Nurse Breastfeeds Babies Not Her Own | Pinay.com
Filipina nurse Maria Belen Moron, 27, usually breastfeeds two babies a day or at least 20 in a month at South Cotabato Provincial Hospital, in the Philippines.
However, Moron is not paid as a “wet nurse” but she is doing it voluntarily as a mother who understands the struggles of first time moms who are not producing enough milk for their newborn babies. Because for Moron she is more than willing to share these golden drops inside her swollen breasts to babies not her own. (Pinay mothers sacrifice a lot for their children. We have an account of their stories in “Pinay Mothers Speak on Special Day.”)
It all started when one of the first-time mothers at the neonatal room where Moron is working as a nurse had difficulty excreting breast milk. (See related story on Filipina nurse, “Pinay Finds Success as Nurse and Singer.”)
Moron knew how frustrations enveloped this mother because she also felt the same way. In 2012, when she gave birth to her son, she could not produce enough breast milk, leaving her baby to cry all night. For Moron, the first three months of motherhood were stressful. With painful nipple and the sound of her crying baby, breastfeeding exhausted her.
Now, as Moron looks at the frustrated mother at the neonatal room, she consoles her and tells her to double up efforts to survive this stage of motherhood. While counseling the mother, Moron cuddles the baby near her, and with the right breast feeding position, the baby devours all the milk he can get from Moron. And the little person starts to close his eyes.
“The first three weeks of breastfeeding are the hardest part for first-time mothers but when you remind yourselves that it’s not work but joy your frustrations suddenly disappear,” Moron shared.
For three years now, Moron is one of the top breastfeeding advocates among health workers inside the hospital. The chief doctor in the hospital also tapped her to become a peer counselor to teach mothers techniques to perform correct breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding saves children from any form of disease. It is the cheapest food for baby yet it is surprising that most mothers don’t use it, Moron explained.
More studies revealed that breast milk has the highest nutritional value that could help in the development of children. It creates strong emotional bond between mothers and their children, she added.
Due to her erratic schedule as a mother and working woman, Moron pumps out her breast milk and puts it in a sterilized bottle for her son’s daily consumption.
However, in between her work, when she feels that her breasts starts to swell, she fills up at least 50 vials, more than enough to feed more newborn babies in the hospital.
“Breastfeeding is a love language that produces a nutritive fluid for infants,” she pointed out.
Like other first time mothers she once felt hopeless when she could only yield as little an ounce from both her breasts after many minutes of pumping it. She tried to read as much as she can about breastfeeding. She did not only rely on theories. She asked her mother and mother in-law and other women who have experienced this stage of life.
“I talked to almost everyone in our neighborhood that has a lot of experience and desire to help breastfeeding moms like me,” she said as she looked back to when she decided to breastfeed her baby.
Erlinda Narciso, Health Education Promotions Officer of the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital, emphasized the importance of a support group that can lend advice to mothers who are having difficulties in breastfeeding.
The counselors, like Moron, may not extend advice but they are willing to listen to dozens of mothers frustrated about breastfeeding, Narciso said.
“Some mothers think they do not have enough milk,” Narciso observed. However, she said, breast milk production could be addressed through proper positioning and attachment during breastfeeding.
Since breastfeeding is a love language, it also needs touch, Narciso clarified, stressing on performing lactation massages before breastfeeding to induce more milk.
For now, Moron is out of the country to work in a private hospital in the Middle East. Her experience to become instant mama to 20 newborn babies by breastfeeding them is a special moment for she believed she has given them a great start in life.
“Something that is good must be shared,” she said.
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