World Breastfeeding Week Exclusive Interview - Kristine Sansangan! August 11, 2015 16:17

Happy World Breastfeeding Week Mamas! It's kinda an elevated celebration with SG50 just over!

As a tribute and a mark of respect to the dedication mothers in Singapore put in to their breastfeeding journey, we have spoken to a few mothers and gathered their thoughts and feelings about breastfeeding in Singapore. 

Today we have Kristine Sansangan with her very photogenic little man! I mean - look at that boy! Kristine's son is wearing Bestbaby's Signature Pro-Breastfeeding Romper and totally rocking it!

1. How has the breastfeeding journey been for you? What do you like the most about it?

It was like roller coster ride as it has been a mixture of emotions all throughout. It wasn't as easy as I expected as I have a very low pain tolorence but with the help of my hubby and the rest of my family, I was able to make it until now happily and fulfilled.

2. When and why did you decide to breastfeed?

I decided after I knew I am conceiving my 2nd child. I had my eldest on complete formula back then due to my lack of knowledge in breastfeeding. So my 2nd child was my chance to give out my best and learn everything I can to make it a successful journey. 

3. How many months has it been? What has kept you going up to this day?

16 fullfilling months of breastfeeding. His invincible health keeps me going to this journey. For the record he had only been mildy sick 3 times since birth (due to 1st vaccine and 2 mild colds for few days). I can see how breastfeeding is making him such a healthy and happy baby so no reason for me to stop until he weans.

4. Who has been your biggest supporter?

Hubby and my sister who take care of my kids and FaceBook Support Groups.

5. What are your top tips for other breastfeeding mothers and aspiring breastfeeders?

Research as early as you can and get all the knowledge and support you can get - it will really come handy once breastfeeding journey starts.
Set your mind to fully breastfeed and know very well how good it can be for you and baby so you won't easily give up on this journey.
Get support - be honest with what your intention of exclusively breastfeeding especially with your husband and other people who will be in most contact with you throughout this journey. It is very inportant that they too, are informed of all it's benefits.

6. How do you manage as a working mum? 

I set a schedule to pump at work, stay happy and trust my body. 

7. What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

I had a very low pain tolerance and the 1st month challenged me the most due to sore nipples. I always ask support from hubby and read a lot to keep me going.

8. What do you feel about the support and culture in Singapore with regards to breastfeeding?

Very accomodating. A lot of nursing rooms everywhere which makes it more convenient.

9. Do you ever nurse in public and if so, how was the experience?

Not yet.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Breastfeeding is one of the best gift every mother can experience in their motherhood. It is giving a special part of you ; your time, your body, your selfless love - to nurture your child the best possible way that you could. What you give to your child and to yourself will always be something you will treasure for a lifetime. Hats off to all breastfeeding mummies!