Dorothy, thanks for that information and for the encouraging words too. Congratulations on nursing this long while working. I know I’ve had it easy not needing to pump–I really don’t like cleaning those pump parts and don’t have anyone to do it for me.
I have loaded some info on confinement at http://mytaipeibaby.tripod.com/confinement.htm but I this was based on information I got off the net. I’m sure that there are different customs depending on whether you’re from HK, Taiwan, China, Singapore, etc. Everyone, feel free to correct me or send me more information.
V mentioned how Chinese women wrap their midsection and I wanted to add that maybe this is something that can prevent prolapse. We could learn a lot from our Asian sisters.
Finally, I wanted to make a little confession. I didn’t breastfeed my first child, now 10. Like most women (I think), I thought I would just put him to the breast and he would nurse. I had no idea that there was anything to “learn” and so all through my pregnancy, I read nothing on bfeeding and when I did have him and our first nursing sessions didn’t work out, my mother (who did bfeed us all) didn’t know how to explain what I was doing wrong.
Don’t want to turn this into an epistle but just wanted the moms to know that I’ve had my struggles with bfeeding too.
Also, at My Taipei Baby, I want to take a stand and promote breastfeeding, natural childbirth and aware/positive parenting as much as possible, but we do also plan to offer information on topics like ‘how to choose the best formula’ (a friend offered to do this for me), epidurals, and information on c-sections. The main objective is to get women informed.
And don’t forget, we could use birth stories, short stories, articles on living/parenting in Taiwan, bi-cultural families, long distance parenting, cheap family fun.
My Taipei Baby