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Breastfeeding Facts You Need To Know

World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for first six months followed by continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond. However, breastfeeding remains mystery for many new mothers as it can be challenging for some while it’s a breeze for others. Milk NOT Enough? Most women gauge if they are producing enough milk by how much they are able to express or pump. However, this is not a good indicator as women do not produce as much milk when they pump. A better and more accurate measure would be the amount of waste produced by baby, the frequency of diaper change and how much the baby is feeding and growing. UP The Milk Supply! Breastfeeding mums do not require special diets but one that is balanced and nutritious. Some traditional foods are believed to increase milk supply; Fenugreek seed tea and green papaya fish soup. Remember to drink lots of fluids and have healthy snacks at hand when feeding or out-and-about because you will feel thirstier and hungrier than usual. DROP in Milk Production? If you are returning to work and experience sudden decrease in milk production, it is normal due to change in routine, especially after extended maternity leave. Other reasons could also be: • Stress • Calorie restrictions • Excessive exercising Feeling SORE? According to the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group, there should be no pain while feeding. Sore nipples often occur when baby is not latched on properly. Your baby may not be feeding effectively and getting enough milk. WATER as an Alternative? Breast milk is more than 87 per cent water. Babies need only breast milk for the first 6 months of life, even in Singapore’s hot and humid climate. Any water consumed may take up space in your baby’s tummy, reducing suckling and breast milk intake. How MUCH Milk? Newborn stomachs are tiny and require frequent fill-ups, day and night!

Baby’s Age        Stomach Capacity (ml)                 C0mparison                                 
Day 1 5-7 size of a marble
Day 3 22-27 size of a golf ball
Day 10 60-81 size of a large chicken egg

*Information according to Kelly Mom and  Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group Check out this informative video on the different positions to hold your baby when you breastfeed:

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