By BMSG Editorial Team
BMSG counsellors have been kept very busy this year due to the introduction of our new and reduced workshop pricing. Noting the surge in demand especially for the Breastfeeding 101 (BF101) workshop, we switched from bi-monthly to monthly BF101 workshops in the middle of this year. We also recently conducted our September run of the Breastfeeding & Going Back to Work Workshop, which takes place every two months.
Outcomes of Workshops
On top of receiving breastfeeding education, workshop participants (both mothers and fathers) will also hear from mothers who share their experiences. We invite our volunteers, who are breastfeeding mothers, to talk about their experiences which are relevant to the topic of the workshop. This gives our workshop a realistic edge and allows parents to hear for themselves the theories they have learnt being applied in real life.
This month, we invited Wong Shu Yi, a teacher and a mother of one, who shared about how she transited into her role as a working mother after maternity leave.
As we all know, a day in the life of a teacher is a hectic experience and adding pumping to the works can overwhelm any new mother. It may seem that breastfeeding is difficult to sustain after maternity leave, especially when mothers have jobs with unforgiving schedules. However, Shu Yi showed the participants how she was able to ease her pumping routine into her work day.
Coupled with good support at home and a resilient attitude, Shu Yi demonstrated how she was able to pump enough for the next day’s feed. Shu Yi also pumped every two to three hours, a recommended schedule for pumping mothers. However, owing to the adaptive nature of her job, she was able to work around the timings to pump in order to maintain her supply and has managed to do this until her daughter had turned one.
She also direct-latched her baby when she was not at work and after she returned home because she knew the importance of latching to stimulate her milk supply especially when she was separated from her baby during the day. She also mentioned that she appreciated these latching sessions as they were moments for her to bond with her baby girl.
Even when she had to invigilate exams, Shu Yi did missed the chance to pump. We were especially inspired by a picture that Shu Yi had shown during her sharing of her pumping at her desk with just a nursing cover.
With a never-say-die attitude and her belief that latching her baby promotes bonding, we are astounded by Shu Yi’s commitment to breastfeeding. We also couldn’t help but notice how attached her daughter, who was present at the workshop, was to her mum!
Thank you Shu Yi for sharing your story! We hope that you will continue to have a great breastfeeding journey beyond your baby’s first birthday <3