Travelling with T recently, I had to look for nursing rooms at the airports to nurse her as she would not take a bottle from me. Plus, it was even harder looking for hot water dispenser at the airports!
I found the breastfeeding room at Kuching International Airport to be way better than the ones at KLIA. Although small, but there is more than enough space inside to sit and nurse comfortably, there is also a changing station and sink for changing your baby. Plus, the room can be locked for privacy and only a nursing mom is allowed inside. I did not quite like the nursing rooms at KLIA as the doors can’t be locked and there are only curtains for privacy. There were people coming in and out of the rooms and even talking loudly!
Kuching International Airport’s breastfeeding room is quite comfortable enough to nurse in privacy.
There is also a small corner table with pamphlets on breastfeeding from the local hospital and health ministry. Unfortunately, there is no hot water dispenser which would be very helpful for moms who need to make a bottle of formula or warm up a bottle of expressed breastmilk 😦 In fact, I actually found it quite difficult to find a hot water dispenser at both KLIA and KIA.
The room is located next to the ladies washroom after Coffee Bean at the departure hall (follow the nappy change room signage). Well done to the airport management, Sarawak government and health ministry for supporting breastfeeding by providing this facility. Although, from my observation, it seems to be pretty under utilised.
When T was born, she was so tiny despite being a full term baby (induced at exactly 40 weeks). She weighed only 2.29kg and looked like a preemie! Because she was so skinny without all the fats, and her face was so sunken. The only thing big and strong about her was:
- Her huge head!!
- Her voice. OMG….you could hear her screaming miles away.
After delivery I was in a bit of depression and was a tad bit sensitive whenever someone talked about her size. Probably because I felt I didn’t do a good job taking care of her while she was in my belly and sometimes did blame myself for her tiny pea size.
She was so tiny she couldn’t fit into all the newborn clothes we had! She couldn’t even fit well in the Fisher Price rocker I bought.
Despite being super tiny, her birth was quite an experience, and I did not breastfeed her after delivery (except for the first 10 minutes after being asked by the nurse) as I was throwing up from all the meds and having difficulty staying conscious. Well, formula is not poison and after the initial few weeks I did manage to finally fully breastfeed her 100%. She was a champion at breastfeeding ever since day 1.
My little champion was 3.6kg by one month old, and doubled her birth weight in her 2nd month 🙂
I love to eat taufufa (soy pudding). Hence, when my baby daughter was born on Sept 2016 and had a fair and smooth complexion and also a fairly weak and fragile immune system, I nicknamed her Taufufa in honour of my favourite dessert :). Yes, this mommy only thinks about food….hohoho!
I did not have a smooth labour and childbirth (it lasted a freakin 24 hours!!), but I sure am thankful to God for a healthy baby girl weighing merely 2.29kg. She doubled in weight before she was 3 months old, so all is good and she is in good health. Did I also mention that she happens to have a very loud voice? Oh yes, this little pudding loves to scream from her diaphragm, as my mom used to say!
The journey of parenthood is indeed a challenging one. I hope that by documenting our moments together, it will be cherished and remembered always 🙂