Daily Health Tips: How Do I Practice Exclusive Breastfeeding With A full Time Job?

Q: Good day Doc. I love your articles on EBF (Exclusive Breast Feeding) thing. Am a serving Corper, my maternity leave will finish come 1st week of December and my baby will be 3months and 11days by then. I really want to practice EBF to 6months(to prove my mum wrong) but my baby sucks too much within the night that when I express in the morning I only get 50-70mls of BM (too small for a feed) Considering that I have to get to work before 8am and to be back by 3pm. I kill myself with fluid within the night to boost milk supply but d baby sucks all. Please help me; what should I do? Will formula milk be bad if I introduce it by then (not minding if my mum mocks me by den). Is it too early to put the baby in a creche. Should I burp my baby when he falls asleep during feed. Thank you. Thanks for writing in…and yes, it’s absolutely possible to prove your mum wrong. Sorry mum 😀
A: Breast milk is the best food for baby, generally speaking. The supply of breast milk is based on its demand. And so, if demand for it is high, supply will be high and vice versa. The more efficiently milk is removed from the breast, the more milk production is stimulated. And so, you need to make a conscious effort to get baby to suck more.
Now, in most places in Nigeria, nursing mothers, do not start work until about 9am or slightly later. You appear to be getting to work with everyone else. Those extra minutes/hours in the morning could be very helpful. Find out from your HR department what you’re entitled to.
Here are other tips that could help increase milk supply:

• Be sure that baby is attached properly and get him to suckle on the breast very often. Remember that breast milk production is a function of the breast milk let down reflex which is activated when baby sucks.
• If you can find a private space within your office where you can express milk, go for it.
• Increase the number of feeds per day. You could work with a timetable of a feed every 2 to 3 hours. In your case, as many times as is possible when you get back from the office.
• Switch breasts during a meal time. Let the first breast ‘empty’ before switching baby to the other breast. This can be repeated several times during a feed.
• Massage your breast and stroke towards the baby
• Perhaps over the weekend, room in with your baby and get him to feed as much as possible. The let down reflex will be greatly stimulated and so, you could even pump some for when you will be at work and freeze.

Personally, I found that using my hands to ‘milk’ my breasts produced sufficient amounts of breast milk for my always-hungry-can’t-seem-to-get-enough-food-baby. You may want to try that.
Have a good night, y’all 😀

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1 Response to Daily Health Tips: How Do I Practice Exclusive Breastfeeding With A full Time Job?

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