It is a rare sight now to come across mothers breastfeed their young ones,even in the rural areas of Sarawak. I chanced upon this young mother breastfeeding her little boy in Marudi last month. Marudi is a small town up in the Baram River,about 3 hours by express passenger boat from Miri.I would say breastfeeding is till popular in modern society, just that it is not done openly in public places like 20-30 years ago when we could see it in crowded public places like bus and boat terminals and even markets.Young and would-be parents are still instilled with the knowledge by their elders,doctors and nurses and of course our health and medical literature that breastfeeding is the best for both the mothers and the babies. You surely will see posters advocating breastfeeding on the walls of the hospitals and clinics. When I browsed through Wikipedia for breastfeeding, it only talks about all the benefits. Are there really no undesireable effects? It is undeniable that natural milk from a healthy mother is the best food for an infant or a young child. But apart from the health and nutrition aspects,I understand some young mothers refuse to breastfeed their newborns because of the following reasons:
(1) Fear of getting extended nipples. And because of this, the husbands would love them less and may even make excuses of having affairs with someone who has smaller nipples.
(2) Fear of the nipples changing colours from pinkish to brownish or black.
(3)Fear of pain.
The second and third reason could be justified, but the problems could also be easily solved. Aren't there a lot of beauty cream which could restore them to original or near original colours? (Someone who had just bought the Nipple Refresher last week, do you know what is the name of the cream?)And for fear of pain, well, don't you already receive a lot of sucking before getting pregnant? If not then you have to do a lot of practise, of course ask your hubby to do it for you.If you have the insecure feeling of whether your hubby will love you less or even leave you for someone with smaller nipples, let him go.Wouldn't all nipples get bigger one day whether it is the baby or the hubby sucking them? If you want to maintain a perfect figure for as long as you can, the best is not to get married or get marry but not get pregnant. I hope I make sense here and I have not offended any body,especially the ladies. To end this post I would like to enlighten you on the following facts that you may not already know. (1) Alternatives to breastfeeding were rare prior to the 12th century.Cows and goats milk were first used in the 15th century. (2) Commercial infant formulas were introduced in the market in the 19th century, but only gained popularity after WWII. (3) WHO recommends 2 years of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life (4) 12 breastfeeding sessions every 24 hours is common for newborn babies.(5) Expressing breast milk is obtaining breast milk manually my massaging or using a breast pump.(6) Feeding two children, such as twins, at the same time is called Tandem breastfeeding(7) Pain in the nipple or breast is mainly due to incorrect breastfeeding techniques. Correct positioning and technique for latching on can prevent nipple soreness and allow the baby to obtain enough milk.(8) Mothers can lose weight by breastfeeding their babies because fat accumulated during pregnancy is used to produce milk.(9)Breastfeeding soon after giving birth increases the mother's oxytocin levels, making her uterus contract more quickly and reducing bleeding. (10)Hormones release during breastfeeding strengthen the maternal bond between the mother and the child. (11) Research showed that women who were breastfed in infancy may have a lower risk of getting breast cancer then those who were not breastfed.(12) Babies who are breastfed are generally more intelligent and have greater immune health.