We've gathered your questions through our Instagram Story and, with the expertise of the Thomson Parentcraft Team, obtained some invaluable answers as transcripted below. Read further or tap on the video for an easy viewing experience.
Q1:Is it possible for a breastfeeding mom to get pregnant?
So for the first 6 months if mommy has been breastfeeding for 8 to 12 times a day without any supplementation such as water or formula the chance of getting pregnant is only 1%.
Q2:I want to latch and pump at the same time but will the baby be confused?
So pumping is only necessary if the baby is not efficiently latching 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 go back to work.
Q3:Baby cries every hour. I latch and bottle feed but he still cries. I did everything. At 7 Weeks.
Crying is a form of communication that should baby convey discomfort so this may not be a good time to do breastfeeding or bottle feeding you may need to see professional help to rectify the issue.
Q4:I just delivered one week ago and the nips are so sore. How do I relieve the soreness?
The reason for sore nipples could be due to incorrect positioning or incorrect latching. Other reasons could be due to, a lip tie, tongue lie, or a high palate that can cause sore nipples as well. So do check with the lactation consultant. Meanwhile, you can also apply nipple cream to air dry and then enhance the heading.
Q5:How to increase my milk supply on the lazy boob?
It's normal for the milk supply on the beast to be more than the other side. So for the lazy boobs, you can do double stimulation using a breast massage and breast pumps in addition to good latching and positioning.
Q6:What changes in breastfeeding (e.g. frequency) can be expected when the newborn crosses one month?
First three months, the baby may need eight to twelve feeds per day due to a tiny stomach. However as the baby grows older, the baby will become a more fast and efficient 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. Baby will not be confused by breast and bottle but they prefer the fast milk flow.
Q8:How can FTM prepare them for the breastfeeding journey?
For Full-Time Mothers, antenatal preparation is the key to successful breastfeeding, and do involve your partner for support. You can attend antenatal classes, watch breastfeeding videos, read breastfeeding books, and have one-to-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 motherhood brings.
Disclaimer: Do note that the Thomson Parentcraft Team's reply is a generic answer. Sometimes, situations are case by case. If you find any advice not working for your specific case, please seek additional help tailored to your circumstances.
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