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My baby is 6 months today and it also marks my 6 months journey of total breastfeeding (latch on 99% of time)! Hooray
Never thought that I could survive this far and achieve this target. Next, aiming for the one-year target so long as I still can do
Really appreciate my hubby for the unwavering support and understanding, as well as good friend Carol for her advice and encouragement, otherwise I wouldn't come this far during those moments of uncertainties and desperation.
I must say that breastfeeding is really not easy and no amount of theory could beat the practical experience. I read up, watched latching videos, attended classes by private lactation consultant and BMSG... but when the baby arrived, it's a different thing altogether. Luckily my hubby was there to help with the latching position and the nurses at the hospital I delivered in were able to provide advice. I insisted not buying any formula at all (though my confinement lady kept commenting that if my milk not enough must supplement).
The first 2+ months were quite ok, apart from a blocked duct during 1st 2 weeks (it sure was painful, every session felt like needles poking during first 20 secs when the baby started suckling).
However, approaching 3 months, my baby suddenly reduced his milk intake (used to take about 8 feeds). I didn't know what happened so sort of forced him to drink and as a result, he went on a nursing strike and subsequently a milk strike (could went on 5-6 hours without milk or very little milk). After about 1 week, I was totally desperate and broke down as the baby kept rejecting me, won't even allow me to cradle him! Had to get my mother in law over to help with bottle feeding for 3 days. My milk supply also dropped due to the stress and coz I didn't express when baby refused to nurse. After the good break, I picked up myself and read up on nursing strikes and slowly coaxed the baby back to my breasts (had to rock him till drowsy or pump till let-down then quickly latch him). Also took nursing tea to help get back supply.
It took several weeks before it got better. I learnt to ditch the clock and my record book (yes, I was quite a stickler for amount of time baby spent on each breast and such) and learnt to trust the baby. If baby doesn't want to nurse, I let him be. His feeds during 4 months were only 5 times over 24hrs (now also still 5 to 6 times, I guess he's drinking more per session). In addition, he was very distractable which made nursing more challenging.
Frankly, I'm still constantly paranoid over his milk intake whether enough (really dont't know how much he drinks since latch on) and also my milk supply. My hubby keeps assuring me that dear son is growing well and looks stout, though his weight is always on the 25 percentile (his birth weight only 2.5kg). And he is achieving his milestones (able to lift his head while on tummy by 3 months, able to roll over both ways by 4 months, able to sit unsupported for a while by 5 months, and now demonstrating pre-crawl moves).
These days, he's still very distractable and would keep latching and unlatching during some feeds (especially hearing sounds and movements). The improvement is, he would whine when hungry and search for me/my breasts. Most of the time, he would only nurse when really hungry and sleepy and would fall asleep immediately after. I would prefer him to Eat, Activity and Nap but his pattern is Activity, Eat and Nap... he just wants to play upon waking!!! No choice, will see whether he will change this pattern as he grows older and starts to eat solids (should change or not?).
Well, just a little sharing of my breastfeeding journey so far. Besides learning to trust my baby and my breasts (for supply), I learn to take things more easy and accept that baby pattern keep changing. Sometimes, just as I thought we have settled down into a comfortable pattern, he changes again. Really need lots of patience, perseverance and determination.
All the best to all breastfeeding mummies!!!
Congratz! Hopefully, i can do it too!
Congrats!! In my 2nd month now..hope to reach 6 mths like you!
Congrats girl! Initially I also thought I'd give up after breastfeeding as I had lotsa problems in the beginning... Time flies and I've been bfding for 2 years already so all the best! :P
Congrats! I managed 13 mths. Had to convert to formula only because my 2nd pregnancy caused my milk production to slow down drastically. Keep it up!
Congrats. I'm sure you can make it to 1year too. Jia you mummy.
Congrats, and thanks for sharing! I hope I can do it as well as you! Jiayou!
Congrats!!! I'm 5 mths into bfing n still counting on. Hehe
Congrate! I'm in my 7th month n still going strong ^^
Thanks for sharing yr wonderful success life experience on yr bf journey
Am hoping to reach my 6 months mark, now into my 4th mths alrdy
Congrats on overcoming the obstacles and thank you for sharing!
I started weaning at 14 months to plan for baby #2. After 2 months, my boy is day-weaned but still stuck to the breasts at night. Haha!
Thanks for sharing.. you are my inspiration. Jiayou! I hope to latch my ger soon!
Thanks for sharing n I'm making my 6 months of partia bf end of jul. Much as I'll love to be on total bf, I have have to supplement with fm while I'm away for business trip. Nevertheless, we have managed for 5 mths plus n am hoping to go for as long as possible.
congrats! not easy to succeed on 1st try. my 1st kid i only managed partial bf for 6 mths. this time round manage to succeed on total bf. but she totally rejects the bottle, only wants to latch on. haha...
Glad to now that there are so many great mums willing to bear so much just to give our babies the best. I've been bfing for eleven months now
Wondering how long you ladies think babies should be bf?
Any mummies can share your experiences?
wa.. but my nipples looks like 淤血 d... vy painful when she is sucking, so use to pump out since last night... should I still keep continue for my baby to latch on even nipples 淤血 d?
I'm worried the milk supply will become lesser and lesser if pump out as my mum said it will be..
In my experience, breastfeeding is a love-hate thing. Sometimes I love it and really enjoy seeing my kid (first my little boy, now my little girl) cuddle up to me and enjoying the feed and then falling asleep. Sometimes when I'm really tired or busy and have a ton of work to do but the baby wants to latch on forever, then I wonder why I do this to myself. Then there are times when the baby bites etc and it hurts/bleeds etc and I've just about had it, I swear I won't let him/her latch on anymore. I'd pump out every feed for a few days then miss latching them on and then it's square one again. hahaha...
For my son, I told myself that I'd bf him for 6 mths. But it was really very hard to stop. I had to give it up cos it was affecting my worklife. (I spent every break I had expressing. Barely had time to eat and go toilet even. It wasn't healthy.) That's why this time I took extra leave till the end of the year. So that I can bf my daughter longer
Congrat! Hope i can make it to 6month. I'm now partial breastfeeding.. demand more than supply.. due to EBM..any tips to increase milk flow by EBM. My 2mth old baby dont like to latch on.. very fussy... and make lots of noise!!!! BTW I'm c-session.. any mummy went for a swim after the 2nd month of c-session?
I'm letting my dear daughter self-wean... I'm in my 3rd year of bfding (dear daughter just turned 2 recently).
In general, I was told by the lactation consultant at Kandang Kerbau Hospital, bf as long as possible! Lotsa vitamins and minerals present in breast milk even after the first 2 years of life... not to mention the antibodies too!
congratulations! i'm in my 2 mths, and i'm one of the few mums who has her period while breastfeeding. My supply has dropped, just enough for my baby girl, but not enough to pump for reserves.i'm returning to work in 1 month plus and kinda worried about the feeding issue while i'm away. I've ordered milk boosting tea online but have not't received it yet. Those who tried it does it really help? I'm willing to take anything just so that my milk supply is good to go!
Hope that i can at least go through 6 mths, the longer the better of course!
Let baby open his mouth WIDE then "stuff" his mouth onto the nipple. If needed, use fingers to make his lips flare out.
Practise makes perfect. Jiayou.