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alex,i'm a child psychologist/early childhood educ...

2008-03-10T02:48:00.000-07:00

alex,

i'm a child psychologist/early childhood educator who has been advocating for breastfeeding for almost 18 years to my family, friends, students and acquaintances. my first child was breastfed totally for more than two years and she weighed even above average the whole time i breastfed her. i wanted to do the same with my second daughter but because she was born small for gestational age, i had to resort to mixed feeding upon her pediatrician's advice. i gave her a locally available brand that is supposed to boost her physical growth.

now, almost four years have passed since i used that very expensive formula (advertised by a celebrity mom)that is supposed to dramatically increase her height and weight, but nothing much has been gained. i'm now beginning to wonder if her physical growth might have been faster had i used solely my breast milk for her milk needs. you might say that my child and i have been victims of western advertisement and misguided local doctors most of whom are directly endorsing the milk products of the pharmaceutical companies that finance their expensive seminars and conventions out of town and abroad.

yes, we advocates of breastmilk need not only the support of policymakers but also that of local pediatricians. even if a much improved legislation supporting breastfeeding gets passed, as long as those professionals who are in direct contact with local mothers and babies and whose opinion mothers value (and pay for highly)and follow, our efforts will always be stumped. i would like to add to the suggestion of anonymous that celebrity mothers endorse brestfeeding - well-known pediatricians should also join the cause. our local culture is such that most mothers still obey their doctors 100% of the time.

carmz



Hi Hope! One of my theories is that women are dise...

2007-06-26T18:28:00.000-07:00

Hi Hope! One of my theories is that women are disemmpowered during pregnancy and childbirth, and this contributes to their lack of confidence to breastfeed. During pregnancy and childbirth, women are made to believe that their bodies cannot go through these normal, biological processes without so much interventions from medicine. And so, after birth, it isn't too much of a stretch for women to think that they will be unable to fully meet the needs of their babies, particularly through breastfeeding.

The number one reason why Filipino women stop or do not breastfeed is because of the impression that they do not have any or enough breastmilk!

So you are right in opting for a drug-free birth in order to support your decision to breastfeed. Indeed, studies have shown that women who have received epidural are less likely to succeed in breastfeeding than women who had drug-free births.

I have had three drug-free births myself. Even as a young pregnant woman (I was 25 when I first got pregnatn), I knew and trusted that God had perfectly designed my body to grow and birth my child. So to me, the idea of doctors poking and prodding my body during birth (for instance to administer an epidural) was simply unacceptable and actually scarier than having a natural, drug-free birth.

Thanks for writing!

Alexis



Alex,This is really sad and maddening. I am based...

2007-06-19T13:05:00.000-07:00

Alex,

This is really sad and maddening. I am based in the UK now and unlike there in the Philippines, there is very little advertisement of formula milk and the advertisement that the milk manufacturer are showing there would be considered misleading. I have a four year old girl and I've breastfeed her until she decided she'd had enough and I am currently pregnant with my second child and I will be definitely be breastfeeding again. My main reason for breastfeeding was the fact that it is better than formula milk and the second major reason is as tribute to all the mothers in the Philippines that I've seen breastfeeding. (Same reason why I opted to go for normal delivery with no pain relief because if they can do it, so can I).

If milk manufacturers brainwashes mothers into buying this formula milk, can this tactic be used by DOH to educate mothers to breastfeed? How about a campaign using a popular celebrity who have breastfed to front it (of course it will be great if this celebrity actually do it for free) and maybe try and ask TV stations to donate a bit of their primetime hours to air this advert. Does this sound far fetched? However, knowing the Filipino fascinations with celebrities, this might work, but getting celebrities and TV stations to do it for free might be a bit far off but who knows, someone might have a heart of gold and may see that this can actually save a lot of children lives and money for poor mothers who can't afford to buy formula milk.

By the way, I am a Filipino based in the UK.

Hope