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A cat? Aye..

July 30, 2009

I never was a fan of cats, unlike my dear hubby. Last week there was this black cat that keep on trying to get into our house. One morning when I was preparing porridge for our girls, I was quite startled with the presence of that cat in MY HOUSE! I controlled my nerve and politely asked her to go out. She seemed to refuse and heading towards the stairs. So the last thing I did was, carefully toss him outside. Thats it.

grey cat

We were having a company at home when suddenly we noticed meowing sound coming from under the stairs. Ooo God Gracious, we have newborns in our house! Since i am no fan of cats, I was going to ask my hubby to bring them all outside, because i really hate the smell of having them around! There were 3-4 lil kittens there. Only then I was cought by the previous scene of the mother cat heading to the stairs. Apparently, she was going to breastfeed her babies. Owh, at that moment I was struck by guilts.

I myself breastfeed my babies, and have been always support those who do. This mother cat also does, so for the sake of it, I let her stay comfortably with her babies there, as long as she could continue providing the best for them.May God bless us all.

I did ask my hubby one day: How long is she going to exclusively breastfeed them? 🙂

So, up till now, we have been feeding her breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes snacks. Another  finding: our Naurin is so passionate on cat 🙂 just like her daddy!

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hand expressing

July 30, 2009

I was surprised after learning that my cousin hand expresses her breastmilk for her 4ht baby. We both have a firm believe on exclusive breastfeeding, and indirectly I did share with her about my Medela Harmony. But it turned her down after knowing it’s price, and thus she opt for hand expressing.

hamd expressNever occur to me that there will be a necessity for me in using my hand to express my precious milk.

But last 2 weeks, i actually gave it a try! And it was amazing when, after learning the right techniques  on hand expressing, I managed to express as much amount as (and most of the times  can be moooore than) per using the electric breastpump. What’s more interesting was: I KNOW that my both breasts are empty after every session of hand expressing. . which was really really satisfying.

I would humbly suggest that every mother should have this hand expression skills – it’s handy!

It totally won’t hurt if you do it right, and it surely wont be the factor of making your breast sagging (I heard one old woman commented this on hand expressing) ~ that is  just another ridiculous myth =)

Why would every mom out there got to have at least the basic of this skill? I am a career mom, equipped with both manual and electric dual pump, and have been using them for 2 babies for 2.5 years..so what the heck? Ahha..Uncertanties can be certain if we certainly arm ourselves with  some basic knowledge on basic things 😉 We don’t know if somehow we accidentally left some part or accessory of the pump at home..or the office building went black out..or you are trapped somewhere..and your breast are full, so you’re left with no options: but the only gadget that you have: is your own hand!

There are loads of infos on the net about this method, some with pictures and movie to help giving you a clearer view. This is one of the useful site with Marmet technique and things to avoid.

This primitive method might be pertinent for you. Just bear in our mind: it takes practice, yet worth learning.