Breastfeeding Week Workshop with TollyJoy
Hope it is not too late to wish you happy breastfeeding week! Ever since I am pregnant, I have made a choice and very determine to try my very best to breastfeed my baby Sofea. Being an excited new mom, I did quite a number of research to find out of what are the benefit plus challenges to breastfeed my baby. I also did research on what I need to do, what I need to purchase ad so on so fourth… Guess what? TollyJoy held this workshop at Tropicana Hospital to celebrate breastfeeding week as well as to spread more awareness about it. I wish I went to this workshop earlier when I am still pregnant. I learned so many things about breastfeeding and now I am very excited to share with all of you what are the info I gained from this session.
Ruby, MC of the day.
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat -- everything your baby needs to grow. And it's all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies. What's more, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. Researched also indicate that breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It's been thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well, but more research is needed.
Dr Anushree Narayan, consultant Paediatrician & Neonatalogist
Are There Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother?
Breastfeeding burns extra calories, (YEEEHAAAA!) so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.
Since you don't have to buy and measure formula, sterilize nipples, or warm bottles, it saves you time and money. It also gives you regular time to relax quietly with your newborn as you bond.
Sister Jessintha (Nurse Manager) during the talk.
Will I Make Enough Milk to Breastfeed?
The first few days after birth, your breasts make an ideal "first milk." It's called colostrum. Colostrum is thick, yellowish, and scant, but there's plenty to meet your baby's nutritional needs. Colostrum helps a newborn's digestive tract develop and prepare itself to digest breast milk.
Most babies lose a small amount of weight in the first 3 to 5 days after birth. This is unrelated to breastfeeding.
As your baby needs more milk and nurses more, your breasts respond by making more milk. Experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively (no formula, juice, or water) for 6 months. If you supplement with formula, your breasts might make less milk.
Even if you breastfeed less than the recommended 6 months, it's better to breastfeed for a short time than no time at all. You can add solid food at 6 months but also continue to breastfeed if you want to keep producing milk.
Irene Yeo, Sales & Marketing Manager from TollyJoy
During the workshop, were were also introduce with few products by TollyJoy which would able to aid your breastfeeding journey. I am very interested with their Battery Operated Breat pump as my current one at home is the manual version. (Next on my wishlist!) You can check out below on the range that their are offering or you can always check out their website for more eye candy.
Before the session ended, Cheff Azman and Tropicana’s dietician Ms Tan Yen Sing introduce us to 2 type of milk booster dish. The first one is the Papaya Fish soup which is very famous recipie enriched with milk boosting ingredients and the second dish is the Dry Longan soup where you can take it as dessert.
Let me know if you want the recipies as I have it with me, you can email me or pm me via my fanpage and I more than happy to share it with you. Thank you for reading my humble post and I hope you find it beneficial.