I am a working mother and I am afraid I won't be able to exclusively breast feed my child for long, What can I do about this, how early is it safe for me to wean my child and what options do I have?

It is true that exclusive breast feeding of your child for the first six months of life is the best option of feeding your child with numerous advantages to both you and your baby. However, for many working mothers, this may be a daunting task especially when they have to resume work as early as 2 to 3 months after delivery. This may result in separation of the mother from the baby interfering with the mother’s decision to exclusively breast feed her baby. This may be overcome by expressing your breast milk in adequate quantity in a sterilized flask in quantities large enough to satisfy your child who can then be fed using a sterile cup and spoon anywhere he or she is. Appropriate wears such as a breast pad should be worn while at work to prevent soiling of your dress with breast milk due to the ‘let down reflex’ a reflex that may be stimulated merely by the thought of your child. Finally many employers now provide a crèche attached to their place of work where you may bring a help to watch over your child so you can dash in and out to quickly breast feed your baby or express more milk in case your baby runs out of the expressed breast milk. If there is none in your establisment, you may decide to use a nearby one and check in on your baby as often as possible during short breaks to express more milk or directly breast feed your baby.

As per how early is it safe to wean your child, it is advised that complementary feeding should only be commenced six months  afer birth and may be continued till 2 years of age. For more information, please CHAT WITH OUR CONSULTANTS.

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