If you told me I’d make it this far when I first started breastfeeding almost 4 years 9 months…
I’m not sure I’d believe you!
But here I am tandem nursing my 2nd little one (19m26d toddler) and 3rd little one (7do)…
It has been a pleasant journey so far BUT it all begins with having adequate breastfeeding knowledge, I.e. educating myself!
Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go! – Christian Larson
We welcome our ‘last’ month of my third pregnancy on this year’s world breastfeeding week!
Breastfeeding during pregnancy has been a ‘breeze’ again (despite Nikki being younger) since she has been keeping nursing short, frequency of nursing dropped tremendously and she has been sleeping through nights.
Colostrum has been coming in since last month (July), which means our 19m3d has been enjoying the precious drops for the second ‘time’!
Breastfeeding will be on going for at least another two years until N3 weans off naturally! Tandem nursing will be ‘allowed’ if Nikki requests!
I never really pumped during Nikki’s. Medela freestyle was left redundant (I will check if it is working tomorrow and charge it, just for emergency use). For Nikki, our breastfeeding journey preparation include Medela breast milk collector (which is currently still in good condition and well kept, after I was using it for 1-2 months), we bought some breastmilk bags (which aren’t used at all) and a mummy (who is now gifted with a baby boy 😊) did gave me reuseable some breast milk bottles! We even have a preloved Phillips sterilizer – not used!
All in all, everything is in order for our next breastfeeding journey.
So this round we just get this Real Bubee Silicone breast milk pump/collector – sort of a manual pump, which I foresee will be handy when breast gets engorged on the first three days! This isn’t a very expensive investment – just RM35 a set of 2 that comes with lids!
✌🏻Looking forward or rather I am ready for the next breastfeeding journey! 😁😁😁
*fingers crossed – hope it will be as easy as Nikki’s (actually Noelle’s was quite smooth, only that she had colic and an excessive need to suckle 😅)
My baby turns 18 month old today and this marks my 18 months + 3 years (her sister turns 4y18 today) of breastfeeding! The journey will definitely prolong as I am currently into my 31 weeks of pregnancy.
When I first found myself pregnant with no. 3 right after my 18mo turned 1 year old, my first concern is the breastfeeding journey with her (no2)! As per my first experience with the eldest, breastfeeding during pregnancy isn’t easy. Further more, initially I thought my no2 has less ability to ‘comprehend’ the ‘pain’ (nipple sensitivity plus I have morning sickness since day 1 until now) that I go thorough while nursing her.
After all these months, I would confirm that babies – no matter how old – has the ability to read mama’s cues. For example, when I say ‘enough’ – she is willing to let off the boobs. Plus, as time goes by, she has the ability to soothe herself to sleep without sucking my nipples (she doesn’t use dummy too) – she just need me to hug her! Her appetite (for solid) improved a lot thereafter – she isn’t supplemented with any other milk (she refuses fresh milk actually). In fact, she has been starting to sleep through the night in the past two months! She only asks for the boobs when she wants to sleep or too upset or just to ‘manja’.
It is an incredible and different breastfeeding journey with no2 compared to no1 (who was more demanding at the same age). And now I wonder how the breastfeeding journey with no3 would be 🤔.
From my own experience, breastfeeding during pregnancy is possible – the key is to understand your own body (my Gynae didn’t really agree with me, but I decide not to tell him – after all it is between me (my body) and my baby)! Second trimester may be more difficult as it is sort of dry nursing. But as I enter into third trimester, I could see colostrum coming in – and it gets my no2 hook on it longer lately! The sensitivity of the nipples reduced now (compared to second trimester – or maybe I am getting used to it). As I went thorough this, one of the things I could do to reduce the pain from nipple sensitivity during nursing – it is to close my eyes and meditate; or focus my mind on something else (so during this period of time, I did a lot of thinking – in fact, too much 😂🤦🏻♀️).
Hopefully no2 will be able to reach her two years milestones – and by then, it would mean ‘tandem nursing’. I am not going to put pressure on myself or her but allow her to decide if she still wants to nurse or wean off naturally when no3 arrives!
* I am also grateful that my no1 has been a good girl and being independent around home when I have to spend time nursing no2!
Yesterday in Thailand, a tragic traffic accident killed breastfeeding advocate Sophie Emma Rose. She was six months pregnant. Sophie posted photos and videos of herself breastfeeding without shame, helping mothers to feel it is OK. She is survived by her partner Danny Glass, who was injured but survived, and her four year old son Shaye. I post this photo in Sophie’s honor and I encourage you to do the same. ❤️
Thank you for normalising breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #selfieforsophie
#throwback yesterday 16m11d
I am half way through my pregnancy and my 15m19d still nurses on.
It has been an ‘incredible’ 20 weeks! Suffering from morning sickness, nipple soreness, taking care of two kids to managing the home (as a stay at home mum), I would say breastfeeding during this pregnancy journey has been far tougher (maybe because of aging too😝).
Unlike my elder girl who was 2+ when I was pregnant with the second baby, I find that kid who just turned one year old when I found I was pregnant – is less able to ‘comprehend’. Similar to the elder sister, she doesn’t take any other milk (directly) – so she continues to nurse on like usual (in fact increased nursing in the beginning weeks)! Good news is she has been gaining appetite and remains as active (if not more active) than usual.
I don’t know how long my breastfeeding journey with her will last, or could we do tandem nursing in the near future (my elder girl actually weans off naturally after two weeks the second one was delivered) – would actually appreciate my ‘single time’ nursing her now (even nipple does sore)! In fact, her day nursing has reduced tremendously in the past week – yesterday she went 12 hours without nursing (but gone maniac 🙄during wee hours)!
4y3m19 days of breastfeeding and still counting……🙄🙄
We decided on Jungle Gym (as we don’t usually frequent this indoor playland – in fact the only time Noelle went there was her 3rd birthday when mama was in the hospital). Moreover, we got the ‘news’ that it will be free entrance for the kids on their actual day birthday – by just showing their identity cards. For parents, there’s an entrance fee of RM5 per person and it comes with a free bottle water. So, for this year’s birthday we spent more than 2 hours there! Despite the price and weekday, the crowd was still building up!
We had sushi lunch before we drop by at Hamsley and then Noelle wanted to join the art activites organised by Atria Shopping Gallery. We went to the supermarket before returning home for nap!
Video on morning celebration <here>
We ended the day with dinner at Chillis. We decided to call it a ‘4th year parenthood celebration’ at Chilis with ‘Kids eat for free’ 😂 plus the free desserts (with birthday song by the staff). We had two kid meals but Noelle only ate a little of both; so ended hubby and I ate our respective mains and the kids’ portion.
And then we decided to ‘cheers’ for Happy 4th year parenting. I started with the question ‘so what did you gain in this four years?’
Me: I help you answer. You – FATS! 😂😂😂
Hubby: You – milk/ boob size! 😂😂😂😂
We returned home to cut the birthday cake that mama prepared !
Motherhood is full of ups and downs, but I do enjoy it! It actually changed me to a better person (or maybe someone who actually stand for my own and kids’ rights)!
Happy 1st birthday to my little Michelin! And this also marks our one year breastfeeding milestone! Breastfeeding this happy baby has been a breeze and as with her elder sister, we will allow her to self wean whenever the time comes!
#fullybreastfed #2ndbaby #mamas4yearstobreastfeeding