March 3rd, 2016

AWARE x BFFsg Roundtable: Is Singapore Breastfeeding Friendly?

In a 2 hour roundtable session, the issue of breastfeeding in public in Singapore will be discussed amongst key speakers as well as members of the public. The discussion will cover breastfeeding at workplaces and in public spaces as well as how to make Singapore more inclusive for nursing mums be it on an individual, corporate or societal level. The discussion will be moderated by AWARE. There will be a short 10 mins Q&A session after every speaker. Following the final Q&A, the floor will be open to the general public for an open discussion on how to make Singapore more inclusive for breastfeeding mothers. Improvements to current initiatives will be discussed, as well as the roles of corporates and members of the public.

Register for the roundtable here

[The AWARE Centre is a kid-friendly space! If you would like to bring your kids to this event, please drop us an email (nabilah@aware.org.sg) with more details on number of kids and their ages.]

Aware-Rountable (1)Programme

10.30am – 11am: -Personal sharing by a mother about breastfeeding in public
– Research findings on perceptions on public breastfeeding by Breast-Feeding Friends Singapore (BFFsg)
– Sharing by BFF pledgee, Tasneem Noor from Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, on how private businesses can play a role in supporting breastfeeding mums
– Q&A

11am – 11.20am: – Sharing by NTUC U’s Project Liquid Gold on how workplaces can support breastfeeding mums
– Q&A

11.20am – 11.40am: – Sharing by Jen Pan on public breastfeeding photo series
– Q&A

11.40am – 12pm: – Open discussion

Key Speakers

Izzah Lina
SAHM
Izzah is a 30 year old breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing and cloth-diapering mother of 2 beautiful boys. She will be sharing her experiences as a mother who breastfeeds in public and on the challenges that she face in doing so.

Breast-Feeding Friends Singapore (BFFsg)
A four person team made up of final year undergraduates from NTU; Alyssa Teo, Erin Kok, Kiat Jiun, Oviyum, helm the BFFsg campaign which seeks to create a more inclusive and supportive public environment for breastfeeding mothers in Singapore. Having conducted original research on the perceptions of public breastfeeding in Singapore, they will be sharing the research findings.

Tasneem Noor
Managing Director of Fika Swedish Café & Bistro
Not only is Tasneem the director of the popular Fika Swedish Café & Bistro restaurants, she is also a proud mother to 2 lovely boys. Fika Swedish Café & Bistro was one of the early adopters in welcoming breastfeeding mothers at their establishments. She will be sharing on how private businesses can play a part in supporting breastfeeding mothers.

Project Liquid Gold
Project Liquid Gold is an initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and to advocate for more support for new mothers who are returning to work after maternity leave.

Phua Pek Lin
Activist, Project Liquid Gold  
Pek Lin, is a mother of two, and working full time. She is a certified Workplace Breastfeeding Mentor for her workplace and has a lot of passion for encouraging working mothers to continue
breastfeeding.

Billie Anne Lyou
Principal Specialist, NTUC U Family
Billie and the U Family team pushes for workplaces to be family-friendly. Project Liquid Gold was formed to address the needs of working-breastfeeding mothers when they returned to work after their maternity leave.  Both Pek Lin and Billie will be sharing about the challenges that working mothers face and how employers can support their breastfeeding employees.

Jen Pan
Jen Pan Photography
Jen, a mother of two precious little ones, is a photographer who shoots newborn, maternity & family photography in Singapore.  It is Jen’s goal and passion to use her art to tell stories and inspire others. She recently made huge waves when she published her photography series featuring breastfeeding mothers in public places.  She and her work have been featured across local and international media since then. She will be showcasing her breastfeeding photo series and sharing the work she has done for breastfeeding.

Register for the roundtable here

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