What to do be­fore giv­ing up breast­feed­ing

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Parenthood -

Be­fore you throw in the towel for good – and if they’re hon­est, most breast­feed­ing mums are tempted some­where in the first six months to do so – here’s what you’re ad­vised to do.

Hor advises, ‘the mum needs to go to a lac­ta­tion coun­sel­lor. Most hos­pi­tals have them, and they can help and sup­port the mother. If a mother is on the edge, “Do I give up or not give up?”, they feel guilty about it. They need to go for sup­port, and that per­son should be full of em­pa­thy. A mum’s en­tire house­hold may be stressed out and cry­ing. Or if the mum is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­jured or bleed­ing nip­ples, she may think, “Why bother?” But even if a mum is de­ter­mined to do it, she should go for help.’

Ul­ti­mately, as­serts Hor, ‘it’s a per­sonal choice. But it’s a choice that should be made on ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. Par­ents have to make in­formed choices.’

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