Breastfeeding Is A Pain When…

…your milk hasn’t come through yet and your boobs become engorged

…your baby does not latch on properly

…your baby does not latch on properly AND does not let your finger break the latch

…your nipples become sore, cracked and bleeding because of all of the above

…niplash

…you get nipple thrush which feels like you have broken glass inside your boobs which takes weeks to clear up

…you have to get up multiple times in the middle of the night to use the breast pump because your baby decides to sleep through the night but your boobs didn’t get the memo

…you get mastitis

…your baby releases your nipple when the let-down reflex happens so your breastmilk squirts everywhere and into your eye even though you wear glasses

…you’re out in public but you’ve forgotten to put on breast pads so you’ve now got wet patches around the boob area.  SO ATTRACTIVE!

…you’ve spent too much time looking down admiring your baby’s squishy face and tiny fingers and then you look up and just like that – you’ve put your neck, shoulders and back out!

…you’ve just breastfed your baby, passed your baby to your partner to wind her, but he returns within 5 minutes because she’s crying so she’s “hungry again”.  NO SHE ISN’T!

…Netflix asks if you are “still watching” but the remote control is not within reach but you can’t move because breastfeeding.  Dear Netflix, the answer is YES.  Always!

…the baby is cluster feeding so you feel that your boobs have been sucked high and dry and there’s definitely no milk left and your boobs looks extremely sad and deflated

…you cannot be physically separated from your baby because they can only feed from your boob AKA “The Breastaurant” and not from expressed breastmilk in a bottle

…you accidentally feed from the same boob as the previous feed and you’re feeling rather lopsided

…your baby treats your nipple as a teething toy

…you can’t find any nice-looking nursing tops to buy

…you finally find something decent to wear but your baby decides to vomit all over you whilst feeding

Breastfeeding definitely has its challenges { and I know some mums have it even worse! }

That said, I am grateful that I have been able to breastfeed again { here are some of my personal tips on breastfeeding }

However, this time round, I have been able to enjoy it more.

I think it definitely helped when little Dainty did the breast crawl and made her own way to my nipple and fed when she was newly born.

With Bunty, I lost consciousness from blood loss and the midwife had to use a syringe to feed her.  FYI, as helpful as they are, it was not pleasant when the midwife { i.e. a stranger } hand expressed milk from my boob!

Another great help was this Lansinoh gift pack { you can win this!!  READ ON! } that I received from a Kids Business event I attended last year before giving birth.

{ Disclosure :  This is NOT a sponsored post.  Just a shout out to a brand that I really love! }

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin :  Helped heal up cracked and sore nipples as well as being a fantastic lip balm

Lansinoh Ultra Thin, Stay Dry Nursing Pads :  Love these for absorbing up milk leakage

Lansinoh Thera Pearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy :  It can be used as a heat / cold pack for your boobs but I have mainly used it as a heat pack.  Helped with engorgement and mastitis, as well as helping ease sore neck and back muscles

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags :  Great for storing breastmilk for deep freezing

And thanks to Lansinoh, they have offered a gift pack containing all of the above for one of my blog readers.  As I am paying for the postage costs, I’m only opening this giveaway to Australian residents.  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your details – I promise I will never spam you! – and I will randomly pick a winner.  Giveaway ends at 23:59 on 24th March 2017.  Feel free to share this post too!  Good luck!

Monthly Goals : January 2017 & Recap of December 2016

Happy 2017 you guys!

Time flies when you’re having fun…especially Christmas holidays!!!

My sister Yvonne, who is based in Hong Kong, came for a surprise one week visit at the end of November a few days before Dainty was born…

…so when there was a knock on the door at 9.30am on Thursday 22nd December, I did not expect to see her again!  SURPRISE!!!

It was a lovely surprise but it meant that my vague plans for the Christmas break went out of whack and I didn’t cross off as many goals for last month.

Anyway, whatevs.

Let’s see what goals I am hoping to tick off this month and what goals I achieved last month…

January 2017 Goals

1.  Do my tax return for 2015/16  { this is one thing I REALLY hate about being an adult…ugh! }

2.  Get Dainty’s passport sorted

3.  Indulge in some “me” time

4.  Get a haircut

5.  Get eyebrows and the ‘tache threaded

6.  Do my online stuff – reply emails, blog, blah blah

7.  Start doing light exercises

8.  Start reading a book

9.  Bake a chiffon cake

10.  Write down Dainty’s birth story { before mummy brain takes over and I forgettttt! }

Dainty is already 5 weeks old now!  Where has time gone?!!!!

Recap of December 2016 Goals

1.  Take it easy on myself and stop comparing myself to other mothers with newborns who seem to be able to do it all

DONE!  Every time I feel under pressure, I remind myself that it’s not a competition.  

2.  Sleep whenever I can

Welllllll…kinda failed at that because Mum, sis and I stayed up till 1am onwards every night to play mahjong and watch CSI Miami.  Pure exhaustion especially when I have to nurse a newborn who feeds every 2-3 hours, but pure and utter fun!

3.  Read a book

Hahahaha…NO WAY!

4.  Learn to make bread

Again, NO WAY!!!

5.  Go on a toddler and baby free date with the hubs

YES!  Thanks mum for babysitting!  We had our first kid-free date when Dainty was 5 days old…we went to eat burgers and chips!  So good to be able to eat carbs again after my gestational diabetes diet.

6.  Start a monthly budget plan for 2017

Not yet unfortunately…

7.  Take my daily supplements DAILY – iron tablets, vitamin D, calcium, probiotics

DONE!  

8.  Spend more time offline than online

YES!!!  I definitely achieved that last month!

9.  Tick off any goals that were not achieved last month

Kinda done.  So I STILL haven’t found a nice scrapbook journal for Dainty…the hunt continues.  And I didn’t have any girls’ night OUT but we had plenty of girls’ night IN.

10.  Enjoy the Christmas holiday break with family and friends

BIG TICK!!!!

How were your Christmas holidays?  What goals do you have for this year?

He Said, She Said : The One About 4 Different Perfumes

perfumes review

There are 10 days till Christmas!  Has the panic kicked in yet?  Have you bought all your Christmas shopping?  If not, are you thinking of buying perfume for anyone?  Or are you wanting a new perfume for Christmas?  If yes, then you might find this perfume review somewhat useful…

I was lucky enough to receive 4 different perfumes in the mail throughout the year, but it’s only been now that I have been able to handle perfumes as I was averse to a lot of scents earlier in the pregnancy.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to enlist the help of my husband to help me review these perfumes as everyone has different taste in scents…

Vera Wang Princess Revolution

vera wang princess revolution

They said :  This is for the confident, edgy and rebellious who has found the perfect balance of rock and romance.

He said :  Oh it’s Vera Wang – isn’t she a designer who makes wedding clothes?  { wedding dresses, duhhh! }  This is nice.  It’s not overpowering.

She said :  Look, you can wear the crown as a ring as well as the band ring!!  The bottle design is also funky and edgy; very appealing to young girls.  It smells like watermelon and very fresh.  I do like it a lot!

CK One Gold

ck one gold

They said : The new aroma for her and for him, coming out mid-2016, is a modern interpretation of the iconic fragrance conveying the message: “Be brave. Stand out from the crowd. Everything you touch exudes gold. ”

He said :  I liked the original CK One when I was younger…but this one is a maybe.  Maybe I would wear it?  Maybe not.

She said :  This is my favourite bottle design out of the 4.  Oh, it smells quite woody and sweet.  I think this would smell good on you.  Wear it!

Beyonce Heat Seduction

beyonce heat seduction perfume

They said :  A sensual, intoxicating and irresistible fragrance of exotic fruits, hypnotic flowers and carnal amber and resins.

He said :  Beyonce has a perfume?!  This smells…oh…I don’t like it.  It smells like…talcum powder.  It DOES smell like talcum powder.  Just no.

She said :  It smells like vanilla to me.  And I guess I won’t be wearing it if I want to turn on the heat and seduce you since you don’t like it at all!!

Chloe My Little Roses De Chloe

my little roses de chloe perfume

They said : Gentle and graceful, the fragrance tries to capture a walk down the Parisian rose gardens.

He said :  This smells like lychee!  This is my second favourite after Vera.

She said :  I LOVE THIS!!!  The bottle is super cuuuute!!!  It smells like roses, very feminine and classic – but not like a granny or overpoweringly floral.  This is my favourite.  I’m gonna wear this every day!!!

It was super fun doing this perfume review together and interesting to see how my husband reacted to different scents.

Have you tried any of these perfumes?  What do you think of them?  And what is your current fave scent?

Disclosure :  Thanks to Coty PR for sending these perfumes for review.

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