Mum-friendly companies in Singapore - Do you work for one of them?
When women become mothers, their whole lives change... and so do their priorities. Their children will always come first without a doubt.
However, these days, many mums also have to work, whether it's by choice or from necessity.
A working mum's day often starts at the crack of dawn to take care of her kids' needs before she leaves for work, including breastfeeding/bottlefeeding her baby, expressing breastmilk or getting her kids' lunches packed.
If she is a breastfeeding mum, she will probably need to express milk and store it while at work. She may need to pick up her children from school or preschool... the list of her to-do's goes on and on.
Given this, it's great to know that some companies in Singapore are going the extra mile to make mums who work for them feel just a bit more comfortable and appreciated.
Some of these companies — such as Ernst & Young, KPMG in Singapore, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and Hitachi Asia Ltd — were among the companies that received the "Best Companies for Mums" awards in 2014 and 2015.
Other companies on our list got the best testimonials of them all — from their very own employees who are also mothers.
We also spoke to Jophia Bok who is a lactation nurse here in Singapore.
She agrees that while there are many multinational corporations in Singapore that do have policies and facilities set up for breastfeeding working moms, often, it's the breastfeeding mum's boss who decides how much flexibility his/her employee can have when it comes to 'mum duties' (eg. pumping milk etc).
However, Jophia did say that from her experience, as long as a working (breastfeeding) mum does not let the expression of breastmilk affect her productivity or effectiveness at work, there really shouldn't be an issue with giving her time to express.
Click 'Next' to start reading about what exactly makes the companies on our list so mum-friendly.