>> Monday, April 12, 2004

Menenen Part I.

In response to many cries from mothers who are unable to breastfeed their babies, I feel obliged to jot down a few tips for a successful breastfeeding process, in the hope that they are able to breastfeed for the next baby, and if possible, the current baby.

For unmarried reader, please do not read with that twisted brain of yours or visualize :lol:

1. No bottle feeding for the first two weeks
Consider it a total NO-NO. Be firm to yourself and everybody around you not to bottle feed your baby, unless there is a medical reason to do so. This is important, since the method of sucking your nipple and bottle teat is way too different and your baby will get confused. Remember that breastfeeding is a learning process for your baby (even though he is born with sucking instinct) and it is necessary for us to help him during this process by avoiding nipple confusion.

Bottle can be introduced after regular breastfeeding has been established.

2. Do not associate cry with hunger
During the first three days, when the milk has yet to come, parents usually think that their babies cry for hunger and need to be supplemented. This may not be necessarily true. The fat stored in their body is enough to sustain for the first three days and the colostrum (the first milk that your breast produced during pregnancy) is all they need.

The possible reason for their crying is fear. They have been in your dark, small womb for months and the world seems unfamiliar to them. Therefore, do not panic if they cry vigorously. Try as far as you could to calm the baby. Put him into your arm, cuddle and calm her with your soothing voice. Yes, it is easy to get over your top listening to baby's crying all night through, but patience is the keyword. Easy said than done eh?

I believe I do not have that much patience to deal with non-stop crying baby. I salute to those parents who patiently go through this phase. I thank God for giving me a less-fussy baby. Thank you. I can't thank you enough.

to be continued..


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