Breastfeeding is a miracle. Apart from its amazing benefits for a newborn, for us mothers, it’s simple, convenient, and basically free. Breastfeeding supports us emotionally and creates a bond with our newborns. While some mothers find breastfeeding a piece of cake, for others it’s a dilemma.
Some mommies face issues like painful feeding, cracked nipples, flat nipples, difficulty in latching, breast rejection, babies with tongue ties, engorged breasts, mastitis, milk blisters, blocked milk ducts, excessive milk supply, milk drying up, and so much more. Yes, breastfeeding can be difficult for some women. And if you have twins or triplets, the challenge doubles.
Lucky for every mother, there are breastfeeding support platforms, and some of them are completely free of charge.
Offline Breastfeeding free services
Image source: National Nutrition Institute
National Nutrition Institute
Address: 16 Kasr Al-Aini st., Cairo.
Preventive Medical Center, Abo El-Reesh Hospital
Address: Abo El-Ressh Hospital, Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo.
Galaa Military Hospital
Address: Sheraton Al Matar, El-Nozha, Cairo.
Online Breastfeeding free services
Image source: Breastfeeding Free Hotline
This is a great service that’s totally free of charge covering all governorates of Egypt. Basically, a number of Egyptian breastfeeding consultants dedicate some time on a weekly basis to be available to answer questions related to breastfeeding. You’ll either find a schedule with different times during the day covering the whole week, or posts reflecting the designated times of each doctor.
This page contains a directory of most of (if not all) the certified breastfeeding consultants in Egypt and other Arab countries like KSA, Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Iraq.
This directory includes breastfeeding clinics’ address, contacts, opening hours and a list of doctors working in each clinic. The great thing about it is that it covers almost all areas of Cairo and Giza, in addition to 17 other governorates and centers outside Greater Cairo.
My personal experience
On a personal level, I was one of those unlucky-with-breastfeeding mothers (we’re a lot by the way). My baby rejected and was unable to breastfeed for a whole week after delivery. That led to lowering my milk supply big time.
After a month or two postpartum I got a blocked milk duct, or what they call a “milk blister”, and it was really painful, and unfortunately, pumping made it way worse and all breastfeeding tips did not work. Bottom line, my breastfeeding experience for the first 3 months was so painful and emotionally and physically draining.
I came across the breastfeeding hotline page around that time, and I have to say, the doctors were really welcoming to answer all my questions and helped me with the milk blister. I even went to see a doctor in Nasr City Hospital For Health Insurance, which is a public hospital. The doctor checked me up and was very helpful and friendly. I honestly can’t remember whether I paid fees or it was free of charge, but if there were any fees they’re beyond reasonable.