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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Breastfeeding


Most working mothers don't feel comfortable to breastfeed, especially for 1 to 2 years - which is the norm in other societies as well as the recommended length of time for breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding has been made easier due to the various pumps and milk storage equipments widely available nowadays. Most medium to large firms would have a pantry with a fridge for mothers to store their milk during working hours. Moreover, most shopping centres and hospitals also provide a room for the convenience of the mother who wishes to breastfeed.

Now lets look at the advantages and importance of breastmilk

  • Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies

  • It protects against infection and some chronic diseases

  • It makes the bond between the baby and the mother stronger by providing security and comfort to the baby

  • It's free and comes at no cost to the environment.

  • It is convenient as there is no need for sterilization of bottles, scrubbing teats, lugging bottle and sterile water around, mixing formula, keeping formula chilled, warming formula for feeds....

How long to breastfeed?

It is recommended for mothers to breastfeed their babies exculively until the baby is 6 months old. After you have introduced solids, you should continue to breastfeed at least until she turns one. World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends breastfeeding until your child turns 2.

Problems involved in breastfeeding

Engorgement - Most common 3 or 4 days after
birth. Your breasts overfill with milk, making them feel heavy and hard. Your milk production will probably settle down after a few days; try expressing a little milk before feeds.

Blocked duct - maybe caused by engorgement; try offering the affected breast first when baby's sucking is strongest - this may clear the blockage. Keep your nipples clean and wear a well-fitting bra.

Sore nipple - Can be caused by baby incorrectly latching on. Try rubbing milk on the nipple after a feed.



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