Bianca Gonzales couldn’t help becoming emotional after she shared how her secondborn daughter, Carmen, had officially stopped wanting to be breastfed a few months before turning two-years-old.
“And just like that… my breastfeeding journey has officially ended,” she began on her post. “I didn’t see it coming, especially at a time when we are all just at home, with me breastfeeding my daughter directly during every feed.”
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She talked about how Carmen had stopped wanting to latch a few weeks back, just a little under two years, unlike her firstborn Lucia who had weaned herself after the two-year mark. “Grabe yung heartbreak (How heartbreaking)!!!!!!!!” she cried. “Any mother who decided to commit to breastfeeding knows how painful and heartbreaking it is when your child decides to wean on their own—I was definitely not emotionally and mentally prepared for it!”
“Iniisip ko nga lang yung moment na yun, naiiyak nanaman ako. (Merely thinking about that moment is making me tear up.) I switched right away to giving her my breastmilk in a bottle, and I’m trying to pump to still give her breastmilk, but I know this won’t last long. Haaaay,” she added.
Despite her struggle to come to terms with this new phase in her and her daughter’s life, she said that she is still proud to have “purely breastfed” both her children.
“It was a DIFFICULT, PAINFUL, EXHAUSTING journey, but a most FULFILLING one as well,” she said. “I have my guesses as to why she weaned, what I could have done better, what I could have changed, and I’m just trying to gather all my thoughts together so I can make a video out of it, to hopefully help other breastfeeding mothers who are reading this. I struggled with low milk supply for both daughters, but I was able to breastfeed for 2 years with my firstborn and for 1 year 9 months with my bunso (youngest), as a working, latching-when-home, pumping-when-at-work mother. Thank you Lord for sustaining me!!!! It was so difficult but I am so glad I chose to breastfeed!”
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She then ended her post with a motivational note: “To the #breastfeedingmom reading this—mahirap, sobra, pero (it’s hard, very, but) if you really decide you want to do it, exclusively and purely breastfeed, with the right mindset, patience, perseverance, support system, KAYA MO TO. Kayang kaya mo (YOU CAN DO IT. You are capable of this)!!!! I am cheering for you!!!!”
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