I am not those fortunate mums where milk comes easy to them. I went through a very difficult time before I reach here.
I had longer than normal engorgement period. I experienced pumping out blood. Nipple crack and sore nipples were a normal thing for me initially.
I'm glad I persevered.
And although I'm into my 4th month which supposedly should be my peak, I can only express 4-6 oz every 3 hourly.
Most mum can express 10 oz during their peak. So I am not those mums who have so much milk. But I have enough for Shern and that is all that matters.
To exclusively breastfeed my baby is not easy. I try to express every 3 hourly. Which means no matter where am I, I need to do the job. Before I go anywhere, I need to make sure there is a suitable place for me to pump. When there is no suitable baby room, I make do with wherever I can find.
I have pumped in FOS changing room, Nichii Changing Room, Jusco's Baby Room, toilets (clean ones of coz) and even in a moving car on the highway (with car shades blocking the windows)! :)
Basically, I can't go to places where I can't find a decent place for me to pump.
I am a cow now actually. Kinda no life.
Anyway, many soon-to-be mums ask me how do I store my breastmilk and how do I prepare them for baby. I think it is good to explain briefly how I go about feeding my son breastmilk thus far.
I keep all my expressed breastmilk in the freezer, which they can lasts for 3 months.
The night before, I bring out tomorrow's feed and keep in the the fridge to defrost/to be thawed. It takes about 12 hours to be thawed in the fridge.
And about half an hour before my baby's next feed, I pop the bottle into my Lindam Food & Bottle Warmer. It takes about 5-6 mins to warm 4 oz if it's from the fridge.
There was once when I was in KL's Swiss Garden Resort where my room was not equipped with a freezer. I brought my own icebox and requested the hotel staff to keep my breastmilk in their freezer.
I am very proud when people ask what formula do I feed my son as he looks very healthy. I told them I feed Shern with 'Shu-Yin brand' - he is an exclusively breastfed baby.
I hope I can reach my 6 months exclusive breastfeed milestone!
22 October 2009 - Exclusive Breastfed Shern
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