Believe me, it hasn't easy! Especially when you're required to go outstation/overseas for many days. The pressure to ensure that your child still receives sufficient breastmilk while you're away sometimes entices you to give formula a try.
My greatest challenge was of course, if you're an avid reader of my blog, my 9-day New Zealand trip. Prior to the trip as well as during the trip was centered around milk production. Alhamdulillah, I managed to store just enough and pump often enough to maintain the production.
Since then, work trips that last 3-4 days are like peanuts to me :P
I never stopped storing and now I have enough expressed breast milk (EBM) in my freezer to feed Raees for about a month. However it has reached a stage where the EBMs are expiring (reached its 3-month limit). Since I'm not scheduled for outstation work anytime soon, probably half (or more) might need to be discarded. Sad but true :(
I even thought of donating the milk to babies who need them just so they don't go to waste. Is that even possible?
Anyways, as Raees is celebrating his 1st birthday tomorrow, I can't help feeling thankful for the good health that God has given my baby. It's overwhelming to see my boy grow so well, mainly because of my determination to breastfeed him. In fact, if I recall correctly, I had fever twice over the past 1 year, while Raees only had it once!
My next overseas assignment is coming up after Hari Raya. It is expected to last about a week and I will be travelling around that particular country (hope you get the hint that I'm not about to tell you where I'm going yet :P). I expect the experience to be similar to the New Zealand trip.
As I'm writing this with my phone in one hand, the other is holding on to Raees who is feeding himself to sleep. At least I hope he will continue sleeping till morning comes. When it does, he will be a year old already..a toddler.
Getting emotional just looking at him as he is latched on. Do you feel the same as you're celebrating your first child's birthday?
Uh, he's done. Better put him in his crib.
"Goodnight, my dear. Happy early birthday. No matter how old you are..1, 2, 3 or even 30, you will always be my baby. Mommy loves you to bits!"
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