Eating Well For Yourself & Baby
Mums need to eat well to produce enough milk for baby and choosing the right foods can help you get back in shape. So, what is the ideal diet for breastfeeding mothers? And are there any foods to avoid?
Breastfeed Your Baby Right
Breastfeeding should not cause any pain. If there's any discomfort, it can usually be solved with the right feeding technique. Ensure baby is latched on properly, nurse in a relaxing environment, and keep as calm as possible. This would be the same if baby has colic.
When to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding on demand is key to ensuring baby gets enough milk and the goodness that comes with it.
Breast milk is also what baby needs to keep hydrated. Newborns should be woken up and fed every 3 to 4 hours for at least the first two weeks, or until their weight gain stabilises; and breastfeeding should continue even if baby is ill. Take note of what baby is depositing in his nappy, as well as his growth to determine if he's getting the milk he needs.
Breastfeeding Problems & Solutions
Mums who are new to breastfeeding might encounter some minor problems, such as the following …
• Tiredness • Insufficient milk supply • Sore and cracked nipples • Inverted nipples • Breast engorgement • Mastitis (Breast infection)
Breastfeeding for Working Mums
Mums sure would love to spend more time with their baby but after 2-3 months, it’s now time to get back to work. Breastfeeding while returning to work is entirely possible and mums are encouraged to do so to continue providing the best nourishment for baby. Follow these simple steps:
• Preparing things that you need
• Speak to your employer & colleagues
• Practise expressing milk
• Prepare baby well about 2 weeks before returning to work
• Speak to your caregiver about caring for baby