Monday, July 06, 2015

Diary Of An Exclusive Pumping Mom

I've always thought mothers who exclusively pump have very strong determination.

To be attached to the pump so many times in a day...

To stick to a strict pumping schedule to maintain supply...

To wake up in the wee hours of the night everyday to pump...

It takes a lot from the mother to continue giving her child breast milk when the child is unable to direct feed.

I never thought I would eventually be that mom. But I am now.

I'm an exclusive pumping mom.


This photo above was when I was on my way to an event and forgot to bring the bottles. Hence, I improvised (I should remember to thank the mamak).

Anyway, it all began a week ago when Razeen was cruising at a table, lost his balance, fell and knocked his lip at the edge.


He didn't cry hard, nor did I see any blood. So I thought it was just another fall. But I did notice he was a bit more cranky than usual and didn't eat as much. He was breast feeding as usual though.

Later that night I noticed his lip was slightly swollen. So I thought, "Ah..that must've been from that fall."

The next morning, my mom asked me to check inside his lip, just in case.


Poor Razeen...it must've been painful. No wonder he was cranky. But he had no problem breast feeding so I thought I'll just let it heal on its own.

Two days later, he was at the peak of his crankiness. He woke up at night for his usual dose of milk but was crying hysterically when he attempted to latch on. He finally settled down after he had milk from the bottle.

It did cross my mind, would Razeen be traumatised and reject the boob all together?

The next day, after I came back from work at night, I attempted to direct feed him and to my relief he managed to do so without any problem. Little did I know, that was the last time I would direct feed Razeen :(


He's totally turned off at the idea of direct feeding now. Whenever I attempt, he would cry and struggle to get off me. Until today, about a week since the last direct feed, I am still offering him "fresh milk" straight from the source.

I have yet to succeed :(

Although when he wants milk, he still points at the boobs and at times he pulls down my collar to look inside and continue pointing. Haha.. Not TMI I hope :D Anyway that's his way of saying,"I want that...4.5oz ok? In a bottle, thanks."

I know it's only been a few days but I miss having Razeen latched on. Holding the bottle is just...different.


And I'm pressured trying to produce more milk. Now with the fasting month, supply has gone down a bit.

I don't take take any supplements, as many have asked. I find consuming oats (in a form of chocolate granola bars because they taste so good) and soya bean help boost my milk supply.

Also nowadays whenever I can I would do power pumping.

If you're not familiar with the term 'power pumping' it's basically this: pump for 10 mins, rest 10 mins and pump for another 10 mins.

So far so good. But it is indeed very tiring.

Just as I reached the 1 year mark in my journey to breastfeed Razeen, I am now forced to take a new path. The destination remains the same.

I hope I'll be able to cope for the next one year. Where there's a will there's a way. In Shaa Allah.

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A Year Wiser

It's Razeen here again. Guess what? I just turned 1 year old!


*this is your cue to bring out the confetti, balloons and cake*

*crick*crick*crick*

Hey, where did everybody go? Where's the cake? Balloons? Not a single balloon??

I heard so much from my abang about the cool parties he had. You know with all those colourful balloons and the fancy cake with the candle where many people gather to sing a birthday song just for you? Where's all that??

Wait...hang on a sec...

Heyyy, where's my mommyyy??

Mommy just sent me a selfie. Hang on...


What is she doing way over there?? She's supposed to be here celebrating my very first birthday. *cry lagi*

Oh wait, she sent me a message:

"Sorry mommy has to go to work, Razeen. If I could I wouldn't go on your birthday but I have no choice. I promise we will have a birthday party for you soon ok darling?

Meanwhile, I'm celebrating your birthday over there with this piece of cake...



Love,
Mommy"



I'm feeling much better now! Looking forward for my BIG BIRTHDAY BASH as promised.

Selamat berpuasa everyone!


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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

More Than Half A Year Already

Hi! Razeen here!


Turning 6 months is a lot of fun! Not only do I get to wear new clothes (6-9mths), I get to eat yummy food too! At last, gone were the days where I just stare at other people eat.


Mommy's been pretty excited about making homemade food for me. Although I never tasted other food before, I know what mommy's been preparing for me is the yummiest of all coz there's a secret ingredient...

...A dash of LOVE (everybody together now...awww).


So far I've had puréed fruits, rice and vegetables. After a month of trying them out, I now enjoy a mixture of the food. Yummy! Hence, the weight gain. I'm about 9.2kg already.


7 months is also an exciting age. I can crawl!!! I'm so happy to be able to move around on my own. I'm quite fast too. Mommy says I crawl like a robot. I didn't know there's such thing as a crawling robot. You sure mommy?


Playing with toys is a lot easier now too because I can sit without support. Put me in my cot and I can actually stand for you too! Yes, I wanna grow up THAT fast.


But one thing's for sure, I'm glad I still have almost-unlimited supply of mommy's milk. Even with all that food, I will always make room for susu.

Now that I'm 8 months young, I'm looking forward to uncover my other capabilities. I wonder when I will start walking (running)? I surely would like to see my mommy chase after me. Teehee!


P/S: What do you mean you didn't notice this post before? It's been here all the while lah. You aunties (and uncles) are getting old -_-

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Nursing Mom On Ground

February was a super busy month for me. Besides hosting WHI, I was busy with Majalah 3's special episode for Army Day.

So I flew to Tawau, Sabah. My first long trip away from Razeen. 5 days to be exact. I was determined to try and bring back some breast milk this time.


I was doing a story on the army's latest armoured vehicle called AV8 Gempita.


It's super new! Bau kilang lagi..


We even went on the helicopter which we got super nice arial shots.





When I was in the army camp, I actually used a guest room to pump.

But more than half the time in Tawau, I was shooting here...


So the van and the nursing cover were my saviours...

Because I didn't bring any icepacks or ice box, I had to throw away the milk.

No, I didn't pump every 2-3 hours. The best I got was 4-5 hours. It was OK for me, although not the most ideal.

Back at the hotel, using boiled water, this was how I sterilised the pump and bottles...


I only manage to store milk that I pump in the hotel. At least not all is lost..


I used the tiny ice maker compartment at the top part of the hotel's minibar to freeze the milk. You'd be surprised, it freezes quite well and quick too.


Once the compartment was full (fits around 7 packs max), I asked the concierge to store them in their freezer.

I checked it out...it was located in the concierge office, an open top freezer and almost empty. Perfect for my expressed breast milk!

So when it was time to go back, I went looking for a styrofoam box and a bag of ice to store the 20+ packs of frozen milk.


My crew were kind enough to help me pack :)


Tadaaa..ready to go back to KL!


Alhamdulillah...the frozen milk survived the journey.


So that's the story behind the milk that I brought back from my 5 days in Sabah while shooting an army story for Majalah 3.

Speaking of that, check out the full episode tonight at 9 pm on TV3!



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EBM 2.0

The greatest joy for me is seeing my child grow healthy with 100% of my milk. So proud to see him so chubby and happy and it's all because of ME!


The nature of my work that requires me to go out station for many days got me all prepared with loads and loads of EBM. Lucky for me so far I didn't have to spend a night away from Razeen (except when he had jaundice). There was plan for the outdoor jungle assignment but it was later replaced by someone else.

Despite not going outstation, I still struggled to keep to the 2-3 hourly pumping at work. In fact at times it's difficult to do so every 3-4 hours.

There was a time I was so engorged, I got this much milk in 20 minutes!


That's about 17oz. My all time record. I myself can't believe I can hold that much milk inside me. Haha!

When I Instagram the photo above, I wrote in the caption,"I like to capture moments like this when susu tengah banyak. I will miss this when supply starts decreasing one day."

That happened like 1.5 months ago.

Because I didn't stick to the proper pumping schedule and left them boobies engorged a few times, naturally my body took it as a sign that it should reduce the amount of milk produced. Hence, my supply dropped.

I keep track of my EBM stock and November was the all time low.


Razeen usually takes the milk that was pumped at work one day before. So he always gets rather fresh milk. But November came and that's when the frozen EBM were finally utilised because I didn't pump enough at work.

Oh boy, he hates it all right! He would cry and cry and push the bottle away because he doesn't like the taste, I suppose.

It's normal for frozen EBM to taste a bit different. But I didn't think Razeen would reject it. Banyak kot! What am I gonna do with them if he doesn't take it? What will happen when I have to go for out station assignments?

Right now my mom is attempting to mix frozen and refrigerated EBM so that he doesn't experience the sudden change in taste. So far he still protests but gives in when he's really hungry.

Haiya, you make mommy worried you know. Minum laa Razeen! Mommy loves you very much *muax*


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Monday, November 03, 2014

Babywearing 2.0

I first put Raees in the sling when he was around 7 months old. He was a big baby (maybe the reason why I looked much skinnier than I am now?).


With experience comes confidence. So Razeen got accustomed to the sling much earlier than his big brother. But I was still not confident wearing him when his neck wasn't strong enough...until recently.

Last weekend we had our first family outing while babywearing and Razeen didn't complain at all. Since he's considerably young, I wear him with his hands in. He actually enjoyed being carried around...


He was so comfortable that he actually fell asleep. This never happened with Raees before.


For those inexperienced, wearing the ring sling like this might look complicated. But it isn't really once you follow the instructions carefully, which is vital for comfort and safety.


1. Close enough to kiss
How do you determine if the baby's position is right? If you can kiss him effortlessly, you're on the right track.

2. M-shaped legs
How do you know he's seated correctly and safely? The baby's bum must be lower than his knees. So from the back his legs look like the letter M.


3. Ring position
Before putting the baby in the sling, position the ring higher up...like close-to-your-shoulder high. As you adjust the baby, the ring will eventually slide down. If you start off with the ring at just the right position, it will end up too low.

4. Snug and safe
With the baby in position, tighten the sling by pulling the extra cloth you see hanging at the side. Wear him tight and snug. Not only this ensures safety but most importantly both wearer and 'wearee' are comfortable!

These are just basic guidelines to babywearing with the ring sling. For more info on babywearing on various carriers, get this book called 'Babywearing Made Simple' by my friend, Adriana Thani aka Glam Mama ;)


And no, I wasn't paid to write this post :)

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

How To Choose Blusher For Your Skin Tone?

Every woman knows that blushers enhance a person’s facial feature into a more refresh healthy look.  For many of us, picking the right blusher colour to fit our skin tone may be one of the biggest challenges because the wrong one will completely ruin your makeup look. 


The challenge for women is getting more difficult with the wide range of blusher shades available in the market. The usages of blusher are meant to let woman have that subtle natural looking face without much effort. 

There are various tips for women to follow in selecting the right colour of blusher according to their skin tone. For the fair skin tone ladies, remember that lighter is better to enhance the softness of your face. The colours of blusher suitable for fair skin are the pink shade blush and the peach shade ones. Apply the blusher onto the apple of your cheeks and blend it toward the temple. 


The next tip is for the majority ladies in our country which have medium toned skin. Compared to the fair skin tone blusher choices, medium skin tone women should opt for a rosey pink or deep peach colour to make you look ashen. This is because if you choose a darker blusher colour, you will end up looking like a clown or look frosty. 

Blend the colour perfectly on your cheek using a beauty brush or sponge to make it settle well. The technique of blending helps women to get that natural flushed shimmer without having to put in much effort. 


For the darker skin tone ladies, opt for a champagne shade or cinnamon blusher colour to enhance the face features perfectly in front of others. Gently apply the blusher and blend it towards your hairline for better effect. In addition to make your cheeks glow, remember to highlight it with a shimmer gold colour for a stunning look. 

If you are interested in purchasing new blushers to add into your makeup kit at home, check out a wide range of blushers online at ZALORA from various local and international brands.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Full Time Working Mother Of Two

You know how people would say, you get totally excited about everything with your first born. The second child onwards are simply...well, been there done that.

Not for me. The 5-year gap got me just as excited with every smile, giggle, cry, yawn...you name it.
And I was super excited when I witnessed Razeen rolling over for the first time. That happened when he just turned 3 months.
Quite early to be turning over, no?
And he shows no signs of slowing down. He's beginning to lift his bum as if attempting to crawl.
Don't grow up too fast, Razeen! You just turned 4 months which I think is already quite fast. You just can't wait to play with your big brother, huh?
Now that Razeen's neck is stronger, I'm more confident wearing him. There are times when he would be clingy, so out comes the good old ring sling.
So far I've been using the sling only at home. One thing I'm looking forward to is our first outing while babywearing!

But one thing I'm totally not looking forward to is my first outstation assignment leaving my kids (and husband) behind. That's happening in a couple of weeks time. And it's going to be one of the more challenging assignments too.

Let me give you a hint...


*cry*

I'm not ready for this. But thank God my EBM stock is.

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