Twelve Months of Breastfeeding Journeys… wrapped with sprinkles, wrinkly crinkles and winks!
I woke up each day feeling splendid, joyful, peaceful, and excited on every sessions/appointments I’ve been through!
No matter if it was only a session of lactation and coaching or more. I felt the same amount of gladness and kept my sweet smile from the very first day I met all glam-mamas and babies and the time I said to them, “Hi! Pleased to meet you 😉 I’m Coach Z!”
I thought that moms with breastfeeding difficulties have the same baffling experience that I had whenever I hear this specific Christmas carol that has always made me thinking since I was a child which is The Twelve Days of Christmas.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
Same as the tons of questions I’m receiving via sms, facebook messages and emails.
How come my milk doesn’t comes out? Is there’s a blockage in my nipples?
Is it true that there’s women who doesn’t have breastmilk?
My nipples are too big for the mouth of my baby… can he/she suck it?
My baby is not gaining weight, do I have milk?
First I wanted to dissect the song that made me confuse for certain years and found out that…
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which helped children to remember.
- The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
- Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
- Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
- The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
- The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
- The six geese are laying stands for the six days of creation.
- Seven swans are swimming represented the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
- The eight maids are milking were the eight beatitudes.
- Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
- The ten lords are leaping are the Ten Commandments.
- The eleven pipers piping stands for the eleven faithful disciples.
- The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
In connection with decoding the song, there are 12 fun facts that will assure the moms that God created you perfectly to nurture your precious child!
Here are the Twelve Fun Facts to Remember when Breastfeeding:
1. Nipples are more than flexible than marshmallow
2. YOU can do “Any breastfeeding positions” (Babies can tilt / lift their heads)
3. Breasts are the best storage of breastmilk.
4. Breasts are 3-in-1 (food,pacifier & pillow)
5. Bonding is the best for mother and child
6. Breastfeeding is the best and optimum way for brain development.
7. Breastfeeding is best and safe way to stop bleeding and helps make your uterus go back to its normal size and shape after giving birth
8. Breastfeeding is the best way to relax your body and enjoy your togetherness with the child.
9. Breastfeeding makes you produce hormones that can protect you from early pregnancy and for being sick.
10. Breastfeeding saves you from standing long in lines and gives you the privilege to be the FIRST to most establishment (e.g. Visa/Passport processing)!
11. Breastfeeding makes you selfless and more compassionate.
12. Sharing your expressed breastmilk or wet nursed makes you more responsible and generous…
I salute all mothers, breastfeeding or lactating (nursing direct and exclusively pumping). For as long as you can, please continue. Keep the winning attitude when you’re in the verge of being tired, disappointed and even confused.
Seek for help and assistance if there’s pain and when you’re having negative thoughts to avoid intervention.
I am indeed looking forward to a more great expanded Breastfeeding journeys to conquer more boundaries and empower millions of expectant and breastfeeding women around the globe for this coming 2016!