Breastfeeding in Bahrain
Time Out asks a lactation consultant for her must-know tips Discuss this article
Medela lactation consultant Jozie Habib gives her advice
If I am having issues with breastfeeding, when should I speak to a lactation consultant?
The earlier you get the help of a lactation consultant, the quicker the problem will be solved. Often it’s only something small that needs to be changed, such as positioning the baby at its mother’s breast. A lactation consultant will observe as you nurse, then give advice and discuss how to overcome the problem.
I’m finding it very painful – is this normal?
Breastfeeding should be a pleasant experience. But to begin with the nipples can be very sensitive. At the outset, it’s important that the baby does not stay latched on for hours and that nipple care is adequate.
Do you have any tips for effective pumping?
In general I recommend pumping during the morning, always one hour after the end of a breastfeeding session. At this time a nursing mother’s body has already produced ¾ of the amount of milk the baby will drink at the next feeding session. Pumping at this times gives the mother’s body the time to produce enough milk for the next feed.
How you hold it is also very important. With all breast pumps, mothers should hold the breast shield with the index finger and thumb, the open side of the shield towards the palm of her hand and the bottle at the back of her hand.
How should I store breast milk?
Freshly pumped breast milk should go immediately to the refrigerator where it can be kept for three days maximum without losing nutrients and without bacterial growth. If a mother pumps only small portions of breast milk she should store every portion in the refrigerator until all portions are cooled down properly. While breast milk can also be stored in the freezer for up to six months, a mother should not give milk she’s pumped when her child was two months old to an eight-month-old baby, because the milk’s nutrient content would not be sufficient for the growing child.
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