Thursday, November 27, 2008

Breastfeeding Myths

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Source ~ By Dr. Jack Newman

Myth #1: Many women do not produce enough milk
Not true! The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. Indeed, an overabundance of milk is common. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not because the mother does not have enough milk, but because the baby does not get the milk that the mother has. The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is poorly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown, on the first day, how to latch a baby on properly, by someone who knows what they are doing.

Myth #2: It is normal for breastfeeding to hurt
Not true! Though some tenderness during the first few days is relatively common, this should be a temporary situation which lasts only a few days and should never be so bad that the mother dreads nursing. Any pain that is more than mild is abnormal and is almost always due to the baby latching on poorly. Any nipple pain that is not getting better by day 3 or 4 or lasts beyond 5 or 6 days should not be ignored. A new onset of pain when things have been going well for a while may be due to a yeast infection of the nipples. Limiting feeding time does not prevent soreness. (See Sore Nipples).

Myth #3: There is no milk during the first 3 or 4 days after birth
Not true! It often seems like that because the baby is not latched on properly and therefore is unable to get the milk. Once the mother's milk is abundant, a baby can latch on poorly and still may get plenty of milk. However, during the first few days, the baby who is latched on poorly cannot get milk. This accounts for "but he's been on the breast for 2 hours and is still hungry when I take him off". By not latching on well, the baby is unable to get the mother's first milk, called colostrum. Anyone who suggests you pump your milk to know how much colostrum there is, does not understand breastfeeding, and should be politely ignored.

Myth #4: A baby should be on the breast 20 (10, 15, 7.6) minutes on each side
Not true! However, a distinction needs to be made between "being on the breast" and "breastfeeding". If a baby is actually drinking for most of 15-20 minutes on the first side, he may not want to take the second side at all. If he drinks only a minute on the first side, and then nibbles or sleeps, and does the same on the other, no amount of time will be enough. The baby will breastfeed better and longer if he is latched on properly. He can also be helped to breastfeed longer if the mother compresses the breast to keep the flow of milk going, once he no longer swallows on his own (See Breast Compression). Thus it is obvious that the rule of thumb that "the baby gets 90% of the milk in the breast in the first 10 minutes" is equally hopelessly wrong.
Myth #5: A breastfeeding baby needs extra water in hot weather
Not true! Breastmilk contains all the water a baby needs.

Myth #6: Breastfeeding babies need extra vitamin D
Not true! Except in extraordinary circumstances (for example, if the mother herself was vitamin D deficient during the pregnancy). The baby stores vitamin D during the pregnancy, and a little outside exposure, on a regular basis, gives the baby all the vitamin D he needs.

Myth #7: A mother should wash her nipples each time before feeding the baby
Not true! Formula feeding requires careful attention to cleanliness because formula not only does not protect the baby against infection, but also is actually a good breeding ground for bacteria and can also be easily contaminated. On the other hand, breastmilk protects the baby against infection. Washing nipples before each feeding makes breastfeeding unnecessarily complicated and washes away protective oils from the nipple.

Myth #8: Pumping is a good way of knowing how much milk the mother has
Not true! How much milk can be pumped depends on many factors, including the mother's stress level. The baby who nurses well can get much more milk than his mother can pump. Pumping only tells you have much you can pump.

Myth #9: Breastmilk does not contain enough iron for the baby's needs
Not true! Breastmilk contains just enough iron for the baby's needs. If the baby is full term he will get enough iron from breastmilk to last him at least the first 6 months. Formulas contain too much iron, but this quantity may be necessary to ensure the baby absorbs enough to prevent iron deficiency. The iron in formula is poorly absorbed, and most of it, the baby poops out. Generally, there is no need to add other foods to breastmilk before about 6 months of age.

Myth #10: It is easier to bottle feed than to breastfeed
Not true! Or, this should not be true. However, breastfeeding is made difficult because women often do not receive the help they should to get started properly. A poor start can indeed make breastfeeding difficult. But a poor start can also be overcome. Breastfeeding is often more difficult at first, due to a poor start, but usually becomes easier later.

Myth #11: Breastfeeding ties the mother down
Not true! But it depends how you look at it. A baby can be nursed anywhere, anytime, and thus breastfeeding is liberating for the mother. No need to drag around bottles or formula. No need to worry about where to warm up the milk. No need to worry about sterility. No need to worry about how your baby is, because he is with you.

Myth #12: There is no way to know how much breastmilk the baby is getting
Not true! There is no easy way to measure how much the baby is getting, but this does not mean that you cannot know if the baby is getting enough. The best way to know is that the baby actually drinks at the breast for several minutes at each feeding (open—pause—close type of suck). Other ways also help show that the baby is getting plenty (See Is my Baby getting enough milk?).

Myth #13: Modern formulas are almost the same as breastmilk
Not true! The same claim was made in 1900 and before. Modern formulas are only superficially similar to breastmilk. Every correction of a deficiency in formulas is advertised as an advance. Fundamentally they are inexact copies based on outdated and incomplete knowledge of what breastmilk is. Formulas contain no antibodies, no living cells, no enzymes, no hormones. They contain much more aluminum, manganese, cadmium and iron than breastmilk. They contain significantly more protein than breastmilk. The proteins and fats are fundamentally different from those in breastmilk. Formulas do not vary from the beginning of the feed to the end of the feed, or from day 1 to day 7 to day 30, or from woman to woman, or from baby to baby... Your breastmilk is made as required to suit your baby. Formulas are made to suit every baby, and thus no baby. Formulas succeed only at making babies grow well, usually, but there is more to breastfeeding than getting the baby to grow quickly.

Myth #14: If the mother has an infection she should stop breastfeeding
Not true! With very, very few exceptions, the baby will be protected by the mother's continuing to breastfeed. By the time the mother has fever (or cough, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, etc) she has already given the baby the infection, since she has been infectious for several days before she even knew she was sick. The baby's best protection against getting the infection is for the mother to continue breastfeeding. If the baby does get sick, he will be less sick if the mother continues breastfeeding. Besides, maybe it was the baby who gave the infection to the mother, but the baby did not show signs of illness because he was breastfeeding. Also, breast infections, including breast abscess, though painful, are not reasons to stop breastfeeding. Indeed, the infection is likely to settle more quickly if the mother continues breastfeeding on the affected side. (See You can still breastfeed).

Myth #15: If the baby has diarrhea or vomiting, the mother should stop breastfeeding
Not true! The best medicine for a baby's gut infection is breastfeeding. Stop other foods for a short time, but continue breastfeeding. Breastmilk is the only fluid your baby requires when he has diarrhea and/or vomiting, except under exceptional circumstances. The push to use "oral rehydrating solutions" is mainly a push by the formula (and oral rehydrating solutions)manufacturers to make even more money. The baby is comforted by the breastfeeding, and the mother is comforted by the baby's breastfeeding. (See You can still breastfeed).

Myth #16: If the mother is taking medicine she should not breastfeed
Not true! There are very very few medicines that a mother cannot take safely while breastfeeding. A very small amount of most medicines appears in the milk, but usually in such small quantities that there is no concern. If a medicine is truly of concern, there are usually equally effective, alternative medicines which are safe. The loss of benefit of breastfeeding for both the mother and the baby must be taken into account when weighing if breastfeeding should be continued.

Written by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC - Revised January 1998. Text may be copied and distributed without further permission.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Apa jadi pada EBM ku?

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Saya rasa saya sedang mengalami zmn kemelesetan..ini adalah kerana..
  • selsema yg sya alami still ada berbaki...


  • qaisara kurang BF even kt rumah..sbb lately dia suke main2..


  • saya dh kurang pam susu..(sumenye sbb kekangan masa kerja di office..kerja banyak tap kepala saya serabut..ini pn curi2 masa gak nk berblog..)


  • last week 2ari saya skip pam session..sebab saya meeting di cawangan...tgh2 pam susu, boss call soh turun bawah driver dh sampai..so dapat 2oz je perahan hari jumaat lepas..so sad...dlm hati risau..


  • saya stress...ye mmg saya stress...byk perkara yg sya fikir..ini juga boleh menjejaskan production susu saya..

Friday, November 21, 2008

QAISARA da pandai meniarap.. :)

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KHAMIS, 21 NOVEMBER 2008...7.08MLM (WAKTU TEMPATAN)

ayang, cepat datang sni..tgk ni!!!

ape dia? (mama kt dapur tgh prepare dinner)

cepatla datang sni..tgk qaisara ni..

(ngan berlari2 anaknye ke ruang tamu)

wah!!!!!!!!!!!!! anak mama papa ni tengah gigih nk meniarapkan dirinye....

mama ngan papa siap besorak lagik kasik semangat kt sara mcm sara tgh lawan gusti jek..(hihihihi)

selepas beberapa kali percubaan, akhirnya sara berjaya meniarap!!!!

cukhaheyo qaisara!!! (betul ke my korean language ni? hehehe..mksdnye tahniah!)

mama sempatla rekodkan moment tuh..even tak mule dr awal..pastu smlm, 4-5kali la qaisara demo kt mama..tadi p taska pn sume ibu2 di sana kagum dengan sara..yela, sara baru je 3bulan 3 hari tapi cepat tol pekembangannye...mama rasa sumenye berkat susu ibu yg sara minum ari2 tuh...(penah dengar fact-baby yg minum susu ibu, perkembangan ngan IQ nye lebih tinggi dr bayi yang tidak menyusu ibu..opss, harap jgn ada yg terkecik ati..saya bkn nk perlecehkan ibu2 yg xley menyusu ibu..u all ada sebab utk tidak berbuat demikian...maybe kesihatan, kekangan masa atau lelain..xpe itu hak masing2 utk tentukan which is the best for our baby..right? :)

gambonye ala..nk upload tap mama bz tol la..tak transfer lagik..pc opis ni manede bluetooth device..so agak lecehler..phone usb cable plak lupe bwk.

xpe2..mama nk letak kt sni utk tatapan anakku ini kelak..itu posting next entry..mama nk kuar dah ni, ada meeting di shah alam.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EBM Qaisara

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Lately mama perasan...sara kurang minum susu...
Stok EBM dlm fridge macam tak luak je...
Normally paling sikit pn mama pump susu mesti dpt dalam 12oz-16oz perday..
Then tiap2 botol mama isi 4oz..
Biasanye kt nursery, mama akan letak 2 botol Frozen EBM ngan 2 botol Fresh EBM (Total 4x4oz=16oz)...
Masa memula anta nursery dlu dlu, mesti abis licin...
Tapi skrg nie..sara minum secara puratanya 8oz je..(2botol sahaja)

KENAPA JADI MCAMNI????

mama risau betul la...kt rumah pn mcm tu...dia kurang BF...minum2 jugak...tapi tak lama..lepas tu, mesti dia tolak2 ngan lidah dia...mcam dia kegelian pn ada...

hairanla..dlu dia tak mcmni..dlu dia kuat nyusu..sume ni sbb dia selsema lagi ke?(selsema n batuk masih ada..tap dh kurang sikit)..atau dia rasa tak sedap EBM tu?takkan dia nak fresh milk je all the time?huhu..harula cmni..

so skrg ni, stok frozen EBM makin betambah dlm freezer sbb sara tak brp nak minum..kalau pam pn, 1 botol je dia minum kt nursery then balance tu akhirnye masuk peti ais..

mama takut dia lapar je...takut berat tak naik kang..haru pulak.isk cmne nk wt ni? tolonglaaaaa.............

*arini mama letak 3fresh(not frozen) EBM(12oz) kt nursery..kita tgk sara minum abis ke tak...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Abaikan cakap2 org..

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Tadi bwk sara monthly checkup..arini tak amik injection since sara batuk+selsema..alhamdulillah sara tak demam..even cek suhu pn still normal (bawah 37.4 masih normal)...doc kasi ubat selsema ngan ubat batuk..utk cairkan kahak..

org kata...baby yg menyusu ibu ni tak akan kene demam..

CORRECTION!!!!

fact diatas tu tak boleh digunapakai dalam certain keadaan ok!

ini adalah kerana qaisara tinggal kt NURSERY...pulak tu, kt dalam bilik sara tu ada 10org baby...baby yg sihat, yang tak demam ada 3org saja (termasuk sara pada awalnya). walaupun baby2 kt situ diletakkan dalam baby cot, berjauhan antara satu sama lain tapi INGAT! VIRUS MEREBAK MELALUI UDARA...jadinye posibility sara utk kena jangkitan tu adalah tinggi...so jgn ada yg nk kutuk2 ye konon2 baby yg menyusu badan ni akan sihat je sentiasa...

**anta kt pengasuh @ rumah pn boleh gak tekena jangkitan selsema+demam ni.....mudah2an selsema sara cepat ilang..kesian tgk dia susah nk isap susu sbb terganggu ngan ingus+batuk..

Monday, November 3, 2008

yang mana 1...

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mama seorang kaki rayap..esp shopping complex..tapi apekan daya, keadaan semasa tak mcm dlu dah...

cmne ye..everytime nk p shopping, pekara petama yg mama risau..qaisara ngamuk (mcm insiden penah terjadi kt giant)..ye betul..main reason dia ngamuk sbb dia lapar...then, kt giant pulak takde baby room..nk BF sara kene pegi surau...

end up, mama terpaksa BF sara dicelahan2 baju...(make sure takde cctv disekitar tempat duduk anda ye..) 2ari lepas cmtu gak insiden terjadi..dalam giant gak..kalini disebalik kerusi-meja kt furniture department(sebab nk cari tempat duduk utk BF sara). 2-3minggu lepas masa kt baby department jusco sara wt perangai gak...so mama bawak sara masuk dlm fitting room utk kanak2 tuh..keluar je dr situ, 1 indian lady tegur mama..'u BF baby ye?' - ngan senyuman...taktauler dia senyum perli mama ke or mmg ikhlas senyum...whatever..mama angguk je kepala ngan sengih kambingnye...

mama tengah bekira2 samada nk bli 2 benda ni...either nursing cover or baby sling ring..mama mcm suke baby sling ring lagi sbb boleh gune 2in1 macam dlm video nie.. (untuk dukung sara or utk nursing sbb ada extra kain tu ley tutup)..almaklumler..badan qaisara dh semangat...mama yg comel ni tak larat dah nak dukung sara(ni kes tak bwk stroller la nie..)...survey kt internet arga boleh tahan...tapi mama seorang yg kureng puas ati shop online ni..takpela, settle je urusan pindah umh, mama nk ajak papa pegi beli baby sling ring..sbbnye mama dh tak sabar nk SHOPPING WHILE BF QAISARA. :P

p/s : to mommies out there yg ada experience ttg ni, plz leave ur comment..thanks!
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