Right when I found out what the prize in Babymama's and Chronicles of a Nursing mom's online contest, I knew I want to be a part of it. No, I want to win it.
My passion for breastfeeding started when I breastfed my son. I had such a challenging yet very rewarding experience that I hope moms would get to experience. What I learned is that any woman can be successful with breastfeeding if armed with the right support. And I am not just talking about support from your family and friends. You should have the same amount of support from the medical professionals and from your employers. I guess you can say I am one of the lucky ones.
We have a private, well-lighted and well ventilated room where I can express my milk at work while some of the people I know had to use the comfort rooms or conference rooms
We have a refrigerator that is exclusive for breastmilk storage while a friend I know had to bring several ice packs and a cooler to work.
I have a Senior Manager who understands my needs and lets me skip a few meetings because I need to use the nursing room. (Thanks Lyndon!)
And for this I want to give back. I am winning the Ameda Elite.
|Like Brigade at work|
The last day of the contest was when I witnessed everyone working together to get the votes. I had my team on their laptops, me giving the update and everyone checking who's online and convincing everyone to vote for our entry. I am not a big fan of Facebook contests where they identify the winner by the number of "likes". Why do I want to do this again?
Because I believe in breastfeeding
Because I believe that you can go back to work and still provide breastmilk to your baby
Because I want to reach out to other mothers who are breastfeeding or pregnant moms who have plans of breastfeeding their babies.
And my selfish reason -- Oh yeah. I will get to use a double electric pump and not spend money!!
It all paid off....