As I prepare to go back to work, foremost in my mind is how E will be getting my breastmilk. I had nipple confusion issues with N. However, with N, I went back to work when she was already 7 months so I didn’t have any issues with giving her the bottle then. With E, I will be going back to work when he is 2 months old. We have a great breastfeeding relationship and I don’t want to jeopardize it by introducing a bottle.
What’s the best solution? Cupfeeding! Breastfriends like Velvet, Dr. Mianne and Dr. Jessa teach cupfeeding and recommend that I teach Erik. However, I could only get to them at the last week of February. I wanted my nanny to learn earlier to give her time to practice. She had been attempting to cupfeed E with little success because she lacked confidence and was afraid of E every time he cried!
Velvet referred me one of Arugaan’s community leaders – Nanay Rich Talle. Nanay Rich was actually an Arugaan-trained lactation masseuse. However, Velvet said that she could also teach my yaya how to cupfeed E. So I contacted her and asked her to come for cupfeeding instructions and a massage.
Nanay Rich came on a Monday. Normally, the lactation massage comes with breastfeeding counseling. In my case, I didn’t ask for counseling anymore but cupfeeding instructions instead.
Here’s Nanay Rich teaching E to drink milk from a cup
According to Nanay Rich, babies also need to be taught to cupfeed. She also asked me to warm my milk a little so E won’t be “shocked” by the cold temperature. Nanay Rich also massaged N (who had colds and coughs) which was extra. She taught my yaya how to massage N and E.
E’s nanny was happy that Nanay Rich came because she felt more confident cupfeeding E. She’s practicing everyday and hopefully will be able to successfully cupfeed E when I go back to work.
You can reach Nanay Rich at 09163086434.
*Read this post for a step by step instructions to cupfeed with photos from Babymama.