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Aug 18

I delivered Abilash (normal delivery) in Klang. As I was exclusively bf him, the nurses had to bring him to me whenever he cried (every 15 min or so) as he was kept in the nursery. In the beginning they did this & thus was so tired of bringing him to me so often. Then they decided to let Abilash bunk with me as he was nursing so frequently. I was the only bf mum in my room & thus the only one with bb bunking with me. The other mums were resting & sleeping peacefully while I was nursing around the clock.
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Sheela SAHM to
Know something? I always wondered about this too! Immediately upon birth, my ob-gynae asked me to bf . I was shocked! What?! Right now? I asked. Me and baby so dirty and messy. My gynae kept quite-the baby whirled off to the nursery to be fed formula! After that everyone kept telling me to have more rest while I got the chance-I actually believe them. I slept and slept . Only go to the nursery a few time per day. On the third day, Junior started to have jaundice . I was really serious about bf then, but by the time, Junior won’t suck my Mcb. Each time I put him to my breast, he cried and cried. It comes to a point that I’m so scare of each feeding time. I was so frustrated and feel like a failure. So then, begin my journey of EBM ….express and express until he reached 1 year old. Me, bad mom!
I often wondered if I had bf him directly right upon birth and room in with him during the hospital stay, surely he wouldn’t reject my breast? Sigh! Hope I’ll better next time. Wish I know this group earlier!

Regards,
Jennifer

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Aug 16

QUESTION – Does rooming in with baby helps to ensure a more successful breastfeeding?
ok..will “rooming in” help in successful breastfeeding?..I would say is YES! what i have learned at the breastfeeding counselling course is – there are ten steps to successful breastfeeding. Step No. 7) Practise rooming in – allow mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hrs a day. (Angeline)

Hi ladies

I had been following the thread on how moms successfully breastfed their newborns without any supplement. I suppose one of the reason they are able to do it is because they get their newborn to room in with them and I believe they have some form of company throughout their stay. Am I right? Or if one delivered in a Govt Hospital, then there is no other choice but to have baby next to mom.

I for one cannot afford (even though the medical expenses aren’t from our pocket) first class ward because I refuse to pay triple the amount and getting the same treatment. So, for all my babies, I stay in a 3rd class ward where I bunk in with 3 (and even 5) moms. Security wise, the babies aren’t allowed with us. Anyway, the other moms will have their whole kampung Cina, Melayu, India with them and who wants to expose their newborns to these crowds? And some hospital did not allow the baby out of the nursery because they afraid of baby snatching.

So, I can blame my under-achievement in not getting baby to suckle 24/7 due to this constraint. I only drag myself to the nursery as and when I can find strength.

Now, my question – if one cannot afford first class ward, does that mean we have a lesser chance of exclusive breastfeeding? In a nursery, there are at least 20 babies and thus, I can’t expect the nurses to attend to only me. What does other moms do under these circumstances?

When I had Matthew – I did spent a LOT of time in the nursery but after a while, I do sense that the nurses find me a nuisance ‘cos I am there even at 2am in the morning. The expecting moms – what are your plans to counter this situation? Are you going to a hospital where your newborn is going to be bunk in with you? Are you going to set up camp in the nursery? Let’s share.
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Lilian (co-owner, moderator and mom of 5)

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Aug 14

Share experience with new moo-mies who have returned to work after confinement and find that their milk supply has dropped.

When I first returned to work after a blissful 2 months of unrestricted breastfeeding, I also noticed a drop in my milk supply. Initially, the first 4 weeks were still o.k…. my McB’s (breasts) would be full and leaking after 3-4 hours and if I didn’t express immediately, I would end up with breast engorgement. That happened a few times. Then gradually, I noticed that I was expressing less and less milk .. down to 2oz per session. I began to panic and would try out all sorts of methods to increase my milk supply. I tried Lilian’s fenugreek soup, fenugreek tea, nursing tea, fennel tea, kurma, papaya soup and Appeton C18 vit/min supplement (Sze2x recommendation). At the same time I was expressing twice a day at work. Somehow all these did not produce any significant improvement. Maybe I was just too impatient as I tried only once or twice with each food item. I thought fenugreek was o.k. but realised that it contributed an odour to my body that Joe Yue disliked. I’m still taking Appeton C18 though for my general well- being. Anyway, I decided to see a lactation consultant for some professional advice. With some advice from her and a tip from Jen, our Canadian member , I noticed that my milk supply has increased to 3 – 4 oz each session now. Sometimes I can even get 5oz. To cut things short, here’s my advice to increase your milk supply:

1. Express after you’ve bf your baby just to make sure your breasts are emptied.

2. Express 3 times at work. I do it at 9.15 am (after bf Joe Yue before leaving the house), 12.15p.m. and 3.30p.m. I bf Joe Yue at 7.30p.m. when I’ve returned home. The more you express, the more milk your body produces.

3. Take brewer’s yeast. Yes, it’s a tip from Jen. I’ve just started on brewer’s yeast and find that it helps to boost my milk supply. The taste of BY is nothing to shout about so I take it (1 tbs) with Milo (2 tbs) and 1/2 cup water and gulp everything down in one go. Brewer’s yeast is very rich in Vitamin B and amino acids (building blocks of protein), and can be taken up to 4 tbs daily.

4. Before expressing, massage the area all around your breasts (1″ from your areola) with three fingers, making small circles and concentrating on each spot for a few seconds. Then lightly brush your fingers towards the areola. This is to stimulate the “let-down”

5. Do not wean your baby from middle-of-the-night feeds which are important to maintaining your milk supply. Of course that’s difficult for those of use who have to work the next day. Just try to catch up with sleep on weekends or try to go to bed early (just as your baby has gone to dreamland).

6. Try the soups, teas and all the other milk boosters mentioned in our website as they have been proven effective for other moo-mies.

7. Last and not least, have a positive attitude! Very important! Phew, that’s the longest mail I have written so far! Happy trying! – Christine

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