Pandemic a boon for breastfeeding mums

The ability to work from home makes it ideal for them to stay on the breastfeeding journey, despite initial uncertainties

Ms Christel Goh (above), who plunged back into work after giving birth last July, says she enjoys being able to nurse and soothe baby Fayth by being close to her at home.
Ms Christel Goh (above), who plunged back into work after giving birth last July, says she enjoys being able to nurse and soothe baby Fayth by being close to her at home. ST PHOTO: YONG LI XUAN
Front-line worker Siti Aida Mohd Samudi (above) with her children (from left) Aleena, seven; Ahnaf, two; and Adam, five. She nursed all of them and continued breastfeeding Ahnaf after getting her Covid-19 jabs in February.
Front-line worker Siti Aida Mohd Samudi (above) with her children (from left) Aleena, seven; Ahnaf, two; and Adam, five. She nursed all of them and continued breastfeeding Ahnaf after getting her Covid-19 jabs in February. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

When Ms Christel Goh, 30, became a new mother in July last year, she did not expect to be still breastfeeding 12 months later.

Despite problems like clogged ducts, pumping during Zoom work calls and her laptop motherboard short-circuiting because she spilt breast milk on it, she found herself loving the ability to feed and soothe baby Fayth through nursing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2021, with the headline 'Pandemic a boon for breastfeeding mums'. Subscribe