The world health organization recommends all mums/mums-to-be to exclusively breastfeed baby up to 6 months of age, and to continue breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
There are many benefits of breastfeeding and we never doubt about it. Whether you are planning to start or have already started breastfeeding, below are some of the tips we would like to share with all breastfeeding mums.
Here they are:
1. Get plenty of rest – whenever possible. We know this is difficult, but try your best to rest while the baby is sleeping. Take a quick nap when the husband is around.
2. Have a balance diet, take (healthy) snack in between meals. We understand that breastfeeding mums are constantly feeling hungry. It is perfectly fine, take snacks and eat a well-balance diet, and try not to over eat, and in case if you do overeating (unintentionally), just worry about the weight later. 🙂
3. Make sure you have the necessary support from your family – We are not suggesting you to shut your door and keep the baby to yourself. However, have a talk with your husband and make sure you get the the support (both mentally and physically) at least from him.
4. Stay healthy, both mentally and physically. Staying sane is important. If you are the only caregiver for your baby, try to bring your baby out at least once a day. Run an errand with the help of a stroller or a baby carrier. Get help from a trustworthy friend to take care of the baby for you so that you can take a break for a while. Meetup with other mummies nearby or have a short walk in the neighborhood area.
5. Understand how breast milk is produced. It is very simple, it works as demand and supply. If your demand is high, your supply will come in automatically.
6. Stay hydrated, but stay away from caffeine. Avoid caffeine, it does no good to yourself, not to say it will have any good to your newborn baby.
7. Endure the tiredness, especially the first month. We know it is never an easy job for parents, let alone breast feeding, but hang in there, you will make it!
8. Prepare well in advance. As soon as you have decided to breastfeed, prepare well in advance the necessary equipment for breastfeeding. Choosing and investing on a good breast pump equipment is essential. Look for good quality breast milk storage bags or get Qubies for the stash of breast milk that you are producing.
9. Make yourself comfortable when you are breastfeeding or pumping. If you are doing direct latching, get yourself a good quality nursing shawl or a comfortable nursing top, if you are pumping breast milk, make sure bottles are sanitize and ready before your each pumping session. Also, prepare and sanitize the breast pump after before each pumping session. The main point being making yourself comfortable and not stressful when you are breastfeeding or pumping, thus, a simple nursing clothing will be sufficient and it shall make easy access for breast feeding. A teething necklace will help to entertain the little hands while you are breastfeeding.
10. Nursing in the public. Do not be shy about breastfeeding in the public. It is perfectly fine to breastfeed your baby in the public as long as it is done discreetly. There are many restaurants or cafes which has amenities available to support breastfeeding mothers in Singapore. The breastfeeding friends Singapore has helped to list out all the restaurants and cafes available island so that you can plan your outing accordingly to fill both you and your baby’s stomach.
We wish you to have a smooth journey of breastfeeding and we hope these tips help.
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