Sunday, September 30, 2007

ParentCraft - Breastfeeding

We learnt the basics of breastfeeding. Throughout the session, Nurse Lim always says:" The more you feed, the more milk will come EVENTUALLY...." That's the rule of thumb and the magic word is 'eventually', got it? When there is more demand (expresing breastmilk), there is more supply!

Breastfeeding is all about bonding and patience...

Feed! Feed! Feed!

Some pointers to highlight:
1. For breastfeeding, baby needs no water as supplement.
• For the initial weeks, just breasefeed everytime baby cries.
• Gradually schedule breastfeeding timing.
• Finally to introduce expressed breast milk (EBM).

2. Baby is the BEST breast pump!
• Can help mommies to prevent engorgement! (PS: Cold cabbage leaves can be the solution; use with caution.)

3. Breastfeeding, best to continue up to six months.

4. Stockpile EBM
• in chiller not more than 48 hours;
• in freezer not more than three months at -18 degrees celsius;
• in freezer of a two-door fridge, not more than two weeks;
• once thawed, or warmed up - DO NOT return milk to fridge;
• stand bottle in a bowl of warm water to warm the milk. DO NOT boil or microwave.

5A. Working Moms
• Continue the breastfeed pattern even if at work.
• If you can't store the EBM, express as per normal and discard > more demand, more suppy.

5B. Sick Moms
• It's ok to continue to breastfeed; unless doctor says otherwise.
• Continue the breastfeed pattern even if you are sick and can't breastfeed > discard the EBM.
• If you can't store the EBM, express as per normal and discard > more demand, more suppy.

6. Drink plenty of fluids - brewed soup, longan red dates water, juices (water, just sip).

7. Confinement food
• If you are breastfeeding, take pig trotter only after 14 days; as too much vineger and ginger are the cause of jaundice.
• If you are breastfeeding, take 'DOM' only after your last feed and only for 10ml; as too much alcohol will cause baby to oversleep in the day. Wake your baby at all scheduled feed; never let baby sleep too long.

PS: More to explore and experience about breastfeeding. Now I am reading this book - Asian Parenting Today - and other breastfeeding materials.

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