Monday, January 30, 2012

Finding the right breast pump for yours truly

This is among the most head spinning issue during my second pregnancy. And why is that? Mothers can't just simply pick and pay the pump. The pump that you purchase has to SUIT perfectly to the mothers who are pumping it. Weather you are working moms, stay at home moms, work from home moms etc. Or else, it doesn't fit the purpose brilliantly. Well it can, but one might be facing troubles while handling it during the nursing days. And in my case, yes I'm an 8-5 career mom. But.. Ahh.. The 'but' has really given us headaches since months ago..

Suke sangat Avent single electric pump ni sebab pump die nipis je.
Sangat sesuai bawak ofis and traveling. Tapi mahal sikit kt US compare to Medela Swing.

Back then during the first newborn, I'm so addicted with Avent's product and so without thinking much I simply purchased Avent manual breast pump. The said pump was functioning well, but being a working mom that lives on a fast lane with a limited me-time at the office what more at home during weekdays, I really have to admit that manual pump doesn't help me much with the breastfeeding mission. That explains why Faheem has weaned off as early as 9 months old. Why didn't you buy another pump to overcome the problem? Why didn't you seek help with friends who mastered breastfeeding? Umm.. I don't really have the time to even think about it since the husband was working abroad and I need to handle the home, the ride, the kid, the office workload and for god sake my very own self - all by myself.

With the biggest problem I faced just a day before the maternity leaves come to an end - our home sweetest home had been ruined with buckling tiles during heavy rains, on one horrible night! =( Me, the lil Faheem, the babysitter and my mom needed to switch from this house to another house for 2 months until the developer fix in the new tiles, FOC. The first house we stayed was my cousin's and she had so many anak saudara, anak sepupu and all (da macam daycare tidak berlesen umah tu. So we only survived for a week). Then we stayed at my other cousin's house (it's a vacant house - there was no fridge so how should I store the EBMs? And my husband was having trouble to get back to KL those days since his project had started to kick in and his presence was totally crucial. Gosshh.. I'm sorry. Bukan nak mengeluh sangat. Tapi bile teringat balik what I've gone through years back.. It's pretty horrifying guys. But alhamdulillah.. I'm so grateful of what I'm having now. Bersusah susah dahulu, bersenang2 kemudian kan? =)
But then, the second item to be blamed is actually the huge de-motivation in me those times. Enough said.
Lesson learnt. Hopefully pisang tak akan berbuah dua kali this time. I really wish to fully breastfeed Faheem's lil sis/bro exclusively for 6 months (as been recommended by WHO) and if god's willing and if the motivation is strong enough, I really wish to proceed the mission until the lil one is turning 2. Pahala dapat anak pun sihat insyaAllah. Aminnn.. Well, the prob that I've mentioned earlier is, should I pursue my career right after the 2nd birth or should I quit and become a stay at home mom? A full time housewife, a proud home maker.. Whereby yours truly may BF her kids (and take care the blessed off springs all by herself) with much less of hesitation?

This issue arisen since we haven't owned any babysitter nor house helper since months ago. My parents have been baby sitting dear Faheem since the school break last November until January this year. And now the lil explorer is attending a play school - about 5mins ride form our home. There are 3 options that we have previously; 1. Hire a bibik 2. Play school/daycare 3. Momma resign. We finally chose the 2nd option since we don't really trust a bibik (without any other adult family member at home) and option 3.. Saving mama tak banyak lagi. Tak yakin nak resign sekarang. Dengan keperluan dan kehendak yang masih lagi bergelandangan di dlm fikiran. Sobs..

The initial problem has been solved alhamdulillah.. But the second problem will take place right after the 2nd birth, but of course we need to find the solution earlier. Dear husband repetitively suggested me on being a full time housewife. I was ok with the plan, at first. But as days went by so many things came and keep on mingling in my mind. I've discussed with my parents, family members and good friends. And almost everyone didn't agree with that option! Panjang sangat ceritanya, banyak sangat pros and cons nye. Tak perlulah diceritakan satu persatu kat sini. So, tak sanggup nak tinggal newborn kat nursery, apetah lagi kat maid sorang2 kat umah walaupun ada CCTV. Nenek offer nak jaga baby tapi nun jauh di Terengganu, oh tidak sanggup! Nak berenti keje pun tak mahu. Berenti tu ok actually, but not now lah.. "Belajar bagai nak rak dulu2, pastu tak keje". Memang rasa rugi sangat bile teringat kata2 itu. Moreover, our second home will be ready in 2 years time. Banyak nye duit nak pakai time tu. Tak bole berenti lagi sekarang. Just not now..

Switching from Avent to Medela la pulak this time..

I think this entry has swayed far away from the main subject. Hehehe. Membebel banyak2 no point jugak. Mari kita terus berusaha untuk mencari solution terbaik akan permasalan ini, doa banyak2 mintak petunjuk dari yang maha mengetahui dan tawakkal lah.. Takde mood dah nak type panjang2. Sigh.. To cut a long story short, dear husband had purchased Medela Swing breast pump during his last few days at United States. As always, cik abang sayang beriya2 sangat nak beli kat sana sebab murah - USD120 sahaja ok. Kat Malaysia nearly RM688 tak silap. Berangan Medela Freestyle dan sebagainya, but after a few discussions that finally resulted the mommy (most probably will still be working at the end of the day), so hubby belikan Swing jela. Nanti beli mahal2 tak pakai mane membazir pulak katanya..

Oh penatnye menaip..

11 comments:

  1. Lisa, takkan membazir kalo beli breastpump mahal2... yg penting semnagat kene kuat.. kalo ader semangat.. breastpump murah ke mahal ke semua worth buying..
    bb pakai spectra 3, one thing nk beli madela freestyle macam mahal dulu, same like you la.. pikir takot tk terpakai ke ape.. tapi rupe nye... kalo invest untuk pump mahal pon tk salah.. lagi berkobar2 nk breastfeed.. anyway, my spectra 3 byk jugak berjasa.. nk tukar beli freestyle macam syg pulak sepctra 3.. plus, convenient aje nk gune kat ofis ni..
    anyway, good luck to breastfeeding... doakn kite same2 berjaya bfeed the new coming baby sampai sampai 2 years..

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  2. hahaha.. bila baca entry ni kan, macam boleh mendalami perasaan ko tu lissa.. aku tatau apersal.. maybe sbb masa Eesya dulu pakai sampai 2 breastpump pun tak berjaya gak fully breastfeed.. so kali ni tgh memikir nak beli apa tapi cam takde semangat nak membeli lagi.. tunggu baby dah keluar, habis pantang kang baru aku nak pegi jalan2 tgk breastpump.. tapi best baca sbb banyak benda ko dah beli since hubby ko kat US hari tu.. banyak gak benda dah lega...

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  3. my husband very particular bab2 duit ni bibi. die x kesah spend bnyk mane for some thing, tp he wants to get the best out of each penny he spent. sometimes we spent more than we actually earn. hukkk. skg ni baby nk bertambah lg sorg, our 2nd home pn kne baya. so kene berbelanja dgn bijak la kn. kalo lisa mmg konfem berenti keje, mmg nk bli terus je madela FS tu bibi. mmg sesuai utk housewife. siap berangan nk carikkan anak susuan kalo susu da melimpah sgt. haha =D dh la murah gile plak tu kt US. tp xjdla.. tgk dlu how thing goes in my family..

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  4. mash:
    hubby ko ada je mash, senang ko nk plan bli time bile2. hubby aku xtentu, kdg ada kdg tetibe die bleh ada kt lain. da plan mcm2 last2 kne reschedule plan. hoho. die bli kt sane pn sbb murah sikit kn dr cni. da la variety, bli on9 pn bleh dpt free delivery. bestnye kalo mesia pn cmtu. hukkk

    eh mash, aku da lama nk msg/sms ko psl bouncer/rocker tu. tp asik xdan je. ko da make up ur mind nk bli yg mane nt? aku pening la jmpe bnyk sgt jenis.. yg baby izz pkai tu yg mane?

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  5. lisa...sgt suci murni niat lisa nak BF adek faheem nanti...alhamdulillah dapat dah pahala kat situ..


    medela swing pun ok jugak..tapi kalu FS lagi senang..:))

    yg penting dr skang kene positive dengan BF...u will comprehend the sweetness of BF there after. org bekerja cam kite ni pun bole mastered dlm BF..kalao org lain bole, kite pun bole jugak..


    nita yakin lisa bole BF adek faheem nanti..

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  6. aku cari merata dah tak jumpa bouncer tu.. dah tak keluar stok kot.. tapi yg ni ler..

    http://www.penyewaanperlengkapanbayi.com/fisher-price-bouncer-infant-to-toddler/

    tu aku google jer tu.. hahaha.. dapat web jakarta ler pulak.. tapi ingat nak beli ala2 yg camtu gak.. yg penting ada vibrator, pastu leh pakai sampai besar... and yg senang lipat nak bawak travel.. yg izz tu susah skek nak travel sbb tak leh lipat..

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  7. positivenye komen mama nita! TQ so much nita =)

    the problem with me is i dont have a colleague that works together with me. u may say im working in silos la. im taking orders directly from my boss and i hv to solve everything all by myself. xde org can back me up. time boss xde lisa kene kaver die. mmg nk carik masa dlm half an hour for 4times daily kt ofis tu mcm miracle lah. but again.. hendak seribu daya kan..

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    1. yup ..u rite..hendak yang baik dengan adenye seribu daya :))


      nita selalu gi batching plant & project site..tp kalau tibe waktu mengepam, mesti nita ambil mase untuk pam..tak lame dalam 10-15 minit...tu gunanye FS..buat double pumping..cukup jimat mase dan hasil banyak.. :)) tak payah sampai 4x lisa..kalau 3 kali pun dah cukup..balik sambung pam kat umah, sebelum nak tido, pagi2 subuh tu...cukupla..jangan paksa sgt, nanti kite tension..when u in pressure, susu malu2 nak kuar...bile kite suke dengan ape yg kite buat, makan bende tu tak akan jadi satu beban, malah kite akan rase ralat bile kite tak buat / tinggalkan...

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  8. mash:

    hambik kaw.. website pupu bubu yg ko kasik aku yeh. hahah. aku pn mcm bekenan yg mcm tu jgk, fisher price newborn to tod rocker tu http://www.littlewhiz.com/pd-fisher-price-precious-planet-portable-newborn-to-toddler-rocker.cfm mcm ramai je org pkai yg tu. bole lipat2, last2 boleh jadik kerusi jgk. kalo yg mcm swing tu x sesuai kan mash? skg aku konfius, mane lagik baby suke. yg mcm swing yg hanging tu atau rocker/bouncer tu. aduhai anak.. pakai jela mama bli yg mane pn nt boleh?! hohoh

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  9. Saya paham kepeningan utk mencari solution siapa yg nk kna jaga baby! Happened to me masa zidane dulu. Alih2 hantart jugak daycare. Nasib baik daycare tu mmg amik baby kecik and diaorg mmg reti handle ebm. Dptla jugak fully breastfeed zidane sampai 6 months n mix after that. Now masalah saya ialah nk stopkan zidane bf pulak sbb susu xbyk pon but dia buat boobies tu jadik pacifier aje. Well now juat berdoalah supaya diberi bantuan oleh allah swt.

    Panjang pulak komen. Lenguhnya taip pakai henpon!

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  10. Lisa, u know what I always get that too, "Belajar tinggi2 lepastu tak kerja, rugi je". Hate it when people say that. I am a SAHM. I resigned after I gave birth, to fulfill my hubby's request. At first I did regret my decision tapi skrg baru realise brp banyak pahala dpt for just listening to my husband's request. syukur, i get to take care of my baby, breastfeed hi, n cook for my hubby everyday, do house chores. but of course there are days when i just miss climbing the corporate ladder. i had a great job. but then again, now when i terfikir nak kerja balik rasa kesian nak tinggalkan baby kat my mom. nvm la Lisa, im sure whatever decision u make is the best for u and ur family. i wish u good luck in fully breastfeeding ur 2nd child. u can do it! u know, there was this VP at my former company, she fully bf her son! and she's a VP! busy gile asyik travelling lagi... but whenever i rasa nk give up kan i always terfikir kan this VP... my former boss was my inspiration.... so u can do it!!! insyaAllah

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