Most working moms face the problem of breastfeeding during working hours. Breastfeeding the baby during work timings may not be possible for everyone, but moms whose workplace is near their homes can take some time in between to breastfeed their babies. For such moms, feeding tops with easy nursing access are a great attire for easier frequent breastfeeding.
This is not possible in all cases. Most of the women work at places that are far away from their homes. So, these mothers can only breastfeed during the morning and evening hours. In such cases, giving feed supplements during the times when the mom is not available is better.
Generally, doctors do not recommend feed supplements because children brought up on feed supplements are more vulnerable to becoming obese and suffer from type II diabetes. And also, the amount of milk produced by the working moms may lessen if they do not feed during the day. In such cases, the amount of milk produced may not be sufficient for the baby.
#Use a Breast Pump
To overcome this problem, working moms can use special electric pumps to pump milk during working hours. This collected milk can be fed to the baby the next day by the concerned caretaker. This helps in stimulating the mammary glands so that more milk is produced. This way, the baby need not feed on the supplements.
Special electric pumps are available that will help pump the milk from both breasts simultaneously. This generally saves time as the pumped milk can be stored in bottles, and the collected milk should be stored in a cool place.
Moms who have no refrigerator facility at the office can go for pumps that come with a special cooler pack. Most of the pumps work with batteries. So, one need not worry about the electric outlets. With the help of electric pumps, working moms can happily breastfeed their babies even while working.
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding
If you are an expectant mother, you must be wondering whether you should breastfeed or formula-feed your baby. Here is a quick comparison of both to help you make the right decision.
We all have heard about the importance of breastfeeding a baby, and mother’s milk contains the perfect nutrients a baby needs for his healthy growth and development. Along with providing nutrients, mother’s milk also contains vital antioxidants that help in boosting your baby’s immunity.
It has been found that breastfed babies are less prone to respiratory infections and problems like asthma, diabetes, and obesity, amongst others. To add to the benefits, breastfeeding also helps build a strong and special bond between the mother and the child.
In addition to the above-given benefits, breast milk is easily digested by the baby’s sensitive digestive system. While breast milk is beneficial for your baby, there are times when a woman finds it difficult to breastfeed her child. In such instances, she can always opt to formula feed the baby.
If you formula feed your baby, you will not deprive your baby of the essential nutrients. Instead, it has been found that commercially prepared formula milk can also help provide the baby with the required nutrients. In addition to being convenient, bottle feeding also helps keep the baby’s stomach full for a longer time.
While infant formula can prove convenient for mothers, it has its set of drawbacks too. Formula-fed babies do not get the essential antibodies that protect them from infections. In addition, it has been found that formula-fed babies are more prone to digestion-related problems like acidity and constipation.
#Breastfeed for at least six months
Given above is a comparison of breastfeeding and formula feeding. While breastfeeding is preferred for feeding a baby due to the various health advantages, formula feeding is not harmful either. You can breastfeed your child for the first six months and then shift to formula feeding as a mother.
The decision to either breastfeed or formula feed a baby is a personal decision that a woman must make, keeping various factors in mind.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
As more and more women have started working full time, the debate regarding breastfeed versus bottle-feeding has become intense. The demands of a metropolitan lifestyle might compel a woman to choose bottle-feeding over breastfeeding; however, the merits and benefits of breastfeeding cannot be denied.
Mother’s milk is extremely rich in protein content and is ideal for the newborn baby; it contains elements that help the baby develop antibodies that protect it against diseases. These nutrients cannot be supplemented by feeding the baby formula milk.
Also, the very act of feeding/sucking the baby imparts a sense of comfort to the baby and strengthens the maternal bond of intimacy between the mother and the baby. In fact, in most cases, it has been observed that the baby often just sucks for comfort rather than to feed itself.
Breastfeeding in the first few days may be a bit challenging, as most women might experience sore nipples that make breastfeeding painful. Often the babies find it difficult to suck and instead may just nibble on the nipple making it more tender and sorer. A cracked nipple is another nightmare for women breastfeeding their newborn, and again, it happens when the baby does not take to the breast properly.
#Freshly expressed or pumped milk can be stored
Women who cannot attend to the baby’s needs continuously and do not want to resort to bottle-feed can use the alternative of feeding the baby with milk expressed from the breasts and then refrigerated in a sterile bottle. This milk is safe for use even up to twenty-four hours. Milk can be expressed either by hand or by a small breast pump which makes the task smoother.
In this manner, the baby gets to feed on the mother’s milk as well as the mother is free to attend to other pressing concerns. Also, expressing excess milk for some women becomes essential as sometimes the breasts become so full of milk that the baby can’t latch on and feed. In such a situation, a breast pump becomes a convenient tool. Perhaps the most touching moment of life is when a newborn suckles at a mother’s breast for its first feed.