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After being served well by Medela PISA double breast pump for providing Ashley with breast milk, I went with the decision to get the same model for my breastfeeding journey with Kingsley. No doubt Medela PISA is as effective in clearing engorged breasts this time round, I would like to highlight another breast pump for the consideration of mummies-to-be.
Prior to conception, I have signed up with the S-PRESTO clinical study jointly organized by KKH, NUS and SICS of ASTAR and NUHS which aims to study how a woman’s health, nutritional status and mental state before pregnancy will influence their subsequent pregnancy outcomes. One of the post-delivery samples they required for the clinical trial was to collect the mother’s breast milk. As they needed to process and freeze down the milk samples upon collection, the clinical trial coordinator brought along their Ameda Breast Pump for the collection of fresh breast milk.
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This is definitely one accessory worth adding to your breastfeeding experience. Ever since I delivered my little angel, Ashley in early January this year, I have been faithfully breastfeeding her for the attributed health benefits. Besides letting her latch on to me directly, I have been actively pumping at a regular basis to boost my milk supply and thus the heavy demand for storage solutions. Therefore, I have purchased Medela Value Pack Bpa-free Feeding Gift Set : New Wide Base Nipple. This is a useful breastfeeding set that I have purchased to solve my breastmilk storage problems as it contains not only milk bottles of two different sizes, 80ml and 150ml, it also includes 20 Pump & Save Breastmilk storage bags that is compatible with Medela breastpumps. Now, I do not have to worry to rush to wash and sterilize the milk bottles every time Ashley finishes her milk or prolonging the time interval to pump due to insufficient storage space.
For the optimal growth,development and health of your child, WHO and HPB has been actively promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. As a first-time mum, I know exactly of the anxieties and uncertainties about breastfeeding that other mums may have during pregnancy and the first few weeks of their little one’s life including questions revolving, “Will my baby know how to latch on for feeding?” or ” Will I have sufficient milk supply for my baby?”.
Although I was apprehensive about the thought of exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding can have many benefits tagged to it if done correctly, for both baby and mummy.
Firstly, breastfeeding is best for our baby for the following reasons, (1) the close body contact and interaction creates a special bond between us and our baby, (2) our breast milk contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients for our baby’s complete growth and development, (3) antibodies in our breast milk provide immunity for our baby, reducing their risk of intestinal, ear and respiratory infections and (4) our breast milk is suited for our baby and will make them less likely to develop stomach upsets, constipation and diarrhoea.
Furthermore, breastfeeding does have many benefits for mums like me as well, for example, (1) early suckling have been shown to help our womb contract thus reducing blood loss after child birth, (2) it delays the return of our menstrual period and thus acts as a natural although imperfect contraceptive, (3) we burn calories during breastfeeding and this helps to shed the weight gained during our pregnancy and (4) our risk of developing breast, ovarian and womb cancers are lowered.
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