Monday, May 25, 2009

Breastfeeding FAQs

Question: Can my wife breastfeed even if she has small breasts? What about mothers with flat nipples?
Answer: The shape and appearance of breasts have no affect on the production of milk or your wife’s ability to dispense it. Breasts and nipples of all sizes can satisfy a hungry baby. Of course, like a battery eventually losing its charge prolonged use, a mother has to replenish her “milk reservoir” through proper diet.

Question: Is breastfeeding is a lot of hassle?
Answer: Well, for first timers – yes. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll realize that it will never be so easy to feed your baby. As compared to bottles, breasts are almost always ready when your baby needs them. Less worry too! You can’t forget about them when you take the baby to the mall or don’t have to fret about the milk inside spoiling under the sun.

Question: Is breastfeeding for full-time housewives only?
Answer: Of course not, though it is obviously more suited to mothers who intend to be with their babies most of the time. They can, however, opt to express and store their milk for later use. This way, the husbands can share the tasks of “breastfeeding” when mommy’s too tired from work. Or they can always supplement with bottled formula.

Question: Will breastfeeding cause my breasts to sag from baby suckling?
Answer: Breastfeeding will not mess up the shape and size of your breasts, pregnancy does. But it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You see, during pregnancy, your body automatically prepares your breasts for lactation - whether you intend to breastfeed later on or not. Sometimes these changes are permanent. Too much weight gained during pregnancy, poor bra support (some prefer bra-less because they only get soaked), or even age can result in breasts that are less firm.

Question: Breastfeeding didn’t work for my wife on our first baby. Will she be able to breastfeed on our second one?
Answer: Research shows that your wife is likely to produce more milk and will have an easier time breastfeeding the second time around. And if it still doesn’t, keep on trying. As for the case of my wife, she was only able to breastfeed after (I think) a week of trying.

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