World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7th) is celebrated annually to recognise and honour every woman’s breastfeeding accomplishments around the world.
Motherhood is a remarkably significant chapter in a woman's life. It is equally rewarding as it is challenging. As a mother, each day brings with it a mix of emotions like joy, nervousness, fear, self-doubt, anger, sadness, fulfilment and more. Mothers commonly experience guilt when they feel they haven’t tried hard enough to nurse their infants or inadequacy when their nursing efforts don’t work. Other common experiences include the tendency to doubt if what they’re doing is right and ultimately, questioning if they are being a good mother.
Mothers, after going through tireless labour or a C-section for your child, breastfeeding may sound arduous. However, be rest assured that with sufficient knowledge, support and a strong will, it is doable!
Breastfeeding is nature’s precious gift for the infant. While providing essential nourishment to boost a baby’s growth and development, mothers are also a beneficiary of this extraordinary process. Breastfeeding is actually a way that mothers gain immunity against breast cancer. Research has also shown that breastfed babies are associated with having a lower risk to develop diseases in their adolescence or adulthood, such as allergies and obesity.
Essential Tips and Must Knows for Breastfeeding Mothers:
1. Seek Support From a Lactation Consultant
Lactation consultants are practitioners who specialise in giving advice on the lactation process. In Singapore, you can find them in most of the public and private hospitals. Getting proper advice on the “what” and “how” of breastfeeding can be very helpful in achieving a hassle free experience.
2. Breastfeeding Can Be Very Painful
Seeking early medical attention if you experience any of these:
swelling or hardening of the breast
having a fever with pain in the breast
intense or recurring pains at the nipples or anywhere around it
3. Practice is Required
Like any other skill, breastfeeding is learnt through practice. The first 2-3 weeks can be quite painful. But as the milk secretions build and the child learns to latch, it will become easier.
4. Watch Your Child’s Weight and Track His/Her Poo-Pee Frequency
5. Ensure That You Are Eating Enough Food
Approximately 1800-2000 calories are required as a daily intake for good milk generation.
6. Be In a Happy State of Mind!
Breastfeeding is actually bonding time for you with your baby. So, it’s important to stay happy and stress free. If you feel sad, anxious or unwell for more than 3 weeks, seek immediate help for your mental and emotional health.
*Important Factors that Decide the Ease of Latching: size of the nipple, milk quantity, child’s oral structure, good position and child’s temperament to latch.
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