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A guide to breastfeeding

Why should you breastfeed your baby? If you do, should you mix breast and formula, or insist on breast all the way? What are the dos and don'ts if you are a lactating mother?

If you are getting different answers to your questions about breastfeeding, you may like to look at the answers provided by Philips Avent Breastfeeding Experts. The panel consists of four experts who provide different perspectives to various topics in breastfeeding – it includes a gynaecologist who focuses on the positive aspects of breastfeeding, a paediatrician who focuses on how breastfeeding is good for babies, a lactation consultant who provides tips and guidelines for effective breastfeeding, and yet another mother who focuses on providing advice for mothers preparing to go back to work after giving birth, while still maintaining the breastfeeding practice.

They are:
Dr Yong Tze Tein
Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, SGH
Adjunct Assoc Professor,Dukes-Graduate Medical School
Senior Clinical Lecturer,Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,National University Singapore

Dr Yong is a senior obstetrician and gynaecologist in Singapore General Hospital.Her areas of interest is in subfertility, assisted reproduction, polycystic ovarian disease, menopause, adolescence and breastfeeding.
Dr Yong became truly aware about breastfeeding when she breastfed her own daughter in 1998 till the age of five. She recognised her own ignorance and saw many barriers that hindered women from breastfeeding,from doing what every baby deserves. This was what spurred her to promote and educate women and medical professionals about breastfeeding.

Dr Yvonne Ng
Consultant, Department of Neonatology, National University Hospital

Dr Yvonne Ng graduated from University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur and completed her pediatric specialist training at the National University Hospital Singapore. She is currently a consultant in the Department of Neonatology, National University Hospital and part of her daily work includes lending support to breastfeeding mothers. She is also a qualified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 2008 and mother to three breastfed children.

Mrs Angeline Wee-Yew
President, Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group (Singapore)

Mrs Angeline Wee-Yew is a stay-at-home mother to her son Lucas Yew, and was breastfeeding him three times a day up until he was four years old. Angeline has worked for more than 10 years in the finance, retail and headhunting industries before obtaining a graduate diploma in and practising early childhood education. She is most passionate about giving children the best start in life in all aspects -- one of the most important being breastfeeding.

Ms Betty Lee
Lactation Consultant, L C Lactation and Parentcraft Consultancy

Ms Betty Lee is a Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse & Midwife with over 30 years of experience in helping expectant parents and new moms cope with the challenges of newfound parenthood. She is also a regular contributor to related parenting articles, and lends her expertise and advice in various parenting magazines.

Ms Lee has been a Certified Lactation consultant with the International board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) for 14 years and has been in private practice for the past seven years.  She is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM). Betty obtained her Bachelor of Health science (Nursing) degree from the University of Sydney.


- Why breast is best?

- Are there any disadvantages to breastfeeding?

- What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding for me?

- What are some of the possible breastfeeding positions I can use?

- How do I position the baby to latch on?

- How do I know the baby is latched on correctly?

- How can I breastfeed comfortably?

- When should my baby get her first feed?

- Are feeding intervals counted from the time my baby starts or stops nursing?

- How can I tell when my baby’s ready to eat?

- Do babies only cry because they are hungry?

- How long does it take to finish a nursing session?

- How often should I alternate breasts?

- How do I remember which breast I last fed from?

- How often should I burp my baby during feedings?

- How can I tell if my baby’s eating enough?

- What should my newborn's diapers look like?

- My baby wants to nurse for comfort. What should I do?

- Can all women breast-feed?

- How frequently should I feed my baby?

- My mother and confinement lady say that babies need to be given water but I’ve read that it isn’t necessary to give babies water. Which is true?

- Should I feed my baby with vitamin supplements?

- How long should I breastfeed?

- How long does it take to feed an older infant?

- Should I continue to breastfeed even when my baby becomes a toddler?

- Should I feed from both sides or just one side?

- What is foremilk and hind milk?

- How do I remove the baby from the breast?

- Many of my friends say they are not producing enough milk. How come?

- Can twins and premature babies also be breastfed?

- Are any babies allergic to their mother’s milk?

- My baby is hungrier than usual. Is this normal?

- Breastfeeding is just so hard, and I feel like giving up. Why?

- Can I breastfeed if I had a Caesarean?

- What are the best positions for breastfeeding after Caesarean?

- Can I become pregnant while breastfeeding?

- I’m still breastfeeding but would like to try for another baby. How do I ensure I’m fertile?

- How do I get over my discomfort of nursing in public?


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