It's been a minute since our last update on our stories from our #momsofCandS! Today, we're glad to be featuring our recent campaign model and skater mom, Zahra Johari, who shares with us her breastfeeding story and her advice on how she juggles the double duties of being a working mom.
1. Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your little family!
Hello! I’m Zahra, a full-time working mom and Ibu (mom in Malay) to two girls - age 4 and 1. As a family, we love spending time reading, singing, and dancing with loads of cuddles and kisses. Bringing the girls out and letting them roam around freely is what we like to do best.
2. How long have you been breastfeeding and how is it going for you?
I started breastfeeding with my first. It was definitely a rollercoaster ride (still is) as everything was pretty new to me. With my first daughter, our breastfeeding journey lasted about 7 months.
Currently, I am given the opportunity again to breastfeed my second daughter coming to a year and 4 months. It's still a roller coaster journey for me as I thought engorgement would just be in the early days but I still experience it from time to time. To be honest, to this day I still have doubts about whether my baby is drinking enough or not. Hehe.
3. A heart-warming moment in your breastfeeding journey?
That would be when I call my daughter over for milk time, and she comes running for hugs and kisses before her feed.
And of course, each nursing time is our time. Our special bonding time.
4. Lastly, what is one parenting advice that worked for you when it comes to juggling the double duties of being a working mom with two kids?
I would say, take it one day at a time. Do what’s best for you and your family. There are no rights or wrongs in parenting; ultimately we always want the best for our children. To be the best version of yourself and that will reflect on how you’ll respond to your children as well.
If you feel that some days are tough, don’t be afraid to speak to your partner or family, and see if he can take over for a moment. Give yourself some time and then get back to the family. It’s true when they say, it takes a village to raise a child.
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