Budget Babe (avatar)
updated 3 months ago

Omg organising baby Nate's 100-day baby bash now and I'm so lazy to get started with the invites 😩

baby giving me judgey eyes πŸ˜‚ okay mama promise I will finish it today, k?

Guess how long I took to pump this?

Answer: I don't know either πŸ˜‚

I remember seeing mommy influencers like ZR etc post about their huge freezer stash, and was under the impression that every mom would be able to do the same - feed their baby during the first 4 months and pump out the excess to store and freeze for when they go back to work.

No one told me there was such a thing as low supply mommies 😣 and never did I expect myself to be one.

It was heartbreaking, honestly, not being able to produce enough.

And it still is.

I remember beating myself up endlessly during that period, wondering why on earth and what did I do wrong to not have enough milk.

Was it something I did during pregnancy? Or?

But I followed all the "rules" leh. I had skin-to-skin right after Nate was born, I latched him every 3 hours in the hospital even though my nipples were cracked and bleeding, I pumped diligently...

I don't know what I did wrong (or didn't do right) to be stuck with this fate of being a low-supply mom. After all, all of the influencers I followed seemed to have enough. Motherhood looked like a walk in the park whenever I scrolled through their Instagram feeds,

- lose weight fast right after giving birth
- look damn glam even during confinement
- lots of breastmilk, bags and bags of it (I've not even used the breastmilk bags I stocked up on except for 2)
- enough to feed the freezer

Yet, none of that was true for me 😩

I've given up counting the ml already. These days when I transfer the milk I've pumped into these storage bottles, I don't bother even looking at the ml anymore. Just pour only.

Took me a while to reach to this stage where I've stopped caring and obsessing over how many ml I can provide. Now I just latch on demand + power pump at midnight + top up with formula when he cries for more.

And I've come to terms with the fact that every mom is different.

Yes, I may not have enough breastmilk to store and freeze, but so what?

Yes, I'm still fat now and look nothing like my pre-pregnancy days, and I still can't fit into my shorts / second trimester dresses even, but so what?

I'll just buy formula milk and new dresses lo πŸ˜‚

Baby Fair

Anyone at the baby fair today? What's worth buying ah?

I've created my shopping list already and the list of booths I wanna visit but what else should I get?

βœ… J33 : Rascal + Friends

Top on my list is to swing by the Rascal + Friends booth to stock up on S-sized diapers for baby Nate!

I've tried almost all the brands selling in Singapore and nothing holds his poonamis like R+F.

R+F is also giving out limited supply packs at their booth tomorrow and I've reserved some in advance for my readers #notsponsored so feel free to register at www.bit.ly/SGBBxRFsample and quote my name at the booth to claim.

(my stash is separate from the ones they're giving out to the public)

βœ… A11 : AnneeMatthew

Gonna check out their nursing bras because I got influenced by @thepacartans lol. Really got so good?!? I must try in person before I believe.

I recently bought a dress from them too in preparation for CNY! Gonna see if they have more new designs as well while I'm there.

βœ… A22 : Jump Eat Cry

I know JEC is super popular among many pregnant mummies but I didn't buy any back then cos my belly bump was HUGE (yes, bigger than average) and many of their outfits wouldn't have seen me into my third trimester, save for one (the pink striped one I own).

ZR, Jayne etc look damn good in them but erm dunno why my bump so big lol.

After I gave birth, my neighbour bought a JEC nursing dress for me and I love it! So I'm gonna see if there are designs that will fit me this time. Fingers crossed!

It's funny that my CNY outfit shopping this year = limited to nursing dresses only, lol. Such is #momlife ! I also recently bought another dress from Dear Collective for CNY and am waiting for my parcel to arrive TODAY! πŸ˜€ a bit bummed they're not at the fair this weekend though cos I would have loved to check out their upcoming launch!

βœ… A35 : Happy Diapers

I'm not familiar with this brand and honestly never even heard of them until I saw them at the Mothercare sale earlier this week!

Will probably get one pack to try just so I can compare! Got discount? πŸ˜‚ Although it might be hard to beat R+F? Let's see!

βœ… L23 : Singapore Lactation Bakes

I've finished my last order of brownies, cookie cups and am down to my last packet of butterscotch cookies...so I'm gonna head over to their booth again to get more!

Btw I saw their milk silk nursing cover is on sale at the baby fair for $28!? Damn worth it omg #dayrepregnancy #dayremummies must buy!! If you don't believe me, go there and feel the material for yourself, confirm mind blown! Then don't go crazy and buy the whole bunch in every design ah πŸ˜‡

βœ… G13 : Envy Her

I keep seeing this on ZR feed! God knows my flabby tummy and elephant thighs need some shapewear so I can look a little more decent when I go for CNY visiting.

Why isn't there such a thing as arm shapeware? My huge arms need help too, you know?! πŸ˜‚

I honestly can't wait till my two months confinement is over (yes I did an extended one, albeit modified for second month, cos my hubs and MIL said it'll be better for my body given my heart condition and low immunity).

βœ… G55 : Nature One Dairy

I'm not very keen to continue with NAN formula because it's so freaking expensive omg really very painful for our wallets. Was researching on more affordable brands which don't compromise on the essential nutrients for a baby's development and I read about Nature One, so I'm gonna be checking out their booth and ask them all the questions I have before I start Nate on it!

#dayrepregnancy I saw that they're giving out free maternity milk sachets too there! 😊

βœ… A29 : Our One & Only

Ehhhh guys I found (by chance lol when I bought it) that this brand fits my Spectra S1 pump without a need for an adaptor!! Previously I was pumping into Avent bottles, but this is so much more affordable!

I'm still very sad that Nate rejects the Tommee Tippee bottles I prepared during pregnancy ok. And I bought so many!!! Omg lesson learnt, please let your baby try the different brands first.

βœ… H09 and A24 : Disney

See if there's any more cute Winnie the Pooh rompers I can buy for baby Nate. Haha!!

βœ… A35 and A39 : B&B

I use this brand for bottle cleanser (Pigeon's one is super drying for my hands urgh and has a smell that I dislike) and recently stocked up during the Mothercare sale where it was 1-for-1! Will see if the deal is as good here, or better?

These kind of baby consumables, when got sale better stock up cos they run out so fast πŸ˜‚

βœ… L01 : Parklon

I keep reading rave reviews of this mat and the Nov mummies bought it so am gonna check out and feel the material for myself tomorrow. Really got so good ah? Nate will need a mat soon since he should be crawling in a few months so time for me to find a suitable mat liao otherwise he crawl on our marble floor = sure damn pain. And cold. Lol.

#dayremummies is a parklon mat really worth it? Will it be cheaper if I buy from Korea direct?

βœ… F21 : Lao Xie Zhen

I find it hard to believe that any other brand of chicken essence will be nicer than BRANDS (and I tried the other brands during my confinement cos I drank every day, even up till now) so I'm gonna head there and sample at their booth. Lol.

βœ… L01 / G01 / H01 / K13 : FisherPrice

Need to buy sensory toys for Nate to play with liao and help in his development. Gonna check them out at this fair!

I might also swing by the B09 booth cos a reader recommended me the Cimilre breast pump so I wanna check it out before I buy. Breast pumps expensive leh πŸ˜•

Will also be looking out for
- drool pads for my ergobaby carrier
- cleaning brush for baby bottles
- mosquito patches
- stroller fan

while I'm there! What else is worth getting ah?

Okay I'm done with designing the invites! Can pass la hor? πŸ˜…

We're getting a 2-tier cake for his party and that's the main thing I'm excited about πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Day 11

Friday, 11 Jan 2019

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arieschia (avatar)

arieschia Baby Nate is so cute, looks like u❀️

3 months ago

melbengets (avatar)

melbengets Awww I totally feel you!!! At least you used 2 milk bags. Haha. Mine are all sealed and i don’t even use breast pads anymore cos my boobs don’t leak. Hahaha. Nowadays I even stop recording in my phone how much baby drinks from bottle or latch or how much I pumped. Think it’s very tiring to keep up. Only keep up with the poop and sleep durations. Hang in there mama! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻

3 months ago

nuttybunny_ (avatar)

nuttybunny_ I also had skin to skin upon birth, latched every 2to3 hours and there came a point we all realised baby might not be drinking enough so I decided to pump, no more latching.
Supply wasn't the best but could feed my baby half the time. Other times I feed FM.
Be positive, stay positive, think positive!
Being a lower supply mom means I feed all my milk to baby, it means no milk gets wasted by storing for too long, it means I don't need an extra freezer for my bm. Aside from feeling a bit less of a mom (which you shouldn't!), just know that every bit and drop of bm is so precious and is good for your baby :)

There are always pros and cons to everything, and I try to look at the pro side. I secretly think that the emphasis of feeding bm/breastfeeding in the modern society has placed so much unnecessary pressure on mothers and mothers to be. So relax and de-stress, maybe that can increase your supply! And of course, getting enough rest helps boost that little supply!

3 months ago

sgbudgetbabe (avatar)

sgbudgetbabe @melbengets I also don't use breast pads!! nothing to absorb lol. and my 2 milk bags were for sending in (alcoholic) breastmilk to keepsake by ryo to make into breastmilk jewellery πŸ˜…

3 months ago

msbelle (avatar)

msbelle Remember fed is best!!!! Jiayou:)

3 months ago

weisemo (avatar)

weisemo it's a process that all new mummies go thru, but no one say so bcos social media is suppose to be 'perfect'. it is thru struggle that we appreciate the true meaning of ε¦ˆε¦ˆζ˜―δΌŸε€§ηš„γ€‚jia you! we are all in this together.

3 months ago

DreamerGirl (avatar)

DreamerGirl You going today or tmr for baby fair?

3 months ago

sgbudgetbabe (avatar)

sgbudgetbabe @DreamerGirl tomorrow!

3 months ago

DreamerGirl (avatar)

DreamerGirl Ehh! What time? You want your chalkboard?

3 months ago

michwoo (avatar)

michwoo I was a low supply mom too. Milk only kick in on day 7, so you can imagine how stress I was for the first week. I latch on demand and slowly I was able to breastfed him fully. But in the end, my baby had low iron.. if I fed him with fm, that wouldn’t have happened.. so breastmilk is not perfect either.

3 months ago

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