In more than 120 countries, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in the first week of August to encourage mothers to breastfeed and improve the health of babies all around the world. This year, Parenthood and Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur (PHKL) organized The Love Latch - an event and workshop to advocate and encourage breastfeeding among new mummies – for the second time running. Over 30 couples and their babies were present, not just to pledge their commitment in breastfeeding, but to also learn and gain knowledge in topics ranging from breastfeeding and breast care, first foods, baby massage and even first aid.
The event started off with a simultaneous latching session, where mummies latched their babies for a few minutes to showcase their advocacy towards breastfeeding. The session was facilitated by Sister Elizabeth Richard, PHKL’s very own lactation consultant who is vastly experienced on the topic. Each mummy also received a nursing cover form Lunavie so they would feel comfortable breastfeeding in public.
“I had fun during the latching session, I felt bonded with all the mummies,” says one of the mummies who attended the workshop.
After a successful latching session, Daddies were invited into the hall for the Touch of Love session, where they learnt a few massage techniques that will help baby to feel more relaxed and calm. Sister Elizabeth, who also facilitated this session, taught the parents the proper technique to massage a baby’s face, arms and legs. These techniques are said to not only promote relaxation for the baby, but to promote a good night’s sleep as well.
After a delicious brunch, Dr Uma Sothinathan, Consultant Paediatrician of PHKL kick started the talk session with her topic on First Food, covering ways to get your baby started on solids, as well as foods to avoid in the first year. Her talked garnered numerous questions from curious parents who needed advice and clarification on the topic.
“Breastfeeding is the best milk you can get, if exclusive breastfeeding is not going to work for you, any amount of breaftfeeding is good for your baby.”- Dr Uma Sothinathan, Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician
Dr Idora Mohamed then took to the stage to talk about breast care. A breastfeeding mum, the breast works hard to provide for your baby, and it’s common to come across issues such as milk ducts and sore nipples. Dr Idora provided some great advice on taking care of our breast and health while answering numerous questions that were in the minds of our mummies present.
“Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur is one of the earliest private hospital to start the ‘baby-friendly hospital’ initiative. It mimics the movement of UNICEF and WHO to promote World Breastfeeding Week.”- Dr Idora Mohamed, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
One of the most anticipated session was the First aid session, where was Dr Mohammed Ridzuan Abdul Razak, Senior Resident Medical officer in the Emergency Department of PHKL taught parents the basic first aid skills that they can do at home in case of an emergency. A baby sized mannequin was used during this session to demonstrate the proper technique to relieve a child from choking, and how to do CPR.
Thanks to some amazing sponsors, parents present also had the chance to win some awesome prizes including Kao Merries Diapers, BUDS Hamper, Lunavie Electronic Steam Sterilizer, a Pigeon Breast Pump Pro and even a Hanil UV Sterilizer.
For more updates on events such as this, do follow Parenthood and Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur on our social media for updates and information.
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur