After the first birthday, many mothers think it's the time to wean the baby off breastfeeding. Please don't! After the first sleepless month, breastmilk supply is already established and our body should have adjusted to baby's demand. There shouldn't be any more engorgement. Hopefully by then the little one is already an expert in breastfeeding.
My eldest took a month to do that and I had to express and feed. My second was a natural since he was born and could breastfeed lying down. I started to work when they were 3 months old so I had to start pumping x2-3/day from 8am to 5pm during workdays. Am absolutely in love with my faithful Spectra 9 plus breast pump which helps to maintain my milk supply.
As doctors, Mr husband and I are well aware of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months and preferably for 2 years. Besides its obvious nutritional benefits, breastfeeding is also the fastest way to soothe an irritated toddler from tantrums, discomfort and guiltily to sleep (we are still sleep training our second).
Do you know that:
Breastfeeding your toddler can provide:
29% of his daily energy needs
43% of protein requirements
75% of Vitamin A requirements
60% of Vitamin C requirements.
Read more about breastfeeding your toddler here at ASN.
We are so glad that we have Shapee® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Thermal Pads to ease the journey of breastfeeding. It's definitely no easy feat.
In the early days, breast engorgements can be really unbearable and painful. They felt so heavy like solid rocks and makes me feel feverish and shiver in the first week. I had to manually massage and unclog my breasts until I started to use Shapee® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Thermal Pads. Simply keep the pads in the freezer an hour before use. Instead of using cabbage leaves which can be inconvenient to bring around. Lol.
A month before my maternity leave ends, I have to start freezing breastmilk for the boy. In order to stimulate letdown and increase yield, I use Shapee® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Thermal Pads as heat therapy. There are 2 ways to heat the pads- heat them with the soft cover on for 10-15 seconds or immerse in hot water with cover off for 10 minutes.
Then I simply wrap them around my breast pump flanges and then secure them with my nursing bras. My work can be incredibly hectic as a full-time doctor, so 10 minutes of pumping time is all I have each session. The thermal pads are very useful to have.
Good breastmilk bags are also important for freezing breastmilk in chest freezers which can be kept up to 12 months! Shapee has recently introduced Milkee Lab Bags which have the following features:
-Double zipper to avoid spillage
-Designated write-on area
-Stable standing bottom
-Pre- Sterilized bags
-Available with 2 size ( 7oz / 5oz ) with 25 bags per box
What does Dr Yingzangel think?
Shapee® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Thermal Pads are great accessories to have for breastfeeding moms. They are washable, reusable, BPA and BPS free. The most important thing is they are safe and doesn't contain toxic materials like lead or irritative ingredients such as latex. The soft and flexible design fits snugly to the breasts and is compatible to any breast pump.