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 😉

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!!