When to breastfeed?
The best time to start breastfeeding is soon after childbirth. Do not be tempted to delay breastfeeding even for Caesarean section. Human milk is still a good nourishment source for newborns even till today. If mums are mentally prepared, it will help to initiate breastfeeding early and avoid problems associated with delayed breastfeeding. Having a supportive partner is another key preparation for breastfeeding success.
What food to eat during pregnancy?
Protein rich foods such as fish and beans. Soybeans, black beans, lentils and soy products like tofu, have high protein value which is suitable for vegetarian.
What food to eat after delivery?
Chinese confinement herbal soup or special soups that are known to promote lactation such as green papaya boiled with fishbone. Confinement herbal package with pre packed herbs are readily available for your convenience as well. Otherwise, there is confinement food delivery option where mums only need to follow the cater’s recommended menu if you do not hire confinement nanny or follow traditional recipes.
Preparation during last trimester.
In last trimester, mums should massage your breasts lightly in a circular motion from outer part to centre whenever you take a shower. Not necessary to massage areola and nipples as stimulating the nerve endings on the areolas has been known to trigger premature contractions. This helps to prevent engorgement after giving birth.
Investing in good nursing bras will allow mums to have an easier time during postpartum confinement. Mums should pamper yourself with attractive, comfortable nursing bras with good support but not under wired. Buy one to two cup-sizes larger as breasts will enlarge during pregnancy and breastfeeding.