Kingsley: Breastfeeding

Friday 31st October, poolside at The Greens

Son, once again, after your swim, you plug in to get the good stuff. Its a ritual we’ve established you and I, after that kindly young pediatric nurse in Saronida gave me a tip about warming up babies after a dip in the sea (it was a coolish day and I had you shivering, for all to see): the trick to increasing an infant’s core body temperature is to put them on the breast straight after their swim. Take off their wet clothes, wrap in a towel and offer the breast. With milk, and indeed any food, a baby’s blood glucose instantly rises and as it does, they warm up from the inside out.

No longer in the seaside town of Saronida, Greece, but in the middle Dubai, the ritual continues…

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