Monday, September 22, 2008

Breastfeeding-best for mothers and best for babies




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.

21 comments:

Yan said...

Hi, rubberseed, though this is not "my topic", I still can't resist to comment or add. There are women who just don't have sufficient milk to milk the baby. Probably due to hormonal problem. I know doctors and nurses and other fortunate women will tell many tales or will even tell off these desperate women that it just could not be. But I am one of those unfortunate and desperate mothers!

suituapui said...

Wow! U're such an expert in breastfeeding! Hahahahahahaha!!!! Seriously, overseas (like my sis-in-law - ang moh) she takes leave for a year to take care of her baby...and works part-time till the chilc goes to play school...before she starts to work fulltime again.

sarawakiana said...

The present Chinese Milk Powder Crisis is causing all new and young mothers to rethink the value of breast feeding.

It is natural to breastfeed in my opinion and I too agree with Yan that some mothers do not have the right physique or even the glands for breast feeding.

Breast feeding is also a way to bond with children who will be very close to the mother throughout their whole life. Many believe that breastfed children are more intelligent.

And I even like the Chinese practice of wet nurse. Let's see what the future will hold for poorer women the world over.

rubberseeds said...

Yan: You are always most welcome to comment. Sorry to hear of your problem. Well,your kids are all growing up now and you have done your best. Am sure god is always with you and your family.Cheers!

STP:Not an expert, haha. Just write about hearsay. I do believe that more highly educated people like the ang moh put more emphasis on child care and child health.

Sarawakiana:You are right and I totally agree with you.

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Bengbeng said...

breast feeding has the extra option of being free when the prices of milk has gone up. but with most ppl working nowadays, it is a little inconvenient

Yan said...

rubberseeds,

At first, I thought it was funny for you to say "sorry to hear of your problems". Then, my almost "senile mind" brought back much memories of those days in Sibu Hospital when my second child was admitted with jaundice. It was during that time that Sibu Hospital was in a aggressive campaign of breastfeeding. No bottle-fed allowed. There, my child was crying for milk, while the desperate mum had no milk at all to feed him! So, the mum in distress had to secretly feed the child - well, what a joke! There was totally no "hearing" to the case, but to conclude that such mother refused to breastfeed. I state my case!

Thanks, sarawakiana (or CY my friend), for agreeing with me!

rubberseeds said...

bengbeng:yes, it's free and it is the best.The mother can always pump the milk and store it for the baby.

cc said...

Kudos to all mums who choose to breastfeed, it's a great way to bond with the child too!

Anonymous said...

I went to Kapit and so so many mothers breast feeding the babies. They are the true mothers.

If I could breast feed the babies, I would love to....but I am a man

Anonymous said...

I also foresee new business emerging by selling human milk. Can this be the case?

rubberseeds said...

Yan:Thanks for sharing your case.You are a great mum.

CC: I am sure you are looking forward to experiencing it yourself.Jia Yew!

anonymous 1: Was your trip to Kapit a recent one? I went there earlier this year but I didn't see any mother breastfeeding their babies. Hope you can fulfill your wish to breastfeed in next life...to many of your children!

anonymous 2:I don't think it will be widespread or popular simply because there are not enough human milk. Remember not all women have milk all the time.

Bengbeng said...

the closest to mother's milk is still the powdered milk. there will never b enough mother's milk t make it a long term viable business :)

-eiling- said...

It's true what Yan says. Not all mums who wants to breastfed can do so. I was not breast-fed but lucky I am healthy and tall! LOL maybe I could have been better if I have been breast-fed!

With the current tainted milk issue, mothers should rethink breastfeeding to safeguard their child's life!

Anonymous said...

*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?)

don't use it when you are still feeding the baby!

rubberseeds said...

bengbeng:You are right, and powdered milk is so handy and every body can easily prepare it for feeding babies.

eiling:haha, because you are a "Gluttones",either you eat too much good food or too much junk food!You are already perfect, so how to be better?

anonymous: Good advice!

mama belian n cengal said...

wah terkejut to read the topic...
breasfeeding made me slim down faster after giving birth. 3 months after, back to normal ... ha ha ha....

rubberseeds said...

mama:hahaha...make more babies, and you will slim down faster. Any logic?

abana said...

You are quick to relate the current crisis though you tell it in a different perspective. Breast feeding is good for all babies as it don't contain melamine.

Philip said...

abana:Luckily have these two photos to tell the story.

cutie said...

oh, naughty you, phil! you sound a little too horny to me when I read 2 posts consecutive about sexual parts... 1) p**** 2) b******

Well, back to the topic. I would certainly love to breast feed my future babies... and your above reasons make no differences to me as my nipples are already long. LOL...