Wow! Personally, Mother’s Day is almost the same as Birthday. If not for my mom who gave birth to me, I will not be where I am right now, a Breastfeeding coach! I will not be able to have this rare opportunity and privilege of witnessing the most amazing things happening while someone nurses her child few hours after giving birth… Or, those milestone moments of babies learning to roll over, crawl, seat, stand, jump, and even say a garbled word… Dahda or Ohooh! Only a Mother Can Do!
My feeling of being privileged seeing and witnessing how a mother caresses her child and watch hundreds of facial expressions… the expressions of excitement, feeling proud,confuse, eagerness, the mix emotion of anxiety, pain and desperation! These things can only be endured by a mother!
Very recently, I have encountered handling almost the same concerns but had a few rare cases … Here are 3 stories that I’d like to share.
First, there’s this first-time mom who’s eager to latch her child. I’m seeing them every other day for 2 weeks. As her milk supply increases, she decided to exclusively express milk as the baby is not 100% gaining weight. I assured that her baby will gain weight as she continues the techniques and regimens I gave her.
She collects 15oz, 19oz, and 22oz but when I asked her how much milk the baby’s total intake per day she said, “40ounces”.
I stared at her and said, “isn’t that alarming?!!!”
She looked at me and said, “really?” and explained to her some points and she said , “That’s True!” The next session when I asked her, it’s down to 30oz and she’s collecting 25oz… I told her she’s producing more than enough but baby is being overfed.
Second, saw a 4th-time mom exclusively pumping at 4 months experiencing pain fever and decreased milk supply due to mastitis which caused by an opened wound on her nipple because of tight funnels and nipple cream. While explaining to her those things and how she can recover, she started to share something which really amazes me and touches my heart. Here’s her story:
After having our 3rd child in 2012, me and my husband decided to have another baby. An answered prayer…it was May 2015 that I found out that I was pregnant.
June 10, 2015, I went to my OB for a scheduled prenatal check up. It was the 2nd month of my pregnancy. When the doctor was performing the transvaginal ultrasound, she told me that she has to confirm something. With that, I knew that there might be something wrong. She then proceeded with the ultrasound. She told me that my baby might have trisomy (or down syndrome). The basis was due to a higher nuchal translucency value than the normal range (the fluid on baby’s nape was thicker than usual). Though the accuracy of the ultrasound conducted was not 100%, we didn’t proceed to any further tests like cvs or amniocentesis to confirm the diagnosis.
All of what the doctor had told me sinked in when I got home and that was the time I really cried with a heavy heart.
I invited my husband to go to the church the following day. I prayed hard and entrusted everything to the Lord. I knew this must be a test of faith. After that day, all of my sadness and worries were just totally gone.
We informed the pedia doctor about the history of our baby’s condition when I was still pregnant and so chromosome testing was done as confirmation. Days passed awaiting for my delivery. Deep faith helped me to hope that our baby would be totally fine. It was on December 22, 2015 that I gave birth to my baby, Matteo.
January 6, 2016, We went to the pedia doctor for a check up. This was the day that the doctor informed us that our baby was confirmed to have down syndrome.
We have already accepted from the start whatever the outcome of the test was. We will shower our baby with love and care whatever happens. We are truly blessed for having baby Matteo, our little angel 🙂 I know that things happen for a reason and God might have a message for us.
This story is something that Only A Mother Can Do!
Lastly, another first time mom who had a very frustrating experienced with the medical staff (Pediatric) when she gave birth. It was a pediatric month and no one came to check on her baby for three days as they taught the shivering was caused by the room temperature. But it’s because of low blood sugar and she was advised to give supplements (easy milk). I was referred to her by a colleague whom I coached several years ago. As she shared this, she told me that she will double her dedication and persevere to nurture her child as it has an enzyme deficiency called G6PD. It is an inherited condition in which the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase or G6PD, which helps red blood cells(RBCs) function normally. It needs a very close monitoring of diet and other stuff that can cause hemolytic anemia which usually due to exposure to certain medications, foods or even infections. This is for life…Only A Mother Can Do!
I always gives honor to my mother… Which I called Mamoo as I write always my middle name and requested to be introduced as Coach Z “Zeny C. Feliciano” as my mom breastfed me for 8 months. Only A Mother Can Do!
As your breastfeeding coach… I only empathize with you and cheering always with you and your baby! #MakeADifference -Coach Z