Thursday, March 6, 2014

Why I Breastfed My Firstborn for 7 Months

It was supposed to be the postnatal checkup for 6 months after delivery of my firstborn, Pei Pei. It turned out to be the first prenatal checkup for my second pregnancy.

"To play safe... better not."

That was my gynaecologist's reply to my question - Can I continue breastfeeding Pei Pei during pregnancy?

A few days later, when we brought Pei Pei to the pediatrician for vaccination, the pediatrician gave me the same reply when I asked that question.

When I did researches online, some articles commented that it is ok to continue breastfeeding during pregnancy, and I knew some mothers who did that.

I was in a dilemma.

The final decision to whether I should continue breastfeeding during pregnancy was then made. The person who made this decision was Pei Pei.

She started to refuse drinking breast milk. Yes, I read that the taste of breast milk changes when the mother is pregnant.

Oh well, since she had made the call, I had to say good-bye to my best friends - breast pumps - for the next 8 months.

My two breastfeeding journeys are very different! My first breastfeeding journey was not very smooth sailing, but I learnt a lot from this experience, and was able to have an enjoyable breastfeeding journey with my second child, Hao Hao, for 13 months. In addition, I also gained confident to breastfeed in the public with my second child.




To all mummies and mums-to-be: 
Just follow your heart on whether to breastfeed or not, or how long to breastfeed. Your children love you for who you are, not how much breast milk you supply!



This post is part of a Blog Train hosted by Madeline at MadPsychMum. Head on over to read the other breastfeeding stories by Singapore Mom Bloggers!




The next mum on this blog train is Christy, an amazing FTWM with 3 young kids and handles her household helperless while still take time to share her parenting tips and thoughts at Kids "R" Simple

Her breastfeeding journey is adorned with stubborn pride, painful nipples, pumping milk at work under bosses' disapproving noses, while heart-ached over her 5mth old baby who refused to drink milk for 10 solid days after she returned to work! Catch her tomorrow at Kids "R" Simple to find out how she overcome all negative comments, post-partum blues, tears and fatigue just to give her baby the best milk in the world.






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12 comments :

  1. Actually it's a good thing that Pei Pei made the decision for you so you don't have to ya? Haha. Yes agreed with "your children will love you for who you are, not how much breast milk you supply"!

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    1. Yes, Madeline, I am glad that she made the decision! Thanks for initiating the blog train!

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  2. The first child is always the tougher one to breastfeed it seems. But not surprising, considering we're all brand new moms!

    And in a way, lucky you listened to your gynae and PD. 8 hours before I gave birth to Nakayla, I was testing out my breast pumps, to make sure it works. I stupidly went to put them on my breasts to try. Next thing I know, I was screaming in pain in the labour ward. She wasn't due for another week!

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    1. Oh Mabel! Didn't know that the breast pumps can trigger such big reaction!

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  3. Beautiful family and story - Thank you so much for sharing, it brought baby memories back to me with love. :)

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    1. Thank you Donna! Breast feeding is a fond memory for me too!

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  4. Interesting! Did you have morning sickness while breastfeeding Pei Pei? It shouldn't be easy for tandem nursing. But you are right that breastfeeding or not doesn't relate to how much your kids love you :)

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  5. Christy, I had morning sickness for my second pregnancy, but not as bad as for first pregnancy. Think tandem nursing may be tough if I had done so, as I felt that my body was not fully recovered from 1st pregnancy after 6 months, yet had to start 2nd time!

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  6. did you experience negative public eye when breast feeding in public?

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    1. Shermaine, I knew some people would take a look at me, but no one came up to me and gave negative comment. I focused on my baby, and I didn't really care how other people think about this.

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  7. At least you got to nurse her some. Breast milk is the best. I nursed all three of my kids.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Joyce. It is great that you nursed your children!

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