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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

23 Months And Counting

written by Jenny 'I'm a Full-time Mummy'

I’m lucky that most of my sisters in law breastfeed their children. Hence, when we found out I was pregnant 2 years ago, there was not a doubt that I will follow suit too.

Of course, I feel that being Chinese, we tend to get more negative reactions from people when they hear that you plan to breastfeed your child. There will always be someone who says that we need to supplement our baby with formula, that (upon staring at the size of your breasts for a few seconds) we don’t look like we have enough breast milk to feed our baby and so on.

I have gotten my fair share of negative and discouraging statements which are really not helpful especially to new mums.

New mums who are vulnerable as they have just gone through a life changing experience of bringing up a child into this world.
New mums who are still adjusting with the new responsibilities in their hand to nurture and care for their child.
New mums who feel helpless upon hearing their precious child crying on and on and then get depressed upon hearing someone say “Can't you hear/see your baby crying? It means your baby is still hungry! Go and top up with formula!”

I would have caved in too if I did not have the support and encouragement from my husband and family members. And I thank God that my passion for reading allows me to read tons of books and materials related to breastfeeding so that I’m aware of the benefits and be prepared for the challenges in breastfeeding.

And you think that after overcoming the challenges in the early stages of breastfeeding these discouraging people will not disturb you anymore and then you find out that you are still bombarded with negative and discouraging statements like:
“How long are you going to breastfeed your child? You are going back to work already; you have to switch to formula!”
“Give your child water as well; he/she can’t just have your breast milk for the whole day!” (I get this lots of times throughout my first 6 months of exclusively breastfeeding Ben)
“He already started solids; don’t you think it’s time to wean him off your breasts?”
“He’s almost 2 already! Don’t you think it’s time to wean him off?”

Of course, I told myself, I’ve already overcome the challenges in the early stage, just persevere and continue on. After all, I am well aware of the multitudes of benefits in breastfeeding and I think the results will speak for itself.

I can count with 1 hand the number of times Ben fell sick. I can see how rare Ben gets sick (touch wood!) and even when he was sick, he recovers so quickly and there are times we didn't even notice anything wrong until he's almost on the way to recover fully.... this is generally because he is active all the time and doesn't show much signs of being sick at all.

I cannot recall how many times I squirt out my breast milk and dab it unto wounds, ulcers, cuts (kitchen accidents) or scratches which heals it very fast.

I cannot imagine how much money we save since day 1 as we are still at the zero speck of formula powder in our house as at today (Woohoo!!)

I thank God for the ability to still produce breast milk for Ben! It is an absolute joy knowing my child is thriving happily and healthily with my breast milk.

Cheers to my breasts for the 23 wonderful months (as at today) and pray for more to come!


Regards,
I’m a full-time mummy

Jenny aka I’m a full-time mummy is a Malaysian Chinese who delivered her son naturally, did her own DIY confinement, very pro breastfeeding, exclusively breastfed her baby for the first 6 months, home made his solids and is still breastfeeding her toddler at 23 months old now. She blogs at  I’m a full-time mummy about her current SAHM life, product and book reviews, parenting and career lessons and whatever issues and stuff she came across.


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