Tuesday, June 23, 2009

exclusive breastfeeding

almost everyday, i met people that ask questions about raina...

how's ur baby?
raina camne?
raina dah pandai buat ape?
minum susu ape?
anak bape bulan?


and i will repeat the same answer...

alhamdulillah, sihat...
dah pandai gelak terkekeh2 tergolek2 merangkak2...
dah kenal orang...
minum susu badan lagi...
anak dah 7 bulan lebih...


mostly people will 'goggled' their eye when the part 'minum susu badan lagi...'
and their comment were :-)

positive comment

still ade susu ye... tapi badan kecik je
bagusnya susu badan... banyak kelebihan...
akak pun susu badan, lima2 anak sampai umur 2 tahun...
still breastfeeding? keep improving...

wuihh bagus, jimat duit suami...
waa ibu mithali laa u ni... (and i will add, isteri mithali gak sbb save duit suami)

negative comment

payah susu badan ni, asik nak bergayut aje...
susah laa bagi anak susu badan, kite makan ape pun diorg effect...
makan makanan sejuk, anak selsema... makan makanan pedas, anak sakit perut...
tak saket ke pam?

despite all the negative comments, to me, i want to breastfeed my children as long as possible...
alhamdulillah, i've managed to exclusively breastfeed raina...
exclusive breastfeed meaning the infant only receives breastmilk without any additional food or drink, not even water for their early 6 months...

what i want to explain here is in term of financial which me&mr.R have save for this 7 months...
and will be supported by several true stories that happened when raina was 3-months old...

#story 1
(aaa has 6-month baby)
aaa: anak saya susu badan malam je...
me: awak pegi keje, minum ape?
aaa: baby minum susu tepung...
me: tak pam ke?
aaa: pam gak tapi dah tak pam... saket... gune manual...
me: ooo how much spent for formula milk per month?
aaa: a box RM 50... 6 boxes per month...
me: *silent
(aaa bought Spectra3 after me promote to her... chiokk awe!)

#story 2
(the situation happened at my office on salary day)
bbb: abislaa duit aku... tiap bulan susu naik RM 3...
me: bape susu tiap bulan??
bbb: kakak share dgn adik... 1 kotak RM 80... kne beli 6 kotak tiap bulan...
me: *being proud to myself

#story 3
(my officemate's wife breastfeed their daughter until 2nd child pregnancy so have to change to fm)
ccc: anak aku minum susu yg harganya rm70...
me: mahalnye!! bape susu tiap bulan?
ccc: 3 kotak tiap minggu...
me: kalo ko buat stok byk2, sure ko leh save byk lg... (anak minum stok ebm)
ccc: mane taw pregnant lagi...
me: ermm ok...

after all the situation mentioned above, i just feel being really proud of myself...
and all the money we have saving all this time...

first time when i bought deep freezer, my parent ask me whether what i invested really worth or not...
i dunno what to reply at that time but now, i feel that all my investment on breastfeeding really worth and save our money, not mention the benefits that 7-months old raina get from my milk :)
and i've influence my eldest sister and 2 friends to buy deep freezer also :p

i want to share what i invest for breastfeed raina...
luckily, i have friend, suraya that be my lactation consultant and she owns all-about breastfeed online store...

(the price of most of the products has increased since 15th April 2009)

RM 368 - Spectra3 dual electric
RM 110 - Moms Precious Cooler Bag Set
(inc. cooler bag and 3 ice packs for nursery)
RM 27 - 2 x Mom's Precious Reusable Ice Pack(Pack of 3)
(3 ice packs for ebm stock that day)
RM 59.90 - Moms Precious Breastmilk Storage & Feeding Set (5oz, 12 bottle/2box)
RM 52.90 - Disposable Milk Storage Liners (8oz, 125pcs/box)

so, it means that we spend about RM 368+110+27+52.90+59.90 = RM 618
(i pay less bcoz i get discount when i buy from suraya bcoz she's really support to stock ebm :))

and with raina now is 7-months old...
what i spend is still the same - RM 618 + MAM Bottle (2 for RM 50) = RM 668

let see... (and we assume all the babies in the stories are 6-months old)
#story1 - RM 50 * 6 * 6 (months) = RM 1800
#story2 - RM 80/2 * 6 * 6 (months) = RM 1440
#story3 - can't calculate bcoz her daughter already 1 year old :)

see, it really huge saving compare to formula milk...
and me&mr.R still spend less if we add up the price of our deep freezer...
the most important here to breastfeed your precious baby is istiqamah, don't forget or [M] to pump when your baby is not with you... (it's different if you are housewife) and eat+drink a lot...

more info about breastfeeding, u can join forum @ susuibu @ momslittleones...
or go to personal website of my friends, mrs suraya & mrs farah farhan...

hi, i'm raina humaira...
my mOm's milk always the best!!


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Breastmilk is the natural first food for babies, it provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life.

Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Breastmilk is the natural first food for babies, it provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life.

Breastmilk promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness.

Breastfeeding contributes to the health and well-being of mothers, it helps to space children, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer, increases family and national resources, is a secure way of feeding and is safe for the environment.

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