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Breastfeeding - Not As Easy As It Looks

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is a special experience for both you and your baby. It gives your baby the very best start as a newborn. Breastmilk is the healthiest food for newborns as it provides all the nutrients babies need to grow big and strong. Breastmilk also contains important antibodies which help protect your baby against many illnesses.

Many mothers worry about:

  • whether their baby is getting enough breastmilk?

  • are they getting enough nutrition?

  • Should I be supplementing formula?

  • Should I not be eating or drinking this or that?

Listen up moms!

    A mother's capacity to produce milk of sufficient quantity and quality to support infant growth is resilient and remarkably resistant to nutritional deprivation. The only thing moms need worry about is themselves!

    Breastfeeding moms need to take care of their own nutritional health. Your body is putting a 110% effort in to creating the perfect meal for your baby, so moms…. stock up on fuel!

    Support is key in any breastfeeding relationship. You can find breastfeeding support networks here in Beijing like La Leche League, but also here at OASIS International Hospital with Leora Martin, Registered Dietitian and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist.

Fun Fact From Leora

Mama’s body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby.  Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows. Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration.

A Personal Account Of A 

New Mom's Breastfeeding Journey

    I was living in London at the time. My daughter and I started our nursing journey on April 25th, 2013. I had an elective cesarean as my baby was breech, and around lunchtime I had my newborn on my breast. She latched on perfectly, but that was the first time and the last time for a while. The rest of the day is a blur, I was in so much pain. I felt super anxious about feeding a newborn, as she was crying and I had no idea what to do. One of the midwives told us that if she didn’t feed properly she would get ill. This made us naturally very anxious and scared. We had no idea how breastfeeding worked, and anything I had read during my pregnancy I magically forgot as soon as they pulled the baby out.

    In the middle of the night when we called for help, we decided that we would give her some formula. I was surprised how fast the nurses came over to assist me with this. The nurse fed her an enormous amount of formula, and of course my newborn vomited it all up. When we went home our newborn was a little jaundiced, but they told us that lots of feeding and daylight would help. I was in a complete state of panic; I had never felt like this before. There was the instinct to nourish this little human, but I was doing something wrong. At this point my nipples were bleeding and every time I put her on my breast it hurt so much I wanted to scream. I hated breastfeeding at this point, and I promised myself that when my baby turned six months I would stop.

    We called the local breastfeeding support, and they sent a lady to help us. She was so nice, and she explained to me the workings of breastfeeding and how to get baby to latch on. We all agreed to give my nipples some rest so they could heal. Meanwhile, I could express and feed her from a spoon. It was so hard to go against my instinct and not feed her myself. We sat in bed during the night expressing and then spoon feeding our baby. Around six weeks in, I was getting the hang of breastfeeding. I sat for days and days in my nursing chair just feeding my baby for hours and hours. She stayed on my breast day and night. I was so tired but I continued to feed her on demand till six months, when we started to give her solids. However I did not stop breastfeeding her like I had promised myself. I nursed my daughter till she was 3 years old and she decided to self wean.

For Breastfeeding Support and Assistance, 

make an appointment with Leora Martin 

Registered Dietician and 

Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

5985 0301


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