Back in the day, when I first had my first child in 2006, I was not fully-aware on the benefits of Breastfeeding. I did not understand the concept how my body could produce milk or why was my body producing milk. My mother had C-Section and believed that she could not breastfeed because she had Masititas (or known as Milk Fever) that she stopped breastfeeding because of the swelling. And same goes with the other pregnancies, assuming that colostrum was not enough to feed my brother and sister due to it’s small quantity.
My first impression of breastfeeding before was:
1. It’s gotta be in the DNA:
My thoughts were that, if your mother could breastfeed, automatically the daughter will inherent the the good genes and will produce loads of milk.
2. The bigger the better:
For some reason my head kept on telling me that the bigger the size of the bosoms the larger quantity of milk. Soon I learned that breastsfeeding comes in all shapes and sizes. And that there is no specific criteria on what ‘type’ of breast that could produce milk.
3. For ever flowing:
When I first managed to pumped my first drops of liquid that only reached less than 1oz I had mix feelings of both excited and dissappointment. I was excited the first time of seeing how my little frey body could produce something spectacular. But at the same time a bit dissapointed cause I was expecting that the ‘Mommas Tap’ will always be forever flowing. Little, after years to come, did I learned about the differance of Hind and foremilk. And the demand & supply theory.
4. Momma’s Milk Maid:
My first time breastfeeding I was not aware on the different posistioning of the baby during breastfeeding. And how to tell if baby is latching on properly. I assumed that you pop the baby on and baby will naturally catch the nipple. Phew~ if only it was as easy as a bed of roses. Hehe. Little did I know back then that healthy eating plays a crucial role too towards the production of milk. Like a saying ‘You Are What You Eat’. And eating some foods that may help boost the production of breastmilk naturally such as Oats, Fenugreek, Hot Soup and hot drinks plays a huge role with the milk ejaculation reflex. Later than I only knew that the real Milk Maid is the healthy level of hormones of Oxytoxin and Prolactin that helps with the production of milk and also the milk ejavulation reflex.
My Journey :
Sadly I was only able to breastfeed my first child less than one (1) month. However things change with my second child. My second child was born, I was inspired and motivated to breastfeed after seeing and hearing a testimonial from a good friend of mine after the birth of her first son. She inspired me a lot on her Journey to Breastfeeding (she is a busy bee mommy with her own business and still able to fully and exclusively breastfeed her Son). In 2010 and I had a lot of preparation in terms of research (online information especially from lactactions consultants who has blogs, websites or forums) and lots and lots of reading. (I find the book on ‘What to Expect when your expecting’ very useful) and other books. When I was 2 months pregnant, I already envision and set my mind to breastfeed. During my whole pregnancy I used that time to research all I could and prepared a checklist to bring with me during Labor.
21st Century Buzzzyyy Bee:
Being an employee and also a full-time mom, there were some challanges and trials and tribulations that I encoutered. Ranging from lack of moral support, decrease of milk production, fear of unable to fully & exclusively breastfeeding, proper location to express breastmilk at the workplace (at times I would express breastmilk in the female Surau) and the jobscope requires one to be at the desk manning calls and attending to customers inquires, I was not able to express my milk on the right time, thus the environment made me little stress and I encoutered a decrease in my milk production. Again, I was only able to breastfeed my second daughter at the age of 6 to 8 months. But before that, with my second child, she was mix feeding on both formula and direct feeding. I introduced to mix feeding when she was about four to five months due to the problem of low milk supply. But at the same time, I took supplementations to help boost my energy, balance my hormones and also to increase my milk production. (Each individual is unique to the responses of any product) It took me atleast several months to research on which product suits best for me and that is within me allocated budget. Many may say that supplements are not the way to go. But for me before you invest into anything, take the time to read, understand and take the time to know what is in the product that may make a differance to you and your body. And alhamdulilah, I decided a brand that works for me and I have been using that very brand till today. Because I see it’s potential, experience the differance myself and also feel the results everyday.
Not an End but The very Begining:
I am not sad to have felt and experience all the hardships, challanges or trials and tribulations. But I thank Allah, without these obstacles I will not be able to fully understand the importance of Breastfeeding and I will not be able to understand the very reason why I choose to breastfeed.Even though I did not able to complete the breastfeedinng term of two (2) years. It is not an end here, but the very begining of opening a new door. There are chances for me fully breastfeed in the future. With the knowledge that I have equipped myself, insyAllah may I shall share and educate my girls on the importance of breastfeeding. Praying that my daughters will breastfeed their children and may their children’s Children continue that cycle.
Now some of you may inquire if breastfeeding is right for you and your child? Or if your formula milk contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals as been labeled by expensive marketing. I would say, listen to your heart, if you have any doubts or concern to contact the nearest lactation consultant near you and don’t be shy to raise your concerns. They are there to help you. Create your own timeline (breastfeeding should be taken one step at a time) and checklist, prepare on what you really need, your essentials such as fresh, clean water, healthy choices of snacks such as yogurat, oats, fresh fruits and veggies, a good quality breastpump, milk storages (bags or bottles) and many more.
Momma’s Liquid Gold. The precious liquid for your little one can not be replaced by artificial supplements.
Until we then…toodles….
21st Century Momma