May 28, 2009

Breastfeeding. The Practice.

Having Syifa’ is my 2nd time experiences breastfeed. When I was having Suhaib, I was too far from being a conscious working mum to support breastfeeding. Poor me. Or maybe the hype of breastfeeding and the ‘stuffs’ did not cover over here- me, town(kangar) n unimap- hehehe. .

I started to know ‘accidentally’ about breastfeeding and the technique for a working mother from my last schoolmate a.k.a studypartner (during my SPM 1999-I stayed at the hostel for 9 months- konon utk focus study la.. keh3) Siti Suzawati. I was introduced to
susuibu.com and momslittleones.com. I read through the web and became enthusiast about breastfeed. They are all evolving and up to date mommies. They are hardworking, with so much desires and efforts and willing to spend some amount of rm$$$ (or $$$$ =)) to gear up themselves with the right equipment. In a broad sense, it is possible for a 9hrs working mother to proceed with a full-on-BM-child for 2 years. I hope I could insist myself to bfeed Syifa’ for the full term- 1y n 8m 2go.. ding 4x

Looking back time, it was my 5m of pregnancy; I searched n searched n searched n study n study n study. I finally made a conclusion:

Medela Freestyle(FS).

Since the pump isn’t been sell openly on the supermarket, so I bought it online. From Ajasu. It cost me as indicates, a rm$$$$. Thinking of the ‘longtime’ (kekekeke) commitment that I am going to endure, so bought it.

Medela FS is an electric double pumps-can pump both sides at a time- also can go for single pumping, with rechargeable battery- lasted for many hours, a lightweight handheld and digitally operated. It comes with all the accessories as figured above which are the cooler bag- for keeping the EBM(expressed breast milk) at cool temperature during working time, 4 medela 5oz bottles with caps and handsfree accessories( I never use it yet cause comfort enough holding with my hands). This pump uses a 2 phase expression- can mimic a baby’s sucking and promote let down. It has up to 9th level of suction. I only need level 6 to stimulate the flow and decrease it to level 3 after a while- good enough to suck out the last drops of the milk. I normally spend at least 10mins to pump for both sides. I think, longer time spends on the pump could also help to stimulate more milk, because the BM works well on demand. Although there’s no more milk is going out, if we let the pump keep pumping (in a soft suction- cause it’ll be quite hurt if there’s no milk, so use low level), it will let the body knows that we need more milk. I manage to sustain my milk production by equipping my self with this pump. So far I'm able to pump out a total of 18-19oz at my workplace.

Even so, a good pump will not be so much helpful if we didn’t help ourselves on keeping up with a sufficient schedule of pumping sessions. Thus, it needed a very strong determination, motivational and inspirational model as well. Striving for EBM for our child is not as easily said for ‘jimat2’. The utmost importance is to provide our precious child with the greatest milk in the world. In term of antibody, it is apparent that a child with a full on BM is more healthy. It has proven me from the experiences of raising Suhaib and Syifa’.

Till next entry!

Some notes:
Some parents try to accelerate the learning process of reading in their children because they believe that in this way they will increase their intelligence. This is a fallacy and parents must be aware that it is necessary to respect the pace of each child to develop and the child’s physical readiness for a particular learning task.


Faz said...

fully bf ke,, caiyokkkk!!!

Faridah Hassan said...

Ya ya ya chaiyokk!

Faz said...

insyaallah my coming 2nd one nnti, i really determine nak fully bf..smpai skrg kalu ingat2 balik,,mnyesal sgt2 cos x fully BF kat hanisah.
that time x cukup ilmu & smangat pun blom cukup kuat.. :(

Faridah Hassan said...

A ah.. samala kita.. 2nd 1 ni baru belajar betul2. Dulu xde ilmu. Poor me.