1 August 2021 marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week. Here’s how to celebrate breastfeeding in Singapore with other mamas and families!
World Breastfeeding Week 2021 runs from 1-8 August! Are you ready? 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 demoralising; 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 that 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
This year Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group‘s annual Big Latch-On will be held online again, making it easier to participate! On 8 August 2021, 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!
As part of the Big Latch-On, BMSG has collaborated with ActiveSG for the Mums Get Active National Day 56k Challenge! BMSG and ActiveSG are encouraging Singapore mums to get active and clock more than 56,000 steps from 1 to 8 August 2021 to receive a special challenge pack.
BMSG will also be holding useful online breastfeeding talks and workshops throughout August so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on their event page.
When: Various dates in August
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events
National University Hospital
In conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at National University Hospital is hosting a webinar on breastfeeding. Learn how a supportive breastfeeding environment can give your baby a head start in life and get tips on how to encourage breastfeeding in these challenging times! The webinar will feature various experts.
When: 14 August, 2-4pm
How much: Free! Register here.
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.