WBW2010 Event Summary by MMPS Penang 

 The first week in August is always World Breastfeeding Week. In conjunction with this, the Mother to Mother Peer Support (MMPS) Penang group organized an event at the Disted College, on the 7th of August 2010, 3-5pm. 

Taken during WBW2010 event by MMPS on 7th August 2010 at Disted College

Key programs during WBW2010 event by MMPS on 7th August 2010

 There was an interesting performance by “Top Kids” kindergarten students;  a mother & baby dance led by a professional dancer from WABA & a briefing by our advisor Dr.Balkees Abdul Majeed regarding this year’s theme, Breastfeeding:- Just 10 steps- the Baby Friendly Way.  

One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding

One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding

 The highlight of the event was our annual One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding. This year we had mothers participated at the event and also from their own locations.  We had numerous hospitals co-hosting the event in their maternity wards/nurseries. 

The “One Minute” was held at exactly 3:30pm. Around 3:15pm mothers were gathered at the front of the hall & some favorite nursery rhymes were sung to calm and soothe both mothers and babies. The lyrics of the rhymes were modified in a breastfeeding-friendly way. We had almost 20 mothers participated at Disted college witness by Dr. Mehala Baskaran from Hospital Besar Pulau Pinang and Sarah Amin from WABA. The mothers whom participated from hospitals, home and other locations contacted us via sms and e-mail. 

The total number for 2010 was a fantastic 218 mothers; all breastfeeding their babies at the same time. Below is a list of the hospitals that participated and the names of mothers whom took part in the One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding.   

  Hospitals that participated    Mothers joined via SMS & e-mail
1 Hospital Tuanku Fauziah KANGAR 1 Nuruhaila bt Jamaludin
2 Hospital TAPAH 2 Chuah Yean Ping
3 Hospital KULIM 3 Nur Azwani Hasleem Bt Nasrun
4 JIA YI Confinement Centre 4 Roskhadijah Razali
5 Hospital KUALA KANGSAR 5 Chareen Loh Sing Chiet
6 Hospital BATU GAJAH 6 Shirley Lim Lian Huay
7 Metro Maternity 7 Sabrina bt Mohd Shapee
8 KS WAN &LIOW SMC 8 Sollehatun binti Ahmad Zubir
9 Hospital SUNGAI SIPUT 9 Aznor Hanah Abdul Halim
10 IPOH SPECIALIST Hospital 10 Vijaya a/p Nadarajan
11 PERAK COMMUNITY SPECIALIST 11 Nor Zarina binti Anuar
12 Hospital SERI MANJUNG 12 Jini Wong Mi-Li
13 Hospital PARIT BUNTAR 13 Nadia Omar
14 Hospital Seberang Jaya 14 Sara Russly
15 Gleneagles 15 Nisha a/p Ravewarma
   Mothers at Disted College  16 Tang Yan Jiun
1 Lim Siew Bee 17 Ooi Seow Li
2 Jennifer Dumo 18 Mardziah Md Lokman(Tandem Feeding)
3 Theng Pei Hua 19 Sharina Mat Lani
4 Siti Hajar 20 Dr.Ezura Madiana
5 Nooraiza 21 Salima Bt Salleh (Breastfed in car)
6 Shardiniah Mahmud 22 Aniza binti Isahak
7 Josephine Chin Yean Yean 23 Shakirah binti Ramli
8 Noor Erdawati 24 Hafizah binti Mavi c/o M.Ariffin
9 Halimatun Saadiah Muslim 25 Thilaga a/p  Arunasalam
10 Eunice Lim 26 Karen Ping Paren
11 Sarojini 27 Khor Tze Shin(Tandem Feeding)
12 Loh Lim Szv Fen    
13 Nur Zafifa Kamarunzaman    
14 R.Inthrakala    
15 Nurzalina Khan    
16 Joycelyn Lim    
17 Sabrina (Tandem Feeding)    
18 Vasumathi Muthuramu    
19 Tamilselvi Sivakumar    

  This event needed a lot of support from a lot of people. Our heart-felt thanks goes out to the following: 

  • YB Lydia Ong Kok Fooi (Penang State Exco)
  • WABA (World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action)
  • Dr. Mehala Baskaran (Penang General Hospital)
  • Kemuncak Holdings
  • Disted College
  • Top Kids Kindergarten
  • Melody Kindyland, D’Monte Kindergarten & Koala Kids Enrichment Centre
  • USM lady volunteers
  • MMPS mother’s Husbands
  • Star Newspaper

 This is not everyone who has helped, there are many more. To those who are not listed here, we thank you for your time, efforts and support. 

We have compiled a small booklet consisting stories from mothers (predominantly MMPS so far) about their breastfeeding experiences; it is a simple compilation which we hope will serve to encourage and reassure mothers-to-be and mothers alike. We would like to hear your trails, tribulations, successes and failures. Please send your short stories to us at: pgmmps@gmail.com . We will also take hand-written stories during our monthly meetings at Koala Kids, 1st floor YMCA, Macalister Road, Penang held every first Saturday of the month from 3pm until 4pm. Visit our Facebook site for more event photos http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7797557166 

We hope to see more babies being breastfed!