As i’ve mentioned before, TMC had a no-bottle policy. If the mom is in the capacity to breastfeed they are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed. Good thing is they have seminars/talks that teaches and helps moms to be to prepare for breastfeeding.
I per sē was not able to attend one. I was still going to work up until my 37th week or so. What i did was to read up on articles how to breastfeed and blogs also helps. Also, i was able to breastfeed Keilah but only until her 3rd month. And sadly she was mixed fed. But she’s ok. She turned out to be healthy and smart. We thank God for the covering He has on her. She was never admitted/confined in a hospital. She’s 4 years old now and we’ve been hearing positive praises about her every now and then from families even some strangers. everytime the pedia sees how she interacts with Shiloh she always says that she has a mature mind in her. We’re so proud of her.
Going back, when Shiloh came out after about 3-5 minutes in the delivery room.. yes! we’re that quick. 😀 its like we’re a well oiled machine – we got in, and we went out in less than an hour. anyway, when she came out the nurse had to make her latch on me to feed. I think its called breast crawl. She didn’t crawl more like she was placed on top of me very near the breast. She didn’t feed much, after-which i was wheeled into the recovery room. This video is amazing, a new born have the innate instinct to crawl to feed on the mother’s breast. God truly is amazing:
For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance.” – ISAIAH 66:11
Shortly after, Shiloh joined me in the recovery room. I remember feeling so tired and then when she was wheeled-in in that small trolley like case (for lack of better term to call it) i was rejuvenated and i wanted to carry her, but i was advised to lie still because of the [epidural]drip on my back. she was fed there again. this time she latched immediately and for a longer time. she’s so precious, i remember thinking and thanking God for entrusting me with this one helpless creature with so much potential of His promises.
I was so proud of Shiloh, she didn’t have to stay in the nursery. she’s so strong and healthy. when i was cleared to leave the recovery room she was also wheeled out after me. she sleeps most of the time. i only carried her when its time for her to be fed. though i feel so exhausted and tired, i know God gave me the strenght to get up carry her and feed her. which i was very much willing to do. i read somewhere that a new born’s stomach is no bigger than a cherry so i didn’t fessed up when she’d feed for a short time and then sleep. this is us the first night:
I fell asleep feeding her, which is not much advisable but paul was awake that time looking after us.
The day when we were about to be discharged a couple of ladies from the lactation center in TMC came to the room to orient me and gave me a log sheet to track baby’s feeding, urine and poop. i had questions and they were very much willing to answer and assist me. they even thought me the proper feeding position and massage i could do to promote the breastmilk to “let down” they even demonstrated it with me and shiloh of course. so all in all it was a good experience for me at TMC. 😀
Fast forward to when we were at home, we decided to exclusively feed her so no back up formula for us there. one thing that helped me is the log sheet. everytime i get to check something i feel so accomplished. it was a challenge for me since it hurts when i feed sometimes. the lactating expert told me that it was not supposed to hurt that it must be because she was not latching correctly. more details on that later, but for now this is the log sheet they gave me. they said that i was to show it to shiloh’s pedia when we go for her first check up:
So imagine me, even in the wee hours of the night – feeding, burping at times changing her diaper and then crossing out some of our goal. it’s a bit tiring but being the goal oriented that i am i really wanted to cross out all those charts. it also made me look forward for another day. that’s as simple as it got for us. i was also thankful for my partner and personal nurse paul. he was so supportive that he didn’t bothered me with anything else. there was a time i wanted to quit feeding because of the pain – he encouraged me that this is a good thing for us and a great experience for me and the baby. he would cook all sorts of food he could put malunggay in. he even involved our keilah with it:
until now i was still able to give breastmilk for Shiloh. i returned to work about 3 months ago and i thank God everyday that He is providing for my Shiloh. I am also thankful with ACN that they are very supportive with moms@work. They have a room in the clinic where mommies can go to pump while at work. so that was my routine day in and day out at work. i had to pump anyway because if not, it would leak and you don’t want a wet blouse at work. whenever i would take time to pump, i realized that when i look at shiloh’s pictures or watch her video the milk “let down” is stronger. it makes it easier for me to store milk.
another thing that helped me and encouraged me to breastfeed and pump as well is instagram. when i’m feeding shiloh i would grab that phone and search for #breastfeeding or #breastmilk. seeing those other moms feeding as well and reading some comments makes me feel to want to feed her more and or produce more. i really admire @fordy3(Marianne Ford) .. she is sooooooooo amazing. i followed her in instagram. she had a twin which she tandem feeds and then she pumps afterwards and also donates breastmilk. now i think she’s exclusively pumping and was able to produce 32 oz. in one session… sooo uh-ma-zing! and she’s so accommodating with the questions.
i decided that i would breastfeed as much as i could for as long as i could. there are days that are disappointing for me especially when i can’t pump enough milk for her. i was not able to stash milk during my maternity leave so i go by it day by day. we decided to take it one day at a time. no stress. i do pray everyday that God would give us more milk. for as long as God enables me, i would like to feed Shiloh with it. before i thought that when i go back to work we would wean her to mix feed with formula milk, but it didn’t pan-out.. which is a good thing i think. here’s some helpful visuals for mom and mom to be: