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Jun 22

Sitting long hours alone while watching over a sick child in hospital can be a lonely and difficult experience, especially when wrestling a gamut of emotions from anxiety to frustration and fear.

Aware of this, a group of empathising mothers turned up at UMMC to show their support and presented little gifts to Siti and other mothers on Mother’s Day.

“I was not expecting this at all. It is very nice to be remembered by other mums,” said Siti.

The thoughtful visitors were members of the breastfeeding support group from My Mom’s Best, a parenting website for Malaysians.

One of the website’s members, who wants to be known only as Ibu Yong Sen, had a child who was in the intensive care unit for nine months. Through her, the support group learnt that mothers of long-term patients were making small gifts to surprise the mothers in other wards on Mother’s Day.

The support group hence decided to initiate a gift-giving event on this special day to show all the mothers who have children in hospital that they were remembered by other mothers who care and wish to share in their worries and burdens for a little while.

The group visited four wards, from a general ward to the surgery ward, to cheer up other mothers, sharing news and anecdotes with thankful strangers as if they were old friends and bringing many smiles to them.

While the intensive care unit was very solemn, the mood at the general ward for children was a little more upbeat as recuperating children made friends with one another and even showed each other what gifts they had received.

There were plenty of gifts to go around, and the remainder was given to the nurses at the wards.

“We would also like to thank the nurses for their help as well,” said a member, adding that May 12 was International Nurses Day.

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Jun 20

STAR METRO – Central Edition

Monday, May 10, 2004
Group showers fellow mums with gifts and support
By GOH EE KOON

IT IS mid-morning on May 9, and for Siti Zubaidah Adli, this is her first experience celebrating Mother’s Day as a parent. But unlike so many mothers who will be preparing to go out for lunch or receiving presents from their families, Siti is spending it by the bedside of her first child in University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

Five-day-old Aby Daniel Hakim was born three days early. Minutes after his delivery, Siti, 29, was told by the nurses that he had breathing difficulties. The immediate decision was to hook the infant up with respiratory tubes and to put him in the paediatric ward’s intensive care unit.

For the first few days of his life, Aby struggled to overcome the respiratory problems, while his mother was on tenterhooks waiting for the worst to be over.

Happily, that obstacle has passed and as Siti recuperates in the hospital, she watches over Aby daily as his condition stabilises.

“The worst is over and he is okay now,” Siti told Star Metro, adding, “I only want the best for my son.”

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Jun 06

What are their future plans?

Phang says:  Well, simply to do more to promote breastfeeding. As we already have over 40 members, we are in the midst of splitting into two smaller groups. Though Lilian and I will be active in both groups, we are preparing a new leader to lead a smaller group so that each member s needs are met.

 Other than getting the corporate sector to take part in our gatherings, some members are interested to become breastfeeding counsellors. So I am helping to enquire about the necessary training needed. Who knows, if there are enough members, we might eventually be able to visit hospitals to encourage breastfeeding amongst new mothers!

Sheela Jayaraj, 34, of Klang, a mother of two boys, was invited to join the online Malaysian nursing mums website in February after writing to Chan.

 We are all mums who are very passionate about breastfeeding and raising our children in a loving and healthy environment. We support one another and try to meet once in a while to discuss various subjects. Our children also get to play with one another, she says.

The online group is beneficial to new mothers who are trying to breastfeed their newborns.  Many new mums give up easily if they have no support from anyone. There is no one to guide them on how to get the baby to latch on correctly or how to build up her milk supply, says Sheela.

 Experienced mothers can also transfer a wealth of information and knowledge to new mothers via the Net. Working mothers who wish to breastfeed can learn how to express milk so that caregivers can give breast milk to the babies, she says.

Members don t just discuss topics on breastfeeding but also share their thoughts on topics like cooking, hobbies and problems in their lives.

 It is a wonderful website and I have never looked back since I joined, Sheela says.  It has definitely changed my life for the better as I have caring friends from all walks of life to support and cheer me up when I am feeling blue.

Chan Hui Min, 35, a mother of two and a homemaker, thinks the online breastfeeding group is  fabulous because mothers no longer feel that distance is a hindrance to communicating with one another.

 We have mums in Malacca, Muar and Batu Pahat who have no access to lactation consultants. The group provides peer support based on our own experiences. Other than know-how support, we also give moral support to nursing mums and mums-to-be, she says.

 Since members are women from diverse backgrounds and cultures, we have been able to get different perspectives on subjects that are brought up for discussion.

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