These accredited baby-friendly hospitals take the frustration and confusion out of breastfeeding and have a team of lactation consultants and nurses to support you on your breastfeeding journey.
You have decided to breastfeed your baby when she arrives but aren’t exactly sure how to go about it. Or perhaps, you have previously nursed your other children before and want to make sure you can do it again for your upcoming bundle of joy.
Whether you’re a nursing newbie or not, it’s good to know that after you deliver your baby at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, you will get all the help you need to breastfeed your baby successfully.
Both Mount Elizabeth Hospitals at Novena and Orchard were recently given baby-friendly status under the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
This means that they have met the strict criteria set by WHO that differentiate hospitals that implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding: Good for Mum and Baby
Breastfeeding has several advantages for you and your baby. One, breast milk has all the nutrients your newborn needs to develop physically, emotionally and intellectually, especially during her first six months.
Your milk is also rich in natural antibodies that boost your baby’s ability to fend off infections, plus, it can reduce her risk of food allergies, asthma or eczema or being overweight.
As a mum who has breastfed, you have a lower risk of developing osteoporosis, breast cancer and ovarian cancer later in life, and may find it easier to return to your pre-pregnancy weight.
And of course, breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your little one. Suckling also stimulates the release of “mothering hormones” like prolactin, which keeps the baby blues away, and oxytocin, which helps your uterus contract.
Getting the expert help you need
While breastfeeding is a natural process it doesn’t always come easily, especially if you’re a first-time mum. Learning how to nurse your baby can be frustrating and confusing. In fact, you probably have questions you are too embarrassed to ask, like, “Can I still breastfeed if my breasts are too small (or too big)?” and “Is it normal for my nipples to leak?”.
You may even want to know if expressing your breast milk is sufficient, if it’s normal for your nipples to crack or bleed when you first start to breastfeed and also if blocked milk ducts are dangerous.
At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, a team of lactation consultants and nurses will help you and your baby get the hang of breastfeeding. Friendly, knowledgeable and patient, these experts will advise you on all aspects of your newborn baby’s feeding and care needs, including sharing tips on how to improve your milk supply, how to determine if your baby is getting enough milk, how long and how often to breastfeed, and what to look for in a breast pump.
Another benefit of delivering your baby at these BFHI hospitals is the in-rooming environment, which encourages new mums to spend quality time with their baby and allows them to respond to their baby’s needs more easily. By having your baby sleep in your room instead of in the nursery, there’s also a lower risk of cross-infection.
For more information on
Mount Elizabeth Hospital, visit www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/facilities-services/general-facilities/maternity-wards/orchard-maternity-wards
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, visit www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/facilities-services/general-facilities/maternity-wards/novena-maternity-wards
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