Michelle’s Breastfeeding Journey

Michelle’s Breastfeeding Journey

One of the greatest joys of breastfeeding is the bond between my son and I. I love the feeling of indulging in holding him against my chest, smelling his powdery baby scent; it is a time where I get a chance to take a short breather and enjoy a small pocket of solitude with him throughout the day. When I first started out breastfeeding, I was faced with the usual challenges of cracked nipples, engorgement – I had mastitis as well. I was sorely tempted to give up direct latching my baby and maybe even breastfeeding as well. Lucky for me, I have a very supportive husband and friends. With their encouragement, I decided to hang in there and continue direct latching my baby. I have to admit, the thought of not having to wash and sterilise bottles and pumps throughout the day was a substantial part in motivating me to direct latch. 🙂 Breastfeeding became a breeze after almost 2 months. Its been 7 months already and I am still breastfeeding. I’m so glad I decided to hang in there and chose not to give up direct latching. After toughing it out the first 2 months, life is really much easier especially in the middle of the night and when going out – without the need of carrying milk bottles, formula and hot water flasks – I can just feed my baby anywhere. Being a mom has taught me to become a more patient and tolerant person. Granted, with just my husband and I taking care of a baby on our own, it’s really no easy task. After...
Nursing on the Go

Nursing on the Go

Modern mamas often love to travel and be on the go. Traveling while nursing a baby does not have to take away from the fun of your vacation if you are fully prepared. Whether traveling by car, train or plane, having the right nursing wear is crucial for your comfort and your baby’s. With the right gear, you will be fully prepared to meet the nutritional needs of your baby without having to compromise your comfort or style. Wearing clothing that is meant for nursing makes feeding your baby much easier and less stressful. Today’s nursing dresses and tops are meant to make nursing much easier and more discreet – very important, especially if you are visiting countries that are more conservative. Fortunately, there are many different options for nursing wear that allow for easy access to the breasts while helping nursing mamas breastfeed in public confidently. Understanding the different types of clothing for nursing can help a woman to choose carefully. – Pull down or pull aside types typically feature a V-neck or rounded neck. The top can be pulled down on either side so it is below the breast. These types of tops or dresses often feature a bra liner so the entire breast is not exposed. The Annee Matthew Double V-Neck Nursing Tank is a great example of how this type of garment works. The woman simply pulls the V-neck down to expose her breast enough for her baby to latch on. This stylish number can be worn alone or with a light jacket. – Another type of Nursing wear garment is a pull-up or empire...
Annie’s Motherhood Journey: Part 1

Annie’s Motherhood Journey: Part 1

Annie is the founder of AnneeMatthew. In part 1, she shares her story on the personal challenges she faced as a mother, lessons she learnt from her own mom, as well as the joys that motherhood brings! My breastfeeding journey: I had my son in 1997. I had read a lot on breastfeeding prior to giving birth but I didn’t know of another mom who had solely breastfed her child. Everything I’d learnt was through books (Internet was at its infancy still back then). I managed to breastfeed my son for 6 months before I put him on formula. I was afraid of his bite when he started teething at 6 months but looking back, it was more of my anticipation of the pain more than anything else! Soon after, he developed allergic rhinitis. He would vomit after most meals because he couldn’t handle the mucus that had accumulated in his breathing passage. For some time, the sound of his cough was the most fearsome thing ever! Because the vomit would follow! Once after breakfast, he started coughing in church and vomited all over the church goers in the next seat. Due to his condition, his paediatrician advised me to breastfeed for as long as possible with his sister. My daughter was born in 2000. I took the paediatrician’s advice and breastfed her for 2 years. It was such a rewarding experience. I was fortunate because I had plenty of milk and never had any complications. My breasts were engorged all the time. I was pumping and at times, force feeding her just to be relieved of the pressure!...
10 Methods to Store Breast Milk

10 Methods to Store Breast Milk

We know that as a busy mom, you may not be able to stay home with your baby all day. Jobs and other commitments make it necessary to express and store breast milk for use while away from your little ones. So as a handy reminder, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks for storing breast milk well, to ensure the best quality milk for your baby. 1. Room temperature storage Breast milk can be safely stored in sterilized containers and kept at room temperature which is between 66 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18 – 25 deg C) for between 4-6 hours. This is an acceptable alternative when you are only going to be gone for a few hours. 2. Insulated cooling bag storage Expressed breast milk may be stored in an insulated cooler bag for up to 24 hours. Store expressed milk in sterilized containers and surrounded by ice packs inside the zipped cooler bag. The temperature should not rise above 39 degrees Fahrenheit (or 3 deg C). 3. Refrigerator method Place your expressed breast milk in sterilized containers. Store it at the back part of the refrigerator which is kept at a maximum of 39 degrees F (3 deg C). While this method of storage is optimal for keeping breastmilk fresh for 72 hours, it is still acceptable to store breast milk in this manner for up to 8 days. 4. Refrigerator freezer at 5 degrees F. You can also store breast milk in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. The recommended temperature is at around 5 degrees F. The maximum recommended storage time...
10 Great Motherhood Quotes

10 Great Motherhood Quotes

Motherhood – everyone has a point of view on it. At Annee Matthew, we celebrate motherhood every day, in every shape and form. Here are some of our favourite motherhood quotes. 1. “Every woman becomes their mother. That’s their tragedy. And no man becomes his. That’s his tragedy.” — Oscar Wilde 2. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” —Barbara Kingsolver 3. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill 4. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou 5. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” —Jane Sellman 6. “My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.” —Mark Twain 7. “I tell my kids, ‘I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.’” —Michelle Obama 8. “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” — L. R. Knost 9. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey 10. “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” —Dorothy on The Golden...
Elena’s Breastfeeding Journey

Elena’s Breastfeeding Journey

This is a re-post from Elena’s blog, pregnantinpittsburgh.wordpress.com. Today I’m going to talk about breastfeeding – specifically, my first experience with breastfeeding. Now before you being reading this post, which (WARNING) is more like a short essay, I just want you to know that this was my experience with breastfeeding my first time around. It may not be your experience – whether it be your first time or second time or whatever, but for those of you have have not entered the world of breastfeeding before, I just wanted you to get a taste of what one person experienced. Now, without further ado … My adventures with breastfeeding began about one hour after my son, Benjamin, was born via c-section, or about two-thirty in the morning on a Thursday. I was wheeled out of surgery into the empty post-op area and the nurse on staff asked, “Are you breastfeeding?” That was my plan, so I told her, “Yes,” and the next thing I knew, my gown was folded down and there was a new little creature sucking on my boob. In hindsight, the truth of the matter is I do not think Benjamin was sucking at all. From what I recall, he was doing more sleeping than eating. After the nurse left, my husband asked, “How does that feel?” I replied, “I don’t know. Weird I guess. I don’t know what this is supposed to feel like…it’s just interesting.” Interesting was how I described it at that time, but that did not last long. Soon after I quickly began using other words: painful, awful, torturous! That’s actually why I started writing about the experience...
10 Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding

10 Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding

Why Breastfeeding is Important Breast or bottle? For those who choose breastfeeding, the benefits for both mother and child are numerous. Bonding, perfect nutrition for the infant, and helping to prevent breast cancer in mother and infant – these are just some of the benefits that come with nursing. But extra care should taken when creating a diet for yourself as you breastfeed, to ensure the best for both yourself and your baby. Your milk is what you eat – there are some foods that should be avoided while breastfeeding, as often what you eat gets transferred directly to your baby via your breast milk. Here are 10 foods that breastfeeding mothers should be careful in consuming: 1. Any foods containing caffeine When consuming caffeine, these chemicals can cause sleeplessness in your infant, which in turn can cause crankiness and other kinds of sleep disorders. Because of its potency, caffeine isn’t secreted out of the digestive system. Caffeine also causes intestinal irritation, since an infant’s digestive system isn’t fully developed yet. If you must consume caffeinated products, make sure there’s ample time to allow your body to process it out of your system (about 6 hours). 2. Peppermint or Parsley Any kind of food that contains mint can potentially reduce milk supply.  This includes herbal remedies or herbal tea which contain mint.  Large amounts of consumption can greatly affect milk secretion, which wouldn’t be great during a period of growth spurt for your baby. One or two peppermint drops should be fine, if you must have mint candy, but no more than that. 3. Gas-inducing vegetables Gas in full grown...
Junia’s Breastfeeding Journey

Junia’s Breastfeeding Journey

Junia is the beautiful model and new mum you see in our latest launch! Greatest joy: Seeing your baby smile back at you or laugh with you. Greatest challenges: After losing a child 3 years ago, going through numerous fertility problems and surgeries in my uterus, I was told I was not able to have children. I then fell pregnant unexpectedly. I was a high risk case due to previous complications and surgeries and at 20wks had a cervical cerclage put in via laproscopic, robotic surgery as they were not able to put the cerclage in trans-vaginally like they normally would; it was done through the abdomen. They came across problems during the surgery and had to make an incision on the lower abdomen to complete the procedure. I was then in hospital on bed rest for 2 months, then in a wheelchair for the remainder of my pregnancy. Because my belly was getting bigger, the wounds from the surgery were not able to heal, so I was in an excruciating amount of pain the rest of the pregnancy. And because there was still a chance I would go into preterm labour, I was also not allowed to be alone unsupervised, and was always prepared for an emergency. I finally delivered via C section at 37 wks, and in the end, and all was fine. What helped you on your breastfeeding journey?  Nurses at the hospital (Mount Elizabeth Orchard), and also information on the internet. I found an extensive amount of resources and information on the internet from different websites and mothers’ forums. Being a mum is 24 hour hard...
Mei’s Breastfeeding Journey: The Importance of Support

Mei’s Breastfeeding Journey: The Importance of Support

Hi, I’m Mei, a first time mum to a baby girl. I never knew breastfeeding can be so heart warming. Every time my daughter smiles or looks at me when I’m nursing, it melts my heart. I’ve always wanted to try breastfeeding when I become a mum. Yes, try, because I wasn’t confident that I could fully breastfeed. My mum told me that she couldn’t breastfeed my sisters and me due to low supply. I too, came to believe that I may face the same situation when my time comes. When I got pregnant, I decided to give breastfeeding a go. I did my prep work, read up on it and bought all the necessary items. I was all ready, or so I thought. I knew that it won’t be an easy task but I didn’t expect it to be such an arduous one. My baby girl was delivered naturally with epidural. And she latched on immediately in the delivery suite, I couldn’t sit up long due to my anemia and the loss of blood, hence, we had to stop latching after a short while. During my stay at the hospital, I latched my daughter every 3 hours to ensure my milk supply would kick in. This was the start of my painful breastfeeding journey when my nipples got really sore. It was agony with the hospital gown chafing my nipples. Despite this, I still had to latch my newborn regularly. My girl was given formula top-up in the hospital as I did not want her to go hungry. When we came home, the plan was to direct latch in...

Things to Prepare Before You Deliver

We know that first-time parenthood can be a flurry of preparation and activity – there’s just seemingly an endless list of things to do before you deliver and baby finally arrives! Which is why we’ve put together a handy checklist that can help you along as you embark on this journey – scroll on to see if you’ve got these essentials ready: Baby’s Room Baby Cot Musical mobiles or Merry-Go-round Mattress Blanket Bumper Pillow and pillow case Bedsheets x 2 Changing table ( good to have ) Baby thermometer Clothes for baby Mittens / Bootees Cloth Diapers Nappy liners Blouse/shirts – long and short sleeves x 4 Suits Rompers x 4 Handkerchiefs ( at least 2 dozen ) Face towels ( at least 1 dozen ) Baby bath products Baby wipes ( at least 3 pack ) Bath Tub Anti – slip mat x 1 Changing mat x 1 Bath towel x 3 Bath sponge (optional) small cotton x 1 box or handkerchief Baby soap/bath lotion Baby shampoo x 1 Baby oil (optional) Cotton buds x 1 box Baby powder box with puff x 1 Other baby essentials Basket for baby laundry nappy/detergent/softener Hanger for drying mittens/booties/handkerchiefs Milk bottles big + small and teats Bottle scrub brush Warmer cum carrier bag Large pan/pot (for sterilizing) Tongs (to handle hot bottles) Electric steam sterilizer Milk containers Bags/milk bottles to store expressed breastmilk Mummy Care   Pretty maternity dresses, tops and bottoms Pajamas with front opening for breast feeding (try our sleep wear) A good breast pump Anti stretchmark creams Nursing Bras Maternity Bras (check out our lingerie) Nipple cream for cracked nipples...

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