I am always hesitant to taking medicines or eating processed foods. When I am sick, which luckily rarely happens, as much as possible I do not want want to take any medicine. What I do is I just take some rest, drink plenty of water and eat some more fruits and vegetables. I do not despise medicines. In fact, I acknowledge that these medicines were products of years of research and indeed cure many illnesses and help save lives. I also cannot deny that I eat processed foods and the convenience they bring us.
But whenever possible, I would only like to nourish my body with tasty, fresh and nutritious foods. I am a believer that taking in natural foods have immense health benefits without the side effects. So when I got pregnant with my first child, I did not have second thoughts of breastfeeding my baby. This desire was there still with my second child. However, despite my willingness to breastfeed them, I was only successful during my maternity leave. After my maternity leave, which is just 2 months, my milk supply dwindled. It was only during my third time of being a mom did I finally got the hang of breastfeeding. I was able to exclusively breastfeed my third child for a year (way beyond my maternity leave. Yay! )
Now my third child is 17 months old. We are already giving her formula milk. I no longer pump milk during office hours, but I still do direct feeding whenever we are together, upon my baby’s demand.
Yes breastfeeding while having a a full time job is possible. It is not without challenges but it is doable. Here are some of the things which I did and I hope it helps our nursing moms :
- Determination is key. Acknowledge the fact that breastfeeding is hard at first. It takes a lot of effort and time. But just like anything else, once you get the rhythm of it, it becomes easy.
- Eat right. Drink lots of water, eat vegetables and fruits and have plenty of soup.
- Pump before your maternity leave ends. Take advantage of your time away from work and start building your milk stash.
- You need support system. Breastfeeding takes a lot of effort. Many times, doing household chores along with breastfeeding is impossible. It is just very hard especially if you are working full time. So you really need a helping hand so you could focus on pumping milk.
- Direct feed your child whenever possible. Dress appropriately for breastfeeding. Luckily a lot of establishments now, mall especially, have areas dedicated solely for breastfeeding. Always do your research where these areas are located. I remember where i had to attend several days of seminars. I called the organizers days before the event and informed them that I need a room to express my milk and store it. The organizers gladly assisted me with my request.
- Have a schedule of your pumping session. As much as possible, before you leave for office, complete one pumping session. Then have have the succeeding sessions every after 3 hours. Pump again when you arrive home.
- Join Facebook page dedicated for breastfeeding. Research and read materials regarding the subject matter.
- Have a lactation massage. Just when I was about to give up my breastfeeding journey, I decided to avail lactation massage. I had it from the hospital where I delivered my baby. The price is reasonable. The result was not immediate but i believe it helped me boost my milk production.
I only have enough milk supplies for my baby. I only have enough milk for the daily consumption of my baby but we survived! Admittedly, breastfeeding your baby is a tough journey but a very rewarding one. Enjoy the moments with your baby!