Thursday, February 10, 2011

Milk: Ups And Downs

Have I mentioned that I almost ran out of milk? Can't recall if I told this story before but I'll just share anyway for all you breastfeeding mommas.


I'm not sure whether I did everything right or I'm just lucky to be able to still produce as much milk as I do now.

I don't pump as often as once every 3 hours because of a lot of factors. Usually it's between 4-5 hours. There were times when I would only be able to pump after 7-8 hours! For some people this would lead to a decrease in milk production. But for me, only if it goes on 4-5 days straight then it will show.

After a week out of the 10-days trip to Syria, my milk production was at its worse state. I would be happy if I got 2oz! But I never quit pumping although I came back to Malaysia with almost zero milk. I was already considering formula at this point.

Direct feeding despite milk shortage was difficult. I can tell Raees was frustrated as he bit me oh so often (the agony when he clench his teeth...ouch!).


But he didn't give up and neither did I. I drank 2 glasses of soy milk and 2 cups of choc oat drink per day to help stimulate milk production. After 3 days I got more than 2oz per pumping session. After a week I was back on track with an average of 4-5oz :)

This is where I think I'm lucky. While some people I know may struggle to increase their milk production, I can bounce back and recover with a little effort. Well each body have their own unique way of functioning. I guess mine decides to become a good milk factory. I'm thankful for that. Alhamdulillah :)


At almost 18 months young, Raees is very much a 'booby kid'. He usually falls asleep with milk (and a bit of patting). He still wakes up every 2-3 hours at night to feed. About 6 more months to go till I reach the target. Too early to think about weaning. I will worry about it when the time comes.

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20 comments:

Aini said...

Lucky you!!

I am also trying to breastfeed my Baby Adam Syafi up till his 2 years old but I supposed let me just cross over the first year :p.

He is going to be A YEAR next week and I am so happy that at least he's already a "booby kid" *borrow ur word .. hehehe... for A YEAR.

Yippee!! Happy me and Happy to you too!! ;).

IRIN PUTRI said...

aini: oh happy early birthday to your adam! :) insyaAllah boleh la go on sampai 2 years. you can do it! 'booby kid' tu i dapat from lilypie tracker kat side bar blog ni. hehe..

happy for both of us too! :D

amirah said...

yup.lucky you.can't agree more on that.jelesnya tgk EBM org lain byk..huhu.i struggle gila2 nk dpt even 2 oz per session and i pump like 4 times during off hours, average 2-3 jam sekali.Ahmad is now 13 mnths, ada lebih kurg 9 months to complete the mission gak..tp wonder if boleh ke tak.. : (

mrs Fahmi said...

sgt inspirational...i plan to fully BF my no 2 when he's out in June...dulu during my 1st one, i wasn't really well informed about lactation and quit after just a few weeks due to sore nipples....
tapi kali ni azam lagi kuat...after reading all you BF mommies punye blog!...heheheh

Suliana said...

klu sy plak, susu merudum time period. tapi tak serius la.. alhmdlh masih lagi pam even hasilnya dah tak semeriah dulu.. skrg tgh fikir nak wean off aqil camana tapi tak sampai hati nak buat macam tu.. sebab tak de reason.even org kata dah 2 thun kena stop, tapi dia mcm makin ketagih plak lately.. hehe

ida khairani said...

Ever consider taking vitamins to boost up milk production and energy level? Just try and it worth it. Value for money as well sebab badan pun bertambah sihat.

Here it is

Fathiha Fadzli said...

hi Irin...

i suffered the same syndrom like u..the ups n downs of EBM...my son Anas has just turned 1 y.o n im still pumping....i pump twice at office now n manage to get 8oz....
do u keep stock?how many oz u can get in a day now?will try on choc oat as u suggest to boost my milk prod...tx!:)

IRIN PUTRI said...

Amirah: the most important thing is u dont give up. Maybe u boleh try those products utk increase milk?

Mrs fahmi: yeah that's the spirit! After this can BF your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and more? Hehe!

Suliana: aqil dah 2 yrs ke? Mcm setengah org BF sampai 4 tahun sebab anak tak nak stop.

Ida: I'm happy with my milk production, energy and Heath sekarang. Thanks :)

Fathiha: I dpt between 8-11oz masa kerja. Alhamdulillah dpt stock up. Cukuplah utk 4-5 hari outstation. Any kind of oats will help. Sbb I suka choc, tu yg prefer that drink :D

Thara said...

irin, u know i think u shud consider 'LC' as a parttime career! :D everytime u share ur story on breastfeeding, most of will always be inspired sebab being someone that goes out on an assignment a lot, u never give in! and i guess itu yg membuatkan org bertambah-tambah lagi kagum dgn u and i am one of em! i love ur spirit and it is really motivating! everytime i read ur entry on breastfeed i jadik semangat gila and rasa nak beranak harini jugak eventho blum pregnant! hahaha. i pray that i'll have the chance to fully breastfeed my 2nd baby nanti kalau ada rezeki lagi, insyaallah :)

ps : eventho aydein is not a fully breastfed baby, he too is a booby kid! :D

Rozy said...

Happy for you Irin!:)
Breastfeeding mommas rocks!!

Anonymous said...

hi irin, do u drink cold (with ais batu) drinks? how about your caffein intake? do u take it often? i tried to pump religiously, makan supplement, oat and whatsoever but the quantity doesnt increase. (alhamdullikah for the rezeki Allah bagi). maybe sebab i suka minum air sejuk?is it?

Azzy said...

i guess perseverance is the (golden) key, no? my salute to you, irin. i've an inquiry about the breastfeeding journey. did you do any research on breastfeeding before you delivered your son? and what kind of preparation that i need to look into?

would love to hear your thought on this. :)

Nurul said...

Hi Irin, I totally agree with Thara. I'm one of those many who admire your strengths. I have a daughter who is also 18 months and I still fully breasfeed her. There were moments where I feel like giving up (like you, I have my ups and downs too..) and considering formula milk but when that creeps in, I will always think of you. I would say to myself, if Irin can do it, so do I :) And Alhamdulilah up till today, my girl has never tasted any formula milk. Keep inspiring others, Irin!

IRIN PUTRI said...

Thara: aww thanks! I get motivated with the support I get :) Part time LC? Hehe don't know about that. Gotta sit for exams and all kan?

Haha you feel like nak beranak hari ni? Didn't know my stories could affect others that way! Ah well, Aydein is almost 2 anyway so getting pregnant should be one of your resolutions this year!

Rozy: thank you very much :)

Anonymous: i tak pantang makan/minum sgt. I still drink cold water, with a little bit of ice. I balance with 2 cups if hot drink (choc oats) everyday. I do take coffee although not very often. I take tea occasionally too. I try to drink susu soya bila2 ada chance to help maintain milk production.

IRIN PUTRI said...

Azzy: definitely preserverence. You know, before raees was born I was clueless about breastfeeding. I always thought I will rely on the LC at the hospital will teach me everything. They taught me alright, but I could've done my own research then to be more prepared. So masa pantang was when I did my research about BF. Alhamdulillah all went well.

What you probably can read about is how to stimulate and maintain the milk production. Plus, how to handle and manage expressed breast milk (ebm). I remember being very clueless at the hospital on what to do with the expressed milk I had in the bottle.

Nurul: oh thank you! I'm glad to have inspired you :) and good for you..18 months and still going strong! :) did u know I had a small can of formula on standby before I went back to work? Glad I didn't need it!

enny said...

Irin, mind to share about the choc oat drinks? the brand? where to find it?

IRIN PUTRI said...

enny: actually any form of oats would help. as for me i choose quaker's choc drink. i think you can find it at any major supermarket.

kayyana said...

kagum sgt ngn akak.. even time is very jealous with u, u still can pumping and bf raees.. how amazing u as bf mother.. raees should proud of u kak..

Marina Nasir said...

Bravo mommy Irin! It's very enlightening to note that a celeb/personality like you looks highly into breastfeeding. I'm a bf mommy too and it gives me pure satisfaction to be able to nurse my child. I hope that your story would inspire many more mommies especially working ones out there to bf their offsprings. Work/career should NEVER be used as an excuse to stop lactating.

IRIN PUTRI said...

kayyana: thank you so much for the support :)

marina: i appreciate your support. yeah, i hope to inspire others. not many working moms i know actually spend time and effort to continue breastfeeding :|