When you are pregnant, you read up on everything there is to know about looking after your new baby. One very important topic mums-to-be research on is breastfeeding.
Parenting books often make breastfeeding seem simple. Definitely for some mums, nursing their newborn comes naturally and without major problems. However, for other mums, breastfeeding may pose some challenges.
Often, mums who struggle with breastfeeding tend to give up. Most are worried that their baby might not be getting enough milk, or because they think they are just not getting it ‘right’.
However, with the advice and guidance of an experienced lactation consultant, there is no need to end your breastfeeding journey before it even begins. It is possible to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months, which is the World Health Organization’s recommendation, and even continue for as long as you wish.
Trained Midwife and Lactation Consultant Ms Yasa Yong Nyuk Yin from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital gives some very valuable tips and advice for mums who might be struggling with breastfeeding. Mums-to-be who want to learn more about nursing their little ones will also find this interview valuable.
Is there anything mums can do before their baby is born to ensure their milk will kick in?
Not during pregnancy. But do ensure that your nipples are soft and protruding and there is no dry skin. If you are not sure, please speak to a lactation consultant for help.
What are your top tips on helping a newborn baby latch on properly?
It’s best to try and master the skill in the hospital before you are discharged. Also, put your baby to your breasts frequently immediately after birth. You can also ask the nurses to check on the latching and positioning if you are not sure.
What’s the easiest breastfeeding position for new mums?
There’s really no such position and it depends on what suits you and your baby. First, try to hold the baby correctly and build up your confidence in handling a newborn. It’s also important that your partner also learns how to hold your newborn, and learns things like how to burp the little one.
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