FTWM determined to breastfeed

2015-02-08 15.14.33My baby has grown up so much. From a newborn to an infant who has started to walk.

I am a FTWM (Full Time Working Mom) who is still determined to breastfeed my 14 months old child.

Before the arrival of my baby, I was quite hesitant and doubtful about myself. I was worried if I would not be able to successfully breastfeed my baby. However my mind told me that ‘I will try my best’. There are many successful & unsuccessful breastfeeding mummies around me. But that doesn’t mean they are a bad mother.

My breastfeeding journey wasn’t easy during the early days. Especially when my baby was admitted to hospital due to high jaundice. That was the period where I was really depressed. Juggling between breastfeeding, my confinement period & my marriage which started to rock, I pulled through myself till today.

Talk about engorgement, milk bleb, blocked ducts, you name it I’ve experienced it. For the sake of my baby I stay strong and determined.

How do I manage my pumping time?

– Twice pumping session during working hours between 9-6pm on weekdays.

– Been using Spectra M1 pump for a year. Satisfied with the pump. It is affordable, silent, handy.

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How to maintain a good supply?

Direct latch! Latch whenever is possible. Especially night feeding. Night feeding helps to build supply. Do not diet! You need to eat whenever you are hungry. Plenty of fluid intake. ie: water & soup. My milk booster are cheese, red bean soup, salmon, tuna, durian.

Drastic dropped in supply?

Yes. Often people said menses will interrupt your milk supply/yield. Thank God it was fine on me. It does not effect much. How about milk killer food? There might be a whole long list of milk killer/milk booster food. But its not necessarily workable on everyone. You gotto experiment it yourself. i.e: cabbage is said to be a milk killer. Somehow I ate quite alot of cabbage…my supply still okay. However my most drastic dropped in milk supply was when I fallen sick. My usual yield of 15-18oz (from 2 pumping session); it dropped to about 3oz (from 2 pumping session). That’s less than half of my normal yield. This lasted for about 2 weeks. I was quite sad and worried if I could not rebuild my supply. Luckily this happened after my baby has started solid food. I was never worried about my supply. Probably because my baby is not a big drinker. Hence I do not want to stress myself about the amount. Remember not to compare your supply. Everyone works differently.

My advise

Be prepared mentally & physically. Do more readings. Simply google on ‘breastfeed’, and you’ll get a handful of information. Despite reading, also watch youtube or attend at least one breastfeeding class in order to get a clearer picture in your mind. A proper ‘latch on’ is very important in the beginning stage. Once you grasp that, the journey will go smoother. I remembered a friend told me this, “Never store FM at home as backup if you want to succeed in breastfeeding”. Keep contacts of lactation consultants just in case you needed it during emergency.

Likes

– The bond between mother & baby.

– Providing the most natural food source to my baby.

– Money saving.

– Lose weight faster.

– Tummy & Uterus shrinks faster.

– Direct latch is very convenient. Because you save alot of time & hassle.

Dislike

– I need to pump or bring along my pump whenever I go out without my baby. (Need to manage my pumping time)

My earlier target was to breastfeed at least till 1 year old. Now that I’ve achieved it. Therefore my next target will be 2 years old. Wish me luck 😉

Baby Jet 1st Experience @Wonder Pool Baby Spa & Wellness, Seremban

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We often hear the adults went for spa. A way to pamper ourselves.

But these days babies too get the opportunity to go for spa. Hmm…the person who came up with this business is brilliant!

Before this, I’ve heard about baby spa. But they are all located in KL.

To my surprise, this newly opened Wonder Pool Baby Spa & Wellness in Seremban has given me a chance to bring Baby Jet to experience it!*Happy Mode*

I paid RM58 (NP RM88) during the opening promo and entitled for 30 minutes swim & 30 minutes yoga/massage session.

Here at Wonder Pool Baby Spa & Wellness, they offers Baby Yoga/Massage & Baby Swim. Consists of 2 small and 1 large pool. These small pools are suitable for smaller babies. The baby spa program, provides a supervised and social environment for parents and their babies to nurture the brain development, strengthen the…

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Long Break

This is Me; Melissa's Blog

Greeting to all my readers.
Sorry for not blogging for more than a month.
Reason is that I am still on maternity leave (2 months) and will return to work in 2 weeks time.

I have safely delivered a healthy baby boy weighing 3.35kg on 22 January 2014, 2 weeks earlier before the estimated due date.

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Hello everyone…my name is Wong Shin Jet.

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It has been a long journey till today. The photo above was captured during week 36 of my pregnancy. It ain’t easy walking around with a huge belly towards the end of the pregnancy. Yet I could still drag myself to go shopping. Hehe…..

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Looking at him…. sometimes made me thought..is this for real? I am a mother now? This is my baby? I would say that there are many things no longer the same as before. I am adapting to it. I am learning new stuffs…

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6th Maternity & Children Expo

Recently, together with Hb I’ve visited the 6th Maternity & Children Expo held at Midvalley Megamall from 22-24 November 2013. I thought I should pay a visit to this expo before my belly becomes too big to squeeze with the crowd. LOL!

2013-11-22 15.20.15To avoid the crowd on weekends, we went on Friday. The crowd was still bearable but still many people also lar….

2013-11-22 15.24.24Counter to redeem goodie bag. Guess what’s inside the goodie bag.

2013-11-22 22.29.39Look….this is the so-called ‘goodie bag’. What’s the content? One small recycle bag (the yellow one), 1 bottle of mineral water (in case we get thirsty kua), 1 small size children’s toothpaste (gave to my niece), 1 calender. Wasn’t thrill at the content at all!!

2013-11-22 15.26.49Pureen was one of the participating brand.

We spent around 3 hours there…look see at each counters.

Here are what we spent on…. did not spend on big stuffs.

2013-11-22 22.33.29Baby diapers (Drypers) 2 packs for RM45. The sales girl advised to buy 1 pack of newborn and another pack of “S” size. Came home, chatted with my friend and sister only to realized Mamy Poko brand is better wor… Aikkss..

2013-11-22 22.35.53Bought this Crochet Hat for my baby at RM16. Love it! Ya…I’m going to use it for photo shooting 😉

2013-11-22 22.38.32Another satisfactory purchase! Tommie Tippee booth was having 50% discount for every items. Grabbed these glass milk bottle for RM29.95 each instead of RM59.90. These days, milk bottles aren’t cheap!!

2013-11-22 22.40.432 piece rompers from QQ Baby booth at RM5 each. Bathing towel RM10 each and bolster cover for RM4, both from Pureen booth.

2013-11-22 22.43.20Nursing Cover for RM33 and Breast Milk Storage Bags for RM9 , both under Autumnz.

2013-11-22 22.34.28Nursing Bra (without underwire) at RM20 each.

Hmmm….guess my preparations are almost there. What else? Need to cross check my checklist. hehe….

IMG_7422-001Latest update: My baby bump at Week 28.

IMG_7433-001Latest update: My baby bump at Week 28. I am now already at Week 30.

I want to breastfeed my baby

thFrom the beginning of my pregnancy, I’ve told myself that I want to breastfeed my baby. Hopefully at least till 1 year old. Hoping that I could manage to do it successfully. I felt, being a mother and able to breastfeed our baby is a blessing and something precious.

994637_10151810284853124_327311779_nThe beneficial of breast milk… I’m sure there are more than these. I will try NOT to introduce any formula milk to my baby. Friends who are into breast feeding, advised me not to spare/buy any formula milk to so-called ‘stand-by’. This will indirectly give you more excuses to feed on formula milk. Well… I am not going to elaborate about formula milk here… decisions are on you.

newborn_stomachMany mummies got panicked when they said they do not have milk on day 1. After reading much info… I gotto know that newborn babies can survive up to 3 days without milk. So, people who are not in the same boat…please stop telling the mummy, your baby is hungry and you do not have milk. That will create tense towards the mummy. Friends advise is to keep direct latch your baby, and the milk volume will slowly increase.

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent a message. Saying his wife has gave birth to a healthy baby girl. He said his wife tried to breastfeed the baby but failed because baby doesn’t know how to suckle. I guess what he meant is baby didn’t latch on? Then I thought this is something I should know and learn too. I’ve never thought about it. All I know is keep on ‘latch your baby’.. but never did find out what if baby doesn’t know how to latch on. So, I google for information. Then I found some good info and also blogs.

The Newborn Latch.

  • Take full advantage of your baby’s rooting reflex.
    • The rooting reflex has two parts: turning and opening the mouth.
      1. When you touch your baby’s cheek or lip lightly, she or he will turn her or his head towards the touching object.
      2. She or he will also open her or his mouth really wide, as in a big yawn.
      3. Soon, your baby will learn that your breasts are her or his source of comfort and nourishment, and she or he will turn her or his head from side to side and open her or his mouth whenever she or he wants to nurse.
    • If your baby is already facing your nipple, you can just tickle her or his lip with your nipple until she or he opens up really wide.
    • If the baby is facing away from the breast, tickle her or his cheek with your nipple When she or he turns toward your breast, tickle the lip with your nipple.
    • Make sure you continue tickling until your baby opens up reallywide. Don’t try to attach a baby whose mouth is only slightly open, or you might have sore nipples and all the other problems associated with improper latch-on.
    • A very common mistake is to try to push and turn a baby’s head towards your breast. The rooting reflex makes the baby want to turn towards the pushing object. Many people interpret this to mean that the baby is turning away from the breast. They say the baby “rejects” the breast, and resort to artificial feeding. Don’t fall into this trap! Just tickle the baby’s cheek with your nipple, and she or he will turn towards the breast.
    • When the baby opens up really wide, pull him towards your breast all the way to your chest. It’s important to pull the baby close to make sure she or he gets a good mouthful of breast instead of just the nipple.
  • When a baby is correctly latched on:
    • Her or his lips should be flanged out, not sucked in. You should be able to see the inner surfaces of the lips on your breast.
    • Her or his tongue should be covering the lower gum. You can see this by pulling the lower lip slightly out.
    • Her or his cheeks should not be dimpled. Dimpled cheeks during sucking indicate poor latch-on and suction.
    • Her or his nose should be touching your breast. If the baby’s nose is away from your breast, she or he is sucking on just the nipple. You’ll have sore nipples, and the baby won’t get enough milk.
  • You might wonder whether you should hold your breast with one hand while you are breastfeeding.If your baby is not latched on correctly, remove her or him from the breast and try again. You should keep trying until the baby gets it right, even if you have to try twenty times. Pretty soon, your baby will learn to latch on properly, and will be able to do it without any help.”
    • You can hold your breast to make it easier for the baby to latch on.
    • If you do, make sure your thumb and fingers are well behind the areola.
    • Many people do a good job of keeping the thumb way back, but they put their fingers too close to the areola, just behind the nipple. Avoid this! Your baby needs to take in as much breast tissue as she or he can comfortably fit into her or his mouth. If your hand is too close to the nipple, the baby will just take the nipple in. You’ll get sore nipples.
    • Avoid the “scissor hold” in which you hold your breast between your index finger and ring finger. This style of holding the breast very often causes the baby to latch on to the nipple instead of to the breast.
    • Use the “C” or “U” hold, where you form a C or U shape with your thumb and fingers (as if you are holding a water glass). Hold your breast so that its compressed shape is in line with the baby’s open mouth (remember, you are doing this to make it easy for the baby to take in as much of the breast tissue as possible).
    • You can also hold and lift your breast to bring it to the level of the baby’s mouth. This is useful for mothers with large soft breasts.
    • You don’t need to worry about pulling the breast back from the baby’s nose to let the baby breathe. Babies’ faces are made for nursing. They can breathe with no problems with their faces smushed right into your breast. Pulling the breast away from the baby can lead to improper latch-on and sore nipples.
    • If you have flat or inverted nipples that stand out when you squeeze the areola, hold your breast so your nipple protrudes until your baby is latched on.
    • Once the baby is latched on and nursing, you can usually let go of the breast.
    • If your baby is able to latch on correctly without your holding your breast, you don’t need to hold it. Women with smaller breasts are more likely to be able to nurse a young baby without holding the breast. As your baby grows, you’ll probably find that you won’t need to hold your breast, no matter how large or soft it may be.

(source from:- singlemomontherun )

Another resourceful blog:- How to Get a Newborn to Latch On

a good animation about latch on

breastfeedingAbove are the items that you may need to prepare when you plan for breastfeeding.

Nursing Pillow –  (depends on you necessity, you can use a normal pillow if you are comfortable with it).

Nursing Bra – for your convenience when you breastfeed. Because you don’t need to lift up your entire bra. Try Autumnz for affordable pricing nursing bra. The designs are not bad too.

Breast Pad – When you are breastfeeding, you tend to have more leakage, I suppose. So you may need breast pad to prevent people from noticing the leakage. Breast pads comes in disposable and washable type 🙂

Breast Pump – Some people are producing more milk than what the baby demanded. So, they’ll usually pump the extra milk to store them. Breast pump price range from hundreds to thousand.

Storage Milk Bottles – To store the milk that you’ve pump out. Alternatively, you can use storage bags instead of storage bottles. Lower cost and also space saving in your freezer.

Milk Bottles – I will need to go back to work after my 2 months confinement period. Therefore, I’ll need to train my baby on bottle.

Nursing Cover – In case you need to breast feed in public but you are shy to pull up your cloths openly… you may need a nursing cover. These days the nursing cover comes in variant designs and price.

I hope people around me are supportive on breastfeeding, hoping that I’ll be able to go through the whole process. Baby….please be cooperative with mummy ya…. heheh…

My Ways of Saving for My Baby

From the day you discovered that you are pregnant, you’ve already started spending money. i.e: pregnancy kit and consulting a doctor to get a confirmation. Well…many people would have the mindset of “this is my first child…I must get everything new for him/her! I must provide the best for him/her”.  I would not say they are wrong to have these thoughts. However I on the other hand would think differently. I am not loaded…you may call me stingy. But of course I am not giving my baby wear and tear clothing lar… Its just that there are things which I felt we could do some savings. Having a child is not a short term period kinda thing. Its a long period. These days unlike those days… we still need to consider about their education with today’s high standard of living. I am not saying that in future I am giving them a lavish life either. So, why not save today for tomorrow?

You often get over excited to find out that you are expecting a baby. Which is something you look forward to. So, bear in mind don’t over spent just because of your over excitement 🙂

1) Pregnancy Test Kit

Not necessary to get expensive digital pregnancy test kit just for one test. After all… you’ll still decide to double confirm your pregnancy with a doctor. Get some cheap ones (less than RM10) from Watsons or Guardian Pharmacy…they still give you an accurate result.

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2) Maternity Clothing

You will start putting on weight that most of your cloths may not fit in now. Not necessary to buy expensive or branded maternity clothing. I got some of my maternity cloths from Jusco. Also…its not necessary to be label as maternity clothing. Some loose fitting blouses and clothing also can wear ma. Besides… ask among your friends, if they could loan their maternity clothing to you. I did not buy much maternity cloths. I thought it would be a waste if I buy too much, because I only wearing it for a short period.

3) Baby’s Clothing

20131008_232526Ahhh…. babies clothing are so cuteeeee…. You may end up couldn’t resist the cuteness of it. But don’t forget, babies outgrow very fast. Do not buy too much. Go to warehouse sales. Or you can easily get some nice clothing at lower price from online bargains /online shopping. There are so many choices now.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind… you can ask your friends if they would like to giveaway their baby’s old clothing. Also you can buy preloved clothing.

4) Baby’s Equipment

Natural-Sleigh-Baby-Changing-TableI saw baby’s changing tables from IKEA are so nice. Really feel like getting one. But when I come to know about the price ranging from RM200… I decided not to buy. Getting a baby’s changing mat(Pureen) is just around RM20. Now you do the maths.

For baby stroller, my friend and sister volunteer to loan one to me. I can save that stroller money to get a good car seat for my baby which is more important I thought.

2013-10-06 18.17.59Baby’s Cot. I got my white color baby cot, as I wanted a white one from Stroller World, during their opening sales. Bought it at price of RM299 (just bed frame) with wheels, adjustable levels, size (24″x48″). Retail price around RM400+. Mummy planned to get a tailor made mosquito netting from a tailor shop. Which is cheaper than those ready made ones.  I’ll be getting baby’s mattress from furniture shop at RM150/piece. (Material: Natural Coconut Fibre). Those latex mattress selling at baby shop is around RM300/piece. So expensive!

I bought a baby carrier from a mummy who wanted to let go of her extra baby carrier, condition10/10, brand = My Dear for RM80 (inclusive postage). Retail price is over RM100.

5) Baby’s Feeding

I planned to breastfeed my baby because I know there are more pros than cons. Besides, I also can save alot by breastfeeding compared to formula milk powder. So, I suppose at this stage, I need to get a breast pump, milk bottles ( I need to return to work, therefore I can’t direct latch all the time), milk storage bags (cheaper than storage bottles). I have a kind friend who helped me get a preloved Avent breast pump for free.

6) Sales

Google on internet about warehouse sales or baby fairs from time to time. Then visit warehouse sales for better bargains. However you may need to do some homework before going to any warehouse sales. Take note on the market price.

I also like doing online shopping for baby’s items and maternity/nursing bra. I often check out the ‘sales’ corner 🙂

Try to avoid Summer Glitz. I find that their products quality are below expectation, after buying once.

7) Pre-natal Classes

Its your choice. But I felt its not necessary to over spent on taking up pre-natal courses. You know…in big city, signing up a course for 2 person (a couple) may not be cheap. Some hospitals offers pre-natal classes with every basic stuffs that you’re required to know/learn at affordable price. As for myself, I’ve just signed up a one day class by Pitterpatter.com.my for RM40/couple. (Will review about this after I come back from the class)

*that’s all for now. Will add in more in future*

New Folder1Finally…I’m publishing a photo of myself at week 27 with huge belly and super rounded face!!

The current ME

Apologies to my readers (if I have any) for the long break here. I am fine and doing well. Just abit busy on working life.

Well…. I am now in week 25 already. Wow….how time flies! I’m now in the third trimester. *getting excited*

Let me update you with my current condition.

˜ belly growing bigger

˜ belly button has protrude

˜ back aches around my waist if I sit or stand for long hours.

˜ itching on my belly…due to stretching. Applied Egyptian Magic Cream to prevent stretch marks.

˜ sometimes I’ll get leg cramp while I was sleeping. HB will need to help massage my feet.

˜ not forgetting, I’m getting heavier each month. LOL!

˜ still getting indigestion sometimes. Probably depending on what food I had.

˜ I now crave for sweet stuffs. eg: cakes, desserts. But I must control my sugar intake to lower the risk of getting high glucose level.

˜ I’ve also changed my previous gynea (Dr. Ng, QHC Medical Centre) to (Dr. Ivan, KPJ Seremban) because I planned to deliver in Seremban.

My latest check up on week 24 with Dr. Ivan was fine. He did a detail scan for Junior AM and everything goes well. Baby is doing good and progressing well.

Baby’s First Movement

It was when about week 20, while I was resting on bed, I played pre-natal music which I’ve downloaded on my smartphone for Junior AM. I did not expect if he could hear it. The moment I played the music… I felt a hard kick from Junior AM!! Ohh dear…he was responding to the sound I guess. But not too sure if he likes or dislikes it. LOL! I felt so amazed and touched. I got teary.

Now, I could feel more movements from Junior AM. Sometimes on the right…. sometimes on the left. I think there is still room for him to move about. ^_^

Usually when I go to bed, HB will talk to Junior AM asking him to go sleep too and don’t disturb mummy while mummy sleeping. 😀

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1001225_641499755872423_1460432362_nI find this comic kinda funny and somewhat true!! But luckily it does not happen all the time. LOL!