My Mom's Best
Pregnancy, Parenting & Breastfeeding website with a heart
Home

Jun 12

I’m a mother of a 15 months old toddler, Beatrisya. I’m a full-time working mom and also pursuing a postgraduate course. Beatrisya was exclusively on the bm for the first 9 months. Attempt to wean her slowly off the breast, so that I can plan for the second one very soon. As for myself, pumping at work, worrying about supply etc, etc was a lonely journey with only “babycenter.com” to turn to. That’s why I was so excited when I read Lilian’s article in the Star on that one fine day in January…even more excited when she replied my email the next day, telling that one obsessed bf mom would set up the group. Hats off to both Lilian and Sze Sze and all the other moo-mies who make this group a “happening” (strongly agree with Hafizah!) (Ros, a working and study mom)

Be an ambassador to promote BFG as your colleagues may feel awkward abt seeing your milk in the refrigerator. I once reassured a senior male manager who apologised for bumping into me taking my milk out from the refrigerator that there was nothing to be sorry abt becoz I felt perfectly normal to be able to “nurse” my baby when I’m away for work. Who knows, later your management might be pressed to prepare a lactation room becoz so many female staff pump in the office! (Sze Sze)

For the moo-mies who had just returned to work after maternity leave, it sure looks depressing because we can see the quantity of milk produced when you expressed in the office and thus starting to feel ‘inadequate’. Remember that the milk quantity naturally drops because of a new routine in your life. It will and can pick up once you are used to the new routine of expressing at work and nursing at home. (Lilian)

I expressed through a simple Pureen breast pump until my baby was 5.5 mths old. So all those out there who cannot breastfeed but can pump – go ahead. It’s still OK, as long as the baby is having breastmilk. (Topaz)

I pump in the store room of my office. I sterilise the table, bring in one of the office chairs and this place has been my little hut for dairy production! 😉 when I have to be stationed in a new place, say a hotel, I ask for a small room and I’ve once park my car near a corner and conduct my biz there! (Sze Sze)

Your expressed milk can be kept at indoor air-con room temperature for 10 hours without refrigerating becoz it’s full of active antibodies which would fight off any bacteria found in the milk, so it’s still safe to keep it in a cooler filled with ice or even no ice for abt 10 hours. You can store your frozen milk (those you pump before returning work or on weekends) for 6 months in a freezer compartment and store refrigerated milk in the refrigerator for 24 hours. (Sze Sze)

I believe you CAN add fresh breastmilk to previously expressed chilled breastmilk within a 24 hour period, no problem. I know Lai Yin and I both keep our pump on the go for the day, topping up until we’ve got as much as we want, then wash and sterilize it at the end of the day. But you can NOT add fresh breastmilk to already FROZEN breastmilk (Jen)

Read more     Comments Off on Breastfeeding – Expressing breastmilk in the office Part 2
 

Jun 10

EXPRESSING DURING OFFICE HOURS?

Here are some real-life experiences:

From Nazreen, a Malaysian staying abroad:

I can relate to the “expressing under any condition” experience. When I returned to work after Suraiya, I had to express in this room, which was very big, but extremely unhygienic as it was the tool/junk room. I took as much care as possible but I too had the same thoughts – my EBM will kill off any germs! I was on the 4th floor and this room was on the ground floor and getting to it (with a rucksack filled with the “kit”) always brought on quite a few stares. I was very malu intially, especially
when using the breast-pump – use to try everything to minimise the sound. Things were much better after Zulaikha – had better facilities – used the first aid room. And also by this time, I had developed buffalo hide and was not bother about noise etc.

Expressing at the office once during day time. Always see pumping session as my solitude from busy office environment and a good hideout from my boss too. Doing that in office prayer room. Have been flashing my McB to most of lady collegues in the prayer room, even the single ones! Right Faz? the good thing is that, we have even inspired the mother-to-bes to follow our steps. (Fiz)

Read more     Comments Off on Breastfeeding – Expressing breastmilk in the office
 

Jun 08

TIPS ON HOW TO MAINTAIN MILK QUANTITY

Caution: These recommendations are from mothers who had tried and tested the food/drinks. Remember that these are for nursing mother. Pregnant mothers are advised NOT to consume these recommendations as some may not be suitable for your pregnancy.

First of all, every mother must bear in mind that her milk supply is always adequate for the baby if she nurses often and regularly. On the first few days, the milk quantity may be slow but it will pick up gradually as you nurse. If you are worried, do check with your respective lactation consultant, breast-feeding counsellor, paediatrician, mid-wives and even the district clinic bidan who makes house-calls. (At least where I come from, Penang, the nurses from the Govt. clinic will pop in to my house to visit me.) All the women who have succeeded in breast-feeding their babies will have one very important advice “DO NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING ENOUGH MILK.” We know that you will be having a host of senior relatives, old friends, clueless women who will keep harping to you that your baby is fussing because you are starving him! Baby cries for several reasons and he/she will nurse if he/she is hungry.

Anyway, on this page we are giving out some of the methods, recipes, tricks, tips about how to increase your milk quantity. Many working mothers who went back to work after their maternity leave will inevitably notice the reduction/increase of the quantity of milk they expressed. I must tell you a funny observation I made through this group of nursing mothers in our group. If we are given a choice of ‘How to increase your money’ and ‘How to increase your milk’, I bet that all the women will run for the milk over the money. This is how deep our obsession over milk quantity is. (Lilian)

Read more     1 Comment