Breastfeeding journey – 6 months milestone

Time flies, my little girl is 6 months old and I have reached my 6 months breastfeeding milestone. First target achieved!! I will continue to breastfeed as long as my supply allows me. It’s never an easy journey but I am enjoying it for my loved one.

b1My baby girl at 6 months old

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My breastfeeding journey

I have been breastfeeding my little one for the past 3 months and still counting. It is not an easy journey but it is definitely worth it. Why I choose breastfeeding than formula feeding? Breast milk provides antibodies that can’t be found in formula milk. The process also encourages better bonding with my little one. Breastfeeding also helps me to lose weight faster. I have gained 16kg during pregnancy and I had lost 12kg so far. I’m still trying hard to get rid of that stubborn 4kg. Haha.. It also helps healing in post-delivery. In around a month time, my gynae told me that my uterus have contracted back to its normal size. There are also a lot more other benefits in breastfeeding.

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My postnatal confinement

As a Chinese, there are so many traditions to follow during the month long postnatal confinement. I always find it ridiculous to follow them. I have done my confinement in a very simple way and received a lot of negative feedback from relatives and friends. They do not understand why I did not follow the traditions.

Some of the popular “rules” are: one must not shower; one has to take a lot of Chinese medicine and herbs, no drinking of water and no fan and air-conditioned are allow during this period. Why does the Chinese practise postnatal confinement? It is because they believe that during childbirth, the mother will lose a lot of blood and ‘Qi’. By doing the above, it will further weaken the mother’s body.

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My first natural birth experience at Mount Alvernia

After 3 months, I have finally settled down and able to start writing about my delivery experience at Mount Alvernia Hospital. Seriously, I feel that the process is not as tough as what I have heard. The whole delivery process took me 18 hours. 18 hours! Sound scary isn’t it? But the first 17 hours is basically a waiting game. We have to wait for the contractions to begin, and slowly reach its peak before my little one is able to come out. The real pain came in the final hour, when I am pushing with my life for an entire 30 minutes, although I am on epidural.

As mentioned in my first baby blog, my gynae wanted me to admit into hospital on 20th September midnight as my water bag’s fluid was below the acceptable level. So after the visit, my husband and I went home to do a final check on the stuff that we need to bring for the hospital stay. I am so nervous at that time. Though we are physically prepared, mentally we are always not.

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How I relax and prepare to sleep during pregnancy

Things can never get too easy with the big tummy around. How I manage to get myself a good nice sleep is using my favorite air purifier. There are a few things which I will do before I goes to bed each night. My alternate routine is doing prenatal exercises to prepare for delivery.

My everyday routine is:
1 drop of sweet orange + 2 drops of lavender = sleep time

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Childbirth Education Course

We have signed up for the childbirth education course with Mount Alvernia. It cost $240.75 with Alvernia Ladies Card (10% off). The husband can tag along without extra charge. There are 6 lessons in total.

1st lesson – Nutrition
2nd lesson – Pregnancy care and Exercise
3rd lesson – Relaxation Techniques
4th lesson – Preparation for Childbirth
5th lesson – Breastfeeding and Bonding
6th lesson – Care of your Newborn

Since we are a first-time parents, I felt that we need to attend the classes in order to prepare ourselves for our baby’s arrival. Each lesson, there will be some light refreshments like sandwiches, bao & mee hoon. It’s really worth signing up! Highly recommended for first time mummy ^^ There are also many samples given during the classes too (start becoming auntie haha..)  Continue reading “Childbirth Education Course”