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Wondering about common breastfeeding concerns?

We got your questions through our Instagram Story and, with the expertise of the Thomson Parentcraft Team, got some invaluable answers as transcribed below. Read more or tap on the video for an easy viewing experience.

Q1: Is it possible for a breastfeeding mother to get pregnant?

So in the first 6 months if mommy breastfeeds 8 to 12 times a day without supplements such as water or formula there is only a 1% chance of getting pregnant.

Q2: I want to latch and pump at the same time but will baby be confused?

So pumping is only necessary if the baby is not latching efficiently but if the mommy is working going back to work, they should have a routine pumping schedule combined with latching at least one month before they return to work.

Q3: The baby cries every hour. I latch and bottle feed but he is still crying. I did everything. In 7 weeks.

Crying is a form of communication that the baby must convey discomfort so this may not be a good time to breastfeed or bottle feed you may need to see professional help to correct the issue.

Q4: I just delivered one week ago, my nips are very painful. How can I relieve the pain?

The reason for sore nipples can be due to wrong positioning or wrong attachment. Other reasons may be due to, lip tie, tongue lie, or high palate which may also cause sore nipples. So check with a lactation consultant. Meanwhile, you can also apply the nipple cream in the air and then enhance the heading.

Q5: How to increase my milk supply with a lazy breast?

It is normal that the animal’s milk supply is more on the other side. So for lazy boobs, you can do double stimulation with breast massage and breast pumps in addition to good latching and positioning.

Q6: What changes in breastfeeding (eg frequency) can be expected when the newborn crosses one month?

In the first three months, the baby may need eight to twelve feedings per day because of the small stomach. However as the baby grows, the baby will become a faster and better drinker which means they spend less time emptying the breast. Some babies will sleep longer if they drink well during the day.

Q7: How to correct nipple confusion? (Because of the bottle introduced during the baby’s first week)

Nipple confusion is not a black-and-white issue. The baby will not confuse the breast and the bottle but they prefer the fast flow of milk.

Q8: How can FTM prepare them for the breastfeeding journey?

For Full-Time Moms, antenatal preparation is the key to successful breastfeeding, and include your partner for support. You can attend antenatal classes, watch breastfeeding videos, read breastfeeding books, and have one-on-one antenatal breastfeeding consultations to prepare yourself and boost your confidence.

At Lovemère, we understand that breastfeeding is both a challenge and a joy. Armed with knowledge, we hope to make this journey smoother for you. Because when you feel supported and informed, you can confidently embrace the precious moments that come with motherhood.

Disclaimer: Note that the Thomson Parentcraft Team’s the answer is a general answer. Sometimes, situations are case by case. If you find any advice that doesn’t work for your particular case, please seek further help appropriate to your circumstances.

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