To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, Anne Curtis opened up to friends and followers what her journey has been like breastfeeding her daughter, Dahlia Amelie, and how slowly weaning her baby is affecting her emotional health.
In an Instagram post, Anne shared a few photos taken of her feeding Dahlia in public as she began her story:
“17 months of breastfeeding in some pretty random places. It wasn’t easy. I had my own struggles (let’s just say there was curling of toes & frozen cabbage involved – thanks mum) but it’s been an unforgettable first time journey so far. One I’ll always cherish. All the little moments shared between her and I (hair pulling and biting involved).”
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“BUT I also just want to share that there’s one thing I wasn’t aware of, that I kinda wish I knew – when I started dropping feeds (when food became her main source of nutrients) my hormones started changing and I was just very quiet and felt somewhat melancholic,” she continued.
Anne recalled that she never noticed how it affected her behavior until her husband, Erwan Heussaff, called her attention to it. “Did myself some reading and learned that it’s because of a drop of prolactin and oxytocin levels when you start to lessen feeds,” she said.
“But since I am weaning slowly, and breastfeeding only 2-3 times a day na lang, it’s become somewhat a gentle wean that’s helped me not have such an abrupt shift in hormones.. but there’s definitely something that changes…”
Anne then ended her post with an uplifting message to all breastfeeding moms.
“Just thought I’d share that this happens… just in case you’re like me, and didn’t know and can prepare yourself for when that time comes… I am definitely treasuring every moment of my [breastfeeding] journey while it lasts,” she said.
“And to all the mummas [who] have had their own personal struggles with breastfeeding. You do you. You and your doctors will know what works for your little one and will keep them happy, busog [full] and content.”
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