breastfeeding

Breastfeeding for 31 Months

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Breastfeeding didn’t really come naturally for me. the first time as it was prematurely ended at 6 months . I only had  success  from the  2nd time around with my #2- Doggie boy. I managed to breastfeed him and subsequently #3- Tiger girl   both for 31 months.

It could be said as a first time mother with Monkey boy I struggled with breastfeeding due to Ankyloglossia which was hereditary on my side of the family. I am a carrier and as a result all three kids have it.

Monkey boy had difficulty latching on and had to be supplemented with formula. His tongue tie was only released when he was 8 weeks old.  During that period of time I suffered from engorgement and bleeding nipples due to latching issues. Many naysayers, including my own parents, advised me to give up and switch to formula. I however, tried my best to carry on.

I tried pumping using both manual and electric pumps. It was really time consuming. By the time you finish a pumping session it was time for the next feeding session and the cycle was never ending.  I gave up in the end and went back to direct latching as pumping wasn’t working well for me and my supply also dwindled because of it.

I felt extremely exhausted as I wasn’t getting any sleep for days on end as Monkey boy was a baby who needed very little sleep.

It was a torture to breastfeed at that time and I  finally threw in the towel at 6 months once I reached the minimum length of time recommended by the major breastfeeding organisations.

 

Doggie boy back then

Doggie boy back then. Wasn’t he really chubby?

With #2 and #3 I was much more prepared. I spotted their tongue tie problem when they were newborns and had it rectified before we left the hospital. Both of them didn’t have any problems latching on and I enjoyed my bonding sessions while breastfeeding. I practiced baby led weaning with them and weaned them off breastfeeding when both of them were about  31 months old.

Breastfeeding is something which only us mothers can experience and enjoy. It is a unique opportunity for us to nourish our child both physically and mentally.  One shouldn’t be too bothered by others and their opinions on breastfeeding.  You are the mother and you know what is best for your own child.

 

This post is written for the “WHY I BREASTFEED FOR…..” blog train ran by MadPsychMum
Justina and Family

Justina and Family

Next on the blog train is  Jus is a SAHM to three little boys and blogs over at Mum in the Making . She’s learning to love her crazy, noisy life right now, and loves reading, chocolate cake and crafting with her kids.

3 Children and It

My Breastfeeding Journey

3 kids

Before the kids were born R and I decided that we would breastfeed the kids to give them the best start to life. We had been researching on the benefits of giving our kids breast milk and were certain that we wanted them to get the antibodies that were present in it. It was also the prefect source of nutrient for our babies and reduce the chance of them developing any allergies.

Breastfeeding didn’t start off easy for me with kid #1  back in 2004 as he had problems latching on due to the hereditary tongue tie (Ankyloglossia) problem that he suffered from.

Monkey boy had difficulty sucking and used his gums to press on the breast causing the nipples to bleed even though he was a newborn. Hubby went out and bought AVENT bottles for Monkey boy to use as the nipples were shaped to be most like the breast and would be easily acceptable by him. Luckily the bottles were agreeable with him or else we would have more problem feeding him.

Only after his tongue tie was released at 8 weeks did he start to latch on properly.  However by that time he had grown accustomed to bottles and didn’t fancy latching on for a feed.

When I was breastfeeding  him I suffered from engorgement and other related problems. Being a new inexperienced mom and having relatives which were pro formula also contributed in me stopping breastfeeding him at 6 months old. Actually I might have even stopped even earlier if not for R encouraging me to continue at it and try to continue breastfeeding Monkey boy till he was at least 6 months old.

When Doggie boy was born in 2006 I was more determined to see that he would be breastfed for an extended period of time. To support me in my breastfeeding journey R bought me a breastfeeding shawl to make breastfeeding easier this time. Previously with Monkey boy I used the sling as a cover and it didn’t work as well in keeping the baby covered well during breastfeeding.

He also bought me an Philips AVENT  Breast Pump so that he could help feed the boy with the expressed breast milk in bottles while I take a breather or was occupied with the older kid. It was an opportunity for the hubs to help out in feeding the baby and enjoy a father and son bonding moment.

When Tiger girl was born in 2010 R helped out by taking care of the boys while I was breastfeeding the girl. He too help to burp her after each feed if he was around. It was the way he bonded with his little girl besides taking turn to do the bathing and diapering.

Doggie boy and Tiger girl  were also born with Ankyloglossia like his older brother but we detected it earlier on as 2nd time parents. We got the pediatrician to do the snip to release the tongue tie while both of them were still in the hospital. As a result both Doggie boy and Tiger girl didn’t have problem latching on from birth. I could do without bringing bottles out when I went out with the kids. Doggie boy was breastfed for 2years and 6 months while Tiger girl was recently weaned at 2years 8 months.

the 3 kids

The 3 kids now

Seeing my babies grow up healthy I’m glad that I have persisted in breastfeeding them. All three seldom fall sick and are only suffer  the  odd cough and cold now and then. We also have a close bond and they look for both hubby and me as both of us have been active in feeding them since young.

What is your breastfeeding story?

 

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