Ever since I knew I was pregnant, I have decided to breastfeed my baby as much as I can. I have a few friends which are pregnant on the same year, some even same period. Just that my baby is the youngest. Those have given birth earlier was on breastfeeding but due to low supply, they do top up with formula. My sil was breastfeed for one year for my nephew. So I thought breastfeeding shouldn’t be that difficult, right?
My baby was delivered through c-sec after much suffering, hmm, the labour story you can refer to my previous post. So, that’s not really skin to skin contact, etc and I only managed to see my baby again after 2 hours of the operation. I think I fall asleep after the nurse pass me my baby once she was out from my body.
A good start in breastfeed does help a lot.
When the nurse send baby over, she taught me how to let baby latch on. Firstly need to massage the breast then use hand try to squeeze out. It seems like so easy the nurse to help me massage and manage to squeeze out drops of milk… think its colostrum, is clear and thick. Next, she taught me how to hold the baby and how to ensure the baby latch on correctly. That’s probably baby instinct she suck immediately when she touch on the nipple. Got to guide her to the correct position so that she could get the milk and I’m feeling comfortable. It’s amazing, how do we do first, how does our body knows that?
Baby suck on it and not for long she then fall asleep, I wonder whether she had enough or not. Nurse will sent her over to us every 3 hours, daddy can also bring her from the nursery. I only get to go in to the Nursery on the day we discharge. I think they around 10-12 babies, all come with varies size but looks similar and so cute. Some quiet, some keep crying, some doing phototherapy.
I have no idea whether she is having enough milk not. She’s seem fine. Whenever I breastfeed her, she always sleep most of the time, so I thought should be enough for her? Nurse’s record showing she did poo and pee, so I presume everything is fine. It was only later that I read that new born actually need not drink a lot during the first few day and their stomach so tiny that can’t really hold much.
The following time when we on our own to breastfeed her, we got the incorrect latch on position. It is painful, even though she has no teeth yet. So I got to unlatch her and correct her again. During our hospital stay (4D3N), nurse was telling me to rest for the night, and they will feed her formula if I’m ok with that. Ya, I tot let’s try to rest, we could try again next morning. End up I didn’t have any good rest either, I’m so misses her, and so next morning quickly bring her in again.
After we discharge, my nipple got bruise as she didn’t latch on correctly. I have no choice but to apply nipple cream to soothe the pain. (Actually can just apply breastmilk on it!) I even try to wear the breast shield, but it wasn’t helpful and she couldn’t latch on properly with the breast shield. So we went on to use the double pump, aha, pump nothing out or just few drops. Actually the milk hasn’t kick in. Then the engorgement come, I feel the breast so heavy but can’t squeeze out. I try Google for solution, some say use hot towel but it only makes thing worse. At the end, I try cold press then only feel better. I even get WH to buy cabbage for me, but never use, cuz scare milk will decrease. The cabbage sit in our fridge for more than 1 mth and end up in the dustbin finally.
After read up and direct feed for more times, I get to manage it better. Baby will latch every 2 hour from one side. The interval is longer during midnight. Thus leaking happen and used up 2 boxes of breast pad. She always fall asleep towards the nursing. I got to call her names then she will continue, I will do this few times until she really sleep soundly. And she was fully breastfeed after that.
As I will back to work after 16 weeks of maternity leave. So I got to prepare my stock before I return to work. By calculating the hours I will be away, the volume she take in, we come out with calculation as follow. 3 hours feed of 3oz each time, I would prepare 3 *3 oz. =9oz of milk. One from the old stock, frozen breast milk. The other 2 will be yesterday stock in fridge. So we clear the old stock while she still enjoy the fresh breastmilk, she still latch on during night time till next day morning. Some will say the fresh one would be the best, thus their old stock really it’s for standby and end up use for bath or throw away. Well, it’s individual choice. I would prefer not to be so stressful for pumping today for tomorrow. And, to store the frozen breast milk is another time consuming and costly task, I feel pity if I just let it throw away.
We bought warmer and we have extra bottles, so we just fill up the 3-4 bottles with the right amount. So mil will just need to put the bottles inside the warmer 10-20 mins before next feeding. Ainsley starts bottle fed around 2 months old, she was using Medela Calma and was later change to Tomme Tippie, partly because our warmer is Tomme Tippie and Medela calma doesn’t fit well in the Tomme Tippie warmer. Good thing is Ainsley not very particular about milk bottles, so she was using Tomme Tippie and has now change back to Medela again.
I shall share more again when I have time.