I am a full-time working mother, who has been breastfeeding my daughter since July 2012. Our breastfeeding journey did not start off easy. My daughter was born with a tongue tie which was undetected until she was two month old. Within the first couple of days of breastfeeding, I suffered from postpartum anxiety, had nipple trauma and had to stop breastfeeding my newborn. I chose to express my milk and the lactation consultants and midwives at the hospital were genuinely concerned about my ability to continue breastfeeding my daughter.
Upon returning home, we resumed breastfeeding and I also expressed with my hospital grade Unimom Forte# double electric breast pump after every feed. Soon after, my supply increased and I ended up with a huge oversupply of breastmilk. At the peak, I was able to express two full bottles in under two minutes.
Now that my daughter is much older, my milk supply has fallen as she is having a lot more solids. However, I am still able to provide her with about 500ml of breastmilk a day. I am lucky to have the support of my family and colleagues, and also a good quality breast pump to allow me to continue to provide breastmilk for my daughter.
People have often wondered why I am still breastfeeding my two year old. Many have been misinformed and do not realise the benefit of extended breastfeeding. I will write a separate article on this another time, but there are numerous long term health benefits and the WHO recommends breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond.
Ubere (meaning breastfeeding in Latin) was born out of my desire to share the motherhood journey with other mothers who also believe in nourishing their babies with what nature intended for them to have; mothers' breastmilk.
I shall be writing articles regularly which hopefully my readers would find useful.
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