The Downs Of Breastfeeding

Desperate times call for desperate measures… when all other distractions fail to keep Baby still on her highchair during milk time (fed through spoon-feeding), I will always give her the remote control. Whether it’s the Astro, TV, DVD player or dining table light remote control, that wonderful gadget can surely keep her still for at least 15 minutes.

Baby reacting when the light turned dim upon her pressing on the remote control…

Bright-dim, bright-dim, lights off, bright-dim……. Baby is really fascinated pressing the dining table light remote control…. and that’s when I’ll quickly thrust the spoonfuls of milk into her mouth. Stressful or not you say to feed her milk this way? And I have to do this 4 times a day, haih….

My only regret of breastfeeding is that I did not try giving her the milk bottle long enough to get her used to the bottle. She was only given the milk bottle by the confinement lady for the first week of her life and thereafter, she has been fully breastfed, directly from my boobies. Now, she only wants my boops and the teat of the bottle or a pacifier seem like a strange toy to her. I wonder how long more I need to spoon feed her formula coz it’s really burning me out and breaking my back. My supply of breastmilk is also not sufficient to plump her up. In fact, my supply has decreased during my 3-week stressful stay in the hospital with Baby… with a few weeks of nursing hiatus when she was on Nil By Mouth and was puking non stop.

I’ve tried giving Baby a sippy cup and a straw but none of these worked. She just won’t drink milk or any other drinks with the cup or a straw, aargh!!

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Got To Dig Out My Breast Pump Soon

The last time I used my breast pump was more than 8 months ago. I have since kept the breast pump and Baby C has been latching on directly since then. I prefer direct latching on as it’s so convenient, I can feed her anywhere at anytime and I don’t have to wash and sterilize the breast pump. However, I will need to dig out the breast pump soon because when Baby C goes for the surgery in 2 weeks’ time, I think I will need to express out my milk for at least 1-2 days. Well, the surgeon told me that on the same day after the surgery, Baby C will be able to drink milk. I’m hoping that she will be just fine and won’t refuse milk after the surgery.

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Low Fat Or Full Cream?

Each time I drink low fat milk or eat low fat yoghurt, my mil and well-meaning relatives would be commenting that I should not be consuming low fat dairy products since I am breastfeeding exclusively.  They tell me that I should be eating full cream dairy products so that my milk would be thicker, thus fills Baby C up longer.  Is this a fact?  I had read from breastfeeding sites that a nursing mum does not necessarily need to consume full cream dairy products. In fact water is sufficient, together with a healthy and sensible diet.  So the hubs does not buy me low fat fresh milk anymore.  He’s only buying full cream milk for me.  That’s one of the reasons why my weight just won’t budge despite me exercising everyday! 

This milk even comes with DHA, Omega and all that jazz that’s supposedly nourishing to the heart and brain.

Read Baby C’s developments here.

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When Do You Start Feeding Your Baby Solids?

I am still undecided when to start feeding Baby C solids.  With Alycia, I started feeding her porridge at 6 months and Sherilyn, around 7-8 months.  I am thinking of delaying feeding Baby C solids until she’s at least 8 months or even longer.

Here are some excerpts from (an exclusive site for breastfeeding mums) on why babies should be fed solids at a later age :

 1. Most babies will become developmentally and physiologically ready to eat solids by 6-9 months of age. For some babies, delaying solids longer than six months can be a good thing; for example, some doctors may recommend delaying solids for 12 months if there is a family history of allergies.

2. The following organizations recommend that all babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or any other foods) for the first 6 months of life (not the first 4-6 months):

-World Health Organization
-US Department of Health & Human Services
-American Academy of Pediatrics
-American Academy of Family Physicians
-American Dietetic Association
-Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
-Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
-Health Canada

3. Reasons for delaying solids :
-Delaying solids gives baby greater protection from illness.
-Delaying solids gives baby’s digestive system time to mature.
-Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.
-Delaying solids helps to protect baby from iron-deficiency anemia.
-Delaying solids helps to protect baby from future obesity.
-Delaying solids helps mom to maintain her milk supply.
-Delaying solids helps to space babies.
-Delaying solids makes starting solids easier.

My generous sil from Hong Kong bought 2 boxes of Organix baby cereal for Baby C :

This one the baby can start to eat between 4 – 6 months.

And this one, the baby can start to eat at 6 months.

I was really tempted to feed Baby C the first one but after reading the article from, I think I will delay feeding Baby C  solids.  Well, hopefully I can still continue to breastfeed her exclusively for at least another half a year or even longer …. which means that I have to delay my diet plan.

When did you start your baby on solids?

On a sidenote, just want to share this pic with you :

My 3 angels with their granny.  Baby C looked so much like a boy here!

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Breast Is The Best

It’s been 2 weeks since Sherilyn’s chicken pox attack and Baby C hasn’t been bitten by the CP virus yet and I think I can safely say that she has passed the contagious period and will be spared from getting CP, well at least for now, for as long as she’s drinking my milkie. 

That’s one of the multitude benefits of exclusively breastfeeding your baby.  Your baby gets auto immunity from you for 50 over diseases!  As I have had CP before, Baby C therefore got the natural CP immunity from me too. 

So to all you nursing mothers and mothers-to-be, go for breastfeeding and don’t wean your baby off your boops just yet.  I strongly advocate exclusively breastfeeding your baby for at least 6 months of her/his life.  The longer the better.  The benefits are just too many to list down.

Check out this awesome tube bra  for nursing mums which I bought at my other blog. 

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Sexy Breastfeeding Top

This is the spaghetti strap top that’s specially designed for breastfeeding mums.  I bought it from The Baby Loft shop on Sunday.  I’ve never seen such clothing for nursing mums before and was really impressed with the design. 

Just below the strap, there is a detachable hook. Once the hook is unfastened, the outer part of the top droops and then there are 2 holes on the inner part of the top for the baby to suckle mummy’s teats.  Impressive eh? I don’t even need to wear bra (I never liked to wear bra, btw, especially during my breastfeeding days) as the top even comes with bra pads that can be removed.  Too bad, this canggih top (which only costs RM88) only comes in one color, which is black.  The lady boss informed me that in a couple of months’ time, there will be a new batch of the same tops in brighter colors.  I will check out the shop again then.

Maybe I should ask the lady boss of this shop to pay me for writing  reviews of her products!  You think I should?  Or maybe get some products from her shop FOC!

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Choke Whilst Nursing

Baby C tends to choke when I nurse her lately.  My confinement lady (who was once a midwife) says that it’s because my milk supply has increased, thus the choking.  I think it’s quite true coz this did not happen at the early stage when I started to breastfeed her.  Lately, my milk supply has increased and she tends to choke half way through nursing.  Once, she choked and seconds later, she puked like  water flowing out from the faucet.  She really scared me out of my wits.  Now, each time she coughs while nursing, I will pull her mouth away from my teat spontaneously and pat her chest or burb her.  It’s really terrifying to hear a small, fragile and helpless baby coughing, sometimes as if she’s gasping for air.

Does that happen to your baby too?

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Milkmaid Tea

Bought this Milkmaid Tea from The Baby Loft on Sunday. Have been diligently drinking this tea for the past 3 days and I must say that the result is quite amazing. Yesterday, I was able to breastfeed Baby C exclusively the whole day, yay! Today, I still haven’t touched her formula yet and I am confident I am able to nurse her exclusively too.

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Mummy’s Milk Is The Best

3 ounces of milk in under 15 minutes…. not bad huh? That’s how much milk I can express out yesterday. Hopefully the supply will increase in days to come. I must thank Barb once again for this wonderful Avent ISIS manual breast pump. It sure feels better than the Medela electric breast pump that I used with Alycia and Sherilyn. The suction from the Avent manual pump is not as painful as the Medela pump, yet the suction is strong enough. My breasts even shrunk after using the Medela pump! Best of all, the Avent ISIS pump is almost silent, unlike the Medela pump which emits loud sounds like a cow mooing away and it sure sounds awkward in the middle of the night when everyone is fast asleep. Even our neighbors can here the mooing sounds!

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Drunken Baby

After reading Vien’s post on her drunk Cassie, I thought I want to post one on my own drunk Cassie. Yes, our gals have the same name – Cassandra!

This is how Baby C normally looks after a session of mummy’s milkie……

The content smile….

and a drunken look…

But the moment Baby C is placed back in her crib, her eyes will be wide open and then she goes “eeee eeeee…… aaaaa aaaaa……” whining again for mummy’s breasts.

And she can never ever get enough of mummy’s milkie.

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Baby C @ Day 16

That’s Cassandra at day 15

and day 16

Baby C’s legs are very thin, they were even thinner at birth, just like skin wrapped round her bones. Sherilyn even commented yesterday that baby C’s legs are like ‘chicken legs’, how very right she was in her description, LOL!

I’ve been nursing Cassandra all day and night till my teats feel so sore. They even feel sore when they touch my clothes. My sil from HK has given me a very good Lanolin cream for nursing moms to apply on the nipples. Perhaps I should try them today, else I will not be able to nurse Cassandra anymore.

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