1 August 2023 marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week. Here’s how to celebrate breastfeeding in Singapore with other mamas and families!
World Breastfeeding Week 2023 runs from 1 – 7 August 2023! This annual celebration and awareness campaign highlights the benefits of breastfeeding in 170 countries across the globe – including Singapore. The theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2023 set by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is Enabling breastfeeding: making a difference for working parents. The theme is all about navigating workplace challenges to breastfeeding (in terms of nursing facilities and letting parents have enough time, breastfeeding education and support).
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 Events in Singapore
Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group
This year, Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group has collaborated with KKH to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). There will be a panel discussion with esteemed speakers from ABAS Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy, a babywearing demo, a Mama-Baby Dance (babywearing friendly), and even a baby crawling contest! And of course, don’t miss the shopping bazaar that features family-friendly brands and a lucky draw with exciting prizes to be won.
When: 26 August 2023, 2pm – 5pm
Where: KK Women & Children’s Hospital, Women’s Tower, Level 1, Training Centre, 100 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 229899
How much: Free exclusive event with limited seats. Register now!
Tune into this free LactaWebinar that will unpack the challenges of breastfeeding for working mothers and their families in different workplace settings and how returning to work without adequate support can hinder or even halt breastfeeding altogether. International experts will discuss the importance of creating a breastfeeding enabling environment in the workplace and offer practical solutions to help mothers and their community overcome these challenges.
When: 3 August 2023, 10pm
How much: Free. Click here to register!
Stay tuned for more events for Breastfeeding Week 2023.
In case you missed it:
WATCH Breastfeeding 101: Sassy Mama Expert Chat X Osler Health International
Learn everything you wanted to know about breastfeeding (but were afraid to ask!) Whether you’re expecting and thinking about breastfeeding or currently breastfeeding, this Sassy Mama Expert Chat with Dr. Trisha Upadhyaya from Osler Health International, covers valuable pointers such as nutritional benefits and current breastfeeding recommendations, how to get that perfect latch, troubleshooting common breastfeeding woes like low and oversupply, cracked nipples and pain, tongue and lip tie, blocked ducts, engorgement, mastitis and more.
Breastfeeding in the News
The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has updated its breastfeeding guidelines – its last update to said guidelines was in 2012. Now, the AAP supports “continued breastfeeding until two years or beyond, as mutually desired by mother and child”. The update is in line with WHO guidelines, too, as WHO has recommended breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond for several years now. Just remember that nursing your babies gives them the absolute best immunity protection possible.
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 will 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.