A talk on breastfeeding for expectant mothers organized by Parents-Support-Parents encouraged new parents to give their best.
|COURTESY OF IRIS TAN|
It was more than a milk act for 30 expectant mothers who turned up for a talk on breastfeeding organized by Parents-Support-Parents March 13 at Singapore Expo, Hall 1. The speaker for the event was Dr. Lena Goh, vice-president of Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group Singapore.
This is the second event held by the parents’ support group since its inception in 2009. In light of promoting greater awareness on the benefits of breastfeeding, PSP decided to focus the topic on “nature’s best milk for the baby.”
Started by three mothers—Carol Loi, Rebecca Chin and Joanna Peck—PSP aims to be a support group that provides valuable resources for parents in search of parenting tips and advice in evolving times. On the topic of breastfeeding, PSP hopes to relieve the stress mothers face when it comes to deciding the best feed for their babies. PSP also hopes to create a platform that provides Asian mothers with relevant advice.
BMSG advocates that “breast milk is the best food for babies” wherein it is au naturel and contains easily digestible proteins which support a newborn’s immature immune system. This translates into healthier growth and cost savings for parents in the long run. Other benefits of breastfeeding, according to BMSG, include preventing allergies, a possible boost to the baby’s IQ and aiding mothers in losing post-pregnancy weight.
Goh stressed that husbands, too, play a crucial role in their wives’ decision to breastfeed. Husbands can help in establishing a successful breastfeeding routine by affirming the nursing relationship, providing home support, and managing grandparents who may be all too eager to see their grandchild well-fed.
For working mothers, breastfeeding may be more of a challenge. It involved making a firm commitment to continue breastfeeding even as she juggles work and nursing her new infant.
Having family-friendly employers and supportive co-workers are important ingredients in helping Mummy to ease in to her new routine, away from a pre-planned career track and work duties.
As a poignant afterthought, Goh asks, “Why are we compromising with convenience?” For her, the choice is clear: Opt for breastfeeding and do not compromise. Soon a unique and emotional bond will develop, which in turn will enhance the mother-and-infant relationship that will last a lifetime.
For more information on breastfeeding and related advice, please contact:
Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group
Counseling helpline: 6339-3558