Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s lactation consultant shares her top breastfeeding tips

How do you prevent getting problems such as blocked ducts and mastitis? If you get them, what can you do about them?

Start breastfeeding early, have your newborn room-in with you and continue breastfeeding on demand.

When your breasts are filled up with milk, your baby must be able to latch on and suck correctly. Empty each breast during each breastfeeding session, before moving on to the next one.

Blocked ducts are caused by engorgement. If not treated, mastitis follows. According to the Mayo Clinic, mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast.

Take engorgement seriously. If your breast milk is not flowing well, do not try to use an electrical pump as the first resort to getting the milk out. Instead, allow the baby to remove the milk.

Try to breastfeed your baby every 2 hours until your breasts are softer and milk starts to flow.

Hand expression is actually more efficient in removing the breast milk than using an electrical pump during the hospital stay. The electrical pump is only useful when a newborn for whatever reason, is not able to breastfeed directly. 

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If you plan to go back to work, you can still continue to breastfeed your baby with the support of your supervisor and colleagues

Are there any foods or supplements nursing mums can take to boost their amount of breast-milk? 

Stimulating and emptying the breasts frequently is recommended to increase supply. However, in Singapore, Fenugreek is also commonly taken as a breastfeeding supplement.

What are your top tips for continuing breastfeeding your child beyond the age of 1 (extended breastfeeding)?

The World Health Organization recommends you breastfeed your baby for 2 years in order to get all the benefits for both baby’s and mum’s health.

If you are a working mother, find out whether your working environment is baby friendly. If not, speak to your supervisor and colleagues to seek their support.

Ensure your refrigerator is in good condition to store your expressed breastmilk.

Is it safe to breastfeed a child while you are pregnant?

Yes it is. We have seen a mother breastfeed  her first child until delivery day!

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The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until your baby is 6 months old

Can a mum breastfeed an older child and a newborn at the same time?

Yes, but always breastfeed your newborn first as your milk composition will be best for him/her rather than your older child. 

What are your top tips for a mother who wants to continue breastfeeding after she returns to work?

Allow your baby to breastfeed directly whenever possible and pump regularly around the clock to maintain your milk supply.

You should not be over-stressed about pumping at work, so do ask your supervisor and colleagues to support you in your breastfeeding journey. 

Pregnant.sg would like to thank Ms Yong for her invaluable advice above.

Mums, we hope these tips are useful to you in your breastfeeding journey. Remember to persevere and do not hesitate to contact a lactation consultant or your doctor if you encounter any issues with breastfeeding.


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