Breastfeeding Success Story : My children, my love, my life!

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My breast feeding journey began even before my child was born. I did a lot of research about the benefits of breast milk than and listened to many success stories. And I prayed a powerful prayer. I told God to provide me with ‘overflowing supply of breastmilk’ !  That was the theoretical part…easy.

 

I was emotionally and physically prepared for the breastfeeding journey for both my child. My first born, Sonia, I breastfed her for 6 months. My second child, Zach, was born in February 2009, and I am still breastfeeding him. He is turning 3 years in two months time. I consider this a success story.

 

Like many mothers, I endured through many sleepless nights, endless days of engorgement, interrupted sleep as I have to express my milk and to breastfeed – every 2 hourly just to keep the milk flowing (12 am, 2am,4 am,6 am etc – woken up by engorgement ) , sore nipples, stiff back due to bad positioning, not enough sleep during the day and last but not least, the ‘unappreciative’ comments that made by others. I was mobbed and being called a moo-moo cow, and laughed at for having Cup Size D but I reminded myself to be proud of that – and focused only on giving the best milk to my baby.

 

Fortunate for me, I stayed in Jiayi Confinement home after childbirth for both my child. The centre provided me the support, advise and even equipments (Spectra dual pump by Baby Paradise) that complemented my decision in breastfeeding. And at the same time, I learn and get support from other new mothers there.  That made the entire journey a smooth and exciting one – especially for a new mother; knowing that I was not alone.

 

During that one month stay, I was given the peace of mind to only breastfeed my child and expressing milk on time (every 2 hourly) I stored my breast milk in freezer; enough for the next 2 weeks supply. Another issue that came up was insufficient freezer ! So there I was, ‘loaned’ my friends and relatives’  freezers!  On my second child, my supply of breastmilk was so overwhelming that I was also feeding 6 other babies at the same time.

 

Knowing that I will be back to work in 2 weeks time after that, I begin a regime to feed and express milk in the morning , and express at lunch, and direct feeding in the evening.

 

The positioning that we choose is also important. With Sonia, I breastfeed her mainly by expressed milk – and this lasted only for 6 months. However, with Zach, I adopted the lie-down position, this made the entire breastfeeding no-sweat as I can still ‘sleep’ while breastfeeding. I have also invented my own clothes to wear for discreet and friendly breastfeed ( tube and spaghetti dresses) .

 

The amazing part is that, I lost 20kg within 1-2 months after childbirth. I saved on the milk powder consumption. My babies get a better immunization through my breast-milk and I feel so complete that I am able to give the best milk to my babies at their early stage.

 

From : Fiona Liew, Malaysia

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MMPS Feb Gathering + Kids Play-date

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New to breastfeeding? Come here to learn more about breastfeeding and how you can give the best to your baby.

 

Have experience in breastfeeding? Come here to share with us and other new mummies-to-be about your experience and tips.

 

No play-date for your kids? Come here and let your kids have a blast.

 

Who can attend : parents-to-be, parents/parents-in-law, kids, confinement ladies, basically everyone.
Date : 4th Feb 2012
Time : 3pm – 4pm
Venue : YMCA Penang (Jalan Macalister, near Island Hospital)

 

Call Connie at 016-5533782 to confirm your attendance.

 

P/S: We are collecting unused-but-still-in-good-condition toys/books/clothes for our yearly jumbo sales. Fund raised will be for our monthly gathering refreshment for those who come to our gathering.

 

Cheers.
Connie
MMPS – A non-profit and voluntary-based group. We are here to support mothers with breastfeeding and provide information to assist them.

BF Flashmob #1 – Gurney Plaza, January 16, 2012

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BF Flashmob/Nurse-in

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(picture taken during “1-minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding”  WBW2011 @ Straits Quay, Penang)

 

Penang breastfeeding mothers,

 

MMPS is organizing a BF flashmob (or nurse-in) at Gurney Plaza this Jan 15 (this sunday). The purpose of this flashmob is to increase the public awareness on breastfeeding.

 

BF flashmob starts at 12pm. We meet up at 11:45am, at main entrance (inside la, got air-con), the one facing sea. Then only we walk to the location (to be decided). Call Connie 0165533782 or email pgmmps@gmail.com if interested to join. Or come straight to Gurney Plaza and join us. 🙂

 

Flashmob/nurse-in means go there, BF, then cabut (you can continue your shopping). That’s it! =)

 

See you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

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State opens breastfeeding room at Komtar

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BREASTFEEDING mothers working in Komtar, Penang, can now nurse their children during working hours in a specially set up room for them.

 

The room, which cost RM3,000, is situated at the corner of the Information Department at the Chief Minister’s office on the 47th floor of Komtar.

 

Just beside a pantry that is equipped with a refrigerator, cupboards and a sink, the room has several sofas and a coffee table.

 

State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said that more than 80% of employees in Komtar were female and almost 30% of them had recently given birth.

 

“We are looking into setting up more of such rooms in the other departments as well as in other state buildings.

 

“The Penang Municipal Council is also in discussions to include a breastfeeding room as a requirement for the approval of building plans,” she told a press conference yesterday.

 

She added that the state had allocated RM50,000 to promote Penang as ‘A Breastfeeding Friendly State’ by holding workshops and talks for the public.

 

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) deputy director Julianna Lim Abdullah said that with such facilities, breastfeeding mothers need not express milk or feed their child in the toilet anymore.

 

“It does not cost much to set up a breastfeeding room. There is nothing fancy to it. It just needs a refrigerator,” she said, adding that the best part of life for the child is breastfeeding.

 

A mother in the Mother-to-Mother Peer Support group Sabrina Sunderraj said that the idea of breastfeeding will grow if there was community support.

 

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was present for the launch of the new breastfeeding room.

 

Did you ever wonder what’s in… Breastmilk and Formula Milk?

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Breastmilk vs Formula

 

 

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