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Breastfeeding advice for new mums and mums-to-be

Breast feeding 

Some new mums take to breastfeeding like a duck to water. Others experience a whole range of problems like cracked, sore nipples, blocked milk ducts, inverted nipples, mastitis, thrush, a baby who won’t latch on properly, low milk supply, a baby who feeds continually, a baby who falls asleep at the breast or a sleepy baby who doesn’t wake to feed. So where can you get help?

Most hospitals hold a breastfeeding class every morning for new mums, run by trained lactation consultants who can guide you in your early breastfeeding attempts. If you are still experiencing problems a week or more after having been discharged from hospital, check if former patients are able to speak with a lactation consultant. Here are some useful contact numbers.

Alternatively, seek help from one of the following organisations:

Parentlink

  • Breastfeeding counselling at your home

Mother & Child

  • Lactation consultants in the hospital or at your home 
  • Lactation clinic in a group setting on Wednesday afternoons 
  • Baby Café drop-in centre on Monday afternoons provides a support network for mothers in a relaxed setting with tea, coffee and snacks. Suitable for mums-to-be who are deciding how to feed their baby, new mums experiencing problems, and mums planning to return to work who want to continue breastfeeding. Lactation consultants and health visitors trained to assist with common breastfeeding problems are on hand to provide advice 

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group

  • Breastfeeding workshops for mums-to-be, new mums and mums returning to work
  • Counselling hotline: 6339 3558

La Leche League (Singapore)

Breastfeeding helpline: 7000 555 4636

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