Life as a Cow

Sometimes I feel like society thinks that breastfeeding moomies only go shopping when they step out of the house. Is this the reason why nursing rooms are available only in shopping malls? Well, save for the occasional *surprise* we encounter once in a blue moon, most of the time breastfeeding moomies are in a quandary when it comes to finding a good place to feed their babies, whilst out of the house.

Just like when I was in Singapore. The shopping malls had great nursing facilities; private rooms with comfortable nursing chairs, and a separate area for the baby to get changed. Some even had high chairs for baby to be fed comfortably. Soothing music was also piped in for that extra touch of care. This is the reason why I am not deterred by shopping when I am out with Ethan. I have no worries about breastfeeding in the malls!

The convenience vanished the moment I stepped out of a shopping mall. The Singapore Zoo, for one, lacked proper breastfeeding facilities. The diaper changing room was just a board which could be flipped down and baby will then lie on top of it to be changed. For a zoo that is touted as one of the most beautiful zoos in the world, attracting visitors from near and far, having adequate breastfeeding facilities should be of utmost priority, more so because visitors will certainly spend at least half a day there! When I inquired about the existence of a nursing room from the staff, I was met with blank stares. In the end, I had to *just do it* in public, because I had no choice. Actually when Ethan was much much younger, I used to breastfeed in public, and I had no qualms doing so, but now that he is much older, let’s just say a nursing room would be more convenient.

I was put into the same predicament while visiting the Underwaterworld in Singapore. No breastfeeding room, so I had to use the toilet this time. Thankfully there was a *rather* conducive area in the restroom that allowed me to sit down in a somewhat comfortable manner.

So are breastfeeding moomies expected ONLY to go shopping?

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11 Responses to Life as a Cow

  1. zara's mama says:

    Tht’s why I buy a nursing cape.. feed anytime anywhere.. haha..

    Btw, you still BF-ding Ethan?

    The other thing is Hotels.. try to find a breastfeeding room there?

    The Giddy Tiger says: Oooh, yes, I have the nursing cape/coverall too. But now that he is so big and kepo, he will just flip open the cape…so it is as good as not using one at all! Yeah, I am still breastfeeding him but in the process of weaning him from the breast….. hmmm…you’re right, no nursing rooms in hotels either. But I guess if you ask the reception, they would let you use one of the guest rooms temporarily?

  2. pelf says:

    Perhaps it’s because the management doesn’t get enough suggestions to set aside a room for nursing mothers. Many times those people on top of the corporate ladders are either unmarried women, or men.

    So it would be a good idea to drop them a note and suggest that they set aside a room for nursing mothers rather than blogging against how the make lives difficult for nursing mothers? 🙂

    The Giddy Tiger says: It would certainly save me a lot of time if one of them reads my blog! hehehe…

  3. ParisB says:

    Eh and that is Singapore. How about here? Maybe Singapore mommies spend lots of time shopping? *clueless non Mommy*

    The Giddy Tiger says: It’s the same here…though I hardly visit tourist attractions in Malaysia nowadays… *sheepish*

  4. ParisB says:

    p/s I love your title ROFLOL

    The Giddy Tiger says: Thanks! It was the first thing that came to my mind!

  5. rinnah says:

    Hahaha… I don’t know which one to laugh at more… Life as a cow or moomie… I’m sure that was not a typo, right? ROTFL!

    I am still wondering if I’d have the patience to breastfeed my baby (when the time comes!) past one month… Hehe.

    The Giddy Tiger says: *Seriously* no, Moomie was NOT a typo at all… When your time comes, I will personally act as your consultant. 🙂

  6. ParisB says:

    sent you a Genie to make tourist spots more breastfeeding mom friendly

    The Giddy Tiger says: Woohoo…completed it in super duper fast time!

  7. Joanne says:

    Maybe you should consider nursing wears which I bought when I was breastfeeding my girl. Very convenient.

    The Giddy Tiger says: I have tons of those, but they don’t work anymore now that my boy is 19 months old 🙂

  8. chinnee says:

    haha……i usually just find a spot and milk *trying to cover myself of course*. Sometimes can’t even bother to get a nursing room if it is too uncomfortable or too far 🙂

    The Giddy Tiger says: Good for you!

  9. jazzmint says:

    ya woh…why oni in shopping mall u can find, other place tarak :S

    The Giddy Tiger says: We are only allowed to shop, kuah…

  10. Bart says:

    If the mothers are moomies, does this make the fathers bullies?

    The Giddy Tiger says: That’s a great one…hahaha…

  11. domestic rat says:

    That’s why my hubs suggested that if I do need to nurse baby, we will just take a ride in the car til I’m done. hahah… but of course, it’s wasting petrol.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Hey, that’s rather dangerous actually… carting baby around without a safety belt. It’s better to have the car stationary if you wanna nurse baby.

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