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The right start to breastfeeding

Read the following articles before you do anything else

Before Delivery

Be educated about breastfeeding

  • Read (books or search for information from the internet. Please verfiy your information with different sources especially information from the internet) Links
  • Attend classes on breastfeeding. Links

    Line-up your support on breastfeeding

  • Consult a lactation consultant (from the hospital or in private practice). Find out the charges and how you can reach them. Links
  • Free hotline provided by volunteer support group. Links

In the hospital

Opt for non-medicated delivery e.g opt for non-epidural if possible as it will cause babies to be drowsy and not interested in feeding in the first few days. This will affect milk production.

Latch the baby on upon delivery. This is to trigger baby’s suckling reflex especially in the first half hour after delivery where the reflex is the strongest. You may request for the lactation consultant to be present during birth. Include this in your birth plan.

Correct latching of baby. A proper latch is crucial to success. This is the key to successful breastfeeding. Unfortunately, too many mothers are being "helped" by people who don’t know what a proper latch is. If you are told that your two-day old latch is good despite having very sore nipples, be skeptical. Ask for help from someone who knows. Seek help from the lactation consultant in your hospital. You have paid for the service, so use it wisely. Links

Do not introduce artificial nipple or formula during the first six weeks to prevent nipple confusion. However in the event where you really need to introduce the artificial means of feeding your baby, you may want to consider getting a cup-feeder to prevent nipple confusion.

After delivery

Feed on demand and watch the clock

Feed your babies based on his or her cues. Do not restrict the length or frequency of breastfeedings. Nursing frequently and unrestricted will stimulate your milk supply, and may also help alleviate engorgement.

A baby who drinks well will not be on the breast for hours at a time. If he is, it is usually because he is not latching on well and not getting the milk that is available. Get help to fix the baby's latch, and use compression to get the baby more milk. However, although babies know when they are hungry, it should be noted that newborn babies are very sleepy. Wake your baby up if he does not nurse longer than 4 hours.

Seek help if something is wrong. Pain is not part of breastfeeding. If you still experience pain after 6 weeks of breastfeeding, seek help. Something may be wrong Article Link

Compiled from the following sources:

Useful Links:
Epidural and Breastfeeding (summary of a research paper)

Epidural and breastfeeding by www.breastfeeding .com

Top ten ways to prepare for breastfeeding

Before you breastfeed

Tips on buying a bra

All about nursing pads

Nipple confusion – a good article discussing nipple confusion

Contributed by Jenny Wee, Mother of James

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