As I mentioned previously, we have been introducing Baby Boy to solid food little by little (here's some tools we used to ease the process) and he has been taking it very well. He's excited to try food that he has not tried before and eagerly smacks his lips when we're eating, thereby prompting me to feed him a little of whatever I'm eating.
|The look that says, "Mama I want to try some too please!"|
He still drinks breastmilk every 2-3 hours and only substitutes 2 feeds with pumpkin porridge (he eats others of course but this is his favourite) a day. I still get up every 2-3 hours at night to feed him and it'll likely be this way till he's 1 or 2 years old. I think biologically it makes sense as this constant getting up every 2-3 hours to feed and check on the baby reduces the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. For mums whose babies sleep through the night, I'm sure they'll instinctively wake up to check on their baby every few hours too. That's just part and parcel of motherhood =)
Pumping at work has been harder as my supply dipped recently. I used to be able to pump at least 180ml (sometimes more!) each time but now I can barely pump 150ml. I have to eat fenugreek and drink red date and longan tea in order to get the amount back up to 180ml. It was quite depressing really. I have a few explanations for this, one being that my pump parts could be old and need to be replaced (I have pumped religiously for 8 months). The other could be that my baby has started on solids and didn't need to drink as much breastmilk.
Sigh, the perils of a nursing-working mum =(
Hopefully I can make it to the 18 month goal I set for myself. Pray that you'll have a better journey than me..
Well who am I kidding? Breastfeeding and motherhood ain't ever easy.
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