10 things you didn’t know about breastfeeding – according to Janet Hsieh

November 08, 2017
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    George Young and Janet Hsieh welcomed their first child last month on Oct 11. The celebrity couple had announced that they were expecting on April Fool’s Day earlier this year.

    They have been documenting the pregnancy on their social media accounts, with videos such as George learning to swaddle a baby and Janet attempting to induce labour naturally.

    Since the birth of her son, Janet has also been giving updates on her Instagram.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

     

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    Yesterday (Nov 7), Janet shared the things she didn’t know about breastfeeding through four posts.

    She admits that she always thought breastfeeding would be easy, natural and instinctual. But she found she was wrong and thanked the nurses from the postpartum centre for helping her.

    Here are 10 things Janet discovered about breastfeeding.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

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  • 1. You will burn calories
    3 / 12 1. You will burn calories

    Breastfeeding burns around 500 calories per day!

    WOO HOO! Bye bye baby belly!

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

    Related: Janet Hsieh, George Young welcome baby boy after 38 hours of labour

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  • 2. There are 3 basic ways of breastfeeding
    4 / 12 2. There are 3 basic ways of breastfeeding

    They are: cradle, football and lying down.

    It all sounds easier than it is. I can’t imagine doing this with twins!

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  • 3. Breastfeeding is painful, especially for your nipples
    5 / 12 3. Breastfeeding is painful, especially for your nipples

    It’s not all the glamor and motherly love that you see in some instagram photos. Sorry.

    There will be times when your baby wants to feed and you literally want to cry.

    You may dread feeding your baby because you know the pain that you will be in.

    Your nipples will go through hell. And hopefully come back.

    But until then, they will be in hell.

    It kind of feels like getting little paper cuts on your nipples. Continuously for about 30 minutes and then again every 2-3 hours

    The first latch of each feeding session will make you want to cry and then you eventually get used to the pain.

    But that initial latch… OMG!

    It’s ok to walk around naked with your boobs hanging out for the first month.

    It helps with the pain.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

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  • 4. You will leak everywhere
    6 / 12 4. You will leak everywhere

    There will be milk everywhere….

    On your bed, pillow, clothes, baby’s face, husband’s face, floor, couch, etc.

    You will also lactate when your baby cries.

    Apparently when other babies cry too but we haven’t tried out this theory yet.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

    Related: 41 weeks pregnant: TV host Janet Hsieh attempts to induce labour naturally with George Young

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  • 5. Breast milk is precious
    7 / 12 5. Breast milk is precious

    In the first few days/weeks, you will get so much satisfaction out of squeezing out a few cc’s of milk.

    Every drop is precious and if you spill some milk you’ll want to smack whoever came up with the saying “there’s no use crying over spilt milk”.

    Don’t feel discouraged if you only have a drop or two the first few days.

    And don’t freak out if your baby is losing weight.

    It’s all natural and part of the process, but definitely listen to your doctor.

    And in the end, if your baby is losing too much weight and you need to give it a bit of extra formula, don’t blame yourself and don’t feel bad!

    There’s nothing wrong with you.

    P.S. Breast milk tastes different depending on what you eat! Latte anyone?

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

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  • 6. You will feel a sense of accomplishment
    8 / 12 6. You will feel a sense of accomplishment

    When you get your first “squirt” of milk, you will feel this sense of accomplishment you’ve never thought you could feel from… squirting

    By the way, your nipples have anywhere between 10-20 holes where breast milk comes out of.

    So, get your squirt on.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

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  • 7. Beware of milk “rocks”
    9 / 12 7. Beware of milk “rocks”

    Your breasts will engorge and swell up to the point where it’s almost painful.

    There will be pockets of milk “rocks” in your boobs that you have to massage and squeeze out to prevent mastitis.

    Do it. Don’t get lazy.

    Your boobs will thank you for it.

    (Photo: 123RF.com)

    Related: So should breastfeeding mums cover up in public?

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  • 8. You will feel like there’s “electricity going through your nipple”
    10 / 12 8. You will feel like there’s “electricity going through your nipple”

    That “electricity going through your nipple” feeling is normal!

    It’s your breast producing more milk and it’s in tune with your baby.

    You tend to feel that electricity (and start leaking) when your baby is about to wake up or when he’s hungry.

    Nature is amazing!

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

    Related: 6 ways to prepare for breastfeeding – during pregnancy

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  • 9. You will feel like a cow
    11 / 12 9. You will feel like a cow

    Not a cute fluffy petting zoo cow, but a big, leaky, sedentary cow.

    And it feels like you’re feeding your child all the time.

    No break. No rest. No end to it.

    Just a continuous, repetitive, monotonous cycle of feeding.

    There will be times when you just want to give up.

    But then your baby will give you this look, or smile, or even just let out a cute little fart.

    And you suddenly find the energy to continue on.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

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  • 10. Dealing with cluster feeding
    12 / 12 10. Dealing with cluster feeding

    There’s a thing called “cluster feeding” where your baby will want to feed every hour or so. What?!

    It’s very normal and very annoying.

    There’ll be cries of “I just fed you!”, but it’s just your little one having a growth spurt.

    All this shall pass – just remember: you are your child’s buffet.

    (Photo: Instagram/janetagram)

    Related: Singapore singers Tay Kewei, Alfred Sim share childbirth video on Youtube

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