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Advise from veteran breastfeeding moms : My sharing

A simple gesture, nature at it its best can create quite a stir especially in blogosphere.

Here is my sharing & take it as me, so-called veteran BF moms & think me quite a senior to all my fellow blogger friends especially those nursing moms. And, me was a lactation counsellor and used to be active in breastfeeding support group. Please accept my apology firsthand should what I’m going to chat is going to hurt your feelings.

  • Breastfeeding is an ART. Why I said that? Of course, it is something so natural to a mother yet, it requires a technique, knowledge, sharing & overall preparation. Try to understand this: Everyone can draw, yet it takes an artistic people to draw well. Same goes with breastfeeding. The right combination will create an almost perfect masterpiece. This is not to dampen your spirit but I believe everyone is artistic in her own unique ways. A bit of polish is all it needs.

  • Every nursing mother would never be the same with another nursing mother. Never, ever, compare yourselves and rate your breastfeeding performance. REMEMBER : You are not in running of breastfeeding competition. Instead, seeing & having witness other nursing mom story, JUST MOTIVATE yourself and let it inspire you to go on with your breastfeeding journey. Like me last time for my eldest boy, with the lack of knowledge, I started to mix-feeding him when he is about 4 months old, then I read & met these 2 nursing moms who is job’s nature required them to travel a lot, and yet they managed to fully breastfeed their babies up to 2 years. That motivates me a lot which eventually I managed to upgrade from mixed feeding back to fully breastfeeding when my eldest boy was 7 months old. It took me sheer determination & learning to achieve this. But, it does’nt has to do with ego till I have to starve my boy. It was a step-by-step transition with guidance from Lactation Consultant.

  • If your rezeki as a nursing mom can be categorised lucky, meaning, you are able to fully breastfeed your baby for such a long time, say more than 2 years, share but not to show-off. You may provide tips on how you do it but NOT TO OVERDO it. Be careful on your sharing and never ever judge other nursing moms’ situations. The BEST ADVISE you can give is ask them this: Will you go all out for this? Are you ready? Then, provide the tips about CONSTANT DEMAND & SUPPLY. Don’t say that, oh you must get the best pump to ensure you can pump successfully. Instead, say it with a fact that research has shown, a GOOD PUMP plays its part but hand-expressing technique also is good to know as well.Avoid giving hopeful hints to other nursing moms.

  • Do be RATIONALE with your nursing deeds. Say you have follow by the book all A to Z about nursing and there is some hiccups along the way. Take it easy and never get all stress. I am really shocked to find that there are moms ‘sampai hati’ to let their baby starve because refusing to feed formula because wanting the baby only to take breastmilk. Rather being in this state, check again, what have you been doing that leads to the problem. It could be wrong technique. It could be you are emotionally disturb and stress. It could be your baby is in pain like teething.Always seek help from those that may provide the correct assistance.

  • And then again, DEAF EAR is good in response when it comes to negative feedback from your surrounding. First, get support from spouse, then with family members and next your working environment and finally your friends. If all these fails, you know best. I known many moms who failed to receive positive feedback and the supposed support but amazingly, these nursing moms managed to go on with their nursing deeds.
There goes five advise (ahem) from me. I’m pretty much concern because God-gift beauty somehow has been taken and understood wrongly to some. It’s a gift which can always be share actually.

Hanz’s Note : Please feel free to check my previous chat on my share side of story on this God-gift beauty. I have provided some helpful tips too. Just check under ADORE BREASTFEEDING ya. :D

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June 1, 2010 - Posted by | Adore BREASTFEEDING, Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Tips, Lifestyle on Parenting

12 Comments »

  1. besides a DEAF EAR, i nak tmbh lagi satu..MULUT YG LASER. wakaka..'setakat ni mulut laser i mmg membantu la utk pangkas segala ayat2 org x cukup ilmu BF tapi xnak kalah gak tu.

    Comment by isabelle | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. apakah?? ada laa blog yang panas I taktau nih.Nway, my advice of upping the supply and only pump once at work- worked well for my senior. She just passed out as a specialist, alhamdulillah still fully BF.We can only share.. but of course sure ada yg melatah/melenting. I takyah mulut laser..I ckp je anak I allergic formula, all kind inc HA, soymilk based hahaha.

    Comment by Hanim | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. hanz, mcm kecoh juga ye pasal ni..dah 3-4 blog sy baca apsal ni tonite..dulu kes samakan FM dgn susu lembu lah…..mcm2 hal..toksah layan and watpe nak compare dgn org lain kan?ability dan rezeki setiap moms tu berbeza2!**senang ckp-ada aku kisah?hahahaha

    Comment by CatlinaFly | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thank you very much for sharing your insights! My boy is just weaned off day breastfeeds and your post gets me to reflect on our journey in the past 15 months. Breastfeeding has been a wonderful journey and provides so much to both of us, way beyond just food. I'd certainly do it again for future children and encourage all Mummies to try it. 🙂

    Comment by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. aku ketinggalan ker.. ? pasal kecoh2 nieselagi terdaya dan bole BF, kalu tak bole nak buat camne? Allah sahaja yang tahu..and all I know I heart BF..

    Comment by nadnye | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. Belle : waahh..BF tegar ni…Hanim : ya..susah sometimes nak berkempen BF ni…Cat : Itulah Cat..terpanggil nak buat entry ni sebab macam2 isu timbul..mom yang formula-fed terasa ngan bf-fed & vice-versa..toksahlah rezeki yang Allah bagi ni jadi satu bahan topik negatif pulak, kan..MieVie : You are most welcome. :>Nad : Kecohkah? Maybe to some & me buat apa yang mampu….harap mom yang mampu BF pun janganlah anggap remeh ngan rezeki ni..

    Comment by Hanz | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. ade blog yg kecoh2 pasal BF ker?huhuu.. kakyong dah tak kuat blogwalking cam dulu.. tu yg cam x tau kes kecoh2..btw, mana yg ade rezeki BF tu.. terus kan.. selagi anak nak, bg jer.. aliya skrg ni pun dah campur sikit dgn FM.. at least a day ade la 2 oz FM , itu pun atas demand dia.. kalo dia tak mintak tak bg.. so far still cuba yg termampu utk pastikan susu selalu ade.. tp bila susu kurang aliya ngamuk2 gak.. tu yg top up gak dgn frsh-milk & milo…

    Comment by kakyong | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. thanks for sharing this. i tersangatla newbie, baru nak belajar ape yang patut pasal BF ni. suke baca entry u kali ni..

    Comment by azzamoro | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. Kakyong : Dulu2 ada & skarang pun ada kot..kalu takder pun rasa terpanggil nak buat entry cenggini..heheehAzza : Your most welcome.

    Comment by Hanz | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  10. a well written entry I should say. you are really an idol in this arena (breastfeeding)I think I make myself clear already that I am also a great supporter of breastfeeding and I was given a chance too breastfeed my son by Allah too.After all semua rezeki by Allah. Ada susu byk pemberian Allah. ada susu sikit ketentuan allah juga.But neway, for my second child nnt, if i ada problem dgn BF I know to whom should I run to 🙂 I ada my own story pasal BF, but I chose not to publish dekat blog because again…sensitive issue. Kalau Hanz nk chatting ker…boleh la kiter sembang2 nnt :)Plus I think I ada suggestion utk u :)Neway, thumbs up for the post!

    Comment by Mr N Mrs |mran | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  11. Mrs Imran :looking forward to further chat with u. :>

    Comment by Hanz | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  12. i love this entry..good advise..i was finally able to comprehend the art of breastfeeding and realise that i have tried all my best to provide the best to my son eventho the final result hurts me a lot..but it's ok because i know it has been decided by Him..

    Comment by amirah | June 4, 2010 | Reply


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