Next month is 4 years ‘anniversary’ of my second breastfeeding journey. Hurray!
Can’t imagine I have been a moo moo mum to my big monster for 26 months and to my little monster for 4 years now, yet still keep going. It’s tough but this round i decided to opt for baby-lead weaning.
Looking back, there are indeed lots of tears and hardship to be a successful breastfeed mother. Many friends keep asking how do I sustain for many years. After think long, here are the breastfeeding tips from my own experience to successfully breastfeed.
1. Pre delivery preparation
I have to admit that pre-delivery preparation is important, in terms of knowledge. Absorb whatever breastfeeding tips and information as you can prior to delivery.
Same as most new mums out there, I told myself I want to breastfeed when I was conceiving the 1st time. That’s it, without trying to read and learn the relevant information. I thought breastfeeding is easy and even standby a small tin of formula milk for the “in case”.
Not until my elder girl was born, she sucked then cried forever. End up I resorted to the “technique” of letting her suck then offered formula milk for a month before I learnt and read what a breastfed mum should know.
2. Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital
If you want to breastfeed successfully, choose a breastfeed friendly hospital. The first bonding right after the baby is born is important. Tell the nurses in advance your intention to breastfeed so that they will not offer formula milk to the baby.
I choose to deliver at Putrajaya Hospital during 2nd pregnancy. It’s tough as the baby will be with you all day round but you get to feed on demand.
3. Confinement Lady
This is one of the big obstacles to mums who employ confinement lady as a helper.
I had a bad experience with the first confinement lady, who always complained my breastmilk supply was not enough, baby hungry and etc. I couldn’t forget how I dropped tears in the blanket during midnight with my breast engorged to fullest but my baby was fed with formula milk by the helper. Yet I dared not to object.
Be sure to choose a breastfeed friendly confinement lady too. Tell her in firm that you want to breastfeed without formula milk allowed. That’s what i did to my 2nd confinement lady who brought the baby to me whenever she cried for milk.
You think your milk supply not enough? Take the word of a nurse, she told me that she will never believe our breastmilk supply not enough unless the baby tells her. I suddenly “wake up” from my own myth after heard this and threw away the standby formula milk.
That marks my starting point of fully breastfeed my elder girl since 1 month old.
If you are a new mum, set your goal into a series of smaller milestone at 2 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months and etc.
After you get the hang of breastfeeding, it becomes a natural routine.
Set your brain to the concept of
supply = demand
You will have milk supply whenever baby needs it although you just fed 5 minutes ago.
There are too many hardship you have to go through to be a successful breastfed mum.
Stress at work, no time to pump, no suitable place to pump milk, questions posted by busybody, sick, engorgement, block milk duct, mastitis and the list goes on.
Learn to pretend deaf to nonsense comments. Breastfeed or pump the milk regularly no matter how busy how sick you are.
One of my unforgettable experience is bringing the breastpump while admitted hospital. Pump on time although severely diarrhea due to food poisoning.
Without realize, determination and perseverance become the factors for a busy moo moo to continue the journey.
6. Support of Spouse and Family
Communicate with our spouse and family to get the support in our breastfeeding journey.
Direct latch and washing sterilizing bottle and breastpump take up a lot of time. Be firm and confident on what you are doing is right.
Although my family members are supportive, but some of the time i still need to be thick skin pretending deaf whenever they can’t stand to complain what the hell i was doing in the kitchen with the bottle and pump.
7. Mingle with like minded mum for breastfeeding tips
With the convenience of internet and smartphone, there are many informative websites, forums and social media groups related to breastfeeding.
Join the group, discuss, ask questions, get support, get motivation. The more knowledge you gain, the more confident and longer you can sustain breastfeeding.
I don’t know how long i will be a moo moo this time, but looking back… it’s really worth it!
Leave your comment below if you have any other breastfeeding tips or any questions that i can help. Wishing you to be a successful moo moo mummy also 🙂
No matter how, there’s a will, there’s a way….
What’s your best tip ?