Motherhood Moments

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!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

SaveSave

Dear Dainty : Welcome To The Fam

Dear Dainty,

You’re here!  You’re here!!!

We’ve been so excited.  We’ve wanted to have you for a long time { since your big sister, Bunty, was 9 months old } and we’ve prayed for you and when we finally found out we were DEFINITELY going to have you { via CVS genetic testing }, we were overjoyed.

Welcome to the fam!

Welcome to the alpha thalaessamia trait fam where we – me, your dad, your big sis and you – all have two abnormal alpha global genes on the same chromosome!  I’ll explain it to you when you’re older but basically, do not follow in my footsteps and marry someone with the same blood genetic disorder otherwise you’ll be in for a lot of heartbreak.

Anyway, you arrived in a different way to your big sister and I must write down all the details before my mummy brain takes over and I forget.

I have described you as ‘little but loud’.  However, you’re not exactly little weighing in at 3.73kg but you’re a little little-r  than your big sister who was 0.1kg heavier { but in all fairness, she baked 9 days longer than you… }

We can already see a lovely sister bond forming between you two.  Every time your big sister comes home, she rushes to see you and she says “Big sister is home now” and kisses you.  It is simply gorgeous.

That said, she said you were smelly yesterday when she kissed you!!  But that’s because you had some dried spit up in the corner of your little pouty mouth haha.

You’re 8 days old today so you’re still sleeping most of the time and I am going to enjoy as many newborn baby snuggles on the couch as I can.

We love you loads and can’t wait to have more precious daily moments with you.  Thank you for joining our fam.

Love your Mama x

Tiny Toddler Friendships

toddler friendships

I get a warm and fuzzy heart-warming feeling when I see my tiny toddler hanging out with her tiny toddler friends.

They don’t even have to talk to each other.  They just glance at each other, make funny faces and noises and then giggle non-stop.

And it’s super duper cute when these little human beings cuddle each other.

Of course, it can all go t*ts up the next minute when they all want the SAME toy so when one cries, the other two will follow suit.

But then, the next minute, they’re BFFs once again!!!  #toddlerlyf

1 2 3 9