Breastfeeding Chronicles

Ah, breastfeeding. The joy and pain of mothers everywhere!

Before you give birth you advocate for exclusive breastfeeding because breast is best and you imagine breastfeeding your baby until she’s a toddler. And then you give birth and discover that Whoa! As natural as this practice is, it’s actually a bit tricky.

I’ve listed a few things that made breastfeeding a bit tricky for me.


Poor latching was the cause of my horrid first week of breastfeeding! Cracked nipples are no joke! Your nipples are sore and they need a break but there’s no time for that because the baby has to eat and there are no substitutions at that point, so you soldier through the pain. That was until my midwife taught me how to hold the baby while she’s feeding and the proper way for her to take in the areola.

Let’s not forget that your boob don’t come with holes for the milk to pour out, the baby has to suck until the nipples holes break open.

Breastfeeding in public

Before I fell pregnant, I always thought that I’d be the girl who fights for her right to breastfeed publicly in peace. It’s not even debatable; of course mothers should feed their babies when they are hungry. I’d always imagined myself as that mom who will shamelessly whip out the breast in a restaurant and simply feed my baby. Until I had to do it. Only then did I realize how uncomfortable it actually is. I had to cover (read hide) my baby while she fed. Nobody asked me to, I just did, and I had a moment of silent thoughts about how women have been subjected to hide the most natural things.

I try not to breastfeed in public, I always carry her bottle and anything else she might need. And sometimes, I feed her in the car before we step out.

Working while breastfeeding

I went back to work when my daughter was just two months old and she was till exclusively on the breast. So I had to pump some breast milk for when I was at work and I had to do that at work, during office hours because that’s when my breasts were full.

• I pumped in my car during my lunch break

• I used an electric pump and manual pump which both didn’t work to my satisfaction. Then finally settled on expressing with my hands, like literally milking myself like a cow. Which worked best.

My colleagues knew every time I disappeared I was probably milking myself. It sure was tricky.


This is a stage where I’m conflicted. My daughter has gang teeth and my breasts are being gnawed. She bites playfully when she’s full. And when she takes the breast in her mouth she grazes the nipple with her teeth. A big ouch! Latching the whole areola also helps with this but the grazing and playful biting is unavoidable. I even bought some nipple covers to make things easier, but she flat out refused them.

So I’m contemplating making her stop the breast because, I can no longer 😭

Breastfeeding “Restrooms”

Oh let’s talk about those “designated areas for you to feed your baby”. Oh, you mean the toilets?! That area where lots of strangers go and relieve themselves right in the next room while I feed my infant baby?? Those? You can keep those, thank you very much.

Prune Puree

So my daughter has now graduated to mashed veges, pap and gravy. She enjoys this more than she did the purees.

So my daughter has now graduated to mashed veges, pap and gravy. She enjoys this more than she did the purees. She’s always wanted to eat the food that’s on our plates and now she can.

I’m an organic mom and I try to make all her food from scratch, but some things I haven’t learned how to make yet. She’s been having constipation problems ever since she started solids and I don’t like giving her medication, but sometimes I have no choice.

Now I put together my own mix of natural laxatives to help relieve her constipation, with fruits that have a high concentration of fibre.

1 pear + 1 peach +1 apple + Handful of prunes: Steam all these together to make them soft and throw them in a blender and mix until smooth.

The taste of prunes on their own isn’t that great. The other fruits make the puree tasty and the dietary fibre is a big bonus!

Pears: While a single serving of pears provides 18% of the daily requirement for fiber intake, they can be a very strong agent for improving digestive health too. Most of the fiber in pears is a non-soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which means that it acts as a bulking agent in the intestines. This fiber accumulates the food and adds bulk so it is easier for the food to pass through the intestines. Furthermore, it stimulates secretion of gastric and digestive juices. It also regulates bowel movements and reduces the chances of constipation, as well as diarrhea and loose stool. Also, the gritty nature of pear fiber helps it bind to cancer-causing agents and free radicals in the colon and protect the organ from their damaging effects.

Prunes: Prunes are easy to digest. Babies transitioning to solid food often suffer bouts of constipation, and the mild laxative power and high fiber content of prunes help counteract this. Prunes are also a good source of potassium and vitamins A and C. Got these from Dischem. IMG_4304

Apples: The long list of health benefits attributed to apples is due to the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and organic compounds found in them. These important nutritional elements include vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and riboflavin. The list also includes minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Apples are very good sources of dietary fiber and a single serving provides 12% of the daily fiber requirement. They are packed with phytonutrients and flavonoids like quercetin, epicatechin, phloridzin, and other polyphenolic compounds.

Peaches: Peaches are good for maintaining healthy digestive health due to their alkaline content and fiber. Dietary fiber in peaches absorbs water and helps in preventing stomach disorders like constipation, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, gastritis, and irregular bowel movements. It also helps in cleansing and eliminating the toxic waste from the intestines and preventing the body from contracting various abdominal disorders, including stomach cancer. Due to its laxative properties, peaches also aid in the dissolution of kidneys and bladder stones.


Because Life is Grand

So this past weekend was my self care weekend. My mommy weekend. I’ve had to schedule it in the calendar and even take time off work to tend to myself. I’ve realized that the time I need for myself won’t just happen, I have to consciously factor it into my life. And as much as I need to work and be there for my family, I need to be there for myself even more.

Self care isn’t just important, it’s crucial for your physical health, mind and soul and determines your whole well being. Life requires a lot from us and we always have to pour out from ourselves. So we get depleted, burnt out and rundown. Self care comes in to help us rejuvenate and refuel. To put back in what life has taken. The joy, the energy, the excitement, the focus etc.

So I took some time of work. On Thursday, right after my shoot I went and did some shopping for a new clothing item. Took my time and shopped around different stores and got some cute stuff. Visited my ever favorite store to window shop for some books. Even if I’m not buying, I love walking up the isles and browsing through some books.

The next was dedicated to pampering myself. Went back to my original hair stylist and who worked her magic and I got a manicure 💅, so merging I hadn’t done in over a year 🙈. The pampering was wrapped under with lunch and a huge cocktail that came in a trophy 🏆. Awkward Tsonga Girl for the win 💪.

Then Saturday I attended a ladies only event in the Eastrand. What a pretty event it was; the deco, the food, beautiful ladies all around and champagne flowed like a river.

That’s just what i did this weekend. But there are other many ways to practice self care and there’s also daily habits that you can do that are sure to reduce stress and increase wholesomeness.

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Crafty, crafty

Now that my lazy spat has subsided, my creative and crafty tendencies are back again. But this time in the form of DIY organic products. Besides the baby puree that I make, and the yummy smoothies that I whip up, I have a slight obsession with essential oils, coconut oil, olive oils, all of these good oils actually. Because I always have these oils, and I use them all the time on me and my baby’s hair and skin, I’ve decided to buy all the ingredients and actually make proper products at home.

The last time DIY’d something crafty was about two years ago. And since I’ve been feeling the creative juices again I’ve been thinking about the stuff and messed around and came up with.

Easiest thing to do: Spray painted pine cones


Beer bottles in hard wool 


And these wall vinyls