Welcome to your complete guide for breastfeeding. Whether you are looking for breastfeeding help, contacts of lactation specialist, or information on when to wean your baby, you will find it here. We are here to help you understand what breastfeeding is all about, the benefits of breastfeeding, how to go about breastfeeding and what your husband can do to contribute to the process of breastfeeding. Read on also to find expert tips about breastfeeding from the doctors in Singapore!
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Physician Xiong Ying shares the traditional wisdom to help breastfeeding mums boost their milk supply.
Ever wondered how your body knows to produce breast milk? Find out all about the natural process of lactation, and the nutritional content of your breast milk.
Breastfeeding is an emotional journey no matter who you are. The connection between mother and baby is something special. Check out these celeb breastfeeding mummies and what they say about their breastfeeding journey.
When it's time to get out and about with baby. You want to be sure that you are going to a place which has all the necessary amenities to make it a hassle free visit. Here is our round up of ten of the best nursing rooms in Singapore.
It's never a good idea to cut back on food when you're pregnant, particularly if you plan to breastfeed your little one, because it could affect your breastmilk supply. We recommend 10 foods to increase milk production.
When it comes to handling fresh and frozen breast milk, there are certain rules to bare in mind. Read our lactation consultant, Jani Combrink's top 10 tips.
Can eating oatmeal help to boost your milk supply and help increase production? While there is no scientific fact to support the case, many mums and lactation consultants swear by it.
Many mums wonder how they can manage sore and cracked nipples when breastfeeding. Thomson Medical Centre helps to answer.
Every new mum is keen to find out how to get started with breastfeeding a newborn. Read expert tips from Thomson Medical Centre on breastfeeding frequency and length of feed for a newborn.
Insufficient milk production is a common problem many new mums deal with after giving birth Here are some natural remedies to help increase milk supply.
There are a few techniques of how to burp a baby correctly. It can seem hard at first but follow these simple rules and you'll get it in no time.
If you are thinking about using a breast pump to help you and your baby ease into a new routine. Here is everything you need to know about pumping breast milk.
One of the most magical things many breastfeeding mums will experience at some point is when their little one first breaks into gurgles of laughter during nursing time. Take a peek at some video clips of baby giggles!
Many pregnant women wonder about how their breasts would change during pregnancy or if there will be changes in their breast size after birth. There are a few factors that can influence the shape and size of your breasts after giving birth and when you stop breastfeeding.
What can make breastfeeding easier and comfortable for you? Find out what Singapore breastfeeding mums said were their top five essentials when it comes to breastfeeding.
As a new parent, you'll want to do everything in your power to help mum and baby get to grips with breastfeeding. While mum has the breasts and milk flow, dad can follow these simple steps to providing the best breastfeeding support.
Producing plenty of breast milk for your baby is a blessing but when you have more than you need to feed your baby, it can be painful. There is no need to waste it. Here is how you can cope with an oversupply and some tips on what it can be used for.
There are many ways to improve the quality of your breastmilk. Here we look at which foods and supplements you need to take depending on your lifestyle and diet.
Many mums wonder how they can know if their baby is full after a feed. Thomson Medical Centre helps to answer.
Step away from the TV set and into the kitchen for an afternoon of baking up these melt-in-your-mouth Mo' Milk Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies that will promote lactation!
Choosing to breastfeed is a decision that every new mum should make for herself. We help to break down the pros and cons of breastfeeding to help you decide what is best for you.
Breastfeeding can create a host of problems for the nursing mum. Try these easy tricks for relieve your breastfeeding discomfort at home without medication.
Some foods such as fenugreek, oatmeal and Chinese herbs can promote milk supply. In this article, we will explore some non-food ways to increase breast milk.
Do you face criticism from those around you on the breastfeeding choices you have made? Don't let it stress you out. Anita Daubaras of Breastfeeding Mothers' Support Group Singapore gives us her advice on how to respond.
There are ways to effectively and safely store expressed breast milk. That way, baby can still get all the benefits of your milk without you actually being around.
Pumpkins are not just a Halloween decoration, they're actually a very healthy, versatile vegetable. Check out these five pumpkin recipes which are great source of nutrition during breastfeeding and can also help with losing baby weight.
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Be in with a chance to win a chewable breastfeeding necklace which can be used to distract your baby during feeding time and also can be used as a teething toy.
Breast milk can be used for a whole load of really cool things as well as nourishing your baby. Take a look at these 10 alternative uses for breast milk that you would never think off!
Breast milk is more than just the perfect food for baby. It actually has healing powers that can work magic on a number of medical problems. Find out which evryday gripes can be soothed with the magical powers of breast milk.
Please help us to find out more about you like and dislike. We want to know the length you breastfed for and why. Take our quick poll and let us know how long you decided to breastfeed your baby!
We caught up with Tizzie Hall, the International Baby Whisperer, in September at the Pan Pacific Orchard. Author of the hugely popular ‘Save Our Sleep’ book, Tizzie has been helping parents all over the world with her baby sleep routines for over 15 years.
After reading Tizzie’s ‘Save Our Sleep’ book, we still had some lingering questions about putting her routines into practice. Particularly, if it was possible to adapt her routines to cater for the…
The one thing mums are divided on is how you should feed your baby. What are the differences between breastmilk and formula milk. We look at the pros and cons of each diet.
Breastfeeding in public can be uncomfortable for some new mums. Would the installation of more private lactation areas in public spaces and transport help? We look into recent reports about a Chinese bus company did just that on its buses.
We know about the benefits that breastfeeding brings to your baby but what about for us mums? A new study reveals that the longer you breastfeed, the lower your risk of breast cancer. Can this be true?
"Forgetfulness is a natural part of a woman's defense mechanism after the pain and rigors of childbirth," explains gynaecologist Dr. Sharon Phelan. Although temporary, we know just how pesky it can be having the tiniest of things like feeding time slip your mind! Fortunately, there is a way around this: breastfeeding bracelets.Find out what breastfeeding bracelets are, if you need one, and how to make your very own!
Breastfeeding on a plane has sparked world-wide debate. Should you cover up or not? We take a look at the arguments for and against to help you decide what is best for you and your baby.
As a new mum, there are likely a whirl of questions about breastfeeding you haven't gotten an answer to - such as how much to feed baby, and how to know when he's had enough. Put your mind to rest, because we've got the answers here!
Nipple blanching occurs when there is a temporary lack of blood flow to that area of the breast and as a result they appear white in colour. Read more about this painful condition and how to avoid it when breastfeeding. Watch a video on the effects of nipple blanching!
For some mothers, it is convenient to bottle feed their baby breastmilk. By using a manual or electric breastfeeding pump, you are able to express the milk and store it ready for their baby to drink. After a certain period of expressing milk, you may decide to go back to the normal skin-to-skin method of breastfeeding. Or, begin introducing solid foods, reducing the amount of milk needed. Here's how to do it.
You may consider weaning from formula if you used it as a ‘top up’ combined with breastmilk and you now decide to go back to exclusively breastfeeding. Or, you feel your baby is old enough to start introducing solid foods to their diet. If you have been feeding your baby with a breastmilk supplement then here is what you need to know about weaning from formula.
Learning to breastfeed together is the first journey you will take as mother and baby. It can be traumatic for mums who excitedly welcome a new member of the family, to then be faced with the challenging role of breastfeeding their little one, and encountering oral motor problems. Find out how oral motor therapy can help to resolve breastfeeding issues.
7 August 2013 marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). In an effort to celebrate the joys of breastfeeding and bring together mums worldwide, WBW was commemorated in 1992 by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. Today, it's celebrated in more than 174 countries with the full support of World Health Orgnaisation (WHO) and UNICEF.
What is it about breastfeeding in public in Singapore? A Singaporean mother was told off for doing so while dining at a restaurant here recently. Is it wrong to breastfeed in public, and what do other mums think? We explore the issue.
An 11-month old baby passed away after being exclusively breastfed by his vegan mother. An autopsy revealed he had suffered vitamin A and B12 deficiencies. Learn about what you should include in your diet while breastfeeding.
Let's face it, being a mum is a full-time job! Now that you have your newborn baby on your hands, it can be difficult to find the time to watch your favorite shows or cook, or maybe catch up with an old friend over the phone. Fortunately, we've found a simple solution to ease the strain on your tired body, bless you: breastmilk popsicles.
Mums, while breastfeeding your child, you might want to save a little milk on the side to create a pendant. Check out how a new trend is giving moms the ability to preserve their breastmilk in the form of jewelry.
Fathers are no longer just breadwinners who bring home the bacon. They are powerful partners who can contribute to the success and failure of breastfeeding by actively supporting and helping their wives. A dad doesn’t have to remain as a bystander and his assistance is important to the breastfeeding process. Learn what you can do as a father to help in breastfeeding.
Learn to read signs
When a baby is hungry, cold, wet, or dirtied his diapers,…
Once you find out that you are expecting twins or triplets, you need to start gathering as much information as you can on breastfeeding multiples. There are some practical implications and nutritional aspects that you need to consider, but nothing worth breaking your head about.
Breast milk storage can be problematic when a power outage occurs. It may not happen often in Singapore but it does occur occasionally. During a power outage, precious frozen breast milk can become thawed. To keep them in their frozen state, an ice box, a container designed to maintain the temperature of frozen goods, can be utilised. A dry cotton cloth, wrapped around each bottle, can also help preserve its solid consistency. To last for…
Many mums want to breastfeed their newborns but are sometimes unable to. Sometimes this is due to medical problems or lack of breast milk. There are drugs such as domperidone that can help increase the milk production. You should discuss all your options with your doctor in case another alternative is available for you.
What is domperidone?
Domperidone is an antidopaminergic drug that is used to help suppress vomiting and ease nausea. It is usually highly recommended…
Breastfeeding is one of the best gifts a mother can give to her child, but it’s not always easy. If you find it difficult to produce plenty of milk, using a breast pump can help. If you’re planning to return to work, you will also require a breast pump so you can continue producing milk for your baby.
However, a breast pump that works well for one person may not work for everyone. It’s actually best…
You’ve had a beautiful “babymoon” with your newborn child, but it’s now time to go back to work. However, you’re not ready yet to stop breastfeeding yet because you believe in all the great benefits to your child if he or she drinks breast milk for six months or more. But how can you discretely pump milk at work and still look professional? Here are 5 tips on how to pump breast milk at work.
Breastfeeding is usually something that is dictated by maternal instinct once a woman gives birth to her child, but sometimes she still has some questions on how best to feed. The Antenatal and Parentcraft Programme, at National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore provides training and helpful breastfeeding tips to put first-time mothers at ease.
Nipple soreness can be linked to serious problems like plugged ducts or mastitis. However, it can also occur for no obvious reason. The annoying thing is that sometimes nipple soreness can come about even after months of pain-free nursing. Women have a lower tendency of experiencing soreness in the earlier phases of lactation, but due to the constant pressure exerted by the baby on the breast while feeding, the possibility of nipple soreness can increase…
Some nursing mothers find that they have excess milk flow when they're breastfeeding. While pumping and storing breast milk is always an option, some women find that they're still producing more milk than their baby can feed. In such cases, there are some herbal remedies that have been known to help decrease excess milk flow and relieve uncomfortable breast engorgement. Herbs like sage, peppermint and parsley are said to help when made into forms of…
Sometimes while breastfeeding, a nursing woman can develop what's called a a milk blister, or blocked nipple pore. Also called a bleb, a nipple blister may appear on the nipple and/or the areola as just a white, clear or yellow dot, but might sometimes stand out as a large blister.
RELATED: Sudden nipple soreness after nursing
Most of the time it is quite painful on the tip of the nipple, but some moms feel the pain further behind inside…
A galactagogue is an agent that stimulates the secretion of milk or increases the milk flow. Women commonly make use of galactagogues when they're breastfeeding, and they can be in the form of an herb, food, tea or drug.
Commonly used galactagogues are herbal plants. Fenugreek could be the most potent milk-stimulating herb known to nursing mothers. According to research, most women using this herb in a dosage of 1200 to 1800mg three times a day…
When you start breastfeeding, you might run into a host of problems you never knew existed. For example, your skin might be more sensitive than you expected, and you might have discomfort when trying to breastfeed. Maybe your baby is having trouble latching on and feeding, and you don't understand why. All of these issues are more common than you might think. Nipple shields are a great way to resolve a lot of these simple…
Breastfeeding can be a little intimidating for a new mum, and there can often be strategies, tips and measures to be aware of that you didn't even anticipate. Reverse cycling is a term used to refer to an infant's nursing pattern, during which the feeding frequency is much greater in the evening than in the daytime. Your baby may be mixing up day and night, which can happen at this age. Here is some information…
Many mums worry about breastfeeding when sick and question whether it's safe for their babies. However, breast milk contains a significant amount of antibodies that are essential in keeping the baby's immune system from most diseases acquired by the mother. For example, when a mother has mastitis (inflammation of the mammary gland in the breast, usually caused by a bacterial infection due to a damaged nipple) the baby is left unharmed, even when in direct contact…
Many women tend to conserve their expressed milk for as long as it lasts. They value the milk so much that throwing it out makes them feel guilty of wasting a very precious substance. Unwittingly, though, they are putting child’s safety at risk every time they reuse leftover expressed breast milk.
How long does expressed breast milk last?
At present, no guideline is formulated for reusing expressed breast milk. In this case, it is best that one's…
According to a certain study, 20% of mastitis cases reoccur. Re-occurrence of mastitis may be triggered by the same conditions present during the first onset.
In most cases, mastitis is more likely to recur due to irregular breastfeeding patterns (i.e. skipping nursing or pumping sessions, and bottle feeding instead of getting baby to latch on). Recurrent episodes of mastitis may also mean that mum's immune system is taking a back seat, mostly due to stress and tiredness.
What causes a breast…
Breast pumping refers to the manner of manually expressing milk through the aid of a pump. Many mums these days choose to pump their breast milk for a number of reasons. (For one, it means daddy can feed the baby too when you need a quick catnap!) If you've just begun nursing, here are some breast pumping tips to get you started.
Buying your breast pump
Breast pumps come in manual and electric versions. They vary in…
Mastitis an infection of the breast that may occur as early as the seventh postpartal day or when the baby is weeks or months old. This is caused by an organism that enters the mother’s breast through the cracked or fissured nipples.
According to Betzold, author of the An Update on the Recognition and Management of Lactational Breast Inflammation, mastitis refers to the inflammation of the breast, with or without infection or redness and may be…
Comfort nursing, also known as non-nutritive sucking, does not only refer to an infant’s satisfaction from breastfeeding, but it rather focuses on the mother and child bonding. Nursing quenches an infant’s need for soothing, familiarity and educational parent-child exchanges as well security reassurance and bonding.
Through nursing an intimate bond between infant and mother is established. And the passage of breast milk during nursing allows for the transport of maternal hormones that promote comfort to an…
Almost every woman notices some immediate feelings of sadness, otherwise known as postpartum blues, after childbirth. This probably occurs as a response to the anticlimactic feeling after birth and is related to hormonal shifts as the levels of oestrogen, progesterone and gonadotropin-releasing hormones in her body decline or rise.
Antidepressants and breastfeeding: Dealing with postpartum depression
In some women, postpartum blues may last longer than one year. In addition to an over-all feeling of sadness, a woman…
After nine months of giving up many foods, drinks and activities, new mothers often want to get back into their normal swing of things. However, if you're breastfeeding, there might still be certain things you can't do. The question of whether it's okay to drink alcohol DOM while breastfeeding. Experts from Thomson Medical Centre answer.
RELATED: 5 drinks you should have in moderation while pregnant
Q: Can I drink alcohol or DOM if I am breastfeeding?
You may do…
Many mums wonder what are the different positions for breastfeeding. Thomson Medical Centre helps to answer about the best positions for nursing.
3 common positions for nursing are:
1) Football hold
3) Lying down
This article about different positions for breastfeeding is brought to you by Thomson Medical Centre.
Information shown is to serve as a guide and for educational purposes only. Please consult your doctor or seek help from medical professionals when in doubt. Thomson Medical Centre Ltd and its…
Many mums wonder how they can store expressed breast milk. Thomson Medical Centre helps to answer.
Breast engorgement usually occurs during the third or fifth day after baby's birth due to the 'coming in' of milk supply.
RELATED: Ouch! What do I do about my sore nipples while breastfeeding?
Uncomfortable engorgement can be minimized or prevented if baby is latched on properly and breastfeeding is carried out regularly
If breasts are engorged or feel firm and heavy, massage breasts gently in a circular motion to soften breasts and stimulate letdown
Breast milk may also be expressed…
Read how to ensure your baby is latched on properly and other breastfeeding tips brought to you by Thomson Medical Centre
There are three possible reasons for a woman to be nauseated during breastfeeding. One of which is the rise of oxytocin level in a woman’s system. Another is due to nutritional deficiency. And lastly, it may indicate an impending pregnancy.
Oxytocin is the hormone released by the posterior pituitary gland that stimulates contraction of the uterus during childbirth and ejection of milk during nursing. It usually rises during lactation period. As a systemic reaction to its…
As with any other milk, breast milk can spoil easily if it's not stored properly. Spoiled milk can give off a funky smell and should never be fed to your baby. Sometimes, though, you might not be able to tell if your expressed breast milk is spoiled or not. So, instead of feeling unsure about what you're feeding your baby, here are some guidelines on how to store expressed breast milk:
RELATED: How does your body know…
After your baby is born, your breasts will normally feels fuller and firmer. This feeling is called primary engorgement, which happens due to the sudden rise in prolactin level, a hormone responsible in regulating the secretion of milk in the breast after childbirth.
The congestion subsides in one or two days, and once the newborn starts suckling, your body's hormones continue to signal for more milk secretion.
RELATED: What you should know about breastfeeding when you're sick
You are encouraged to initiate breastfeeding soon after birth if both mother and baby are well.. Here are some steps on how to get started on breastfeeding.
We all know that breastfeeding is important for babies health, but an amazing new research has now proved that it is vital for mothers’ health as well!
Leading online British parenting magazine has been slammed by parents and critics everywhere for a provocative article published by the deputy editor, Kathryn Blundell, entitled “I formula fed. So what?”
RELATED: The pros and cons of breastfeeding
In the article, from the “Mother and Baby” magazine, Blundell wrote about how she bottle-fed her baby since birth because she "wanted [her] body back...(and some wine)." “They’re part of my sexuality, too…and seeing your teeny, tiny, innocent baby latching on where…
Every woman's body is built differently, and other than being too skinny or too heavy (medically speaking, of course), there is no "perfect body" to have a baby. Of course it's natural for women to question, what they assume to be, abnormalities on their bodies and whether they will affect having and caring for a baby. Here we answer one woman's question about whether flat nipples affect breastfeeding.
Question: My nipples don't point out like other women's.…
Yes, breastfeeding will probably change both the shape and size of your breast. So does pregnancy as well. For some women they will have fuller breast after breastfeeding and for others, the breast shrinks. It is difficult to predict what will happen for each individual. Generally, after pregnancy, your breast will hang lower, this is due to the stretching and strain placed on the ligaments as they grow. One way to minimise this is to…