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Dr. Boh Wong, PhD, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2018
  • Country: Singapore

Dr Wong Boh Boi joined Thomson Medical Centre (TMC) in 1998. She headed the nursing education and ParentCraft department in 1999 and put in place a structured Childbirth Education (CBE) programme for the hospital, which she still teaches till today. She established the Thomson ParentCraft Centre in 1999 to educate and build confidence of young parents in Singapore. Renowned for skill in settling a crying baby, many know Dr Wong as the “Baby Whisperer”.

As an experienced Lactation Consultant, Dr Wong has educated many young parents on how to provide better care for their newborn child. She pioneered the popular baby and children massage as a tool for parents to soothe agitated babies. She also conceptualised the “Thomson Dad’s Enrichment Programme” to equip fathers with the basic necessary information to support their wives during pregnancy, and through to childbirth.

Dr Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) from the University of Sydney with distinction. She later went on to obtain a Master of Education (Early Childhood Education). She recently received her Doctor of Philosophy from the National University of Singapore . She is a professional member of the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultation (IBCLC), a committee member of SIFECS (Sales of Infant Foods Ethics Committee, Singapore), and ABAS (Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy, Singapore).

Dr Wong frequently speaks about issues on pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding at public seminars and over broadcast media locally and Internationally . Besides contributing articles to various parenting magazines, she has also written three books (Celebrating Life: Childbirth, Childcare and Breastfeeding) available for sale at all Singapore bookstores. She has co-written a fourth book (Pregnancy to Childbirth) with Dr TC Chang and has plans to write two more books.

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The Effects of Cold Cabbage Leaves and Cold Gel Packs on the Management of Breast Engorgement
Background: The effects of cold cabbage leaves and cold gel packs on breast engorgement management have been inconclusive. No studies have compared the effects of these methods on breast engorgement using a rigorous design. Objectives: To examine the effectiveness of cold cabbage leaves and cold gel packs application on pain, hardness, and temperature due to breast engorgement, the duration of breastfeeding and satisfaction. Design: A randomised controlled three-group pre-test and repeated post-test study. Setting: A private maternal and children’s hospital in Singapore. Participants: Mothers (n =227) with breast engorgement within 14 days after delivery. Methods: The mothers were randomly assigned into either cold cabbage leaves, cold gel packs, or the control group. Pain, hardness of breasts, and body temperature were measured before treatment. Two sets of post-test assessments were conducted at 30 min, 1 h, and 2 h after the first and second application. The duration of breastfeeding was measured up to 6 months. IBM SPSS 23.0 was used to analyse the data. Results: Mothers in the cabbage leaves and gel packs groups had significant reductions in pain at all post-intervention time points compared to the control group, starting from 30 min after the first application of cabbage leaves (mean difference=−0.38, p=0.016) or gel packs (mean difference=−0.39, p=0.013). When compared to the control group, mothers in the cabbage leaves group had significant reductions in the hardness of breasts at all postintervention time points, and mothers in the gel packs group had significant reductions in the hardness of breasts at two time points (1 h and 2 h after the first and second application, respectively). Mothers in the cabbage leaves group had significant reductions in pain (mean difference=−0.53, p=0.005) and hardness of breasts (mean difference=−0.35, p=0.003) at 2 h after the second application compared to those in the gel packs group. Both interventions had no impact on body temperature. There was no significant difference in the durations of breastfeeding for mothers among the three groups at 3-month and 6-month follow-up. More mothers were very satisfied/satisfied with the breast engorgement care provided in the cabbage leaves group compared to the other groups. Conclusion: While cold cabbage leaves and cold gel packs can relieve pain and hardness in breast engorgement, the former had better effect, which can be recommended to postnatal mothers to manage breast engorgement.
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Presentations: 30  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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