someone asked me to help look for info.. obviously i can't look in office now.. so, this is a note to self to do this tonight.. heh.. meanwhile this is the link i found long time ago.. http://www.mother-2-mother.com/tut-layingdown.htm
(2007-12-11 10:42:48 SGT) [nen-nen (bfg)] Permalink
Someone posted in the m4m forum abt reaching the one year bfg milestone.. and it reminds me of
If your baby nurses for a year, you will have saved enough money to buy a major appliance.
So, i went to dig the article only to find the original place where I have read abt it resulted in a broken link.. hence, i decided to paste the whole article here so that next time i can search for it..
From 11/93 Baby Talk magazine
How Breastfeeding Benefits Add Up
by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
How long should you breastfeed your baby? Only you and your baby will know for sure. Even if you breastfeed for just a few days, you baby will receive invaluable protection from infection. The health effects of breastfeeding accrue over time, so the longer you breastfeed, the better for your baby. Breastfeeding offers you benefits, too. The following information may help you decide:
If your baby nurses for a few days, he will receive colostrum, the first milk. Called "nature's vaccine for the newborn," colostrum has a high concentration of antibodies, some of which babies cannot get any other way. Through these antibodies, each mother provides her baby with protection from illnesses she has had as well as illnesses she is exposed to in their environment for as long as she is breastfeeding. Although formulas are continuously being modified to be "most like mother's milk," they will always fall short, because human milk is a living fluid and it is these living properties that enhance the functioning of a baby's immune system. Colostrum is also easier to digest than the proteins in formula and is designed to meet baby's nutritional needs.
You will also benefit from these early breastfeeding days. Breastfeeding helps a mother's body recover more quickly from childbirth by releasing hormones that contract the uterus and prevent excess bleeding. Breastfeeding is also a wonderful way to bring mother and baby closer while they're getting to know each other.
If your baby nurses for four to six weeks, your milk will ease your baby through the most critical part of infancy. As a mother's milk changes from colostrum to a thinner, more mature and plentiful milk, it continues to contain protective antibodies. That is why breastfed newborns are less likely to become sick when an illness is being passed among family members and have fewer digestive and respiratory problems. Breastfed babies are rarely sick or hospitalized and studies have found that pneumonia and meningitis, for example, are at least four times less common among North American breastfeeding babies under six months than among their formula-feeding counterparts. Breastfed babies are also less likely to suffer from bronchitis and wheezing and less likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding guarantees lots of holding and touching. The "mothering hormone," prolactin, is produced every time you nurse, relaxing you and helping you and your baby form a special bond. One study showed that at one month breastfeeding mothers were less anxious and felt closer to their babies.
Breastfeeding saves money. Powdered, liquid concentrate, and ready-to-feed formulas vary in price, and depending on how much of each is used, breastfeeding for one month may save between $75 and $180, not counting bottles, artificial nipples, and other feeding paraphernalia. Special formulas for allergic babies cost at least two to three time more than regular formula.
If your baby nurses for three to four months, he will be much less likely to develop ear infections. A recent study found that babies exclusively breastfed for at least four months develop half the ear infections of babies on formula.
Breastfeeding makes it easier for mothers to shed the extra pounds put on during pregnancy, and naturally mobilizes fat stores, even fat accumulated before pregnancy. In one study, breastfeeding mothers lost more weight when their babies were three to six months old than formula feeding mothers consuming fewer calories.
You will find that breastfeeding simplifies life with a baby, no matter what his age. Time isn't diverted to the preparation of formula, and you can leave home without bringing bottles. Human milk does not stain, is not constipating, and a breastfed baby's bowel movements have less odor, making diaper changes more pleasant and baby sweeter smelling. Nighttime feedings are also easier. If your baby is kept close at night, you may not even have to get out of bed to feed him. Just tuck him in next to you and both of you can drift back to sleep while he nurses.
By four months, the family of the exclusively breastfed baby will save formula costs of between $300 and $720.
If your baby nurses for six months, she will be much less likely to suffer from allergies, especially if she has been exclusively breastfed. Also, components in human milk protect the digestive tract from foreign proteins, which could cause allergic reactions. At about six months, a baby's system begins producing special antibodies that take over this function, reducing the possibility of food allergies. When there is a history of allergies in the family, it is recommended to wait until this time to introduce solids, so food allergies are less likely to develop. Human milk supplies all the nutrients a baby needs for the first six months of her life.
Breastfeeding for at least six months also provides other long-term health benefits. Research has found that immunizations are more effective in breastfeeding babies and that nursing at least six months reduces the risk of childhood cancers.
Breastfeeding provides reliable protection against pregnancy during the first six months when there is no menstrual bleeding, even among women who give occasional supplements. However, when a baby is breastfed without supplements or solids and the mother has no menstrual bleeding, breastfeeding offers 98% protection against pregnancy during the first six months.
At six months, the family of the exclusively breastfed baby will save formula costs of between $450 and $1080.
If your baby nurses for nine months, you will see him through the fastest and most important development of his life on the most valuable of foods, your milk. A baby's brain grows most rapidly from birth to nine months, and preliminary research has found that properties in human milk may be critical for babies to reach their full intellectual potential. This study followed children up to the age of eight and found that children who were breastfed had IQs on average eight points higher than those who received only formula. The more human milk received, the greater the difference. Because the milk of each species varies according to its need and it is our intelligence that sets us apart from other mammals, this is not so surprising. Rabbit milk is high in protein because baby rabbits need to run quickly. Seal milk is high in fat because baby seals need a thick layer of fat to protect them from the cold. Cow's milk is high in calcium because baby cows need strong bones to stand and walk. So it makes perfect sense that something in human milk promotes brain growth and intelligence.
Although the health benefits of breastfeeding continue as baby grows, the emotional benefits of nursing for comfort and security become more evident around this age.
A practical advantage to you is that many babies this age can go directly to the cup without ever needing bottles.
If your baby nurses for a year, you will have saved enough money to buy a major appliance. Your baby is now ready to try a whole range of new foods. This year of nursing has given your child a stronger immune system and many health benefits that will last a lifetime. Studies have shown that breastfeeding offers protection from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in adulthood, as well as Hodgkin's disease and certain chronic liver diseases. Individuals who were breastfed were also less likely to develop insulin-dependent diabetes. Breastfeeding also encourages proper facial development and makes it less likely that speech therapy and orthodontia will be needed later on. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for at least a year to ensure the best possible nutrition and health for your baby.
If your baby nurses for longer than a year, you will continue to provide the highest quality nutrition and superb protection against illness at a time when infections are common. One study found that the immunological components of human milk that protect a baby from illness during the first year continue to be present in the same concentrations throughout the second year of breastfeeding. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello has said, "It is the lucky baby...who continues to nurse until he's two."
You will enjoy health benefits from extended nursing, too. Studies have found that the longer a woman breastfeeds over her lifetime, the lower her risk of breast cancer.
Mothers who breastfeed past a year often talk of the emotional benefits gained: the comfort and security it gives their little ones, the ease it brings to naptimes and bedtimes, and the opportunities it offers to relax and tune in to each other during a hectic day.
At this point, you and your baby have formed a solid bond, a healthy starting point from which your baby can experiment with his growing independence. Together you can work on the weaning process, progressing gradually at a pace that he can handle.
If your baby nurses until she outgrows the need, you can feel confident that you have met your baby's physical and emotional needs in the healthiest and most natural way possible. As long as you nurse, your milk continues to provide antibodies and other protective substances that make illnesses milder and easier to handle. In fact, families of nursing toddlers often find that their medical bills are lower for years to come. The World Health Organization encourages breastfeeding through toddlerhood.
Children who were nursed long-term tend to be secure. Nursing can help you and your child through the tears, tantrums, and tumbles of toddlerhood. Don't worry that your child will nurse forever. All children eventually wean no matter what you do, and there are more nursing toddlers around than you might guess.
Whether you breastfeed for days, weeks, months, or years, both you and your baby will enjoy many benefits. Some mothers hesitate to begin breastfeeding if they know they will not be nursing for very long. But even one nursing at the breast is of value to you and your baby.
Reference: How Breastfeeding Benefits Add Up
(2007-06-30 12:27:59 SGT) [nen-nen (bfg)] Permalink Comments 
sold this.. sold off my ameda.. so sad.. :(
(2007-01-28 13:11:11 SGT) [nen-nen (bfg)] Permalink
the final posting of my melodrama.. ha ha.. such a drama queen i am.. anyway, today is my LAST day at work here.. this will be the last posting from my work PC here.. after this i will uninstall my w.bloggar.. what i will miss most is the below!!
yes.. my pumping "room".. this place is my refuge corner.. when i first started working here, i admit i got really overwhelm!.. between having to meet such tight deadline at work.. AND having to meet milk quota at home.. thankfully my wenn is not really a milk drinker.. so, i do produce much more than what he needs.. but i know too well that i'm not a great producer.. so, i dare not take chances.. and die die i will pump 3x at work, 3x at home.. wah.. i've never been more efficient at work than those time, exact 1 year 1 mth ago.. and not too forget wenn was just past 1 mth old.. so, he's still waking up like every 2hrly.. i really didn't know how i manage on little broken sleep every nite and yet produce codes that work that was rolled out to SIT, UAT and production 6 weeks later!
and, this room is where i find comfort.. i guess it serves as an aim or goal for me.. nothing to look forward to at work.. but i need the income.. and i hv the luxury of such a nice room.. so, i bear with work.. when i got fed up.. ohh it's time to pump.. and off to the luxury room again..
i have wanted to resign since this.. and this room is indeed what's holding me back.. and, since i've stop pumping at work, i know i will move on.. let's hope my new work place is better than here.. *cross fingers*
and so, i took a picture of the room and shed a few tears while clicking away.. even as i type this, my eyes are filled with tears.. hence know why i call these postings "melodrama"?.. i guess it's also an end of a chapter in my life.. humans are always apprehensive of the unknown.. so, when i flip the next page of a chapter, what's going to happen?.. i guess with these apprehensive feelings and stopping what that has become a "routine", my heart really feels heavy..
side track, i'm really glad i blog.. heh.. as i was trying to search for the above link, i read back my past postings.. ahh.. i really forgot how i felt then.. little things here and there.. and what i have done the past year.. what ken or wenn have done.. how i was feeling, etc.. and since i blogged, i can read back what i felt then.. what had happened, etc.. those who have not started, do start one.. haha.. i'm pimping for blogging.. hee..
(2006-10-12 08:57:47 SGT) [nen-nen (bfg)] Permalink Comments 
these 2 are the last pack of frozen EBMs i have for Wenn..
alas, i forgot to take a picture of my frozen stash when it was at my peak.. i guess at that time i have abt 27 x (5x4oz packs) in my chest freezer.. the picture below was taken few mths after my peak.. :P.. abt 14 x (5x4oz) here..
pictures to compare to Ken's on my old blog.
(2006-10-11 00:35:47 SGT) [nen-nen (bfg)] Permalink
expect some postings on something very close to my heart.. breastfeeding!!
i started work right after my 4w confinement after i labor wenn.. it's nothing to be "khe lian" (pitiful) about.. i was ready.. mentally, physically.. i think i'm quite the healthy type.. *SCARY*.. my mom said i recover so well so fast from labor that i shd give birth to more babies!! YIKESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.. what type of statement is that?!?.. i guess something gets easier.. and not to mentioned i have more help this time round.. and also i'm more experience with breastfeeding.. but even that, the initial days wasn't a breeze.. but MUCH MUCH better than the time with ken.. so i do really enjoy my bfg journey this time round..
probably also i think my OB is champ in his stitching! despite him being a governmemt hospital OB.. hee.. i'm like moving ard in my first hour after labor with not much pain down there.. so that helps a lot!.. you do not want to be in pain down there and engorged up there with a dunno why can't be sooth wailing baby!
anyway, my posting today is not abt my labor story.. it's about this!
if you click on the graph, u shd be able to see a bigger image.. it's my EBM (expressed breast milk) output!!.. each week records the total of how much i pump from mon to fri.. although i do pump on sat and sun but i do not record those as it's erratic.. i pumped from week4 to week 58 with highest output yield of 129.5oz at week 6 (growth spurt?).. minimum is not chun (accurate) as some week i took leave here and there.. haha.. i must be really insane to do this!.. you see, i find little joy in my work.. and thus, i need to find my joy elsewhere.. so, might as well do something everyday on things i like!.. hee.. actually i don't really like pumping as well.. but it's something i can do to get off from something else i do not like.. complicated? *sigh*..
anyway.. as you see, it went downhill.. that shd be normal!.. one's breastmilk supply will go down.. it's natural.. do not be disheartened! I shall end this posting with a sms from my friend (lara) who gave me much encouragement time to time.. "Jia you! Pumping working moms unite."
(2006-10-10 11:58:07 SGT) [nen-nen (bfg)] Permalink Comments 
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