Lara Quigaman reveals how she dealt with "toe curling painful" breastfeeding experience

by Rachel Perez
Oct 30, 2018
Lara Quigaman, continues to exclusively breastfeed her son, Tobias, who was born on September 16, 2018.

Lara Quigaman admitted she almost quit breastfeeding her second son Tobias.

A few days after giving birth last September 17, nursing her baby had become painful.

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One of my greatest achievement in life- exclusively breastfeeding Tobias! 5 weeks ago, I wondered if I would last another day or even another session of breastfeeding- it was so toe curling painful that I dreaded each feeding session but now it's a breeze! The first two weeks is really the hardest but it gets better from then on... So mamas, don’t cry na, if you feel ready to give up, just look at your little one and know that you are doing so well and it will soon become easy… again you are not alone. You can do this! Take it One day at a time. . (new blog post about my breastfeeding journey with Tobias, let me know what you think) link in my profile. . Nursing Dress from @elin_ph

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In her latest blog entry, she began, "I consider exclusively breastfeeding my second baby for almost six weeks now one of my greatest achievements in life!"

Lara revealed that she mix-fed her first son Noah, so this was not about "which is better: breastfeeding vs formula" post.

It was simply celebrating her feat of being able to nurse Tobias exclusively despite facing some struggles.

She thought she had it in the bag after successfully nursing her newborn son while still in the hospital, but five days into it, she started dreading their feeding sessions.

"My toes would curl from the pain, and I would cry while Tobias nursed.

"My nipples started to crack, and it was so painful," she said, adding that it was more painful than childbirth.

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"During one of those nights, I almost asked my husband Marco to buy formula."

But she didn't—instead, she manually pumped the affected breast while "unwantingly" nursing Tobias from the other.

Then Lara decided to get help from a lactation expert, who taught her how to massage engorged breasts, and corrected how her baby latched.

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Good morning! Not that I can tell what time it is! Being with a new born messes up my clock and days of the week! But one thing is for sure I'm truly grateful that I can feed my Tobias whenever he feels hungry. I started taking Lactaflow even before I gave birth and was really happy that my milk supply came early and in abundance! (But it wasn't a smooth breastfeeding start as I almost gave up because of pain-I'll share about it in another post) But because I know that feeding the best nutrition for my son is thru breastfeeding I didn't give up and if you're a new mom -I hope you won't too.. Now that all's going well I continue taking Lactaflow 500mg Capsules 3x a day after meals to ensure I have more than enough breastmilk for my son. Thank you @mtheresapineda for introducing Lactaflow- such a great supplement that supports not only my milk supply but also boosts my immune system. #7timesMoreVitaminCThanOranges #17TimesMoreCalciumThanMilk #15TimesMorePotassiumThanBanans #LactaFlow500MGCap #ProudBreastFeedingMom #ProudBreastFeedingPinay @mtheresapineda

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6 weeks today! Thank you Jesus!

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"It really is very important to be truly informed and educated about breastfeeding even before you give birth," Lara wrote.

She revealed attending one before giving birth and learned a lot from it. But it's "still very different learning from the actual experience."

Lara shared some tips to fellow breastfeeding moms based on her own experience, such as applying lanolin cream before giving birth (she only did so when her nipples cracked), using cold compress for engorged breasts but applying warm compress before each nursing session, and seeking help.

"Don't suffer in silence, breastfeeding should not be painful," Lara said.

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She also underscored the importance of having a support system—in her case, her doctors, friends, and her husband, who she says even went out in the middle of the night once to buy lanolin cream for her.

Five weeks ago, Lara thought she wouldn't survive another feeding session, but she did.

Her advice: "Mamas, the first two weeks are the hardest. After that, it just gets easier, so hang on.

"You are not alone. You can do this one day at a time."

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