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Breastfeeding Week is just around the corner! Did you have anything planned for it? Okay, we could hear you mutter “Breastfeed as usual…” under your breath. And that’s totally fine and awesome too! Breastfeeding itself is hard work, so celebrate it – or don’t – the way you want to.
Regardless, if you feel like stepping it up and need some ideas of what can you do during this meaningful week, we’ve got you covered!
Why is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) celebrated?
This week is all about breastfeeding! It was started to spread awareness on the importance of breastfeeding, highlight it as the primary infant nutrition and its health benefits on breastfeeding mothers and breastfed babies, as well as promoting public support towards the breastfeeding community.
This is when you can be exposed to various breastfeeding help and support you could get from those within the same community or outside. If you are able to, you can also offer your own advice or support to other breastfeeding pals.
Why you are encouraged to breastfeed:
Breast milk is liquid gold. What it can do for your child is almost magical! Experts recommend breastfeeding for approximately the first 6 months of an infant’s life, so much so that breast milk is good enough to be their main source of nutrition during that period. It contains hormones and antibodies that work to protect your little one and fight infection, as well as promoting a good health in general.
And that’s not all – mommies get to reap the benefits of breastfeeding too, and there’s abundant of them! Did you know that breastfeeding can help in speeding up your postpartum recovery? Apart from stimulating uterus contraction (to return to its pre-pregnancy size and position), it also helps reduce bleeding and infection.
Studies have also shown that breastfeeding can be linked to reduced risk of heart diseases, breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
On top of all those, breastfeeding will also naturally help you lose the baby weight! It can burn up to 500 calories – which, to look at it from the other more positive perspective, means you’d also get to eat more calories in a day to maintain your energy. Whether you’re a breastfeeding mom or you just want to show your support for breastfeeding, here are eight ways to celebrate WBW in Singapore.
1. Participate in the Virtual Singapore Big Latch On
Through this event, moms in Singapore would come together to set a new record for the highest number of mothers simultaneously breastfeeding or pumping gathered together in a single event. This year, it will be held on 8th August 2021 at 9.30 AM and you can easily join this virtually as well. Don’t forget to remind your fellow breastfeeding mamas too! Some of the highlights of this event include a nutrition talk, a panel discussion, as well as a fun breastfeeding quiz. If you don’t yet have any plans on this day, now you do!
2. Thank & Congratulate a Nursing Mom (Or Two!)
Know any nursing moms? This is the best time to leave sweet ‘thank you’ and ‘congratulations’ wishes for doing such a great job in providing for their little one. Be it exclusively or partially breastfeeding, all mothers deserve recognition as breastfeeding has never been an easy task.
If you come across some breastfeeding-related posts from your nursing pals as you’re scrolling through your social media homepages, leave some warm, thoughtful comments there too. Better yet, if you were once a breastfed baby, ring your own mom and express your thank you to them!
3. Find Time to Rejuvenate & Refresh
Breastfeeding can be overwhelming at times. When you do it every day and at every chance there is, it can easily make one feel like a ‘milk machine’. Naturally, this can be both physically and emotionally taxing. It goes without saying that a happy mother makes a happy baby. Hence, if you care about your little one, you should prioritise caring for yourself.
Put some time aside every now and then to really allow yourself to enjoy the break you deserve. If the online world feels unbearable, unplug from social media and turn off your devices. Go out for some fresh air and enjoy the nature around. Even better, arrange some ‘me’ time or self-care time so you could feel refreshed and rejuvenated after. Look for the common methods of postnatal care Singapore moms usually opt for.
At PNSG, we make it our mission to assist a mother at any maternity stage to create a comfortable journey all the way. Our Postnatal Massage includes the lactation massage that works to stimulate smooth milk flow and production and prevent engorgement by unclogging milk ducts. Leave all your worries and concerns to the loving hands of our certified massage therapist, and enjoy spa-like relaxation in the comfort of your home.
4. Find the Right Bra Fit
Believe it or not, a huge percentage of women wear bras that do not actually fit properly! It could be either a mistake from the get-go or simply the fact that our breasts can change over time – especially during breastfeeding.
Wearing the right bra can make a huge difference. You will feel a lot more comfortable (due to reduced backache and neck pain) and it could help maintain a good posture as well. So, if you feel like you need a new fit, what better time to get yourself measured up than during WBW?
5. Join a Local Breastfeeding Class or Support Group
Sharing is caring, isn’t it? The same goes with sharing your own stories when it comes to nursing your little one. Many other young, first-time or to-be moms would appreciate being able to read up on other experienced moms’ stories and be more informed of what’s to come. WBW is a good time to look into local classes or groups where you can get help and support or be the one to contribute.
New moms would usually need guidance on how to get babies to latch on properly or how to promote milk production effectively. Even if you no longer wonder about these, remember that you were once in a to-be breastfeeding mom’s shoes, so you’d know a thing or two about the kind of worries and concerns they’d have. Why not offer a helping hand for them, just like you wish you had gotten before?
There are first-time mothers everywhere who may not know what to expect. What helped you? What kind of support or postpartum care Singapore services did you seek? There’s always a way to be helpful to one another. And if you are not in a place to provide help for others, providing help for yourself is more than enough. Breastfeeding is not easy. Give yourself a much-deserving break and if you need help with that, PNSG is always ready to be at your service! Check out our postnatal and pregnancy massage packages to find the best treatment for your recovery and recuperation.