Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Breastfeeding Class

Last Saturday, Husband and I attended the Breastfeeding class conducted at the Gyne clinic in RIPAS. We learned a lot from the class, apart from my side reading from breastfeeding mommies group in Facebook which is very helpful too.

pamphlets in the goody bag
According to the article, to enable mothers to establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (highly recommended), WHO and UNICEF recommend:
  • Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life
  • Exclusive breastfeeding – without additional food, formula milk and water
  • Breastfeeding on demand – as often as Baby wants
  • Do not use bottles, teats or pacifiers
What I can conclude from the talk is to always think positive and happy thoughtswhile breastfeeding your Baby to encourage your milk supply other than the spending the precious time with your Baby. Mudah-mudahan diberikan rezeki yang banyak to breastfeed my Baby nanti. Amin ya Rabbal ‘Alamin!
Benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, for Baby:
  • better mental development
  • protect against ear infections
  • better mouth formation
  • reduce risk of asthma
  • less eczema
  • reduce risk of obesity
  • reduce risk of childhood diabetes
  • protect against gastro-intestinal infections
  • protect against urine infections
  • less smelly nappies
Another important note I’d like to share with everyone. TIPSDO NOT buy feeding bottles. Hehe.. Lucky I bought them in a set. I’m not hoping that I’ll be using them since feeding bottles and teats are not recommendable.
Overall, what you actually need to have a successful breastfeeding (this comes from a pregnant lady who has not experience breastfeeding and did a lot of research and reading)
  • to invest in an excellent breastpump (preferably Medela freestyle or swing – both function the same but FS can use double pump)
  • storage bags for expressed breastmilk (EBM)
  • freezer – to keep your EBM stocks
  • bottle warmer – to thaw frozen EBM at the right temperature
  • few bottles – need to use them to warm EBM afterall
  • Medela’s feeding cup!!! (I’ll take the pic once I got them)
  • A LOT of positive thoughts and support :D

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