August 1 marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week. Here’s how to celebrate breastfeeding in Singapore with other mamas and families!
World Breastfeeding Week 2020 runs from August 1-7, are you ready, mama? This annual celebration and awareness campaign highlights the benefits of breastfeeding in 170 countries across the globe – including Singapore.
As ever, we feel it’s important to highlight all the ways you can celebrate breastfeeding (and seek out support on your own journey) here in the Little Red Dot. Breastfeeding can be absolutely wonderful and rewarding, but it can also be challenging, isolating and demoralizing; this annual celebration is a fab way for mamas to enhance their support system and know that they are part of an important worldwide movement. Stay tuned as we share other breastfeeding stories from mamas in Singapore throughout the week, including the all-important question: How do you know when it’s the right time to STOP breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding in the News
Ah, doesn’t last year’s big story about KLM telling breastfeeding passengers to cover up for the comfort of other passengers feel so quaint now? We would almost trade flying with a fussy baby if only to travel somewhere! Instead, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has added new challenges and stresses to the experience of new motherhood. On the bright side, research so far seems to indicate that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted via breastmilk, as babies and young children seem to be at low risk for contracting COVID-19 in general. As the WHO puts it, “mothers should be counselled that the benefits of breastfeeding substantially outweigh the potential risks for transmission.”
According to UNICEF, “Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies and protects them against illness. Disruption of breastfeeding can lead to a drop in milk supply, refusal by the infant to take the breast, and a decrease in protective immune factors contained in breastmilk.” UNICEF also recommends that nursing mamas adhere to “The 3 Ws” to practice safe and proper hygiene while breastfeeding:
–Wear a mask during feeding
–Wash hands with soap before and after touching baby
–Wipe and disinfect surfaces regularly
These best practices of course apply to formula feeding as well. We know it’s stressful, mamas, but just remember that nursing your babies gives them the absolute best immunity protection possible. In the meantime, you definitely deserve a cookie.
Breastfeeding Events in Singapore
Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group will hold its annual “Big Latch-On” on Sunday 2 August 2020 from 9:30am to 11am. This year it will be online, making it easier than ever to participate! Mamas are invited to latch, pump or express milk in synchronicity with a worldwide movement, both as a means of celebrating their ability to comfortably breastfeed anywhere, and feel solidarity and comfort surrounded by other mamas. The event will feature special guests and a Breastfeeding Quiz where mamas stand a chance to win exclusive prizes. You can also look forward to curated e-goodie bags! Click here for all the details!
La Leche League Singapore will hold their regular monthly meet-up (virtually, via Zoom) on 3 August at 5pm. It’s a great chance to relax, chill, and get ideas from mothers on various parenting and breastfeeding topics including introducing complementary foods, setting boundaries, and self care. See the link or their Facebook page for more deets!
The Best Nursing Rooms to Breastfeed in Singapore
First off, if you’re nervous about breastfeeding out of the house, mama, be sure to check out our 6 P’s to Ensure Success Breastfeeding in Public. It’ll ease your mind to have a plan beforehand, and we promise: it gets a little bit easier every time!
In our experience, the ability to nurse in peace goes a long way toward establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship. We also know that hunger can strike babies anytime, anywhere, so it’s key to know where you can find a cool, quiet place on the go. We scoured the island for The Best Nursing Rooms in Singapore and put together a photo slideshow of our top 10 pics, and also listed out all the other rooms on the island that we could find info for. Be sure to check it out, mamas, and let us know if there’s something we missed!
Lactation Consultants in Singapore
Breastfeeding might be the most natural thing in the world, but it often doesn’t feel that way when you’re doing it for the first time! So many mamas all over Singapore have raved about the difference a lactation consultant can make, whether it’s helping your baby get a good latch, identifying issues like tongue ties, or giving you pumping strategies to stimulate milk flow. Check out our directory for a list of lactation consultants in Singapore, or look to other resources like Stork’s Nest Singapore, the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group or La Leche League Singapore.
Speaking of Stork’s Nest, if you’re pregnant or just starting on your breastfeeding journey, you will DEFINITELY want to check out these 15 Things to Know About Breastfeeding (Before You Breastfeed), courtesy of Stork’s Nest’s amazing founder, Jani Combrink!
You Got This, Mama!
However your breastfeeding journey goes, mama, we hope that it’s a smooth and positive experience for you and your bub. If you’re nervous about continuing it when you return to work, be sure to check out our Expert Tips on Breastfeeding When You Return to Work, which’ll give you the best chance for continued success. You can also read other mamas’ stories, from a recent recollection about the ups and downs of breastfeeding twins to another mama’s humorous struggles with insane nipple pain.
Lead image and baby flight image sourced via Getty