When I gave birth to our second child, Miguel, I wanted to exclusively breastfeed him. I even bought several types of breast pump just so I can do it until he’s 6 months or more. Unfortunately, he got sick when he was only 2 months old. Kawasaki Syndrome. For most of you who are not familiar, here’s a definition by wiki :
Kawasaki disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki syndrome, lymph node syndrome and Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, is an autoimmunedisease that manifests as a systemic necrotizing medium-sized vessel vasculitis and is largely seen in children under 5 years of age. It affects many organ systems, mainly those including the blood vessels, skin, mucous membranes and lymph nodes; however, its most serious effect is on the heart where it can cause severe coronary artery aneurysms in untreated children. Without treatment, mortality may approach 1%, usually within 6 weeks of onset. With treatment, the mortality rate is less than 0.01% in the U.S. There is often a pre-existing viral infection that may play a role in its pathogenesis. The conjunctival and oral mucosa, along with the epidermis (skin), become erythematous (red and inflamed). Edema is often seen in the hands and feet and the cervical lymph nodes are often enlarged. Also, a remittant fever, often 40℃ (104°F) or higher, is characteristic of the acute phase of the disease. In untreated children, the febrile period lasts on average approximately ten days, but may range from 5 to 25 days. The disorder was first described in 1967 by Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki in Japan.
And here’s one of his pics while he was at the hospital :
And because his lips were chapped and bleeding, I couldn’t bear to see him breastfeed from me and leave marks of his suffering. I would have died.
Now that our third baby, Three as we fondly call her, is about to arrive, I am, once again, sold on breastfeeding exclusively. First because, it will definitely save us a lot on formula milk. But most importantly, it has numerous benefits for the little one.
Yesterday, while I was looking for free breastfeeding classes on the internet, I chanced upon this article :
101 reasons why I should breastfeed! Wow! Others seem redundant, but what the heck! If they can come up with that many reasons, then breastfeeding is definitely a must!
It also doesn’t hurt that I have been stuffing myself with malunggay leaves, in soup, on viand, or blanched. Oh, the wonders of moringa!
Moringa has been clinically proven to increase the production of breast milk whether it is consumed before or after the birth of a baby.Mothers who took Moringa were shown to produce more than 2x the amount of breast milk than those who didn’t. We all know instinctively that breast milk is the ultimate food prescribed by nature for the infant child and Moringa can be instrumental in helping mothers produce more of this precious food.
So here I am, awake at 4am on Oct 14th, a day before my birthday, thinking of a way on how I can come up with a new and better breast pump by late October or early November. Any suggestions? Gifts are very much welcome! 🙂
Here’s my breast pump wishlist (any will do) LOL :