Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I don't know why, but I found this extremely funny. In fact, funny doesn't quite cut it. It was farking hilarious. I squirted raspberry sorbet onto my white dress shirt.

Breastfeeding wave hits Putrajaya
PUTRAJAYA: Twenty-three mothers breastfed their babies for a full minute at the Putrajaya Hospital today, in an attempt to create a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The mothers were part of the "Global Breastfeeding Wave" - a worldwide campaign to get mothers to breastfeed their child for the first month. To take part, the mothers had to breastfeed for a full minute at 10am.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think breastfeeding is important, and the health benefits are clear. I think countries like Malaysia need to be more open to this, to encourage it more. But I don't think an attempt to get into the Guiness Book of Records for the most number of simultaneously breastfeeding moms really does anything, except to make us a laughing stock. Always wanting to get into some book of records for some stunt.

At least my colleagues and I had a good, hearty laugh. I'll be expecting an attempt soon for the highest number of people peeing into the same squatting toilet.

Addendum (update Aug 14th):
Seems I'm getting a lot of flak for this. Thanks to bulletin boards like
so. I'm not sure why people are thinking that I have something against breastfeeding moms. I thought it's clear I support breastfeeding. Read my lips: I found the use of this to get into the Book of Records funny, get it? Nothing personal. I find it funny here too, and in Canada or wherever else they do it.
I'm rather irritated though by the language in this mommy's breastfeeding bulletin board, that amongst other things I should be decapitated and thrown out of the country along with my family (and I thought moms were supposed to ensure kids used the proper language. Omigosh). Or how some of them came to the conclusion that I think US is better than Malaysia, or US this, US that bla-bla-bla. Maybe it was me, but I thought some of the comments in there were blatantly racist.
All I can say is, before you ketuk me, perhaps you can take a step back and see what I found amusing. And I never hope to see any talk about beheading someone again in a bulletin board as lovingly named as
I'll let the rest of you readers be the judge (and my lesson learnt: never piss off moms).


Anonymous ront said...


7:43 AM  
Blogger Jun said...

here in adelaide, i vaguely remember there was once when a group of professional working moms breastfed outside the parliament house in an attempt to protest against injustice towards working moms in the workplace. such a contrast btwn the diff intentions to breastfeed in public!

8:12 AM  
Blogger aidareza said...

I am a Malaysian breastfeeding mother of a 2 year old girl. I get your point about Malaysia getting in the GBOR. However, this was not a stupid stunt.

Please go to and for some enlightenment before you poke fun at us breastfeeding moms.

For someone of your stature, your EQ is severly lacking.

11:08 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

i'm sorry that you feel that way. but i'm entitled to your opinion, as you are yours.
as a physician, i encourage breastfeeding, but i fail to see how relevant the GBOR is, or what 60 seconds of simultaneous breastfeeding does.
FYI, if you really read my blog you'd see that i was not poking fun at breastfeeding moms, but rather at the organizers who wanted to get into the book of records. and PS this is a blog, for crying out loud. a hobby, for laughs. so don't talk to me about EQ especially when you don't know me.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous naddea said...

Hi vagus..

mind the title "Global Breastfeeding Wave" - It's Global.. not Malaysia ONLY.. It was held at many countries simultaneously..

so please, don't laugh at your own country.. working at US doesn't make you any better than people or doctors here in Malaysia.

7:31 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

i'm not sure how you arrived at "working at US doesn't make you any better than people or doctors here in Malaysia".
you're taking one thing and making up your own conclusions. if they had this here, and it looks like they may have, i'd still find it pretty amusing.
ps can't i find this this funny, even if i support breastfeeding? where is your sense of humor??

9:03 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

and b the way, malaysian doctors IN MALAYSIA apparently find this funny too.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous naiaz said...

let me put this straight...

the "chop your head and your family expell from this country"

is not refering to you.. but to one of malaysian student who is now studying in taiwan that make fun of our malaysian anthem.. and his dad also think that his son is doing nothing wrong but plainly joking...


and if you think the breastfeeding-thon is funny..let be it..

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not sure what's the fuss is all about. clearly you are making fun of the intention to be in GBOR... not the breastfeeding mommies!!... and it's the media that at fault.

i totally understood your article, and not at all raged by it.

if people want to misunderstand you, let them be.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Proud Malaysian Mom said...

hey doc.. u find that funny eh? the truth is, all the mommies involve in the breastfeeding wave have no intention to be in GBOR. Their intention was to promote breastfeeding. That's all. No one bother bout the GBOR thingy. We, mothers, dont have to be in GBOR to feel proud of being a mom who bf our kids.. We already proud of being a mom..

We'll grab every oppurtunity to involve in every campaign to promote breastfeeding. sapa pedulik dgn GBOR ke ripleys ke..

Yup.. pls get some enlightenment before poke fun at others. You can say anything bout others. it's a free world. but pls make sure that u know what u're talking about.. kalau tak sendirik yang malu :P

8:52 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

i'm glad you feel proud about this. your intentions are good, i agree.
cest la vie.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm after reading the post in that forum i think she meant that the guy from muar should have his head decapitated leh , not yours ;)

9:03 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

yup, i think you're right. my BM karat :P
nonetheless. this has been blown way out of proportion. i'm going to let this rest now and see it as a funny newspaper article.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I find your original post funny as well... and I was once a breastfeeding mother... so, hmmm... I didn't even bother going to the board to see what all they said about you. I think your stance was an innocent one. Laugh all you want... I am with "Ront" above, HILARIOUS!

1:34 AM  
Anonymous ront said...

i think the whole news is humorous too.....and i am supportive of breastfeeding too....

actually i wanted to ask this question in the first place.....why do they limit 60secs?? all babies so cooperative and will cease nursing in 60secs?? i know i wont if i'm hungry..

4:01 AM  
Blogger Xiao_zhai said...


Humour is not exactly a universal language.Some laugh, some got offended.


11:33 PM  
Blogger Tsu Lin said...

Dr Vagus : I hear you. I do agree with what you wrote (And I'm a b/feeing mom too). But clearly some do not agree, and it was blown out of proportion.

C'est La Vie. Chin up!

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