August 1 – August 7 marks international breastfeeding week. The Finder is celebrating by giving you some resources in Singapore to help you, or a mom you know, who is breastfeeding.
The statistics are clear: breastfeeding has wonderful and numerous benefits for both mother and baby and most women don’t get the support they need to continue breastfeeding for a full year (or beyond) as most health organizations recommend.
It is essential for new mothers to seek support systems to ensure a long and healthy breastfeeding journey. If you are new to Singapore or motherhood, we’ve got some places for you to go for support.
Provided support and services for breastfeeding mothers since 1975, the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group hosts regular events to help educate mothers, medical professionals and the public about breastfeeding rights and services. They provide mother to mother counselling and support groups where mothers can meet and discuss specific needs and concerns. Opportunities are also available for you to donate your services and support to other mothers.
Like the breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group, ABAS hosts some events and support groups for mothers. The ABAS is particularly useful in knowing, understanding and advocating for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace and in public. If you have any questions about laws and your rights as a breastfeeding mother, visit their website.
Run by a former nurse, midwife and a health visitor in the UK within the National Health Service, Wendy has taken her extensive experience and created “Breastfeeding Solutions” in Singapore to help provide personalized, one on one service to new mums. She can help with all kinds of pre- and post-partum issues affecting you, your new baby and your new family unit. Visit her website or Facebook page for more details.
As a well known, international support group, La Leche League has an extensive website full of LOTS of helpful information for breastfeeding mothers – including how to’s, information about different laws and different publications offering even more help and services. While there is no physical group in Singapore, their website can help you become a La Leche leader and create a group in Singapore!
An extensive site to help with any and all of your healthcare needs, SingHealth has some helpful information for new mothers and mothers to be. If you know you will be heading back to work a few months after delivering, the SingHealth has some useful information specifically about how to prepare to continue breastfeeding while back in the office.
The following Singapore Hospitals have been given accreditation as “baby friendly” by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF:
Happy Breastfeeding Week!
More essential info on giving birth in Singapore!
By Kathleen Siddell, August 2015