HK Magazine: Is breastfeeding hard to do in Hong Kong or something? Kelly Chan : Many people think it’s difficult but it isn’t. You pump your milk twice a day and store it in the fridge, so in fact you’d only have to do it once at work. I’m glad that I have a very supportive boss so it’s not a problem for me at all. HK: Any problems? KC: It was quite inconvenient because of the lack of facilities in Hong Kong. I remember I was in Sogo shopping with my baby on the kids’ floor, and he got hungry. Almost half of the floor was baby goods shops, but there were no nursery rooms at all. I tried to borrow a changing room to feed him, so I asked the salesladies one after one, and they all said “No.” Luckily, the fifth or sixth one I asked lent me a room, but it was a little cabinet in the baby shoes’ department... HK: Is this how bad it is in Hong Kong? KC: It’s quite bad, I’m afraid. Take Taikoo Shing for example, there are so many shops selling kidswear and baby stuff, but they don’t have any nursery rooms. Not even one! Can you believe it? Many malls and government facilities don’t have nursery rooms, and even when they have, it’s always packed. Ironically, you can find such facilities in new malls like APM where they don’t have any baby goods for sale, but not in the department stores with a kid-related theme. Still, I’m lucky that I’ve never encountered any rude people. I know a mom from my organization who, while feeding her baby in a restaurant, had the manger came over and asked her to stop, saying, “It might cause a disturbance to other customers,” even though she had her top covered by a scarf... HK: How could you respond to someone like that? KC: We are mammals, and it’s absolutely natural for offspring to feed on their mother’s milk. I heard a story from another mom, where she was feeding her baby, and a guy sitting behind her murmured something like, “What would it taste like if human milk was used for milk tea...” This is so wrong. Please understand that breastfeeding is completely normal. HK: So why breastfeed at all? KC: It’s like family heritage. My mom breastfed me, as my mother-in-law did to my husband. The biggest benefit is a better relationship and closer ties with my kid. He knows he’s feeding on me. This is priceless. HK: Can you save more money by breastfeeding? KC: Of course it would help! If you want to learn more, you can get in touch with us. I have first–person experience, and I know the benefits of it by heart. Or if you have questions, you can always go to the government-run hospitals and ask the nurses. The Hong Kong Breastfeeding Association is fighting for a legislation to make nursery rooms compulsory in all government-run facilities and malls. For more details, check www.breastfeeding.org.hk .