Orang lain tahun baru azam baru. I pulak baby baru azam baru. I have a specific resolution. It’s my BREASTFEEDING resolution. I need to setup my master plan this time. Just like I did when I had IY. But this time with a different strategy sikit.
The plan has vividly berlegar-legar in my mind since I last breastfed IY. He was 13 months old then. I vowed to myself not to repeat the same mistakes and slowly planning what I should and should not do the next time around. I want to breastfeed my next baby longer than IY.
1. My mental setup
Last time with IY, I was so determined to bf until he’s 2 years old. From the day I found out I was carrying him, I pray and pray that Allah murahkan rezeki IY to have his milk until he’s 2 years old. Everyday I browsed through forums and articles online reading through and through hoping I wouldn’t miss anything important. Reading the hardcore bf mommies’ comments lifted up my spirit. Semangat sungguh! I was confident that I could do it. Alhamdulillah I was doing okay until IY was 10 months old, when the supply started to drop and I couldn’t keep up to his demand no more. As much as I was all mentally ready to bf, I did not prepare myself mentally that I had to accept the fact when I needed to buy formula. I was in denial. I was crying when I first bought IY’s formula kat Jusco Setiawangsa. Nak pilih brand apa pun nak kena nangis. So people, if you see ladies with tears along the formula aisle in the supermarket, now you know why.
This time around, I pray the same that Baby ni murah rezeki with susu ibu, but at the same time, I’m preparing myself mentally should God decided otherwise for us. No matter the time frame. I don’t read those forums anymore for updates. It’s just that as much as those forums lifts up your spirit to BF, they also tend to pull you down if you are not at the same par with them. Sometimes it made you feel incompetent. I understand better now how moms from both worlds feel. Coz I was in both worlds – BF and FM. I hope I’ll be able to control my emotions better this time. Stress was my no 1 killer last time. I panicked when I couldn’t pump as much, I cried when I had to decide to buy FM. I hope I don’t have to go through that emotional state again.
The bottom line is, I’ll bf my child(ren) sehingga ke titisan susu yang terakhir. That’s for sure.
2. Getting a good pump
I was using Avent ISIS IQ Uno the first time around. It’s a single pump and can be used as manual, electric & battery operated pump. I heart the pump. Sungguh banyak berjasa. However, this time around I need a double pump to save more time. I have learnt the hard way that my work is time demanding and hopefully with a double pump I could pump more in less time. I pray and pray that my work and pumping schedule won’t clash in any way this time around.
I haven’t purchased any pumps yet. Still reading reviews and kumpul duit. Planning to do so in my 5th or 6th month nanti. Any recommendations?
3. EBM Inventories
I waited until 2 weeks before going back to work to start storing. I mean really2 pump untuk simpan stock. Sebelum tu, the only times I pumped during my confinement was masa IY admitted jaundice and masa I had severe crack nips sampai kena bottle feed IY for 2 weeks sampai I sembuh. So severe sampai berdarah. Pump susu keluar colour pink! I called it the air bandung incident. Nasib baik IY tak tuka jadi Raja Bersiung..errk!
I didn’t know ada mommies have started pumping dari kat hospital lagi. Dulu I risau kalau I pump, IY dah kurang milk nak minum (although I understand the more you pump/feed, more milk will be produced). Tapi entahlah, it’s just the feeling I had, kalau boobies tu keras and penuh, suka tengok IY gulp gulp gulp. My plan this time is to pump earlier. Start buat stock earlier during my confinement.
Of course, all of the above are from my experience and how I want to do it differently this time. I’m sure all second time, third time or n-th time mommies out there have the same feelings when you were carrying your subsequent babies. It might not be just breastfeeding, it could be anything. Care to share with me and everyone else. We might learn a thing or two.
After all, sharing is caring, aight?
Wish me luck on my next breastfeeding journey!