Some of the mums I spoke to in the past told me that when a breastfeeding mum works in a pro-breastfeeding office environment, it may be a tad easier for her to prolong her efforts to breastfeed her child for as long as possible.
After all, it’s comforting to know that the people you work with and see every day understand your needs to pump at work, and respect your persistence in giving the best nutrition to your child.
Sadly though, there are a few among us who have to deal with colleagues and bosses who do not understand why we’d even bother going through all this hassle at work.
Zhuo Mei Yan — who has 2 kids — is one such mum. She shared that she had to deal with her male colleagues poking fun at her after every pumping session.
She initially felt embarrassed and frustrated over the behaviour of her colleagues, and had felt like bringing her breastfeeding and pumping journey to a halt because of it.
Jophia advises mums who feel strongly about breastfeeding their kids to toughen up when insensitive comments are thrown their way.
"A gentle smile and kind words to people who think of breastfeeding differently is enough. In time, they will get the message that you don't buy their suggestions or opinions."
Over time, Mei Yan learnt to take things in stride by cracking jokes with her colleagues.
To date, her favourite one-liner to them is, "Would you like some ‘fresh milk’ to go with your tea?"