I had successfully exclusively breastfed my daughter (using only Avent manual breastpump) until she is 2 years old and 7 months. (March 2007 to end 2009)
I am still amazed that i managed to go through that challenging + joyful moments of breastfeeding! Tell you what, it was not easy! You’ll need all the positiveness,determination and motivational support that you can get.
Well, that’s 1st child experience. I am pretty sure for 2nd child it would be a whole new journey again!!
This time i had ordered Mandela Freestyle Hands Free Pump (at a good price) from a friend in US. It is an investment for baby Naquib and my other 2 future children (insyallah). After comparing and evaluating between Philips Avent Isis IQ Duo Electric Pump & Mandela Freestyle, it is wiser to opt for Mandela Freestyle. Why?
1. Because of the battery function that you can have the freedom to pump anywhere! Not need to search for power source each time to pump. I even had seperately ordered a car charger for my Mandela pump just incase i ran out of battery power! (LOL).
2. Freestyle – you can use it hands free!
When Naquib was born on 30th June 2011, he was admitted for his illness and was not allowed to be breastfed directly due to his conditions (in incubator). So i only managed to pump on my 2nd day after the c-sect delivery.
Avent Manual Pump
Somehow, i am still attached to my old manual Avent pump lah! It was easy to bring with me and i know i am very comfortable and confident with its function. (Mandela was very foreign to me at the beginning!)
My first few drops of colostrums on 3rd day after delivery
So here i am, using both pump and loving each pump for its own unique functionality!
When i feel a bit lazy and the stock macam tak banyak i’ll just express using Avent pump, when i am in hurry or too engorged i’ll use my Mandela pump! During my confinement days, i used it alternately.
Personally, i still think manual pump can give you the extra few ounces/drops of milk when you need it the most (especially when you are running out of ebm stock!) hehehe…
The current EBM story…
Few days after N was discharged, i got Mastisis during my early days of confinement! Gosh it was painful, all my body parts ache (sakit habis sendi-sendi) and i had the high fever! huurrrr…had to rushed to the clinic to take some antibiotics, pain ressistance pills and panadol! I had it twice during the 44 days of confinement tau! Ouch, i even used cabbage to reduce the engorgement!
These few days, i am experiencing a new type of soreness pulak dah! Still puting on my Mandela purelan cream on the nips and hopefully it’ll just fade away…
It is true that the saying of “Knowledge Makes You Smarter, Experience Make You Wiser” Because, I’ve definitely learnt from my past experience during my EBM time with Sarah! Stocking up is not easy, especially towards reaching the age of 2 yrs old. Your supplies seems to reduced due to your time limitations to frequently express every 3 hours. I was either getting too busy with my work, working out of comfort zone to ebm or just because of my lazziness!
I could still remember, feeling all stressed up with the next day stock. Every drops was precious to ensure i express enough ounces for each feeding. Waaa…i hope i can reduce that kinda moment this time!
I’ve started my EBM stocking up since the day i left the hospital. We all know that the milk supplies is at its peak during confinement periods. I took full advantage of this knowledge and experience too EBM every last drop i could managed. My mom’s 2 fridge freezer was full that i had to purchased the cheapest chest freezer.
Alhamdulillah, as at today i have more than 200 ebm stocks available. It was a bit messy when you try organize the ebm in a chest freezer. This is how i stockup my ebm.
1. After expressing, leave your milk to cool down a bit before putting it in the fridge/freezer.
2. Use masking tape & permanent ink pen to mark your milk supplies date and time.
3. Use sandwich bag or any see thru bag to categorize your stock according to its date.
4. Use FIFO concept, first in first out. Arrange the most latest ebm to be at the bottom and the old stock at the top of the deep freezer. (yupe kindda messy but it’ll be easier for my maid to take out according to FIFO concept!)
The cheapest chest freezer we could get @ TESCO
My Important EBM Utensil
Praying hard that this time it’ll be a much much much smoother experience. More supportive environments and people to encourage breastfeeding for our future children the next generation!
I wanna fully breastfeed my 2nd baby too!! Don’t you?
Note: Ohhww before terlupa..my SIL, Pu3 shared with me this link ” Cara Pengurusan EBM” from SARAKids..Kindda similar to mine but it’s another way of storage strategy. Good link for knowledge sharing kan?? 🙂 Happy EBM stocking everyone!