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Breastfeeding Class 27th May 2012

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More photos available at MMPS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10150826478942167&type=1


There were 49 participants with 10 babies and older kids, and 10 volunteers with their children. The participants included couples who were first time pregnant and some on their second pregnancy, there was also a grandmother there to support her daughter and grandchild. Most participants were pre-registered and some were walk in participants. The group included Chinese, Indian and Malay families.


Registration began at 1:30pm, and a Mother-to-Mother-Peer-Support (MMPS) bag sponsored by Everlite Eco Co. were given with handouts that covered each session and participants signed Make Penang Breastfeeding Friendly Signature Bookmarks. The children were engaged in making a baby-mobile by Ms. Deborah Lee the Chairperson of MMPS and assistant at Koala Kids Enrichment Center.


The class commenced at 2:00pm with introduction to MMPS. The main speaker was Dr. Balkees Abdul Majeed, paediatrician, lactation consultant and guide to MMPS. The four hours sessions were a combination of theory, interactivity and experience sharing to involve the audience in learning about Breastfeeding. MMPS mothers Ms. Connie Mooi, Ms. Vasumathi Muthuramu and Ms. Sabrina Sunderraj facilitated the sessions.


The topics were: Advantages of Breastfeeding for Baby, Mother and Family, Risks of not Breastfeeding, Myths and Misconceptions on Breastfeeding, What to expect in the First few Weeks, Key principles in Breastfeeding, Managing Work and Breastfeeding, Complementary feeding and how a Husband and Family can support the Mother and Baby. The demonstrations on how to hold baby were enjoyed by parents-to be and some of the mothers were surprised at how easily MMPS mothers breastfed their babies while conducting the class without showing any skin.


The experience sharing sessions were much appreciated as these experiences helped participants know that it is do-able and not difficult as long as the husband and family supported the mother and the baby. They also learnt that it is important to seek work-place support, talking to the employer before baby is born and learning about storing milk during work and travel and hand expression were some aspects that Ms Sarojini a teacher and Ms. Inn Ching who works at Dell shared. Ms. Sarojini’s husband Mr. Veloo a football coach became emotional and stated that he had waited for his baby for 14 years so he did not hesitate about what milk his son should get i.e. The Best. Mr. Tony Tan shared that hugging baby as often as possible, as well as hugging and appreciating the wife for breastfeeding the baby is important. He also shared that he sleeps well as compared to his colleagues whose babies are bottle-fed with formula because he does not have to wake up at night to sterilize bottles and mix formula for baby.


The pre-assessment and post-assessment forms showed that participants had indeed gained better knowledge and information about Breastfeeding. From many I-don’t- knows and wrong knowledge, participants had shown improved understanding and knowledge of issues such as knowing that the more one directly breastfeeds baby the more milk a mother produces and that it is not normal for breastfeeding to hurt, a mother needs help if she is having pain. That having support is very important to have a smooth and successful breastfeedingjourney.


The feedback was mostly positive about the class being very informative and useful. Some felt that it was not enough to have half day and others felt there was so much information within 4 hours. There was request for more practical learning sessions. On the whole quite a few shared that they would recommend this class to others.


But most said the venue was hot and difficult for mothers and babies. Some liked the food especially bananas and apples for the kids and some said refreshment was ok.


For MMPS this was the first time we held a Breastfeeding Class, we have learnt much from holding this event. We also know that we are unique in holding thisclass freely for pregnant mothers and we believe this is how it ought to be, after all mother’s milk is a free gift of nature. We are very appreciative of YB Lydia Ong Kok Fooi for supporting this project and understanding that we do this voluntarily.


Thank You