Before I go on, can I ask for a poll from all of you first? It is located on the right side bar under Nuffnang skyscraper ad.
The question is simple, have your child fell sick often, when he/she started going to school?
Recently Aiyu commented that breastfeeding is very expensive, because her friend (a bfg mom) used very expensive breastmilk storage bags to keep her stock of frozen milk. This is completely opposite of general believe/ knowledge of breastfeeding being a cost saving way. Indeed, what motivated me to start considering bfd was the cost saving part!
You see, there are many ways of keeping your expressed milk. You can use milk bottles, bottle liners (e.g. Playtex), or pre-sterilized milk storage bags specifically designed for breast milk. And for older babies, we even use ice-cream bags – as long as they are food-graded plastic bags, they are all alright to store breast milk.
Picking this photo from MMB, it shows a lot of frozen ebm taken from the fridge in the Paed ICU of a Government Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. As you can see many containers with mothers names labeled –> all frozen milk. These are food grade containers.
In the same article, you will find that Suzany (another MMB member) also used ice-cream Malaysia bags to store her breastmilk. I adopted that technique and our children are all well and thriving.
Aiyu told her friend that I used ice-cream Malaysia bags, and she refused – saying that it is not pre-sterilized.
Okay, my argument is that –> aren’t we all encouraged to breastfeed directly? Any of us go under steam/boiling sterilization process of our nipples? NO! Of course! So, are our kids all having food poisoning as a result of that?
Come on lah! If we protect the kids so much that they don’t get exposed to germs at all, when they go to the school, they surely will get sick in the beginning.
I am guilty of protecting Ian too much as well. When he started schooling, he fell sick very often, and PIL wanted me to stop sending him to school, saying that the school is too dirty for him. Well, that is just delaying the process, doesn’t prevent it!
When it was Isabel’s turn, I learnt from mistakes, and she turned out to be perfectly alright. She seldom fell sick and even if she did, without medication she recover on her own, building up her own antibody stronger.
I just hope that people who want to breastfeed, don’t get yourself too bothered with the sterilization process. BFG is such a pleasant experience that can also save you a lot of money too. Don’t let this marketing gimmick stress you too much.