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Ask the Expert | Serious About Preschool

Thank you to all Mommies who sent in your questions to ‘Ask The Expert’ session last week! We have picked out some questions to share with everyone and hope you can learn some valuable tips from these 3 posts! 

To maintain your breast milk production to meet your baby’s needs, we will recommend you to nurse your baby on demand when you’re with him or her, and to empty your breasts well with pumping or hand expressing when he goes IFC.

Regular breast milk removal will help to continue your breast milk production.

To ensure a smooth breastfeeding journey, it is important to equip yourself with knowledge of breastfeeding basics.

Engorgement usually starts about 3 – 5 days after delivery and when your breast milk starts to produce more. It can be avoided by making sure that your baby nurses well and regularly at your breasts.

To ensure a smooth breastfeeding journey, it is important to equip yourself with knowledge of breastfeeding basics.

Engorgement usually starts about 3 – 5 days after delivery and when your breast milk starts to produce more. It can be avoided by making sure that your baby nurses well and regularly at your breasts.

If you do experience engorgement, you can hand express some breast milk before nursing or try the reverse pressure softening method.

We also do recommend mothers to take our Milk-Saver Clear supplements which can help to relieve engorgement and soothes swelling pain in the breast as it promotes blood circulation to dissipate milk stasis.

If there are no breast issues, most mothers will be able to produce milk after childbirth.

The issues of low milk supply are usually caused by poor breastfeeding management and deficiency of Qi and blood, or stagnation of liver Qi.

Yes, we do recommend mothers to have Pre-Partum and Post-Partum massage to help.

For mothers who have delivered via C-section, postpartum massages that help with lactation and relieving of body aches can start within the first week, while avoiding the C-section area till 5 weeks after.

If you wish to have a better and clearer understanding of the benefits, you can PM us, and our team will be able to assist you further.

We will be talking about how to start breastfeeding after giving birth, weaning your baby off breastmilk and also what to avoid eating if your baby has jaundice.

If your baby has signs of jaundice, it’s advisable to avoid food or TCM herbs that are ‘heaty’ in nature.

Some examples are sesame oil, old ginger and fried food to name a few.

Do avoid herbs such as 乌头 and 肉桂.

If you have concern and wish to seek further advice, you can consult your TCM Physician.

It is generally recommended to take a slow approach to avoid possible engorgement leading to blocked ducts. You can consider dropping 1 feed or pump session per week and this will allow your milk supply to decrease slowly and gradually.

You can also use cold cabbage compressions to help relieve possible engorgement and it will also help to reduce breast milk production

Your breast tissues will involute* after you have stopped breastfeeding for 40 days.

If there are no complications or discomforts in your breast, there is no need to seek lactation help on this aspect.

The amount of breast milk may seem more and doubled for now as it has been accumulated over a missed session. However if this continues on, you will see a reduction in your breastmilk supply

If you are already producing enough to meet your baby’s needs and you do not have any issues with engorgement it is ok to get more rest!

Do have lots of skin to skin with your newborn right after you have delivered and attempt to breastfeed within the first hour. This early initiation and putting your baby often to your breast to nurse will help stimulate your breast milk production.

If you are concerned about your breast milk due to your previous experiences, you can start to drink some Red Dates Tea as well as Pro-Lactation soups.

If there aren’t any pregnancy complication or any risk of early labour, you can try to massage, express and store your colostrum when you are in your 3rd trimester, nearing your EDD.

If there are no complications or discomforts in your breast, there is no need to seek lactation help on this aspect.

Our final post on ‘Ask The Expert’ Series, we will be talking about prevention of mastitis right after giving birth! When to use the hot or cold compress and how to empty your breast well!

For a start, we will recommend you to nurse your baby frequently and on demand. Do note that stress, tiredness, weakened immunity and poor flow of Qi and blood circulation are also causes for blockages of milk flow.

Hence, managing your stress levels, having enough rest, and eating foods that promote and nourish your body will help prevent mastitis.

If your baby is satisfied after a nurse, there is no need to pump after. Pumping itself may create oversupply which will result in breast engorgement, leading to blocked milk ducts and mastitis.

Hot compresses are used before a nursing session to help improve the flow of your breast milk and cold compresses help to relieve breast engorgement.

You might need to understand if there is anything that has caused your baby to take in more air.

Has your baby been crying a lot? Did you practice paced bottle feeding using the slowest flow teats for feeding? Or is there anything that your baby is sensitive to in your diet or with the formula milk?

While trying to find the cause and reduce the possibilities of baby’s gassiness, do know that this phase will pass very soon as your baby’s digestive system will mature in time to come.

You may wish to understand more about baby massage from our TCM physician.

Usually breasts full of milk will feel firm and heavy. If your baby comes off your breast after nursing and looks more content and your breast feels less full and soft, that’s when you can assume that your baby has drank enough.

Breast milk is being produced every minute, so your breast will never be empty.

If you have more questions regarding your pregnancy journey, feel free to WhatsApp us at 8166 0060!💕

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