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“It kinda broke my heart but I know things will be different with this little one or with two kids,” she said. “I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay…and that motherhood is not perfect. That I need to let go and not give in to the pressure I put on myself.” As for moms who are also trying to wean their babies from breastfeeding, the radio host also shared some advice: “So if you’re that mama who feels the same way I do, breathe in, breathe out...and let it go.”

LJ Reyes

Like Andi, actress LJ Reyes was also on a family vacation when the photo of her breastfeeding her daughter Summer was taken. On LJ’s Instagram post, the mom-of-two shared her concern on the lack of breastfeeding and even changing areas in public places.
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Nursing here, there, everywhere!!! Who can relate?! Pag nanay ka talaga kahit saan kahit ano pwede na to! Exclusive breastfeeding, bottle feeding, formula, kahit ano man ang paraan ng pagpapalaki natin sa ating mga anak, lahat yun same lang. Kasi galing sa puso ng isang ina! Because all we want is to give the best to our kids! Don’t you agree? At yun ang importante! We all give life to our kids that’s why I salute each and every mother! Pero ang pangarap ko talaga para sa ating mga magulang dito sa Pilipinas ay yung magkaron tayo ng maaayos na breastfeeding areas at changing areas (both in the male and female restrooms). O kaya naman magkaroon ng family room na magagamit ng buong pamilya. Alin alin ang mga favorite places nyo na may maayos na ganitong spaces for families? I have my choices but baka meron pa kayong masheshare sakin? A post shared by LJ Reyes (@lj_reyes) on

“Nursing here, there, everywhere!!! Who can relate?! Pag nanay ka talaga kahit saan kahit ano pwede na to!” she wrote on the caption.

The actress then expressed her wish for such family amenities to be improved. “Ang pangarap ko talaga para sa ating mga magulang dito sa Pilipinas ay yung magkaron tayo ng maaayos na breastfeeding areas at changing areas, both in the male and female restrooms, (My wish is that we get decent breastfeeding and changing areas in both male and female bathrooms)” she said. “O kaya naman magkaroon ng family room na magagamit ng buong pamilya (Or perhaps a room that an entire family can use).”

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto

On the other hand, former beauty queen Miriam QuiambaoRoberto was fortunate to be assisted by the staff of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) clinic in its Alabang branch when she had to pump during one of her dental appointments.

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How many of you have ever pumped breast milk while at the dentist? 😳 . I guess this is something breastfeeding mothers have to do. Malayo man tayo sa mga anak natin, nasa isip pa rin natin sila. Kaya kahit masakit na ngipin, pump pa rin. 😆 . Thank God the staff here at @gaocdental Alabang are accommodating. They allowed me to pump milk inside one of the cubicles while waiting for the doctor to attend to me. I love their courteous staff, professional dental care and state-of-the-art equipment. Got to watch a movie na rin while I’m at it. . Thanks @drstevemarkgan & @gaocdental team for always taking care of my teeth and our family’s too!! . Using my portable powered #cimilrebreastpump that I got from @moms_and_beauty. It’s so quiet and discreet underneath my nursing cover. #BreastfeedingMom #PumpAnywhereEverywhere #NewMomAt43 A post shared by Miriam Quiambao-Roberto (@miriamq888) on

“They allowed me to pump milk inside one of the cubicles while waiting for the doctor to attend to me,” Miriam wrote in the caption of her Instagram post. “Got to watch a movie na rin while I’m at it.” Miriam, who gave birth to her son Elijah last February, added that moms who breastfeed have to deal with pumping in public places.”Malayo man tayo sa mga anak natin, nasa isip pa rin natin sila. Kaya kahit masakit na ngipin, pump pa rin (We may be far from our kids but they’re always on our minds. So even with a toothache, we still pump milk),” she added.

Shamcey Supsup-Lee

After watching the Miss Universe pageant live in Bangkok last year, Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup-Lee brought home her “pasalubong” for her son Nathan encased in a small cooler.
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Okay lng mawala lahat ng luggage ko pauwi, wag lang ang cooler box na ito. This cooler contains 4 days worth of breastmilk. I pumped 6-7 times a day while in Bangkok. I would pump in the car, in the restaurant, and even during Miss Universe (which made me miss the swimsuit competition part 😋) I know its super hassle to be bringing all my pump parts everywhere I go but whatever sacrifice as long as its for the baby then its definitely worth it! I wasnt able to buy any pasalubong because of our hectic schedule but I guess pwede kahit ito lng ang nauwi ko noh? #liquidgold #fakenagold #yungtotoowalangperangpambili A post shared by Shamcey S. Lee (@supsupshamcey) on

“This cooler contains 4 days’ worth of breastmilk. I pumped 6-7 times a day while in Bangkok,” wrote Shamcey on her Instagram caption. “I would pump in the car, in the restaurant, and even during Miss Universe (which made me miss the swimsuit competition part).”

It might be challenging to pump in public places, much more so when you’re traveling. But the mom-of-two didn’t let that discourage her. “I know it’s super hassle to be bringing all my pump parts everywhere I go,” she said, “but whatever sacrifice, as long as it’s for the baby, then it’s definitely worth it!”

Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga

As much as they want to, there are some moms who are having difficulty breastfeeding because of their low milk supply. This is something that Brazilian-Japanese model Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga went through with her first child, Isabella.

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Today I’m writing to all the moms out there who are struggling with breastfeeding or feel that breastfeeding is not for them or somehow have reached their breaking point. If it’s any consolation, I’ve been there and we were able to go through the rough stages. I say we because I was never alone in the process, my mom, my husband and Jesus were with me the whole time, helping me find the strength to continue and to hang on to my inner courage to give Isabella my best. The pain was constant, it was emotionally, spiritually and physically draining. I cried so much. I remember my husband trying to convince me to just choose formula because he felt so helpless and couldn’t do anything. Long story short, this was many moons ago and I’m relieved that I didn’t go through the same thing with David. Some say that it is a battle you need to win only once and all your children will benefit from it. I hope this is true for everyone. Always remember to be kind and positive to yourself. Surround yourself with gentle people and if necessary look for a lactation consultant for help pre birth and post pregnancy 😘 • • • If you are looking for supplements that will help your breastfeeding journey, I am taking lechita and liquid gold from @milkinmommies as well as @megamalunggay and fenugreek capsules by @healthyoptionsph ♥️ . let me know what you are taking on the comment section or a feeding hack that works best for you , I would like to give it a try! 😘 thank you 🙏 A post shared by Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga (@vanessamatsunaga) on

“The pain was constant, it was emotionally, spiritually and physically draining,” Vanessa recalled in an Instagram post from last March. “I cried so much, I remember my husband trying to convince me to just choose formula because he felt so helpless and couldn’t do anything.”

Through the help of her mother and her husband Jun, the mom-of-two was able to overcome such hardship and is now having a much smoother breastfeeding journey with her younger son David.

As a word of advice for moms who are on the verge of giving up on breastfeeding, Vanessa added: “Always remember to be kind and positive and if necessary look for a lactation consultant.”

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Just keep breastfeeding

Celebrity moms openly share their inspiring nursing experiences online

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By Kristelle Bechayda

Taking care of a baby is no easy feat, especially when a mom is breastfeeding her little one. From dealing with clogged ducts if there are latching problems, to searching for privacy in public, and having to continue pumping when not at home, breastfeeding might indeed overwhelm a nursing mama.

As hard as it seems, many mothers still get on with feeding their babies with their liquid gold— whether they’re on-the-go, on a family vacation, or even miles away from home. Learn a thing or two from these celebrity moms and their inspiring stories:

Andi Manzano-Reyes

Last April, radio host Andi Manzano-Reyes posted a photo of herself asleep on a chair while feeding her second child, Amelia. The photo was taken by her husband, GP Reyes, during their family vacation in Boracay.

Although she’d directly breastfed her eldest child Olivia until she was two years old, the radio host had already started bottle-feeding baby Amelia.

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It’s been a great breastfeeding journey so far. Gp took this photo last week when we were in Boracay and I ended up passing out while feeding. Haha! I remember with Olivia I never gave her the bottle nor really pumped, she was direct exclusivley breastfeeding for 2 years. 2 years! With Amelia, she’s still exclusively breastfed but i started giving her the bottle recently. It kinda broke my heart but i know things will be different with this little one or with two kids. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay… and that motherhood is not perfect. That I need to let go and not give in to the pressure i put on myself. So if you’re that mama who feels the same way I do, breathe in, breath out… and let it go 💛

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“It kinda broke my heart but I know things will be different with this little one or with two kids,” she said. “I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay…and that motherhood is not perfect. That I need to let go and not give in to the pressure I put on myself.”

As for moms who are also trying to wean their babies from breastfeeding, the radio host also shared some advice: “So if you’re that mama who feels the same way I do, breathe in, breathe out…and let it go.”

LJ Reyes


Like Andi, actress LJ Reyes was also on a family vacation when the photo of her breastfeeding her daughter Summer was taken. On LJ’s Instagram post, the mom-of-two shared her concern on the lack of breastfeeding and even changing areas in public places.

View this post on Instagram

Nursing here, there, everywhere!!! Who can relate?! Pag nanay ka talaga kahit saan kahit ano pwede na to! Exclusive breastfeeding, bottle feeding, formula, kahit ano man ang paraan ng pagpapalaki natin sa ating mga anak, lahat yun same lang. Kasi galing sa puso ng isang ina! Because all we want is to give the best to our kids! Don’t you agree? At yun ang importante! We all give life to our kids that’s why I salute each and every mother! Pero ang pangarap ko talaga para sa ating mga magulang dito sa Pilipinas ay yung magkaron tayo ng maaayos na breastfeeding areas at changing areas (both in the male and female restrooms). O kaya naman magkaroon ng family room na magagamit ng buong pamilya. Alin alin ang mga favorite places nyo na may maayos na ganitong spaces for families? I have my choices but baka meron pa kayong masheshare sakin?

A post shared by LJ Reyes (@lj_reyes) on

“Nursing here, there, everywhere!!! Who can relate?! Pag nanay ka talaga kahit saan kahit ano pwede na to!” she wrote on the caption.

The actress then expressed her wish for such family amenities to be improved. “Ang pangarap ko talaga para sa ating mga magulang dito sa Pilipinas ay yung magkaron tayo ng maaayos na breastfeeding areas at changing areas, both in the male and female restrooms, (My wish is that we get decent breastfeeding and changing areas in both male and female bathrooms)” she said. “O kaya naman magkaroon ng family room na magagamit ng buong pamilya (Or perhaps a room that an entire family can use).”

Miriam Quiambao-Roberto

On the other hand, former beauty queen Miriam QuiambaoRoberto was fortunate to be assisted by the staff of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) clinic in its Alabang branch when she had to pump during one of her dental appointments.

View this post on Instagram

How many of you have ever pumped breast milk while at the dentist? 😳 . I guess this is something breastfeeding mothers have to do. Malayo man tayo sa mga anak natin, nasa isip pa rin natin sila. Kaya kahit masakit na ngipin, pump pa rin. 😆 . Thank God the staff here at @gaocdental Alabang are accommodating. They allowed me to pump milk inside one of the cubicles while waiting for the doctor to attend to me. I love their courteous staff, professional dental care and state-of-the-art equipment. Got to watch a movie na rin while I’m at it. . Thanks @drstevemarkgan & @gaocdental team for always taking care of my teeth and our family’s too!! . Using my portable powered #cimilrebreastpump that I got from @moms_and_beauty. It’s so quiet and discreet underneath my nursing cover. #BreastfeedingMom #PumpAnywhereEverywhere #NewMomAt43

A post shared by Miriam Quiambao-Roberto (@miriamq888) on


“They allowed me to pump milk inside one of the cubicles while waiting for the doctor to attend to me,” Miriam wrote in the caption of her Instagram post. “Got to watch a movie na rin while I’m at it.”

Miriam, who gave birth to her son Elijah last February, added that moms who breastfeed have to deal with pumping in public places.”Malayo man tayo sa mga anak natin, nasa isip pa rin natin sila. Kaya kahit masakit na ngipin, pump pa rin (We may be far from our kids but they’re always on our minds. So even with a toothache, we still pump milk),” she added.

Shamcey Supsup-Lee


After watching the Miss Universe pageant live in Bangkok last year, Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup-Lee brought home her “pasalubong” for her son Nathan encased in a small cooler.

“This cooler contains 4 days’ worth of breastmilk. I pumped 6-7 times a day while in Bangkok,” wrote Shamcey on her Instagram caption. “I would pump in the car, in the restaurant, and even during Miss Universe (which made me miss the swimsuit competition part).”

It might be challenging to pump in public places, much more so when you’re traveling. But the mom-of-two didn’t let that discourage her. “I know it’s super hassle to be bringing all my pump parts everywhere I go,” she said, “but whatever sacrifice, as long as it’s for the baby, then it’s definitely worth it!”

Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga

As much as they want to, there are some moms who are having difficulty breastfeeding because of their low milk supply. This is something that Brazilian-Japanese model Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga went through with her first child, Isabella.

View this post on Instagram

Today I’m writing to all the moms out there who are struggling with breastfeeding or feel that breastfeeding is not for them or somehow have reached their breaking point. If it’s any consolation, I’ve been there and we were able to go through the rough stages. I say we because I was never alone in the process, my mom, my husband and Jesus were with me the whole time, helping me find the strength to continue and to hang on to my inner courage to give Isabella my best. The pain was constant, it was emotionally, spiritually and physically draining. I cried so much. I remember my husband trying to convince me to just choose formula because he felt so helpless and couldn’t do anything. Long story short, this was many moons ago and I’m relieved that I didn’t go through the same thing with David. Some say that it is a battle you need to win only once and all your children will benefit from it. I hope this is true for everyone. Always remember to be kind and positive to yourself. Surround yourself with gentle people and if necessary look for a lactation consultant for help pre birth and post pregnancy 😘 • • • If you are looking for supplements that will help your breastfeeding journey, I am taking lechita and liquid gold from @milkinmommies as well as @megamalunggay and fenugreek capsules by @healthyoptionsph ♥️ . let me know what you are taking on the comment section or a feeding hack that works best for you , I would like to give it a try! 😘 thank you 🙏

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“The pain was constant, it was emotionally, spiritually and physically draining,” Vanessa recalled in an Instagram post from last March. “I cried so much, I remember my husband trying to convince me to just choose formula because he felt so helpless and couldn’t do anything.”

Through the help of her mother and her husband Jun, the mom-of-two was able to overcome such hardship and is now having a much smoother breastfeeding journey with her younger son David.

As a word of advice for moms who are on the verge of giving up on breastfeeding, Vanessa added: “Always remember to be kind and positive and if necessary look for a lactation consultant.”

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