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[Sharing] Of Nursing Rooms & Diaper Changing

As parents with a child still breastfeeding, bottle feeding and/or on diaper, nursing rooms and diaper changing facilities in a shopping mall become our #1 priority when bringing kids out, on top of the variety of F&B outlets and retail outlets at a mall.

Recently, there has been numerous posts on Facebook complaining about the use of these facilities. They are either abused by mall tenants (for sleeping!), cleaners (as pantry!), young students (for hanky panky!) or fellow parents.

Though the facilities in Singapore are not excellent (that’s for another post), everyone using the facilities can make it more pleasant by playing their part to have some manners and consideration for others.

 

Nursing Rooms

Who are they for?
Nursing rooms are designed for privacy of nursing (breastfeeding) mothers.

Why?
In our conservative Asian culture, boob flashing isn’t very welcomed by the older generation and surprisingly, there are young daddies who do not want their wife to breastfeed in public (even with a nursing cover) for fear of others looking at their assets.
I’ll be honest: My breasts are no longer my own when I breastfeed. You want to see? See lor. All I’m interested in is to feed my baby. And no, I’m not out to make you feel uncomfortable by flashing my boobs. I will do it discreetly.

Why only for nursing mothers? Then those who bottle feed leh?
Well, most people believe that if you are bottle feeding, you can simply grab at seat elsewhere and feed your child. It’s true: If your child isn’t easily distracted.

Now, then the argument comes: So bottle feed cannot use nursing room ah?

In my opinion, I will suggest this:
(1) Nursing mothers get priority as they need the privacy.
(2) Give way to mummies with screaming babies who are demanding to be fed. Try to share if you will be using the room for a while longer.
(3) Nursing mummies also need privacy to produce enough to feed their babies even if their babies are not with them. Do not rush them, simply knock and inform them of your intent, they might be willing to share the room! (SPEAK NICELY!)
(4) If you really need to bottle feed in the nursing room, don’t lock the door, just close it, be prepared to SHARE the room if a nursing mother comes along.
Of course, this can be solved easily if our ideal nursing room exists (upcoming post – keep a lookout!).

The Ideal Diaper Changing Room we found in Korea (Lotte Departmental Store, Myeongdong)

The Ideal Diaper Changing Room we found in Korea (Lotte Departmental Store, Myeongdong)

Another common complaint: So noisy!
I agree. The noise makes my baby distracted too!
Let’s encourage:
(1) Keep your children in check. If you are bringing your older children along to the nursing room, ensure you have something to keep them occupied. Bring a book or some small toys. It may not be 100% effective to keep them quiet, but at least help to lower their volumes. Explain to them the purpose of the nursing room and teach them to be considerate towards others too.
If possible (you have extra help with you), get someone to watch them while you nurse in peace too.
(2) Don’t yak on your mobile while using the nursing room. The rest of us are not interested in your conversation. Really.
(3) If you are watching shows or dramas on your mobile while nursing, use an earpiece. I might want to kaypo about the drama you are watching, but not everyone feels the same.

 

Diaper changing rooms are often together with nursing rooms. Then daddies how? They cannot change baby’s diapers?
Well… Due to ‘limited space’ at shopping malls, most of them design the nursing room inside the diaper changing room. For us, we usually push our stroller along and use the stroller as a diaper change area in a discreet place (not in restaurant of course).

Let’s encourage:
(1) Knock before entering.
(2) If there’s a nursing mother inside, nicely inform her that you need the diaper changing area and ask if it is possible to share the space (she can face away from you if she is willing). If it is not possible, then ask her how long more she will take so that you can decide to wait or find another place to change diapers.
(3) Always wrap & dispose diapers properly.
I love the dog poo bags available in a roll at Daiso! It’s SMALL and each bag is just right to put a soiled diaper and tie off the top to keep it contained.

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Daiso Poo Bags – Perfect for outings! Tie off soiled diapers or rubbish that you have before you throw them into the bin to keep offending smells away!

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Dispose off soiled diapers properly to keep our environment clean!

Remember, our TONE when speaking matters a lot.
A frustrated, “Can share?”
Versus a sweet, “Can share?”
Which would you be more receptive to? Definitely asking in a nice tone will get higher chance of success. And don’t curse when the other party rejects sharing. Some people really are more sensitive are need more privacy.

Wah… So many ‘rules’.
These are not rules but guidelines to help make our environment a better place for all.
A little consideration for others can make another person’s day better.

Let’s be positive role models for our children and show consideration towards others!

Written by Mummy Audrey Wong
Mother of 3 & Owners of TLO.com.sg
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Wraps – The Whats, The Whys & The Hows

An Introduction to the World of Woven Wraps

I love sharing my passion for wrapping with other babywearing mamas. It’s not often that I spot another wrapper out in public, but when I do, I get a thrill. I want to run up to that mama and say “hello” because I know that she understands. She is like me, a kindred spirit who has taken the plunge into the wonderful world of woven wraps. I’m confident that if I actually did find the courage to approach this mama and if I were to ask to pat her wrap (after the pleasantries of course) that she would not find this strange at all. Not at all. She gets it. Instant BFFs us woven wrap lovers.

Unfortunately, such sightings are rare. Babywearing parents are more likely to be found sporting a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) such as an Ergo or Tula. Of course this makes me happy too. It’s great seeing parents bonding with their little ones by keeping them close and carrying them whether it be in arms or using one of the dozens of baby carriers available today. The choices can be overwhelming to a new parent or just a parent new to babywearing. So, as an avid babywearing wrapaholic, my goal here is to offer a basic introduction and to demystify the sometimes intimidating yet, oh so, wonderful world of woven wraps.

So, what is a baby wrap?

One of the most common misconceptions about wraps is that they are complicated and that it takes some kind of babywearing mystic guru to be able to use them. When in fact, it is quite the opposite. A wrap is simply one long piece of cloth that can be tied in many different ways. There are two main kinds of wraps: stretchy and woven.

Stretchy wraps such as the Moby, Hana or Boba Wrap, are usually cotton, but some are blends using spandex or even bamboo. They are most appropriate for newborns and lighter babies (despite what the manufacturer says) and should never be used for back carries. They are extremely soft, easy to wrap with and, due to their significant amount of stretch, are very forgiving. Characteristics that are good for a beginner wrapper. These characteristics combined with the fact that they can be found on the shelves of most baby stores means that stretchy wraps are quite often a gateway into the world of wrapping.

Unlike stretchy wraps, woven wraps can be used to carry babies from newborn to toddler on the front, hip or back. They come in different lengths and are woven from all kinds of different materials from 100% cotton to linen and bamboo, silk, wool and cashmere to more exotic animal fibres like camel, alpaca and vicuna. Woven wraps also fall into two categories: machine or handwoven. Classic names in the world of machine woven wraps include Didymos, Storchenwiege, and Natibaby. Well-known handwoven brands include Uppymama, Woven Rainbow and Warped and Wonderful.

Sizing and choosing a wrap

Woven wraps come in different lengths in order to allow for different carries. The longer the wrap, the more versatile.

Length                                 Carries

size 1 –  2.0 meters                             Rebozo

size 2 –  2.7 meters                             Rebozo and super short carries

size 3 –  3.1 meters                             Shorty carries

size 4 –  3.6 meters                             Petite base size and short carries

size 5 –  4.1 meters                             Small base size

size 6 –  4.6 meters                             Average base size

size 7 –  5.1 meters                             Plus base size

size 8 –  5.5 meters                             Longer carries and fancy finishes

For beginners, it is important to determine base size and most babywearing consultants would suggest starting there when choosing your first wrap. Base size is determined by the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). The user should be able to comfortably tie off in back. As you can see from the above chart, the average base size is a 6. A FWCC instructional video is included in the “Carries” section of this article.

After determining your base size, the next step in choosing a wrap is to find one that can be described as “a good beginner” wrap, meaning they are soft, floppy and easy to wrap with. Wraps that are good for beginners tend to be 100% cotton or cotton/linen. There is no specific brand, but it’s helpful to decide on a price range to help narrow down the search. The average cost of a woven wrap is $40-$200USD. Finally, look for one that is aesthetically appealing to you – one that you’ll want to use every day, but also one that is not too expensive or too pretty that you’re afraid to use it!

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My first woven wrap was a pre-loved cotton/linen Didymos Ruby/Gold 1975 Old Standard size 3 that I bought for $125USD. One of my biggest concerns when choosing my first wrap was babywearing in Singapore’s hot and humid climate. I was determined to buy the absolute coolest fabric and airiest weave.  Didymos Indios seemed to fit my criteria perfectly. I ran an internet search for linen blend Didymos Indios and came across the Ruby/Gold 1975 OS, which I thought was gorgeous. After reading a couple of reviews online, I decided to buy a preloved one that was fully “broken in” or, at the very least, on its way. Most woven wraps, regardless of the fabric, have a breaking in period similar to a new pair of jeans. New linen can be a little difficult to work with for beginners. However, once linen is fully broken in, it is wonderfully soft – making it suitable for a newborn, yet supportive enough for a toddler.

I also chose not to follow the standard rule of starting with my base size, which is a 5 since I am petite. Instead, I chose a size 3 because I did not find working with too much length appealing especially in a hot and humid climate. I had also done my research regarding all the carries I could do with a size 3 and I was confident that I could make it work. And, I did. Within a couple of months, I was able to master quite a number of carries including FWCC tied under bum (TUB), semi-FWCC, Front Cross Carry (FCC) with a sling ring, Short Front Cross Carry (SFCC), Kangaroo, Poppins Hip Carry, Robins Hip Carry, Inside Out Coolest Hip Carry (IOCHC) and a Rucksack Back Carry.

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In the year since I bought my first woven, I have tried many, many wraps. However, my Didymos Ruby/Gold OS survives the churn bug and remains. To me, it is still the ultimate wrap for Singapore’s weather and it is the one I reach for whenever I am planning to spend any significant amount of time outdoors.

Size 3s remained my favourite size for more than a year. However, as my little one grew and became more curious and squirmy, the less manageable wearing her on the front had become. It was awkward having an 8kg squirming, grabbing bulge on my chest all the time, especially when also caring for an older child. It seemed as though my baby had turned into a toddler overnight. And just as quickly, I stopped using my size 3s and found myself reaching for longer wraps that allow for more supportive, multi-layer back carries and ones that include a chest pass or chest belt such as a Double Hammock (DH), Double Hammock with a Candy Cane Chest Belt (CCCB) or a Rucksack Tied Tibetan (TT).

w3It is definitely possible to get similar support from a shorty (sizes 1, 2 and 3), but these wraps tend to be thicker, which often translates to warmer and more difficult to wrap with.

Carries

Just to reiterate, it does not take a babywearing mystic guru with godzilla arms and a gymnast flexibility to use a woven wrap. Of course, like most things in life, there is a learning curve. But watch a few YouTube videos and you will be amazed to see those seemingly complicated carries deconstructed before your eyes. Most beginners start with Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and Front Cross Carry (FCC). Once you feel that you’ve mastered these, move on to other front and hip carries such as Kangaroo, Robins Hip Carry and Inside Out Coolest Hip Carry (IOCHC). Do not move on to back carries until you feel confident working with the wrap. However, once you do, a basic Rucksack Carry or Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC) are good starters. When learning and practicing new carries, always keep the “T.I.C.K.S.” of safe babywearing in mind.

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Why are woven wraps so expensive?

Another big misconception about woven wraps is that they are all very expensive. In reality, like all consumer products, there is a wide-range of brands to choose from for all budgets. For the budget-minded, some common classic brands on the market are Storchenwiege, EasyCare, Lenny Lamb and Little Frog. On the other side of the spectrum are brands such as Artipoppe, Woven Wings, Solnce, and Kokoro. Handwoven wrap brands such as Uppymama, MadHatter, and Farideh will always fall into the more expensive category. Like any handicraft, these brands are lovingly and painstaking custom designed and created by an individual weaver. However, there are also budget handwoven companies that mass produce wraps like Girasol and Inda Jani. And, of course there are many others that fall in-between. New brands are emerging every day. Retail prices can range wildly from as low as $45 to as high as a few thousand for some of the luxury high-end (HE) blends and custom handwovens.

Thousands???  You ask. I’m imagining that this has sparked a bit of shock and awe from a reader (or two) here. Maybe a few readers are wondering why anyone would spend any significant amount of money on a baby product that is inevitably going to be spit on, chewed on and there is a good probability that it is going to be pooped on. In part, retail cost are largely influenced by the quality and sourcing of materials – the more exotic or refined, the more expensive. Then, there is basic economics and boils down to supply and demand. Most woven wraps are produced in very limited numbers in a single release (some are even 1 or 2 of a kind) and don’t come anywhere close to filling the demand, especially the highly sought after (HSA) designs. In turn, this enormous discrepancy has created a huge resale market. It’s fairly easy to recoup some, if not all, the money spent on the wrap. Nor is it uncommon to see some high-end wraps that are highly sought after or hard to find (HTF) being resold for 3 or 4 times their original retail value.

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Wraps can be most simply compared to shoes. Most peopw6le have more than one pair of shoes, some more expensive than others, for different occasions and purposes. However, unlike shoes, woven wraps do not wear out. Instead, wrapping qualities tend to improve with use or after the breaking in period. This is another factor that contributes to the strong resale market and has, in turn, created the expectation that money spent isn’t necessarily gone forever, which certainly makes spending it much easier. It also allows for “churning,” the trying out of different wraps, through buying, trading and selling on the numerous “B/S/T” (Buy/Sell/Trade) Facebook groups. This is where the slope can start getting slippery- very slippery for some and is lovingly referred to as the rabbit hole of the wonderful world of woven wraps.

Most seasoned wrappers will agree that not all wraps are created equal. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Each wrap is special and has it’s own unique wrapping qualities (WQs). However, WQs do not necessarily correlate with price. Wrapping qualities are entirely subjective and come down to personal preference. Ask any seasoned wrapper to choose their favourite wrap and you will more than likely get a different answer from each. Personally, if I had to name my favourite wraps, most would fall more into the budget-friendly category. For example, my current favourite based solely on wrapping qualities, is Tiny Tiger Baby’s American Beauty. It is a 100% cotton, plain weave natty (natural coloured wrap) that is thin, airy, and moldable. A perfect beginner wrap that has the perfect amount of stretch and a little bit of bounce. It is extremely soft, making it ideal for a newborn, yet supportive and cushy enough for a toddler.

 

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Why choose a woven wrap over other carriers?

There are so many reasons to choose a woven wrap over other carriers, but my first response is always, versatility. No other carrier can carry a child in such a myriad of ways on the front, back and hip from newborn to toddlerhood. Breastfeeding in a woven wrap can be done both easily and discreetly. No other carrier can fit all body types as comfortably as a woven wrap. When wrapped correctly, woven wraps are also the most ergonomically suited for both parent and child conforming to the body, distributing weight evenly and alleviating pressure points. Finally, it’s impossible to leave out aesthetics. They are beautiful: allowing parents to maintain a sense of style while also keeping little ones safe and close.

My journey down the rabbit hole of the wonderful world of woven wraps has brought me far more than I could ever have imagined. I think everyone can agree that life changes dramatically with parenthood. Gone are the days of spontaneous, carefree adventures. Gone are the late nights out with friends and the lazy mornings lying in. Time spent previously on favourite hobbies and activities is now relegated to tending to babies and young children. We see less and less of our childless friends and it can be challenging making new friends that fit into the children’s varying nap schedules. The transition into parenthood is rarely smooth and easy for most. For me, I could never have known that the day I bought my first woven wrap would become one of the most significant choices I would make influencing my happiness.

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Since becoming a mother, my marathon training has been put on hold and my stilettos are buried in the bottom of my closet. However, journeying into the world of woven wraps has taken me on a new adventure – one that has become a new hobby that I can explore, most importantly, with my children. I have a new appreciation for textiles and the intricacy of these beautifully designed pieces of fabric – each woven wrap is special with it’s own unique wrapping qualities. The wide-array of colors and myriad of designs to choose from has also allowed me to maintain my sense of style. Even though I still wear my “mommy uniform” (shorts and a tank top or t-shirt) on most days, using a woven wrap helps me feel beautiful, while performing the important yet, not-so-glamorous, work of motherhood.

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Lastly, but certainly not least, is the community I have found on my journey. I have spent countless hours chatting, stalking and geeking out over wraps with other wrap-loving mamas. The wrap chatter inevitably turning into conversations about our lives, family,  and children – sharing with one another the highs and lows of our day, offering support when a child is sick or providing a much needed giggle at the end of a long day (a recipe containing breastmilk and curry comes to mind here). Eventually, we are sharing our wraps with one another and organising playdates. Babywearing connected me to a community of like-minded parents, while wrapping has bonded me to some amazing women and lifelong friends.

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Written By: Mummy Kristi

[Sharing] You are not alone – Of Breastfeeding & Challenges

Breastfeeding for #1

First, let me share my old banner for this blog… I can’t bear to part with it so I’m sticking it here. ^^

Lilypie Breastfeeding tickers

Writing an entry to share my breastfeeding journey for my first girl. I’ve been wanting to do this for the longest time but haven’t gotten down to writing this and it’s over 1 year late (this entry has been ‘in progress’ for the longest time and was completed on 2 October 2015). In fact, I’ve shared my stories on various other platforms, usually with fellow mummy-friends in mummies groups and forums. I couldn’t have done it too without the support of my pro-breastfeeding mummy-friends who have been very supportive and helpful in giving me information to find out more about breastfeeding on my own, as well as sharing their experiences with me. Thus it really spurs me to want to do the same to help other breastfeeding mummies. =)

The very first 2 days 

I did not get to latch immediately, and being a very blur first-time mum, I didn’t know I could request to latch my girl immediately after delivery. I cuddled her for a while and she’s sent to clean up and rest in the babies’ nursery room. When I finally get to rest in my premiere ward after wolfing down my lunch in the delivery ward, and then she’s brought into my room to latch for the very first time, she stopped after suckling a couple of times. The lactation consultant was like, “Woah, your baby’s very smart! She knows there’s no milk so no point suckling, conserve energy first.” Yes, my smart girl totally freaked me out as I was worrying that if there’s not suckling to induce the milk flow, the supply would not come.

This happened another once or twice. In the end we gave in to giving her formula milk. The lactation consultant was kind enough to bring a set of the Medela Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) for me to try, with formula milk flowing down a tube attached to my nipples, so my baby would get milk when she suckled, and thus would continue suckling. She suckled alright, so there was no problem with her suckling at all. Thank goodness. However, the lactation consultant also pointed out that my nipples were quite flat, so introduced nipple shields to me. I started using nipple shields then. She also suggested that we buy the SNS, nipple shields and Pigeon nipple puller to help with my situation, and my hubby went to buy all of them immediately at the pharmacy in TMC.

It was quite a hassle to use them actually and I didn’t like them at all. However I needed them for my girl to continue to suckle and hopefully my milk would start flowing soon. I didn’t start using the SNS immediately as we didn’t bring anything to sterilize it, plus hubby and I thought that it was really expensive to buy the plain plastic box and sterilizing pills from TMC. *stingy parents alert*

Dr Tham, my gynae, also prescribed me some pills for boosting my milk supply, and my hubby went to the pharmacy to get fenugreek supplements on recommendation.

Going home from TMC
On the morning of day 3, my last day in TMC after staying for 2 nights (oh man, how I miss those staycation-style nights in TMC!!), my milk supply started flowing~ I was ecstatic! In fact, I was engorged on day 4.
Jaundice hospitalization woes
My girl has to be hospitalized for jaundice and as a first time mum, I’m super upset as it’s my first time not being with my baby 24/7 since we were discharged from TMC and I cried. I guess it’s actual very common for first time mums with same experience. As my girl won’t be by my side, I had to go on a pumping frenzy and then bring to TMC for her as she stayed in TMC for 2 days 2 nights of phototherapy.
And confinement continued

I continued to nurse my baby, sitting up in the single bed which I slept in while having confinement at my parents’ place. However, my baby has no regular feeding time and I was simply feeding on demand and struggling to keep up with baby. In fact I started to go a little bonkers with the irregular hours of nursing and resting that I had to face. The struggle was REAL. Trust me, new mummies, when I said I understand what you’re going through. The struggle was totally wrecking me. Plus I was still hanging onto the nipple shields, and I had to sterilize them with hot water each time I needed to nurse my baby. It was really a big hassle. Eventually it seemed likeall my hours were spent nursing, washing, sterilizing, pumping, nursing… the list goes on. In fact, I’ve been latching and latching and latching nonstop. I needed a reason for it… perhaps it’s growth spurt? The latching was making my nipples super sore and painful. 😦

Often, I wonder if I was the crankier one or my baby, as she went wailing in the middle of the night.

Week 3 low supply woes

My nipples were sore. I was cranky and an emo wreck. I cried and cried. I needed sleep. That’s really all I could handle, and then my supply dropped. It was the ultimate devastation. I cried for days, and my milk supply went lower and lower, to a mere 10 ml per pump. I was beyond miserable, I was defeated. I was depressed. We were still supplementing my baby with formula milk each evening/night since her jaundice episode, and it seemed like we need to give her even more formula milk to make up for the dip in my breastmilk supply. But that too had passed, and eventually my milk supply went up, and then went up even more!

At the same time, I ditched the nipple shields as my pro-breastfeeding friend encouraged me to directly latch my baby, and offered many insightful articles that stated that nipple shields should be used as the last resort. And so, baby and I started learning all over again. Baby now has to latch on my barely-there nipples, and I have to learn to pinch my breasts into her opened mouth. It’s day one all over again for us. It’s not easy. And I couldn’t get it under control.

Finally all’s good from week 6

At 5 weeks, she was latching nonstop. I wasemo again and again, tired of being her pacifier as she latched nonstop through the days. It was so not easy. SO NOT EASY! But that too shall pass…

From week 6 onwards, it seems like my supply has been established and stabilized, and she’s become very proficient in latching in all positions. We lie down to latch in bed often so we could both rest. And she stopped taking formula milk from week 6 as I latched her full time and was giving her 100% breastmilk. Finally, a proud mama moment!

She continued to 100% latch on demand(sometimes nonstop!) until she started solid food.

Latching on the go
In fact I’ve been directly latching her, it’s so easy to go out. We didn’t have to bring any milk powder, bottles, hot water for heating up milk or ice bags for expressed milk. I started with looking for nursing rooms in the malls but eventually I graduated to simply using a nursing cover. That’s all I need in my bag, besides the usual – diapers, wet wipes, extra set of clothes and hanky. I usually checked out malls with nursing rooms for my own convenience, and I love nice, clean nursing rooms and nice, clean diaper changing facilities. But if it’s inconvenient to get to the nursing room, I could sit in eatery, cafe, fast food outlets or restaurants, and latch away with my nursing cover.
Pumping pumping
I pumped too so that when I wasn’t around, my MIL could feed her the expressed milk. So I tried to pump whenever I have plans to go out, and of course before I went back to work.
Frozen milk
I managed to build up a small stash of frozen milk… yes, quite a small stash. No extra freezer unit required. And then suddenly, my baby rejected frozen milk. Like… duh. What’s gonna happen to my milk in the freezer now?! I tried making milo with the packets of frozen milk in the freezer but seriously they smelled so much like puked and didn’t taste any better, I ended up puking the milo out and so my milk literally ended up going down the drain…
Going back to work

Eventually it’s the time I dreaded but couldn’t avoid. It’s time to go back to work. My only consolation was I took half a year of no-pay leave after my maternity leave and so my baby has been on breastmilk for 10 good months.

I continued to pump but it was difficult to find time to pump regularly. I ended up pumping only once at work. Or twice but rarely. The nursing room was a CCA room for photography club to store their cameras and it was very stressful to pump inside as often I encountered students or teachers trying to unlock the door while I was pumping. Fortunately, the school installed a bolt on the inside, but it was still very unnerving with my boobs out in the open air. And to make matters worse, the room was situated between two classrooms and the walls are thin. I could here the two teachers on either side teaching when it’s lesson time, and the students bustling. I was totally imagining that if the earth shook, the walls crumpled and I’ll have 80+ pairs of eyes on my naked breasts. Paranoid me always have thoughts like that and it’s driving me crazy.

As baby rejected my frozen milk (eventually MIL discarded ):), I pumped fresh milk for her everyday and put the bottles in the fridge for her to take the next day. When I was at home, I would continue to latch directly, and she continued to be latched to sleep at night. I was willing to let her latch to sleep for as long as she wanted to.

Weaning
Eventually I stopped pumping when she was close to 15 months old. It was a good 15 months of breastfeeding… a journey full of ups and downs, full of cries and crankiness, full of stress and emo wreckage. But I’ll not exchange it for anything, because I know my baby has benefited well from my milk. She slowly could drift into sleep without latching and my breastfeeding journey officially ended. I could not remember how I got ‘dried up’… I didn’t eat anything for it to happen. I guess it just naturally happened as I stopped pumping and latching, since I was already pumping lesser and lesser at work.
Grateful
I am eternally grateful for my mummies-friends who have been very supportive, encouraging and motivating. Thank you for sharing with me and spurring me on, which led me to eventually breastfeed my girl fully for over a year. Some of the links before are links shared by my friends. I find them very helpful and I hope they can be helpful to you too! 🙂

Helpful links
KellyMom: evidence-based breastfeeding and parenting
Ask Dr Sears – breastfeeding topics
La Leche League International – resources
Australian Breastfeeding Association – information
How to express breast milk using hand expression
Mummy V
Mother of 2 girls
Note: Follow Mummy V at her blog!