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 😉