My breastfeeding journey with baby #3 turned out to be like a roller coaster ride.
After being happy that she didn’t get jaundice like her older siblings, she ended up hospitalised for a few days due to dehydration. Formula supplementation became mandatory until my milk supply was able to catch up with her demand.
At 1 months old things seemed better as her weight gain became steady and I was able to eliminate formula milk completely. But nearing 5 months old, her weight gain slowed down again below her curve, and her paed asked me to start solid early.
Oh my.., what a journey...
What are the things that I tried to increase my milk supply this time around?
Below I listed out 20 things that I did to boost my supply (in no particular order), plus its efficacy score.
I thought breastfeeding is a natural thing.
That every mom will eventually master breastfeeding.
So I did literally nothing during my first pregnancy to prepare for breastfeeding (oh.. except buying a breast pump because I plan to return to work once my maternity leave ends).
And the truth....?
I was overwhelmed...
I was overwhelmed with my baby's constant crying in his second night. It seemed like he wanted to nurse and nurse and nurse. And I was extremely exhausted.
The normal jaundice check routine became a nightmare when the doctor said I needed to give him more milk.
I was blaming myself constantly.
I didn't know what to do when he kept falling asleep during feeding.
My extended family kept pestering me that I should eat more, I should feed him more, and on.. and on...
It was all chaotic...
Though it got better after a few months, I truly regretted the experience. I promised myself that I would do better the next time around. So in the next pregnancy, I made sure I was more well-prepared.
Do you know that you can start preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy? In fact, it is very crucial to have yourself prepared in advance, so that you feel well-informed and ready to breastfeed once your baby arrives.
This article will discuss 12 actionable tips to get yourself prepared for breastfeeding your baby, even before your baby arrives.
I remember that pinky milk that I pumped for my son.
My nipple had been so sore..
Yet I needed to pump to stimulate my milk production. My baby was jaundiced and needed that extra milk.
My husband was horrified to see to milk and ask me to stop pumping immediately.
I asked him at that time, so what should I do?
It was a dillema... I want my nipple to heal, but at the same time want to continue nursing and pumping no matter what.
Do I need a bottle warmer for breast milk?
That's one of the most frequent questions that I received with regards to breast milk storage and handling.
While you can, 'of course', choose not to have one, owning a bottle warmer can make things a lot easier to handle.
In this article, I'd share why you need a bottle warmer for breast milk, things to consider while choosing one, and the 5 best bottle warmers for breast milk in the current market.