Chynna Ortaleza opened up about her personal struggles as a first-time mom trying to breastfeed Baby Stellar.
Just like any mother, she was determined to nourish Stellar exclusively through breastfeeding.
On the weekend program Sarap Diva, the Kapuso actress talked about the reality of breastfeeding.
"'Di ba, when you start with breastfeeding, you feel it’s natural kasi ‘yong mga pictures na nakikita natin, ang ganda-ganda, napakadali.
"Sa experience ko naman, nagkaproblema ako sa latching kay Stellar."
She was initially determined to properly nurse her daughter, but eventually realized it was unwise to ignore the fact that there was a problem in doing so.
Chynna admitted, "Hindi rin kasi ako marunong makinig sa wisdom ng parents ko at saka iyong mother-in-law nung time na iyon kasi one month na, ayokong i-convince iyong sarili ko na naglo-lose ng weight si Stellar talaga.
"Ako parang, hindi, dapat exclusively breastfed siya kasi iyon iyong tama, iyon iyong dapat. Gano'n ako."
In time, her instincts told her enough was enough, and Stellar needed to be given the proper nourishment through a different manner.
This felt like a defeat on Chynna's part since she wanted to fully experience breastfeeding.
"I really tried my best naman with the mixing [of formula milk and breast milk] and everything, but I got sick and then my supply dried up."
That was her first heartbreak as a mom.
"My parents and my husband, si Kean, told me, ‘Look, just because you were not able to attain ‘yong goal na exclusively breastfeed Stellar doesn’t mean you’re a bad mom.’
"And doon ako nag-breakdown kasi, parang alam mo iyon, meron akong vision 'tapos feeling ko hindi ko siya narating.
"'Tapos noong nasabi nila ‘yon sa ’kin, 'Oo nga naman, what's wrong with giving babies formula milk if it really helps them?'"
Stellar's progress assured Chynna that every thing was fine.
"She’s a very happy kid."
This experience encouraged her to stand for the first-time moms who had been experiencing the same struggles.
"Ako naman, I’m speaking on behalf of mothers who have breastfeeding issues, that they shouldn’t feel bad about it.
"Iba-iba lang iyong experiences."