Part 3: Normalising Assisted Reproductive Technology

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“I researched everything about pregnancy, but it didn't occur to me to research breastfeeding. I thought it would happen naturally. Produce boob, latch on, tadaah!” 

Sumi was having trouble getting her baby to latch on during the first night at the hospital. The nurses and lactation consultant  would come in to help her out. They would assist in positioning the baby differently each time and massaging the boob to produce milk.

However nothing helped and Arjun’s diaper was dry which was a concern for the nurses. This meant that he was not taking in any milk. They suggested supplementing with formula milk as Arjun had low sugar level. Sumi hesitantly agreed but wanted to try breastfeeding again the next round. 

It didn't help that Sumi was being stressed out and started feeling guilty for not being able to provide for her child. Lastly, she tried using a breast pump to  pump out colostrum, which did help. She managed to fill up syringes of colostrum. She was happy that she finally managed to provide for her baby. The lactation specialist insisted that colostrum was not enough and that they had to give Arjun formula. 

Doula Fadilah mentioned that the amount of colostrum you produce is just enough for your baby. Breast milk usually kicks in after 3 to 5 days of giving birth. Prior to that, your body will only be producing colostrum. Sumi was determined to prove that she was able to produce breast milk for Arjun and not need to supplement with formula as the lactation specialist suggested to her.

Click here and find out what Sumi did to ensure she was producing enough milk. Doula Fadilah also explains how you can gauge if a baby is getting enough breastmilk.

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This podcast is facilitated by Nurjanna Ng, Director of Soul Singapore and Fadillah Yusope, Doula at Birth Mayya.

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