11+pm - I woke up and had a little to eat. I then asked the nurse who came in that I wanted Amelie to be brought in. The nurse refused stating that Amelie needed to be placed in warmer. I did not persist. I then rested further.
13 April 2009
3+am - I asked for Amelie to be brought to me. Nurse said that I'm in 2-bedded room and cannot have her with me. I told her that the other patient has yet to be admitted so I would not disturb anyone. She then said that she would try to get her in. Amelie was brought in shortly. She was sleeping and so I did not try feeding her. Soon, she was brought back to the nursery. I rested.
6+am - I asked for Amelie to be brought in to me. The staff said they were changing shift and Amelie will be brought in after breakfast. I waited.
9+am onwards - Amelie was finally wheeled in. I tried to breastfeed her but was unsuccessful. The nurse who was there tried to help by pushing Amelie's head to my breast but that only resulted in both our frustration. She told me that my nipples were short and asked if I wanted a nipple shield. Not knowing what that was, I refused as I wanted to do direct feeding. After about half an hour, Amelie was wheeled back to nursery. K Chew, the parent craft staff came in and checked how I was. I told her my difficulty and when Amelie was wheeled in, I tried to feed her. She told me that my nipples were short and I felt offended by the way she told me how to massage my breasts. As she sounded like she didn't have a lot of time and I was rather confused, I did not check any further. She also asked if I were Siew Kwun's friend and I told her yes. Later, Mrs Wong Boh Boi came in and again kept pushing Amelie's head to my breasts. We gave up soon as I was very uncomfortable with the way she handled us. She left shortly and asked me to call her during the next feeding time. Although I agreed, I did not think it was helpful to call her back as the experience was not pleasant. I struggled further to breastfeed Amelie. Some times she got it, most times she didn't. During the night, when I requested for Amelie, I was told that she will only be brought in at 12mn and 4am respectively as they were changing shift and can't give her to me any other time.