This Singaporean Mum Still Breastfeeds Her Six-Year-Old! What motivates her to keep going? What are the benefits of extended breastfeeding?
She never even planned on breastfeeding her baby.
Precious baby born after many tragedies
Michelle Ng's story is one of loss and hope. Her desire to have a baby was met with many a struggle and tragedy. She tells us, "When I learnt that I was pregnant again, I felt nervous. It was my fifth time conceiving.
My first pregnancy ended in a still born baby. I lost my second and third babies in twin miscarriage. And the fourth baby was found to have no heart beat. I had lost 4 babies before this girl, so my only prayer to God was, please, let me have her..."
"A month into my pregnancy, my doctor told me I needed to be admitted to hospital as the cervix was already open by 0.02 mm. So I had to stay in hospital for the next 3 months to do a cervical stitch surgery.
I couldn't even get down to walk. I was either on the bed or on the wheelchair. I had to stay in hospital for most of my pregnancy actually.
I had developed diabetes in my first pregnancy and it was quite bad; so everyday I had to eat around 32 pills and 10 injections. I was worried if they would harm the baby but my doctor assured me that it was fine.
And then my baby girl decided to come out earlier than the due date.
Should I breastfeed
When I gave birth the nurse asked me if wanted to breastfeed. I instinctively said 'yes'. From there on, many nurses and breastfeeding specialists advised me .
For the first few days , there was no milk. I felt worried and disheartened, but I read from books and the internet that for some mummies, milk will start flowing a bit later.
So I decided not to give up but keep trying. The nurse at the hospital kept carrying my baby every 1-2 hours for me to try. I felt very tired but did not lose hope.
On the 3rd day, milk started flowing.
When I breastfed I felt extremely tired and hungry.
I also realised that when I did not eat rice, I was not able to produce any milk that day. So, I ended up eating a lot of rice. But as a diabetic, I wasn't allowed to eat too much rice, so it was really hard.
Night time was super tiring as well, considering breast milk is not as filling as formula. My baby would wake up many times to feed. Also, when teeth started growing out things got a bit more painful; she bit and I bled. But that never stopped me from breastfeeding.
I am a working mum. When my baby was a few months old, I would breastfeed her directly and also pump out. But once my helper spoilt the breast milk kept in the fridge by forgetting to close the freezer. My baby smelt the foul smell and decided to reject the bottle forever. From then on, the feeding is purely through latching.
Once you are used to things actually, it is not too bad. As the child grows up, the breastfeeding frequency also decreases.
Go to the next page to know why this Singaporean mum still breastfeeds her six-year-old!