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I was 18 years old when I had Kian. I felt helpless being a teenage mom but my husband assured me that we can do it together.
I was blessed with an abundant supply of breast milk. So abundant that I had high fever and chills postpartum due to engorgement. Despite the pain in the early days, I strived to breastfeed. Not only was it the healthiest way to nourish Kian but also the most practical for we barely had anything as young parents.
How I wish then that I could breastfeed him longer. Unfortunately, I had to stop when he was 18 months old because I went back to school to finish my studies.
When he was six years old, Kian suffered from a very rare neurological condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. I was so scared that I could not utter any word as his neuro-pediatrician was explaining the condition to us.
The time I spent taking care of Kian at the hospital was also spent pumping breast milk and building a stash for Sabre, our 5-month old, who was left with my mom.
I was again blessed with abundant breast milk, which I shared with the babies confined at the NICU department and later with premature babies at the hospital where my husband works as a registered nurse. I realized that I was meant to nourish these babies with utmost love.
We owe Kian’s recovery to breastfeeding. It has given him a strong immune system, which fought and prevented further damage in his body. I could not be more thankful. What I’ve chosen to do seven years ago just saved my child’s life.
At 27 months, I am still breastfeeding Sabre, boldly. Strike anywhere, anytime.
Breastfeeding is a God-given gift and we mothers should nourish our kids straight from us. It really takes a lot of love, passion, openness, consistency and a great support system to be able to be successful in this journey. I pray and claim that one day, all mothers will be able to do the same with their children in God’s most amazing way.
This is my story. I #GoBreastfeedBoldly.
About the author: Roselene is a hands-on mom to two boys and practices breastfeeding, attachment parenting, babywearing, and co-sleeping. She juggles the household and a family business with grace.