Mr Sunshine and I went shopping for baby stuff yesterday after work. Bought a couple more pairs of baby clothes, a baby bathing tub, a bedding set, disposable diapers and a few other necessities.
I was pretty excited and surprisingly energized that there were even times I was the one telling Mr. Sunshine to rest and wait for me while I walked up and down the staircase of the departmental store looking for stuff. But of course he wouldn’t leave me to do all that walking on my own. Hehe.
It’s no surprise that all that energy I had fizzled just after 2 hours of shopping. Hehe.

There are some other things that I am planning to get before giving birth:
(All images are from Google Images)

1) A breast pump.

As I intend to breastfeed my baby exclusively, I wanted to get a dual pump. But considering the cost, I have decided to go with a single electric pump, the Medela Swing. The only problem or question that I have with a single pump is, will my other breast leak milk while I am pumping ? If it does, then wouldn’t it be a total waste ? Should I get a cheaper manual pump to pump both sides ? *pening*

The main reasons that I have chosen Medela Swing is because of its 2 Phase Expression Technology, similar to Freestyle which has garnered so much positive reviews. Plus it can operate on batteries too, which I think would come in handy if I happen to be stuck in a jam or whenever there’s a blackout. Hehe.

2) Nursing bras

I’ve only bought one pair of these so I definitely need more.

3) A nursing pillow. 

I consider this a necessity because I am prone to have back pains and sore arms etc etc. Prevention is always better than cure. 😀

I sure hope whatever we have purchased for Mini Mel is enough at least until I finish my confinement period.
Speaking of which, I will be in Batu Pahat after I give birth, InshaAllah. Mum in-law will be taking care of me and baby during my confinement. As much as I want to give birth in KL, near Daddy, Marc and Marlene, it’s best that I deliver my baby as near as possible to my in-laws. Hence, Batu Pahat would be the wisest choice.
I’ve been having my good share of sleepless nights about this. I have never stayed over at my in-laws without Mr. Sunshine and that’s something I’ve gotta prepare myself for because I can’t expect Mr. Sunshine to take a whole month’s leave to stay with me. He obviously has to go back to work.
Now don’t take this the wrong way, my in-laws are great, but being away from Mr Sunshine (and Daddy, Marc & Lene) while I deal with postpartum pain, and the pressures of adjusting to being a new mum is something I am not sure I am capable enough to deal with. 🙁

I know it’s all for the best, for both baby and I.
I hope the one week leave before my EDD will be approved.
I hope I get to go back in time to deliver my baby in Batu Pahat.

But at the end of the day, we can only plan. InshaAllah.


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  1. Assalam Mel . ttg breastpump, Nape tak try Spectra 3? Syikin pakai untuk my doter ari tu, n skrg da bg kakak pakai, puas ati la. spare part senang cr berbanding medela. medela as u said – quite expensive . try tgk website nursing bra pon murah kat situ ,hehe . just my 2 cents.

  2. I honestly think that BP would be the best bet for you, my dear…..considering the pros and the cons. Anyway, when is your EDD?

    I was born in BP on the 4th of August. Just sharing…..

  3. Asyikin: Wslm Syikin. 🙂 From what I read Spectra is bulky & noisy compared to Medela (do correct me if wrong), and it cannot operate on batteries. As I travel balik kampung every now and then, I think I would need a pump that works without the AC adapter. Any thoughts on that ? Thanks so much tau. 🙂

    Anonymous: Yeah, it seems like the best option so far. My EDD is August 25th. Oh, so you’re from BP too ? That’s great to know ! 😀

  4. kak mel: medela single pump pakai 8 batteries utk operate. dia x kasi rechargable battery tu. why dont u splurge sikit since u memang nak breastfeed and all that travelling. dont u think medela freestyle if more useful. mmg mahal. and yes when u pump one breast. the other will come out too.

  5. Nanie, yeah I know about the batteries, thank you. 🙂
    Freestyle is a better choice but no I cannot afford to splurge on it right now. 🙂
    Thanks Nanie. 🙂

  6. i would advise for medela freestyle klu u nk xclusive breastfeed… mayb leh ajak kengkawan main kutu or etc…

    for freestyle – pki batt x kuat sgt pump dia,end up pki direct gak, about noise, freestyle pun bunyi gak la cuma x sekuat spectra, kdg2 mcm lebih kurang sama jer, spectra bagus cuma bulky jer,

    nnt pki single pump, sebelah lg leh stanby botol kosong,klu menitik pun masuk dlm botol…

    nursing bra i have a lot, and utk malam ana pki yg x da padded nie,selesa sket…

    nursing pillow – for me sgt2 berguna, i use during pregnant 3rd tri, till my baby nk start solid food…and till now…hehehe

    i agree with u,masa confinement elok duk dgn MIL..lgpun anak sulung banyaaaaak kena belajar n kena sabar,she’ll give u extra strength, dah abis pantang tu u dah kuat sket dah boleh g kt ur family…lgpun they can visit u…

  7. Thanks so much Ana.
    About the breast pumps, thanks to a friend of mine, I am now actually considering buying Spectra 3, boleh double pumping. Hehe. Freestyle kutu last-last minute ni susah nak dpt lah.
    Yay for nursing bras & pillows ! Hehe.
    Yup, staying with my MIL is definitely the best option for me. 🙂
    Cuma risau diri sendiri tak dapat cope. Isk.

  8. kak mel. sorry for the late reply. was away for induksi last week.

    saya guna spectra 3. freestyle is too expensive for me. as mentioned above, spectra 3 quite bulky, quite noisy, use AC only.

    but spectra 3 boleh double pumping. easier and jimat masa terutama bila pump masa kerja. i think fabulous mum ada buat promotion with stripe jingle jungle bag which is way beautiful than mine from enjoybreastfeeding.

    whatever it is, happy shopping and enjoy! semoga dipermudahkan segalanya.

  9. salam mel.
    dont wory about single pump. just wear milk collector on the other breast. besides if u do the tandem pumping, u’ll get more milk due to LDR!
    it doesnt matter which pump that u buy as long as u comfortable and happy with it.
    as for me i bought avent manual as i easy for me & I can put it in my handbag! hehehe
    nursing bra….very convenient during nursing. love it
    wish u all the best dear….
    i wish u early welcome to the world where sleep is a luxury, not a necessity

  10. Salam.
    Oh yes, I’ve read that tandem pumping results in more milk production. I guess you’re right, in terms of the pump, what’s good for another person, is not necessarily good for me. Hehe.
    Thank you so much ! 🙂

  11. Hi melissa, i’m also researching options on whether to buy medela or spectra 3 as both only differs a few hundred ringgit in costs.

    in my 19th day of pantang and is on 3 mnths maternity leave. I plan to stock up ebf on my last month of leave because before that i’ll be in mom’s and MIL’s house.

  12. Hello MissyN.
    I hope you’ve found some opinions on both pumps here. As for me, I’ve decided to go Spectra 3 because it’s cheaper. Hehe. Congratulations on your newborn ! Take care & all the best. 🙂

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