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 Breastfeeding - Tips, Information & Advice
 
 Jul 1st - Sep 12th 2011 
 
(1st Jul - 31st Jul)
 
Your baby has arrived and you're keen to start breastfeeding, however breastfeeding doesn’t always "happen naturally". Plenty of mums have to practice before getting it right. Breast milk and breastfeeding have many advantages over formula milk and bottle-feeding for both mother and the baby.
  • Find out how often you need to feed your baby?
  • What is the best diet plan for a healthy breastfeeding mum?
  • How to cut down night time feed? When to wean? And more...
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced mum, take this opportunity to post your question here.
 
Hosted by
Dr Yong Tze Tein
Senior consultant
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Singapore General Hospital
President of the Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy (Singapore)
 
 
 
Posted by wida
Hi, I am currently on full breast feeding. Is it safe to use contraceptive? Tq
 
 
 
Answered by
Full breastfeeding (ie no other food or drinks other than breastmilk given to baby) is in itself a contraceptive BUT not 100% reliable.
 
It is safe to use contraceptive like condom,Implanon,intrauterine contraceptive device and Mirena IUS and continue breastfeeding.
 
Answered by
Dr Yong Tze Tein
Senior consultant
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Singapore General Hospital
President of the Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy (Singapore)
 
 
 
Posted by eeksprout
I currently give my baby expressed breastmilk during the night. The milk is kept in bottles in the fridge, so I usually put a bottle into the milk warmer (at 45 deg c) and it's nice and warm when baby wakes for a feed. However, I noticed that my baby's beginning to sleep through the night, so the milk is kept in the warmer for 6 hours or more at 45 deg c! Is it still safe for baby to consume? Will the nutrients be lost? Is 45 deg c alright as a temperature for expressed breastmilk?
 
 
 
Answered by

Count yourself lucky that your baby is sleeping through the night.

No, the milk is not safe for consumption. Putting the milk for too long in the milk warmer is not advised because the heat will encourage the growth of bacteria in the milk. The longer it is there the more bacteria will grow. This may increase the risk of infection in your baby. So warm the milk only when you want to feed. If not, discard it.

Answered by
Dr Yong Tze Tein
Senior consultant
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Singapore General Hospital
President of the Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy (Singapore)


 

 
 
 
Posted by oositioo
1) is it true that our milk supply can be affected by our diet.
2) there are lot of tea which they claimed can help to increase milk supply.. does it really works?
 
 
 
Answered by
1) Yes.You need to eat enough as you need the calories to make the milk.
 
2) I am not aware of what teas work but fenugreek is supposed to help.
 
Answered by
Dr Yong Tze Tein
Senior consultant
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Singapore General Hospital
President of the Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy (Singapore)
 
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