BREASTFEEDING AND LACTATION
We realise that breastfeeding is not easy for all mothers and for some mothers, there is no other option but to formula feed. We want to encourage you to seek the help of a qualified professional to support you during this process.
Beat Dieticians are skilled in assisting mothers with correct positioning and latching of the baby to the breast. We also have experience in dealing with breastfeeding problems such as incorrect latching, reduced milk supply, painful and bruised nipples, mastitis and thrush. We have more than 2 years' experience working in Mowbray Maternity Hospital and served as the chairperson for the MBFI (Mother Baby Friendly Initiative) and assisting mothers with early initiation of breastfeeding.
Whether you decide to breast-or formula feed your infant, we will support you in your journey.
- 6-8 wet nappies/day
- 8-12 feedings/24hr
- Good weight gain (visit your dietician/clinic to weigh your baby regularly)
- Put a warm or cold cloth on your breasts
- Massage your breasts in the shower, bath or over the basin, and milk a small amount of breast milk out
- Place a clean, coleslaw leaf in your bra. Cut a hole where your nipple is. Replace the leaf every 2-3 hours
- Continue breastfeeding The more you breastfeed, the quicker the breast will heal. The baby won't get an infection from the breast. Start with the breast that is least painful.
- Place a hot cloth on the painful area
- Sleep enough
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable bra's
- Visit the clinic should the pain not resolve
- Place breast milk on the sore area.
- Keep on breastfeeding. If the attachment is correct, it won't be painful.
- Avoid creams or oil as it will worsen the problem.
- Mother and baby must be treated together at the clinic.
- Keep your breasts dry. Place a soft, dry cloth on the breast after feeding.