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Thursday, August 16, 2012

I did IT !!!

I achieved my own stretched target of breastfeeding Erin for one year !  Yay!

When I started work, my initial routine was to:
 1. Wake up at 6.30am to pump (or nurse Erin on one side if she wakes up) 
 2. Pump in office at 11.00am
 3. Pump in office at 3.00pm
 4. Pump at home just after 7.00pm
 5. Nurse her to sleep around 9ish pm
 6. Nurse her direct when she wakes up at night.

I still remember my first day at work in the new company - there were introduction sessions, then an internal meeting with my new boss, then a team welcome lunch for me and then an external meeting and when I finally managed to find time to pump, it was already 4pm and I felt my boobs were going to explode! And just 5 minutes into pumping, there was a knock on my door!  Adoi...what a day!

Anyway after about 2 months or so, I pushed back the first pump to about 7.00am and then to a more comfortable 7.20am. (a BIG deal to me since I am not an early riser).

Few months later, I stopped the 7.00pm pump. It was pretty easy to sustain after that. I started to view my 11am and 3pm pump as a break from work. I blog-hopped a lot during those sessions  :-)  By then, most people in the office knew what I was doing already. (he of my colleagues confided that she intially thought I was being obnoxious for closing my room door, maybe as a sign that they were talking too loudly outside)

About 2 months ago, the entire company moved to a different location. With the new office layout, I did not get a room to myself anymore  :(    It was a pretty huge transition to pump in the small storeroom!  But definitely better than my sis who has to pump in the office toilet!  

Eventually (after Erin's first birthday) I reduced to one pump in the office and about 2 weeks ago, I stopped pumping in the office completely. Combination of factors, I suppose - milk supply very low, Erin already turned one, pumping in the storeroom not so condusive, busy with the house move, busy at work with the auditors etc.

So that pretty much sums up my milk pumping journey! (but still nursing direct at night). Towards the last few months, I could only get a few ounces a day, but my aim was to just continue for as long as I could. Kept telling myself that each ounce I get is an ounce of liquid gold for my baby princess. 

Happy that I DID IT !  :-)


Cynful Pleasure said...

Bravo!! Look forward for the 2nd year celebration? :p I had mine for 3rd years already and still kena 'latch'..

Miracles in my life said...

Congratulations!!! I remembered you were about to give up some days cause you thought your supply was low!! You are such a hardworking mom!! I think bf is really great for the babies :) I love the bonding and it actually makes me sad to think of weaning my baby!

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Unknown said...

That is the best that a mother can nourish her kids with the gold and love from it.

Mummy Gwen said...

I'm really impressed with yr determination. Congrats for making it this far! Bravo!

Stacy said...

Yayy for you! I read that breastfeeding is an experience you wouldn't regret, and I fully agree.

ChloeRuoyi said...

Well done! You are one very determined mama! :)

Alice said...


LittleLamb said... you! Yes, your persevered and determined! So do you plan to continue?