This week is breastfeeding week

National Breastfeeding week is from August 1 to 7. In celebration of this Tender Loving Care Clinic invites all pregnant moms to come speak to Sr Mariska Blom who is a qualified midwife, clinic sister and breastfeeding consultant.

“We invite all mommies to come and visit us between 12:00 and 14:00 on August 1 to 4 and 09:00 to 12:00 on August 5. We will be giving a goodie bag with samples to each mommy. There will also be hampers and prizes to be won,” Sr Mariska said.

This service is free.
Sr Mariska would also like to share some information and tips for moms that want to breastfeed:

How to prepare your breast for breastfeeding:

• At 20 weeks pregnant, apply the kolostrum (watery fluid from breast) or nipple cream on the areola and nipple of each breast.
Do this about two /three times per day until the baby comes. This will prevent the skin from drying out and start to crack when breastfeeding, because this is very painful and sometimes the reason why moms stop to breastfeed.
• Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water.
• Rest as much as you can.
What to do in hospital:
• Start breastfeeding as soon as possible (within one hour after birth if possible).
• Be very patient and relax. Baby feels your anxiety and won’t feed then.
• Ask hospital staff for help, especially the first few times.
• Kolostrum is enough for the first three days, but it is digested very fast, therefore baby must be put to your breast every 30 minutes to one hour.
• Only after three to four the ‘real’ milk comes out and then your bay will feed every three to four hours on demand.

There are a lot of benefits of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding reduces the incidence and severity of a wide range of diseases in babies. It also reduces Silent Infant Death Syndrome risk, it is associated with higher IQ’s in first grade and overall immunity is much better than other babies.

Mom, there are also a lot of benefits for you, Breastfeeding decreases bleeding after birth, it decreases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, the effects of osteoporosis and as an added bonus it speeds up the return to pre-birth weight.

For more information or advice, feel free to contact the clinic at 013 697 1847 or 083 346 0311.

Tender Loving Care Clinic is in 37 Geringer Street.

Zita Goldswain
Assistant Editor

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