If you are undecided, why not start breastfeeding and see how it goes? Putting your baby to the breast as soon as possible after delivery introduces the baby to your nipple. When the baby takes most of this into the mouth,it is called "latching on". In the first few days colostrums are sufficient but this soon gives way to breast milk, stimulated by the baby's suckling.
If you have difficulties positioning the baby or with latching on, ask lactation consultant to help you. While breastfeeding may be natural, mothers and babies have to learn to do it. It may take a week or two for feeding to get going.
If your baby cries a lot, it may because he or she is not getting enough milk or that you are not producing enough to satisfy him/her. Try to be positive. Don't rush it. Allow time for yourself and your baby to become comfortable with breastfeeding.
If your breasts become engorged, express some milk to be used later. This will enable your partner to feed the baby too. Some women, despite all their efforts, suffer cracked nipples and infections. Report bleeding nipples, fevers or painful breasts to your obstetricians.
Lactation Consultation Service is complimentary to our patients in wards and is extended to outpatients with a consultation charge. Public who wish to speak with a Lactation Consultant on breastfeeding inquiries can contact the free 24-hour hotline at 65-97220376. Personal consultation appointment can also be made at the same number.
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