Breast is best when it comes to newborns

Breast is best when it comes to newborns

SINGAPORE - It's not unusual for newborn babies to wail.

But if the crying is continuous, one of the reasons could be because the new mother is not producing enough milk to soothe the child's hunger pangs.

"I had a hard time breastfeeding my daughter for the first three weeks. It was painful, and there was very little milk. During feeding time, she would cry and I would cry along with her," recalls Christina Anthony, 33.

In desperation, the secondary special education schoolteacher from Kuching, Sarawak, resorted to feeding her baby with formula milk, a solution she wasn't entirely contented with.

Most mothers can probably relate to Anthony's ordeal. But there are also those who claim to have breezed through breastfeeding and motherhood, while women like Anthony are met with disdain because they seemingly "lack" a certain something.

Anthony had to deal with "skeptics" - family members and friends who were doubtful of her ability in breastfeeding.

"They would say: 'You just don't have milk. Don't stress yourself.' Friends who had breastfed their children thought that I wasn't trying hard enough. I broke down in tears when one of them said that I was just making excuses," she reveals.

However, thanks to a local online breastfeeding support group, new mothers can find support and advice for their woes.

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