World Breastfeeding Week 2011

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st – 7th) 2011, from MMPS.

This year MMPS (Mother to Mother Peer Support) would like to hold a ‘virtual’ One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding event.

This will take place on August 6th at 3pm.The idea is that anyone can join in, anywhere; either alone or in a group: mothers at home, at work, whilst shopping etc.

Soothing music will be available on the Internet so you can to get relaxed and prepared to breastfeed. This should be done around 2.45pm. All children feeding over the 3.00 – 3.01pmminute will be counted into the event.

We will use Koala Kids as our hub/base to coordinate and correlate the numbers.

As our name suggests we would like to spread the word Mother to Mother so please pass this message on via word of mouth, email, s.m.s. etc. to anyone and everyone you think may be interested in taking part.

This year we also want to show recognition to all our valiant working mums or mothers who are otherwise separated from their children. To honour these brave and determined ladies we are asking you to support and take part in this year’s event. You can do this in one of two ways:

1) This is the most preferred. At the designated time, on the 6th, put your child to the breast. You may be surprised and your child may comfortably feed.

2) Alternatively feed your breast milk to your child via cup or spoon. MMPS does not condone or recommend bottles or teats so feeding your child via this method will not count for this event.

Please then, by 3.30pm, send MMPS a message via email OR sms to ONE of the following numbers: 0174259378 / 0124156446 / 0165533782 to indicate your inclusion in the final count. Email/SMS us the name of mother and child/ren and your email address. (For example: Connie Mooi and YangYang, We’ll send you an e-certificate.

The total number of participants will then be announced by 4pm along with certificate details.

Please email us the name of mother and child/ren and your email address if you would like to join in the ‘virtual’ One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding event on August 6th at 3pm.
MMPS will be organising another One Minute Simultaneous Breastfeeding event in October, on a larger scale. This will include Hospitals and Confinement Centres so to all our pregnant mothers out there, “don’t worry if you miss out on this event.”

Many thanks for your on-going support. It is your own dedication, determination and enthusiasm that will make this event successful. Please support by joining-in and spreading the message.

Best regards,

“Feed the Future!” – World Breastfeeding Week 2011 Flashmob

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Come join in on the local fun for a global cause! The Penang Mother-to-Mother Peer Support group ( and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action ( want YOU to be a part of this World Breastfeeding Week flashmob (!

World Breastfeeding Week (www.worldbreastfeedingweek​.org) is celebrated annually from Aug 1-7 in 176 countries and counting. This year’s theme focuses on communication and the collective efforts of a mother’s various networks to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding! 

Thanks to the talented Ksatriya Words N Rhymes and Samwise Music, we’ve come up with an original song and lyrics that all can follow along to. We will also be producing a short tutorial video for the dance steps 

Stand Up Everybody:​/mob2011.mp3


We will also be hosting 8 practice sessions at Zero Dance Studio (​m/). Please fill out the following form to indicate when you can practice with us: 


Tuesday, 19 Jul – 5 to 6 pm
Wednesday, 20 Jul – 10:30 to 11:30am
Tuesday, 26 Jul – 5 to 6 pm
Wednesday, 27 Jul – 10:30 to 11:30am
Tuesday, 2 Aug – 5 to 6 pm
Wednesday, 3 Aug – 10:30 to 11:30am

(Note: We might be changing the practice sections to Wed 2:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am if majority preferred these dates. Let me know if you preferred these dates.)

MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal:
5 Aug & 6 Aug 

We can’t wait for this exciting event so please spread the word! For all inquiries please email:

Kathy Houng (​)

Best regards,
Connie from MMPS

Breastfeeding Success Stories : Yenny Cheok

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From : Yenny Cheok, Malaysia

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Breastfeeding Success Stories : Determine for Exclusive Breastfeeding

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With the experience and knowledge that I gathered with my eldest son Jaydern whereby I breastfeed for 2 years, I determined to exclusively breastfeed my 2nd son. Juulian was breastfed exclusively without water for 6 months and is still on breast milk till today. He is 2 years and a month old now.

As soon as I delivered Juulian, my hubby told the nurse to put the baby on my chest. To my surprise he took just a few minutes to get to the nipple and start nursing by himself. Despite the pain, I felt the joy and warmness when I saw him holding tightly to the breast. It is hard to say in words and I believe each mum have to go through to experience it.

Since I had a normal delivery, I was called within 2 hours to breastfeed the baby. Despite the pain and knowing that the baby will be hungry and there is none other than my milk, I walked to the nursery with so much determination. It was not once or twice, I had to walk up and down to the nursery whenever the baby cries, be it any time of the day.

On the first day, I felt only air coming out and yet my son was happily nursing. On the other hand, I was really annoyed with some of the nurses as they kept saying my baby’s lips were dry and not enough milk and asking me to supplement with some formula feedings. I was not discouraged and knowing the fact that the milk will start flowing after 2nd or 3rd day, I kept feeding the baby on demand. It really helps to stimulate the milk productions.

On the 2nd day, cloudy water started to flow and I was really excited to see milk started to flow in the 3rd day. I made it!

Well, now the next thing that worried me was the jaundice and the readings were high and he was kept under the light for a day before he got discharged from the hospital. The jaundice fever was up and down and really worried me. Again I was not discouraged. I went to search the net for information on jaundice and hoping that it was only breast milk jaundice, whereby the fever will come down in a slower pace compared to bottle fed. The baby tends to sleep continuously so we need to wake them up for frequent feeding. He had it for 6 weeks which is beyond the normal timeline. He was referred for further blood test and later was confirmed that it was breast milk jaundice. So advice to mothers out there: Keep breastfeeding no matter what as that is the best ever milk you can give your baby.

On the first day to work after my confinement, I felt the engorgement at 11 am, I went to the nursing room to pump and to my surprise I collected 18 ounce at one go and another 10 ounce at 5pm before I left the office. It really motivates me and the determination, mental courage and positive thinking that I had really gives me abundance of supply.

Few other facts that I personally experienced was weight loss within the first 2 months after delivery, I went back to my pre-pregnancy weight. This can be done if you exclusively breastfeed the baby on demand. I did experience the womb shrinks back to its non-pregnant size. Although it was a painful situation when the baby sucks heavily but the recovery was fast and it helps the uterus contract after birth to control postpartum bleeding. Lastly not to forget babies weight gain was wonderful!

I found that breastfeeding kept me closer to my children, as they went with me to workshops and meetings. It is also my determination helped me ignore the occasional strange looks and comments. With minor exceptions (forgetting the occasional cracked or sore nipples), the breastfeeding times remain in my memory as some of the most relaxing minutes and hours in my busy professional life.
Nobody would disturb us, whether at home, or outside, and while my son was totally occupied with breastfeeding, I could pick up a book and relax or work.

Now I do my best to convey the joys of breastfeeding and the multiple benefits for new mothers. I think I saved by experiencing fewer illness episodes with my children.

From : Jennifer Anthony, Malaysia

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Breastfeeding Success Stories : From Mixed to Exclusive Breastfeeding

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I am still breastfeeding my son Jaydern, 22 months old. I had a Caesarean and was only able to start breastfeeding him on the 5th day. He accepted it well but unfortunately the supply did not seem to be enough for him and so I supplemented with formula feeding at each session. But my son had colic due to the mixture of breast milk and formula.

It was after the second month and when I was back at work that I became determined to fully nurse my son, partly to reduce the colic and also to give the best protection for my son.

I found time to express at least every 3 hours and managed to get my milk supply flowing at 3 months. That is when I started to fully breastfeed him without any formula and have done so since. With continued pumping and direct breastfeeding when I am at home, I have what he needs and I manage to keep a month’s stock of my milk in the refrigerator.

My diet is balanced with milk, fish and vegetables, but not forgetting some chocolates too! I took oats, shark fish and fenugreek to boost my supply. To my surprise I did not put on any extra weight after my delivery and I maintain my weight through expressing the extra calories as breast milk for my son.

A few times I had a fever due to engorgement. This happens when I fail to drain my breast or have skipped a few sessions of expressing. The pain was bad, but I managed to soften my breasts with hot towel massage.

Other than this, I feel very comfortable feeding my son directly as it is easy and my milk is available and always at the right temperature. Furthermore, it is very convenient especially when I am travelling with my baby.

From : Jennifer Anthony, Malaysia

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Breastfeeding Success Story: Over My Cold, Dead Body!

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I first learn about breastfeeding through WABA. And when I was pregnant with my first child, I did a lot of reading and research online to prepare for the baby. One of the things I learnt is that no formula can replace the goodness of mothers’ milk so I am determined to breastfeed my baby from the start. I also received some very good breastfeeding tips from my breastfeeding friends.

But all the research is not enough when it comes to the real thing. Even though I initiated first hour breastfeeding and my son suckle really well, I still did not do it right. I ended up with very sore nipples after a few days. That’s not all, my milk supply was minimal so I was feeding my son almost every hour. I refused to let the hospital top up and I made very sure we do not have any formula at home. So, no matter what, I will breastfeed my son. For the first two weeks, I suffered very sore nipples, to the point of it bleeding at times. This is due to poor latching but at that time I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I asked the hospital nurses and they weren’t much help, I asked the government clinic nurses, they also were not much help. Still, despite this, I continued breastfeeding and using my ebm to apply on my nipples and airing my nipples to relieve the soreness. Also, my milk supply had not come in so I was still feeding my son every hour throughout the day (and night). The worst thing about this is the frequent negativity I get from my inlaws and some of my relatives. Even a paediatrician told me to give my son formula (not due to any serious medical reason and my son was putting on weight very fast too so it was not malnutrition)!!!  But I persisted. I can be very stubborn and this is one thing I will not budge or change my mind about. Needless to say, I also told off the paediatrician ( who I later found out was selling formula so he was asking me to give my son formula because he wants to make $$$). My exact words to him “Over my cold, dead, lifeless body!”.Unless I am dead, I refuse to give my son formula.

Anyway, after continuing to breastfeed persistently (and drinking loads of liquids and water), my milk finally came in and I finally had enough supply for my son that can last him a couple of hours or longer. I also recovered from the sore nipples. Of course, my next hurdle was getting the babysitter to understand and it was an uphill battle all the way. She kept discouraging me and I kept trying to educate her and ‘unbrainwash’ her from all the milk advertisements you see everyday on TV, everywhere. Luckily, she did not replace my EBM with formula and I know because I always check my son’s stools. Breastfed babies have very soft stools.

I also had problems looking for a suitable place to express my milk at work. I couldn’t do it in a toilet so ended up, I hid under a desk and used a really large umbrella as cover and expressed my milk while sitting on the floor.

I successfully breastfed him until he wean himself when he’s around one and a half years old.  You would think my story ends here but I also had problems with my second child. I also had very little milk supply in the beginning and I managed to boost my milk supply almost immediately by drinking soy protein drinks instead of only milk. In fact I drank two to three cups of soy protein and 2 – 3 liters of water a day and after a day or two, my milk came in! I am still breastfeeding my daughter and she’s now 19 months old.

So, my advise to all expectant moms, if you want to breastfeed, be persistent, have a very strong willpower, DO NOT give up, ignore those who discourage you and lastly, drink loads of liquid and increase protein intake. Milk is a protein so you need loads of protein to produce protein for your baby.

From : Opalyn Mok, working mother of 5-yr-old Rayden and 19 month old Shavonne.

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Breastfeeding Success Story – Tze Shin

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I’m tandem nursing 2 of my kids now. My elder son is 3 years 8 months & my daughter is 13 months.

Looking back for my successful story, nothing much special. Just 1 thing that I’m always keep in my mind- I must breastfeed them as long as I can & let them self weaning because this is the NATURAL WAY. Anyway, I have to admit that other than being insist to do it, we really need lots of support so that we don’t feel alone. I am glad that I’d meet Su Li & Ding Ding in a talk when I was pregnant with my 1st baby. Then I joined MMPS & became 1 of the core mothers. From the monthly meeting, I got all the positive supports & encouragements, met lots of mummies with the same interest. Through sharing, I’d breastfeeding successfully. I kept on breastfeeding but sad to say that due to family & work load, I have to step down as a core mother & didn’t join the monthly meeting for years. 😦 Anyway, I did promote breastfeeding by encouraging & giving support to friends & referring them to MMPS.

For my 2nd baby, I met another problem (actually for me, it wasn’t a problem. It was for people around me)- I was still breastfeeding my son. Although I had no time to join MMPS gathering, I’d never feel alone coz I’m sure that if I have any problem, I’ll have lactation consultants, counselors & other experience mummies to help me.

Just would like to share my experience in tandem nursing. Overall, it’s wonderful. For the 1st few weeks, 3 of us need time to get used to each other. So, it was a bit struggling. Other than that, I am glad that I’m tandem nursing them. It was my son who help me when I had engorgement. Believe me, he is much better than other methods. The bonding between us are priceless. They are sharing all the time. Now, they manage to get their own position. No worries at all in low supply coz remember, supply = to demand. With 2 stimulants, we should worry about over supply. Lol Forgive me that I couldn’t attach a photo of tandem nursing coz I don’t have any. It’s a bit ungraceful with our weird positioning. 🙂

I wish that I’ll manage to reactive in MMPS one day. Can’t wait for the day to come. Anyway, for the time being, if there is anyone need support in tandem nursing, don’t be shy to contact me… Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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