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Breastfeeding & Lactation


Introduction to Breastfeeding Lactation


Breastfeeding is a natural process by which a mother feeds her infant with breast milk produced by her body. Lactation is the term used to describe the production and secretion of breast milk. It is an essential part of early motherhood and provides numerous benefits for both the mother and the baby.

At Borneo Hospital, we recognize the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of both mother and baby. We are proud to offer the expertise of our dedicated lactation consultants, who provide invaluable support to mothers in their breastfeeding journey. 

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother and Baby

Breastfeeding offers a multitude of benefits for both the mother and the baby. Here are some of the key advantages:


Benefits for the Baby:

  • Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for babies.
  • It boosts babies' immune system.
  • Breastfeeding is easy on babies' digestive systems.
  • It may positively impact babies' cognitive development.

Benefits for the Mother:

  • Breastfeeding helps with postpartum recovery.
  • Breastfeeding can help with weight loss.
  • Breastfeeding has long-term health benefits for mothers.
  • Breastfeeding is emotionally beneficial for mothers.
  • Breast milk is readily available, requires no preparation, and is always at the right temperature.

Common Challenges in Breastfeeding and How to Overcome Them

This is a common problem in the early days of breastfeeding. To prevent or alleviate nipple soreness, ensure a proper latch by positioning the baby correctly. 

Offer the baby a large portion of the areola along with the nipple, and ensure that the baby's mouth covers both. Applying lanolin cream or using hydrogel nipple pads can provide relief. If the pain persists or worsens, seek support from a lactation consultant or healthcare professional.


This occurs when the breasts become overly full and firm, making it difficult for the baby to latch. To relieve engorgement, breastfeed frequently, apply warm compresses before nursing, and use gentle breast massage or hand expression to soften the breast. If engorgement persists or becomes severe, seek guidance from a healthcare professional.

Low milk supply

Some mothers may feel concerned about having a low milk supply. It's important to remember that the breasts produce milk on a supply-and-demand basis. 

To help increase milk supply, nurse frequently and on-demand, ensure a proper latch, and consider pumping after feedings to stimulate milk production. Skin-to-skin contact with the baby and a relaxed, stress-free environment can also help enhance milk production.

Breast infections:

Mastitis is a common breast infection that can cause pain, swelling, and flu-like symptoms. It is essential to seek medical attention promptly if symptoms arise. 

To prevent or manage mastitis, ensure proper breast emptying by nursing frequently and effectively. Applying warm compresses before nursing and cold compresses after nursing can help relieve discomfort. Rest, adequate hydration, and antibiotic treatment are also crucial if necessary.

Seeking support:

Seeking support from healthcare professionals, lactation consultants, and breastfeeding support groups is essential if you encounter challenges. Feel free to Visit Borneo Hospital in Thane. We can provide guidance, advice, and reassurance to help overcome difficulties and ensure a successful breastfeeding journey.

Breastfeeding Support and Resources

Breastfeeding support and resources are available to help mothers navigate their breastfeeding journey. Here are some common sources of support and helpful resources:

  • Lactation consultants:These healthcare professionals specialize in providing breastfeeding support and guidance. They can assess latch, address breastfeeding challenges, and provide personalized advice.
  • Healthcare professionals:Doctors, midwives, nurses, and pediatricians can provide valuable support and guidance on breastfeeding. They can address concerns, monitor the baby's growth, and provide recommendations specific to your situation.
  • Breastfeeding helplines:These are staffed by trained breastfeeding counselors who can provide information, support, and guidance over the phone. They are often available 24/7 and can be a valuable resource for immediate assistance.

Our Consultants


Dr. Rohini Khera Bhatt

Speciality: Gynaecologist

Designation: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon


Dr. Aditi Godbole

Speciality: Gynaecologist

Designation: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist


Dr. Mansi Gore

Speciality: Gynaecologist

Designation: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist


Dr. Vrushali Pillai

Speciality: Gynaecologist

Designation: Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist


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