I am glad I have passed my 6 months breastfeeding target. Now my next target is 9 months although my ultimate aim is 1 year. I have learned to take things one step at a time.
Breastfeeding is a breeze nowadays, if I can say so. I mean, there is no more painful engorgement breasts, no more sore or cracked nipples and no more over-too-sensitive nipples. I guess they have all hardened and can now withstand Shern's vigorous suckling every night.
I still maintain the same routine I established many months back. Express/Pump during the day. Direct feed at night. I like this routine because Shern gets to eat fresh breastmilk and I get the milk supply stimulation from direct suckling at night WITHOUT Shern sticking to me 24/7. In short, I can still get away to do my own things during the day when Shern will be fed EBM while I express wherever I go.
Of course there are sacrifices on my part. I have to carry my breastpump insulated storage bag everywhere I go. And I still need to plan beforehand and also to find suitable places to express my milk, etc.
Another thing is that Shern sticks to me like glue. I'm not sure if this super strong bond is directly linked to breastfeeding, but Shern is especially close to me. It gets a little tiring when he wants no one but me, especially when night time comes.
The last I counted, I have about 100 bottles of ~4-5oz breastmilk storage. My freezer is full of them. No more space for ice-creams, etc. Actually, don't think this is a lot. This is merely less than a month of Shern's demand. I cannot imagine those who have 3 months supply of EBM. No wonder they have to buy a mini freezer just to keep them.
I am still using my Avent Manual Breastpump. Loving it. It has serves me well in my journey so far. I will definitely recommend it to other breastfeeding mums.
I am very proud of myself to have reached here. I am thankful and glad that I am able to provide Shern the best food he can have.
And I guess I should be happy that Shern sticks to me ;)
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