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Remembering My Breastfeeding Days: The First Year 

Day 7 ​

Yawn, it’s been a week of disrupted sleep since I’m breastfeeding every two to three hours. But I love to hold my little one close to me and stroke his baby hair while he suckles. Seeing his contented face as he breastfeeds always makes waking up in the early hours worth it.

Day 7  

 

First Month 

My breast milk supply is now regular and my baby is growing well. I love his chubby cheeks!! Hopefully, my own weight loss happens equally fast but it’s tough with all that yummy and nutritious food as breastfeeding makes me more hungry than usual.

First Month 

Of course, what’s more important is to be eating the right foods and eating enough so that my baby has enough milk to drink! My body needs more nutrients and fluids to produce sufficient milk for my baby to grow well.

Related: An Eating Guide for Breastfeeding Mothers

 

4 Months 

Time flies, my maternity leave is over but I want to continue breastfeeding for as long as I can so that my baby continues to grow healthily. Last week I managed to find time to shop for work attire and prepare supplies for expressing breast milk away from home.

4 Months 

Today is my first day back at work. Instead of a handbag, I now use a tote bag to bring my breast pump, milk storage bottles and ice packs with me. What a change.

4 Months 

I’m so glad to know that I have a supportive boss and colleagues who understand the benefits of breastfeeding. One of them who had a baby before me even passed me a set of breastfeeding mummy’s kit. I tried out the nursing room in the office — it’s pretty comfortable and cool!

4 Months 

 

6 Months 

I have breastfed my baby for six months! Hubby said I deserve a pat on the back. Baby has been taking breast milk exclusively and is growing well. Lately, he has been eyeing our food and seemed hungry after milk feeds. He must be ready for weaning. Time to start him on appropriate weaning foods so that he has other sources of nutrients besides my breast milk.

6 Months 

I’ve heard from my mommy friends that his first weaning foods should be iron-rich such as dark, green leafy vegetables and iron-fortified rice cereals, as his iron stores would have started to deplete at this age. Time for a trip to the supermarket!

Related: Getting Ready for Solids

 

Baby's First Birthday 

It’s baby’s first birthday. And a year has passed since I started breastfeeding. It was tiring and sometimes frustrating in the beginning but after I got the hang of it, I started to enjoy the special mother-and-child bonding time. Looking at my little boy now, I know it’s worth it.

Baby's First Birthday 

Now, I’m proud to say that I can breastfeed my boy anywhere (under a nursing cover, of course), know where the best nursing rooms in the malls are and have built up a supply of breast milk in the freezer.

Baby's First Birthday 

And yes, I finally shed all the “baby fat” and can now fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes!

 

In case you've missed them, here are the earlier parts in this series:

 


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