Breastfeeding

I was reading "Our Everyday Things" blog post about breastfeeding and it inspired me to write something on this topic.

I wouldn't say I'm an expert now in breastfeeding (BF), but I must say I was quite lucky on this BF road. Firstly, because of the "scare" from my ex-boss, I took up the ante-natal course from Mt A to learn more about BF. And I was shown how to properly latch a baby, the importance of BF and all. I think those information was really helpful, cause I didn't have problem latching Zaizai from day 1. But of course it also helps that Zaizai is also good at latching.

Secondly, my engorgement wasn't really bad. Probably because of the "stories" I heard both in classes and real person, I took special care the first few days I got home. I would constantly massage it when Zaizai latches or when I'm expressing. I remember the first few time I express, I took like an hour for each side. Cos I will try to massage away any lump I feel.. but later on I realise from my Gynae that I shouldn't be expressing for so long… at most 1/2 hour… 😛

Thirdly, it also help that my Gynae is very pro-BF… he told me how to get my breast ready for BF.. like cleaning the nipple to remove any dead skin cells and applying nipple cream even before the baby is born to let it become more moisturize and less likely to crack once BF starts…

and oh, I think it also helped that I got a good and expensive breast pump… a good one is less noisy and being a dual pump will actually save time… plus there is no problem of creating a mess because when you pump on one side, the other side is leaking like mad… it "saves" the precious breast milk too… and one reason i preserve till now is also because of the expensive breast pump… I must make sure that I have at least save enough from buying formula milk before I can stop BF… 😛

Lastly, its important to get the support of your partner… Hubb was very supportive of BF… so he manage to help me ward off queries during the initial stages… 🙂

Of course, not all is rosy… I remembered the first few days when I got home, i was so tired from BF.. cos I have to wake up every 2 hours in the night just to BF Zaizai… I remembered I cried one night just because I was too tired.. lucky hubb was there…

and there is also the question of whether the baby have enough… the first few days my MIL is very concern whether baby have enough.. cause there is no way for her to see how much Zaizai has actually drunk… and it doesn't help that Zaizai only goes to bed at 2am during the 1st week.. they tot its because his hungry thats why he doesn't want to sleep… but soon my MIL is brought over.. cos she saw that Zaizai is putting on weight and has no problem in passing motion…

and i remember during the 2nd week of his birth, Zaizai suddenly refuses to latch… we tot its because we have cup feed him too much… and he got lazy and refuse to latch… so I had to express out for him to be bottle fed… and I didn't manage to express enough for him, and we ended up buying a tin of formula to supplement the feed… but luckily, we met a very nice nurse at the polyclinic when we brought Zaizai there to check for his jaundice level… she told us could be because we were too late to nurse him… we should take the hints before he cries and latch him.. cos once he starts crying its going to be difficult.. and true enough when we got home we put her tips to test and we manage to latch Zaizai once again! I was so happy… so till date the tin of formula is still at home with 3/4 left…

all in all I really enjoyed BF… especially when I have Zaizai latching on to me.. the kind of bonding cannot be forged in anyway… i really felt blissful when I see him suckling.. sometimes even holding on to my breast… i really miss it now that I start working and could only latch him at night… I hope I can continue to BF him until his birthday… I dunno how is it going to be like once Zaizai have teeth… I hope it doesn't hurt too much…

There is this quote on my "milkmaid tea" that I really like and agree to "I look down into your eyes and feel you tugging at my breast but it feels like you're tugging at my heart"

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