Rica Peralejo replies to netizens’ concerns on breastfeeding in public
It was only two months ago when Rica Peralejo gave birth to her second son Manu, but she proves to still be the busy bee even post pregnancy. She’s up and about juggling motherhood and sharing her journey via her social media accounts.
She continues to inspire moms with her latest online entry. Her Instagram stories show a photo series of her crossing the streets of Bonifacio Global City while breastfeeding her second baby boy Manu.
Aside from her being a known personality, people just had to take a second look at her. She’s walking out in public, with her two-month-old latched to her! Why was she out? And why was she feeding while walking the busy streets of BGC?
It was later on revealed on her Instagram post that she had to rush to the dentist to have her teeth cleaned. This procedure was done, while she was feeding her baby.
Of course, this post got noticed online, with over 300 comments with a mix of positive and negative comments. We must say, Rica handled this scenario very well. Here are some of the comments she received and how she responded to them:
Timeout for breastfeed?
One concerned mom thought that Rica should have been given a break to breastfeed. Rica was quick to respond and clear the assumptions, “She actually asked me if I’d like a few minutes. She was willing to wait. However, I was the one who said no because I saw the time and I knew that if we delayed and stopped it would also delay our getting home and consequently, it would be very uncomfortable for my baby to have gone home so late in the day as we had other things to do. So namili ako ng better route para sa baby ko by letting him feed while my teeth were being cleaned. and it worked out perfectly. I did this all the time with my firstborn — I see nothing wrong if both can be done at the same time anyway. If baby is fussy, then we wouldn’t have forced it. He was content to be on my chest and that’s what matters most to us.”
Help will always be there
Another one couldn’t stop gushing over the scenario and left a comment that Rica is lucky to have a dentist who understands. “Others will ask you to feed your baby first and have someone take care of your baby,” the follower added.
Rica replied to the comment, “She actually asked me to do that but for my convenience and not hers. I also love it when they offer to hold baby for you so you can do your thing naman. So many companies have offered this to me and I always find it very sweet.”
Should you post or not?
There are those who still find photos of breastfeeding moms a bit too much. Rica saw this an opportunity to inspire moms to keep on breastfeeding, and that there’s nothing wrong with doing it wherever you can. She left this comment in her post, “I want to encourage everyone about breastfeeding. I find no sense and justice in hiding yourself somewhere when the baby already needs to eat or needs you for comfort. And if it offends some people, pasensya na lang but I am using my influence, no matter how small or big it seems to other people, to normalize what is good and right for moms and babies.”
Rica is so used to feeding anytime and anywhere. She ended her detailed caption with this, “I did this all the time even with the firstborn. Feed habang nagpapamakeup, nagpapanail spa, nagpapamassage 😂 as long as baby is content, we are good. If fussy, of course, we stop and move away and get into a more comfortable position if we have to!” It’s also good to have an attending dentist who understands what you are going through. Her dentist even left a comment, “It was really nice to see you today @ricaperalejo ❤️ I can totally relate with all breastfeeding moms coz I was once a breastfeeding mom so I know we all need to adjust when the baby gets hungry. Happy breastfeeding month and salute to all Mommas! ❤️❤️❤️”