Cheryl Wee reveals her 5 secrets to breastfeeding success!

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"Knowing that we can actually physically support another life, and connect with our baby is all just so natural and heartwarming."

Time flies. Actress and entrepreneur Cheryl Wee’s baby is already three months old!

And, she has finally revealed his name… and face!

Cheryl Wee’s baby has been named, “Marc”.

She revealed the sweet reason behind his name on Instagram, “This(his birthday) happens to be the feast day of St Mark. As a tribute and out of gratitude and giving thanks to God for this beautiful little miracle, we decided to name him Marc, inspired by St Mark.”

Cheryl Wee's baby

Photo: Instagram/Cheryl Wee

Doesn’t the family look adorable?

Cheryl Wee’s Secrets to Breastfeeding Success

This new mum had initially admitted to being overwhelmed by sleepless nights, confinement practices and breastfeeding. But it looks like she has now gotten used to the many “joys” of motherhood.

In her words, “It’s been a steep learning curve but a very rewarding three months with this little one.”

She has also been generous enough to offer some amazing breastfeeding tips for new mums. Here is some of her advice:

• Take it easy

Cheryl advises mummies to not obsess over breastfeeding to the point that it starts affecting their physical and mental health.

She says, “To begin with, my take on breastfeeding was not to be stressed out by it. If I can and am able to, great! If not, we’ll give whatever is best for him.”

• Power pumping rocks

This mummy has experienced her share of breastfeeding woes too.

She reveals, “There are days when I’m able to pump a lot more, and days my supply dips when I fell sick or pump less because I’m held up at work.

“But I didn’t let it get to me, and heeded the advice from mummy friends to power pump and it does work!!!

“And also regarding breast pumps — find one that works for you. I find that the type of breast pump you use can really affect the yield too.”

Cheryl Wee's baby

Photo: Instagram/Cheryl Wee

• Try these great foods to boost breast milk supply

It’s fish and papaya all the way for this breastfeeding mummy! Cheryl’s mother, beauty maven Jean Yip, made sure her daughter had plenty of fish and papaya throughout the confinement period. 

Other than these, Cheryl reveals, “Lactation cookies and bakes taste good and did help with the yield but usually I have to eat quite a fair bit, and it’s fattening so I’ve cut down on it.”

She also encourages new mummies to drink plenty of water and rest and relax when possible. 

• Enjoy the process

Cheryl feels that, instead of obsessing over, and measuring every single ounce of breast milk produced, mummies should live in the moment, and be grateful for what they have.

In her words, “Instead of stressing out about breastfeeding, I really enjoy the moments when I nurse him and through nursing him I’m learning about him too. His hunger cues, sleepiness, and especially when he was ill and just wanted his mummy to curl up to for comfort.”

“I’m a supporter of breastfeeding not just cos of the amazing nutrients, but also because of the bond we develop with our little ones especially being a first time mum.

“Knowing that we can actually physically support another life, and connect with our baby is all just so natural and heartwarming.”

• Let go of the guilt

So many mummies plunge into depression over their low breast milk supply or inability to breastfeed their baby. But as Cheryl recently told us, “Don’t forget and lose focus [on] the beauty and miracle and joy that is in front of you. Your baby!!

“Try your best and be patient. If your milk don’t come in the first week or so don’t worry, it’s normal.

“If your baby is hungry, personally I chose to supplement with formula because firstly he had jaundice and the doctor advised doing so. And to me, most important is what’s good for the baby.”

And these words from Cheryl are GOLD, “Though I find breastfeeding rewarding, the most important thing I feel is, don’t sweat it. Let it come and flow naturally, if for any reason we can’t, don’t have enough or choose not to, it doesn’t make us any less of a mum!

“Motherhood is more than nursing, and there’s so much more we can give to our kids, and the person we grow to become because of them, that makes us a mum!”

So true, and LOVE it!

 

Also READ: Joanne Peh’s post on breastfeeding is a victory for all mums!