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Ask Your Midwife – Breastfeeding

August 17, 2022

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With Sibongile Mokoena, Busamed Harrismith Private Hospital Maternity Unit Manager.

Being a mother comes with blessings and also challenges, especially when it comes to feeding the little one. As a new mother you ask yourself multiple questions when it comes to breast feeding.

Breastfeeding is highly beneficial for your baby, as it is rich in nutrients, protects against infectious disease and provides healthy bowel for your child, as it is easily digestible. The other benefit is that the mother who breastfeeds recovers much quicker from childbirth.

Q. Is breastfeeding painful?

A. No, it is not painful. You only need to master the attachment and positioning of your baby to make it easier. For more practical assistance on the positioning, you can ask your midwife. Most of the time the pain results from feeding with wrong positioning of the baby. The sore pressure can be relieved by applying special ointments and creams and by also applying cool compresses to your nipples.

Q. How long should I breastfeed for?

A. You have to breastfeed for at least 20-30 minutes on one breast as there is foremilk (quench thirst) – the first milk that the baby drinks – and hindmilk (to make the baby full) – which is thicker and richer.

Q. When should a mother avoid breastfeeding?

A. When a mother presences signs or symptoms of Mastitis. Mastitis is when there is an inflammation of the breast tissue, which involves an infection. A mother should also avoid breastfeeding when there is a medically indicated reason through the breast blood screening.

Q. When Should I Alternate Breasts?

A. It is always wise to let the baby finish feeding from one breast and with the following session you can feed the baby from the other breast.

Q. How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby?

A. Breast feeding your baby for the first 6 months gives your baby an excellent start in life as it boosts and improves their immune system. You can go up to 2 years, or as long as you want.

Q. How will I know that I am producing enough milk?

A. We breastfeed on demand. This means that the more your baby suckles the more milk production.

Q. What should I eat to increase my milk production?

A. Oatmeal or oat milk; fennel seeds; lean meat & poultry and garlic.


Sibongile Mokoena

Sibongile Mokoena

Busamed Harrismith Private Hospital Maternity Unit Manager

For any further information regarding this month’s topic, kindly contact me on 058 624 3045 or visit Busamed Harrismith Private Hospital.

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