I am now 34 weeks preggers and how am I feeling? Feeling excited that it isn’t long until I get to meet this little person but nervous because I then have to actually look after this little life, how will this tiny person change my life? Will all my future blog posts involve moaning about motherhood or how tired I am? Who knows and I guess I will cross that hurdle when I come to it. At 34 weeks I am still rather blessed with a small bump so I am still very able to do everything and sleeping is still ok. What actually wakes me up at night is needing the loo and I get too hot. This week I have started my antenatal classes and last night I had my first class on breastfeeding. It sounds a bit extreme to have 2 hours of breastfeeding lessons but when you are a first time mum and have no idea what to do those 2 hours go rather quick. I even took notes like a good student because I have been rather worried that I will not be able to do it. My mum struggled and gave up after 3 months with my brother and she didn’t even bother with me.
We have all been told (or heard) that breastfeeding is the best and after my class I can understand why because the midwife also explained the science behind it. I will not go through it all now because I will be here forever (it was a 2 hour class… remember). However, does it mean mums who cannot breastfeed (like my own mother) should be made to feel bad? NO! I mean look at me, I was bottle feed with formula from day one and I think I have turned out fine so if I am like my mum and am unable to breastfeed then I will not feel bad because I have turned out just fine.
However, one of the benefits of breastfeeding was rather interesting… apparently breastfeeding will give our babies better eye sight meaning they are more likely to have 20/20 vision. That fact is particularly interesting to me because Chinese as a culture are not big on breastfeeding because it is the thought of getting your boobs out in public. Chinese are a rather reserved culture overall plus most companies over in Hong Kong/ China only allow 3 months maternity leave which makes breastfeeding even more difficult. Mums should breastfeed their baby up until they are one years old. It is just a very different work ethic, everyone works way too hard and working hours are ridiculously long so it doesn’t allow new mums to enjoy being mum.
I am not saying this may relate to the lack of breastfeeding but it got me thinking because so many Chinese are shortsighted or just have bad eyesight full stop. So could these two factors be related? Ahhhhhh, I’ve got you thinking too haven’t I? I just thought it was interesting because I was obviously never breastfeed and I need glasses. My brother was breastfeed for 3 months and still needs glasses so could that really be a factor? After last nights class I have basically learned we should try and breastfeed our babies until they are 1 year old. After 3 months it is ok to express so dad can have some bonding time too and after 6 months it is fine to feed them baby food as well as milk but ideally no formula milk until they have reached one! Interesting!