Saturday, 31 July 2021

Breastfeeding Baby #3: Beyond 2 Years, Ending at 30 Months!

I never thought that I will still be breastfeeding my Littlest Girl past 2 years old! 

I'm a breastfeeding purist (i.e. only full breast milk and no formula) for the 1st year of each of my child's life; however, once my babies turned 1 year old, I will usually wean them by starting them on formula. Why? Because I'm a full-time working mum who really did not enjoy a toddler biting my you-know-where or pumping constantly at the office. It's a good to have but not necessary. 

Slowly but surely, my two older children would realise that I didn't have any more breast milk and decide on their own to stop breastfeeding. The Eldest Girl decided to stop nursing at 18 months old when I went back to work full-time while the Boy stopped abruptly at 13 months old


Not my Littlest Girl! It has been more than a year of drinking formula but my Littlest has not given up on breastfeeding! Perhaps the situation was also special this time as she had access to me throughout the day since I was working from home since Circuit Breaker last year. Even though she has finished a bottle of formula milk, she would still climb on me and 'beg' me to breastfeed her. She is very determined and I find it hard to refuse her! 😅


However, because my Littlest Girl has started preschool in April this year, we needed to transition her to less reliance on breastfeeding.

I started by slowly reducing the number of daytime feeds, breastfeeding her only in the morning and at night. She seemed to be ok with it so I removed her morning feed as well, replacing it with formula milk and other food. 

For a month, she was only breastfeeding at night before bed as I wasn't able to remove her night-time feeds because she relied heavily on breastfeeding in order to sleep. I also wanted it to be a gradual process and did not believe in going 'cold turkey' (I'm a psychologist you know).

Slowly, by May, she was only breastfeeding every alternate night before bed (or when I couldn't get her to sleep!). She also no longer woke up in the middle of the night to nurse! 🥳🥳🥳 

By June, she was only nursing whenever she needed comfort, though I barely have any milk left!


Sometime around July I stopped breastfeeding her completely and she seems to get by just fine without it. 

Once in a while she would put her face on my chest, take a deep breath and say "boob, boob!" Don't ask me where she learnt it, I don't remember teaching her to say this! In response I would say, "no more, mummy doesn't have any more milk" and she would take it in her stride and did not pursue the matter further. 

With that, I've breastfed my littlest baby for 30 months, the longest I've ever breastfed at one go! In total, I've breastfed for 5 years! 😊

And here's signing off on my breastfeeding diary series. Thanks for joining me on my journey. 

P.S: if you are struggling with breastfeeding, feel free to reach out. I can't say for sure that I can solve your problems but I can certainly lend an empathetic ear if you need one. Stay strong and press on!! You can do this 💪🏻

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This post is part of my series My Breastfeeding Diary, where I document the highs and lows of my breastfeeding journey. 


Past posts in My Breastfeeding Diary series: 

Baby #2
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 1 Week
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 2 Weeks
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 3 Weeks
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 4 Weeks
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 2 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 3 Months (Back to Work)
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 4 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 5 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 6 Months (Weaning)
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 8 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 10 Months (Battling bronchitis)
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 12 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 13 Months (End)

Baby #3
Breastfeeding Baby #3: The First Month
Breastfeeding Baby #3: Back to Work
Breastfeeding Baby #3: Weaning
Breastfeeding Baby #3: The 12th Month
Breastfeeding Baby #3: The 18th Month

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

My Brother's ROM & Sister's Birthday at MBS

[ROM]

My little Brother is finally getting married! I told the Sister that I would be wearing navy (not my favourite colour but the one that I look the slimmest in hehe 🤭), so she decided to join me. I finished the look with Prada in my favourite colour #pinkpradaforever 😁


We hung around the canopy area outside the Registry of Marriage while waiting for the bride and groom who were running late. 


When they finally arrived, we took some family photos outside before heading inside.


ROM limits the number of guests to 10, including the bride and groom, hence I couldn't bring any of the kids. 

It was just as well so that the Hubby and I can spend couple time without the kids for once! 


I may be the oldest among my siblings but I'm clearly not the tallest! 



We waited for about 15 minutes before heading into the room where the Justice of Peace was waiting. 


It was a quick ceremony, with the exchange of vows and rings done in about 15 minutes.



After the signing of the marriage certificates, we proceeded to the gardens outside for a quick photoshoot. 






Can't believe my little brother is finally married! 👰🤵


Cheers to a happy marriage with God's bountiful blessings! ❤️


[Sister's Staycation @ MBS]

The week after, my dad invited the sister and I to stay at MBS as my uncle (his brother) had some free rooms. 

This is my 4th stay at MBS (see here, here, and here). 

I only brought the Littlest because the 2 older ones had school. It was an ordinary room but on a high floor with an amazing view! 









The Littlest was so excited it took me quite a long time to get her to nap. After she woke up, we went swimming at our pre-booked time slot. Even though this was not my sister's first stay at MBS, it was the first time at the pool! 





The MBS pool always make me feel like I'm on top of the world! Love the amazing view of Singapore! 

We were each given a complimentary bottle of apple juice but I suggested to the Sister that we order order some food to eat by the pool because I remembered that my brother had ordered some the last time that we stayed here and it was really good. Plus, my sister had missed out the last time and got to finally make up for it this time 😁



We really enjoyed our meal! 😋


As the sky darkened, we headed back to our room to chill before heading out for dinner. 


Love the view from the lift lobby! Beautiful sunset sky 🌇


Due to the COVID-19 restrictions of dining in for 2, we couldn't eat at the restaurant as there were 3 of us. Instead, we decided to take away the meal from Putien. 



Special Note: the Littlest Girl and I wore matching dresses from Topazette! Bought them during sale 😊

Our room did not come with breakfast so we had something simple in our hotel room and headed out for brunch. 


Mum met up with us to have brunch at Ippudo, MBS. We sat at separate tables due to the restrictions but they were kind enough to sit us close to each other. 



After a good brunch, the Daddy met us to pass us some tickets for a Sampan ride! It was really cheap thrill but since none of us have done it before, we were excited. 



It was a simple ride, nothing spectacular but the look of awe on my Littlest Girl's face made it worthwhile for us. 







We had an amazing time together! Always enjoy the quality time spent with my sister, my first BFF and best companion!

Till our next Girls' Staycation 😁

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This post is part of my Family Staycations collection in my Fun in Singapore Guide!

   


Click each staycation destination below to read about our staycation experience:

        
        
        
        
        

You can also stay up-to-date with our staycation experiences on Instagram via the hashtag #mpmstaycations
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