Find quick answers to your most pressing breastfeeding questions, right here!

Breastfeeding is a minefield that most new mums have to navigate. While we know that breast is best for your child, new mums also have to deal with sore and cracked nipples, blocked ducts, engorgement, and possibly even mastitis. Plus, they often have to deal with pressure from the husband, parents and in-laws and even other mums.

Fonnie Lo, assistant director (clinical) and lactation consultant at Thomson Medical, has answers for all your nursing questions.

How do I know if I will produce milk?
After delivery, a mother’s body will usually enhance Lactogenesis II ― the onset of copious milk secretion. During pregnancy, it is important to attend a comprehensive breastfeeding course and workshop after delivery for practical tips to reduce your anxiety and apprehension. This in return will help you to boost your confidence in embarking on your breastfeeding journey.

Can I breastfeed if I have implants?
Yes, however careful planning with the help of experienced medical staff and lactation consultants is encouraged.

Under what conditions should I not breastfeed?
Most women can breastfeed unless affected by certain medical conditions. Please consult your doctor and lactation consultant for personalised advice before making any decisions.

Most women can breastfeed unless affected by certain medical conditions.

I have inverted nipples ― can I breastfeed?
Yes, breastfeeding can happen successfully even with inverted nipples. However, close assessment is required during the second trimester to see if treatment is required. Mothers with inverted nipples especially need to educate themselves with the help of lactation consultants, who can equip them with the skills to prepare for successful breastfeeding after delivery.

What must I do to prep for breastfeeding?
By attending breastfeeding courses prenatally, mothers can gain comprehensive knowledge about the subject and start breastfeeding on the right foot. To help mothers, Thomson provides a free comprehensive breastfeeding guide book and also screens videos for patients to learn how to manage breastfeeding after delivery.

When can I first nurse my baby?
Mothers can do so right after birth, if the baby is well and free of any medical complications. Thomson believes that skin-to-skin bonding soon after birth will enhance the bond between mother and baby, which will lead to an early initiation of breastfeeding. Naturally, babies have the strong urge to suckle after they are born.

How often should my newborn be nursed ― should I wake him up for a feed?
Feeding on demand can range from two to three hours, eight to 12 times a day. The earlier and more frequently your baby feeds, the sooner you will establish the milk flow. Colostrum is present in small amounts, as a newborn baby’s stomach capacity is only about 5cc on the first day. Doctors and lactation consultants will give mothers personalised guidance.

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