Monday, November 25, 2013

AskMommykembar : How to fully breastfeed twin?

salam mommies.. AskMommykembar slot nowadays dh sgt popular dgn Q from moomies. tq tq tq...! ok now this is Q from newly mommyTwin Hazlina

"How do you manage to breastfeed ur twins, pls nipple pun dah luka sikit coz babbies suck tak betul."

i fully understood how HARD it was to bf my twin. insyaAllah ill share bit n pieces of my experiences and summarizekan point ya. cam tak ingat semua sgt laa....

what happened at the hospital? 

i started bf on day 2 sbb day 1 both of them in incubator. they were 1.8kg and 1.9kg. health wise alhamdulillah takde problem. its just underweight. so aimy was the 1st one i dpt bf. being quite small compared to other babies, their suction ni almost tak rasa pon. slalu kan baby bf kt sbelah kanan, nnt sbelah kiri akan rasa cam ada letdown kan? not in my twin case. yes it was hard to define their bf and bile dia stat bf, most of the time there were like baby bird yg mulut terbuka tu cari latching yg betul. i would say quite frustrating for both me n twin lah. day 2 baru alya stat bf. since the were in special care unit (SCU), thats mean i ddk hospital quite lama.... 1 week + camtu. and my room mmg depan SCU. so i cakap kat nurse i want to fully bfeed them regardless hours. so true enough, they came and knocked my door every hour!! yela twin kan.... sometimes they bf serentak, sometimes asing2. bile double feeding, nurse akan help me pegang sbelah. sampai cramp2 kaki nurse tu!! tq so much nurses~~i can say i kluar masuk SCU tu macam tak rasa penat. i yakin Allah mudahkan everything for me. cuba bayangkan.. day 1 baru lepas bersalin twin. day 2 stat bf and yet i dont feel any pain, tired, fatigue etc. even nurses yg dtg bilik i n kejutkan i every hour sampai cakap
"puan rehatla ye... sian saya tgk puan asyik kluar masuk."
"puan tak penat ke? puan nampak tak penat langsung"

honestly, saya pon tak tau ape yg menyebabkan saya sgt aktif, tak rasa penat, on the feet, altho i just gave birth to a twin! for me, its a miracle that Allah creates for women. i remember masa kat hospital i did emotionally breakdown.. becoz i pump susu kononnye nk store ebm lah... tapi stakat la 2-3 titik je. sedih sgt time tu.. thats why i push myself to bf regardless hours to increase my milk supply. i did experience engorgement 2x so my mom siap hangkot makcik urut to the hospital. bilik i mmg bau minyak urut daaa. heheee. 

during first month ni, we go in & out of the hospital due to jaundice. mmg penat.... so bila my twin check in hospital, satu family pon check in same. but we have to pay sendiri. yes its not cheap kan... but my hubby said "ni kira vacay2012 la.. holiday" btulla jgkkan sbbnye 2012 mana ada pegi vacation! motivated ourselves that way~~ haha. since twin is small, my paed advice to top-up formula milk to boost their weight faster. i sangaaatttttt tak suka tau!! doc advice at least 1 serving after bf. tp i buat 1 serving per day!! haha... sbb tula jaundice tak surut2.... sorry ye twin.. so basically, this first month i dedicatedkan myself to bf regardless hours. its not easy and not too hard either. yg penting, bykkan doa to Allah coz i sgt yakin yg semua doa mommies masa pregnant, dlm confinement, raising babies was always dipermudahkan *amin*

what happened during confinement at home?

i mmg tak mkn any jamu coz i always believe in natural supplement and vitamins. not against it but just not my choice. so i took pure honey, habbatus sauda oil, jelly gamat, susu, kurma, oats, horlicks, vitamins, protein supplement, minum air 3L min without fail. i tell you.... kat rumah even more challenging sbbnye kite kene handle twin sendiri.. no nurses anymore!! uuwaaaa.... so my hubby has been a very patient male nurse ever!! he help a lot in changing diapers, bath them, pakai baju, basuh baju, diala alarm clock... senang citer semualah~~ he will make sure i will have my drinks on time. my mom help out to prepare our food *thanx ma* having twin is not the same to having 2 small toddler on the same time. i remember satu mlm tu my hubby and i tak tido langsung sbbnye... twin asyik bf and poopoo~!! my goddddd.... gile ah diingatkan balik *ops* twin ni bile kecik dorang takleh open to quick temperature change. their skin just cannot stands it yet. so bile nk tukar diaper kan, kene off aircond, warmkan the rubber mat, warm water and kene quickly change. thats for my hubby lah. i pulak kene bf them dari baring sampai duduk, duduk kat kerusi and of course, after each feeding, i will eat 3 kurma n susu. haa... cube bayangkan bape byk susu kene minum daaaa... dah rasa cam kilang produce susu kat rumah i. haha. besides that, since i bersalin during ramadhan, malam after maghrib i will be alone with twin n big sister. so time2 camni i slalu nangis sbbnye rasa susah sgt nk handle.... 1 hour my hubby g solat tu rsa cam lama gile!!! i keep zikir and doa and doa for Allah mudahkan. mmg berat hati nk kasi my hubby g surau *yg sekangkang kera je jauhnye* tp berat lagi hati nk suruh dia stay and skip solat terawaih kat surau. so everytime dia g surau, i will doa to Allah utk permudahkan semua and i will ask him to doakan kami. most of the time masa my hubby g surau tu i was feeding the twin. kadang2 dia balik tgk "eh tak abis lagi?" huhuhuuu.. bukan tak habis tapi tak habis2 selang seli~~

what happened when they reach 3mths?

masa ni Allah je yg memahami perasaan i kot.. sbb bile nk masuk bulan ke-4, twin dh stat slowdown for double feeding and sleep longer a bit. so instead of my sleeping time masa 1st month only 15mins per session (max pon 30min), it slowly increase to 30min (max 1 hour). owh btw, i took unpaid leave continued after my maternity. so my total leave was 6mths~ when i started working, they was already 6mths and started solid. bile habis confinement, my hubby started working back. so i stayed 2weks at my parents home every month bile dia xde. haa.. dah mcm nomad kot!! this was when everything was different. yelaa... staying with mom n hubby is different. well.. at least for me. since my supermom not young anymore, handling babies is way too tiring for her. so kadang2 nk kejutkan dia bgn mlm tolong tukar diapers or help me is wayy too kesian. she slept with me u know with all princessess tu. so i tried my very best to "stay up" every night. kekadang tu kalau my twin nangis terkuat mmg my mom bgn terus lah.. my twin alya suara mmg high peak! what i did was i make note using my i-phone where i record kan their feeding time. so basically i bleh tgk pattern dorang bf. so i will set my alarm clock so that i will standby at least 15mins before dorang cried for bf. honestly, starting after confinement, my sleep was majority tido duduk. yes... tido duduk~~kadang2 bf sampai tertido.. sedar2 je "eh nape my twin tido kat kaki i ni" hahah.. mmg tak bleh nk tolong la kann.... during this time i byk baca blog and website mommies on twin. i tried to understood how hard to raise them, their experiences, tips, dos & donts etc. for me, by reading these i surely can get my mental ready for any shortcoming or challenges ahead. but again... im just human, not super one. so at times mmg i akan breakdown gile2. i did cried like crazy sometimes, jerit cam org gile etc.. hishhhh.... so thanx to my hubby, my parents, my bros, my siss for being there to help me go through this difficult phase!! *gosh... sedih plak tetibe* 

camtulah... during these phases, i came to fully understood what it means "bile kite jauh dari Allah, Allah akan dtgkan ujian yg kita boleh handle so that kita kembali dekat dgn Allah" and for me, all the way from my pregnancy to birth, confinement, raising them, i highly realise this!! syukur alhamdulillah coz i was chosen to be a mommy to a twin akak MommyKembar. so to mommyTwin Hazlina, you are the selected one and you will go through this phase succeccfully. usaha usaha usaha. yg paling penting, yakin dgn Allah, slalu doa & mintak from Allah. apa yg baik kita usahakan, insyaAllah semua dimudahkan. 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sugar free for kids? Boleh ke?

I always be a person yg very much concern in healthy eating. Its not that I tak makan junk food, pizza, maggi etc, sekali sekala mmg la makannnnn *teringin kot* but somehow if I do consume those thing, I will be like "my god... tak healthy betul" something like that lah. In my own journey towards ageing gracefully, I started to reduce spicy & oily food since 5 years ago and reduce sugar intake since 2 years ago. I am a person yg akan baca nutrition facts on labels bile buy groceries. scary kannnn?? dont be! coz you will appreciate me in 10-15 years to come *macam bagus! haha*

for example.. my hot milo is only 3 tsp or 1 1/2 tbsp milo + hot water. yes.. no sugar, no susu pekat. and for my hubby, dia ni sgt suka minum teh susu. since we were married, he used to minum teh with susu pekat. sometime 3-4 years ago, he change to susu pekat + fresh milk. and started early this year.... I dah berjaya change his teh tarik with brown sugar + fresh milk. only last month, we change to organic raw sugar + fresh milk. okay.. now teh tarik dia sound so not mamak teh tarik at all!!! LOL. now i am trying to switch slowwwwwly to brown rice pulak. my ecobrown rice dlm fridge dh bertapa berbulan2 kot!!

having kids, i am very very particular in what they are eating. for my eldest 5yo qistina, i always tell her that sweet, chocolate, flavoured drink, ice cream are not good for her brain, her teeth etc. so mmg dia tak mkn at all until last 2 years i feel bad.. kesian plak dia membesar without all that joy. so i teach her slowly eating ice cream. haha. i dont want la to be mak yg strict sgt kannnnnn *ehem* but i always remind her to brush teeth properly if not worms will eat her teeth nnt jadi kaler black!

yesterday.. i have a thot of baking steam banana choc muffin for the twin. but somehow most of the receipe has sugar in it. so this morning when i google for kids receipe, i am very very very very very happy to find this!!!

ehh ada rupenye orang buat website camni ekkkkk.... super impressed!! so mommies... i nak ajak all of you to browse her receipe that is very very very healthy *ok now i sound too impressed already* will try out some of her receipe and share, insyaAllah

eat healthy, age gracefully!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Breastfeeding by Mommykembar

Salam semua. lama kan tak update~~ nowadays cam suke update status kat fb page Mommykembar. short & sweet gitu. my page ni basically i jual autumnz product at the cheapest price you can get! selain tu, i do share tips and tricks in raising my twin, healthy living etc.

ok now.. i got this Q from mommy Nina

"Ur twin fully breastfeed atau campur susu formula? Kalau breastfeed, bagi serentak atau asing2? 
Sy rasa susu badan saya x cukup utk twin.. ade tips x?"

well... since fb kan tak best nk tulis pepanjang, so i will explain in detail here. ready mommies.....
I bf my twin princesses until they reach 1yo until i decided to mix. i stat bf them day 2 at hospital coz day 1 dorang kene duduk dlm incubator takleh kuar. so stat day 2 until 1yo was fully bf. fyi, i took unpaid leave until they reach 6m. my twin was born in july 2012, so i stat keje balik jan2013. this is my journey in summary.

Month 1-3 (July-Oct 2012)

it was the toughest months ever!! haha.. simply because i was practically adjusting myself to be a wife and a mommy to a twin + a big sister. alhamdulillah.... since my hubby dapat "cuti" panjang, he assisted me day & night for 7wks plus my mom was around oso. since i decided to fully bf them, it was a heart breaking when doc suggested to top-up with formula when twin got jaundice. tak byk pon... in one day top up only 1 syringe per person. not because my susu tak cukup but to boost up their weight faster. kalau ikut doc kene byk skit tp since i mmg nk fully bf i nekadkan je kasi sekali sehari. sbb tu la agaknya twin kene jaundice on-off for about month gitu. hadoi...mmg penatla kan ulang alik g hospital. bile jaundice dorang ok je, trus i stopkan formula. and that was the time i have a sleepless day & night for 5 mths!!

since they were very much small and twin pulak tu, they just dont bother pon on timing nak sama ke tak ke. yg penting, lapar je cry, lapar je cry. and to boost up susu, i decided to bf them every hour. to be honest, it was tiring, realllyyyyyy tiring........! most of the time they double feed and this was double tiring for me. i dont know why but i find double feeding ni drain my energy a LOT~ haha. my day & night mmg i devoted for bf beside handling my 5yo princess. my hubby pulak not working full time in kl so when he is not around, i will stay with my parent. having NO maid, yes my mom byk membantu *i owe you big time ma* 

if i single bf, my feeding time will be non-stop or at least gap 15min. Usually small baby kan bf for 45m gitu. So bile dah twin, the cycle utk bf tu cepatla sket. This mean in between feeing I got 15-30mins rest before another twin start to cry for bf. if i double feed, i can rest for max 1 hr. but... it was not always a shiny day kan. during month 1-3 ni my rest was normally 30mins max! sebab... selain kene bf, i kene makan jugak, mandi, entertain 5yo princess... and my sleep at night was always DUDUK. yes....penat kan~~~ my god it seriously penaaaatttttt!!! Above all, I sgt bersyukur when Allah is always there. I believe Allah do keep on eye on us & hear our doa. Bayangkan with not enough sleep, I always manage to get deep sleep within that short duration. Again .. always doa. For me, I always doa like “Ya Allah, berilah aku deep sleep for at least 15mine before alya/aimy bangun” and yes!! Mmg deep sleeeepppp gile and mmg bgn je trus cry nk bf. This thing going on and on sampai twin reach 4m. 

Month 4-5 (Nov-Dec 2012)

Bile dah masuk 4m normally baby ni dah stat distracted dgn persekitaran dia. So I can letak dorang depan tv kasi dorang leka sket. Tapi sket jela… coz they sleep bf frequently. But at least my sleep duration increase to max 1hr~ bile masuk 4m ni my twin dh slowly stat single feed. Dah pandai beratur amik no ikut turn la bahasa lay-man nye…. Bagus2! I was very much happier than ever~ *yeay*

Month 6 above (Jan 2013 onwards)

When I started to introduce solid, sepatutnye dorang kurang minum kan? NO…….. not for my twin. They keep their range the SAME!! I think sbb my twin ni type yg minum sket tp kerap. so bile dah stat keje balik, i pump 5x a day at the office until 10mth, then reduce to 4x until they reach 1yo, then slowly reduce to 2x, and 1x and now... officially i am breastpump-free!! ok part ni tak tau nak yeay ke nak hurmm... haha

Above all, my bf journey has made me forget what is beauty sleep, what is sleep at night and I even don’t remember sleeping at night at all pon especially when I started to work again. My day & night tu same je…. coz bile dah stat keje, my routine increase esp when my hubby not around like these...

6.30am - kuar pegi keje
7.30am - 4.30pm - at work, pumping 5x
5.30pm - reach home, pump 1x, wash pump & bottle, solat
6.00pm - fetch qistina, fetch twin, drive home
6.30-7.30pm - entertain the kid, basuh botol, food container, gosok2 baju twin yg kotor sbb mkn, bf
7.30pm - break for solat, mandi
8.30pm - dinner for kids & me
9.00pm - bf
10.00pm - stat tidokan kids, bf 
11.30pm-1.00am - bf, pump, tido balik
2.30-3.30am - bf, pump, tido balik
4.30am, bf ,pump, bgn terus
5.00am - get ready to work, prepare kids stuff, solat, mandi
6.30am - ok i start the cycle all over again!! *gosh*

so among reasons why I decided to mix at 1yo and fully stop bf at 1y6m is as above :) nantila i cite part lain on how i started to detached twin. its painful.... i mean it!! *ouch*

Tips untuk susu banyak? Hurmm…. Not sure if these are tips but these are what I did

  1. I bf them every 1 hour
  2. Everyday I baca doa utk ibu menyusu and doa supaya Allah tetapkan rezeki menyusu utk my twin, bykkan susu, tenangkan diri
  3. I bykkan zikir coz bile hati tenang I dpt rasa susu byk
  4. Eat a lot…. A LOT!! I even mkn lagi byk dari my hubby and yet after 2jam dah lapar balik. And I keep on munching things, healthy one~
  5. I drink susu byk.. 2x day, 2x nights
  6. I makan kurma, pure honey, habbatus sauda oil
  7. i minum high protein drink

Altho sometime I mmg rasa susu mcm sikit, esp bile tahap penat gile2 tp I always tell myself that its enough for my twin coz they have good diapers change, good progress altho small as compared to normal baby. Bila kita yakin, insyaAllah Allah akan bantu.

Hope my summary helps.. if not a lot, a tiny bit pon is good enough! panjang dah ni i tulis *ikhlas ikhlas* haha


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