BumblebeeMum
Nursing (Breastfeeding) In Korea
April 24, 2012

Last December, I went to Korea with hubby and MF (who was only 11 months old then) and I’ve been wanting to blog about it… But somehow I never got down to it… Oh well, better late than never!

Korea is a great country to visit with kids! After much research, I discovered tons of interesting places for kids.  In addition, many mothers in Korea breastfeed, so it is not difficult to find nursing rooms, in Seoul at least.

There are nursing rooms in some subway stations.  If you look at the subway map on the train, the stations with nursing room will be marked out with a nursing mummy sign, so you can alight at a station with nursing room if you need one.

If you just need to change diapers, changing tables are usually found inside FEMALE toilets, so sorry mummies, daddies can’t help you much.

According to the official site of Korea Tourism Organisation, you can find nursing rooms inside high-speed KTX trains.  I didn’t use any such trains, I took a domestic flight instead (which is totally FREE of charge for MF!) and didn’t have trouble finding nursing rooms at all the airports I visited in Korea (namely Incheon, Gimpo and Jeju airports).

Nursing mums who are planning to visit Korea, please take note of the following:

  • Many nursing rooms in Korea are SHARED.  That means you can expect to be nursing in a big room with other mummies.  Even if there are private nursing cubicles, it may be just like a small partition, or a flimsy curtain, not a proper door with lock like what we commonly find in Singapore.  If you are shy, use your nursing shawl.
  • And because nursing rooms in Korea are shared, this is important: Some baby care rooms are strictly for females only! In Singapore, when baby needs his diaper changed, you know how mummy + daddy + grandparents all enter the diaper-changing room together? Please DO NOT do that in Korea! Since the diaper-changing rooms are also nursing rooms (that are meant to be shared), the Koreans do not lock the door when they nurse inside.  When their babies need to be changed, it is always just the mummy who goes into the room to change the baby. So PLEASE, daddies especially, DO NOT barge in! But this does not apply to ALL baby care rooms.. Some baby care rooms, like the ones in airports and major attractions like Everland and Lotte World, have nursing and diaper-changing areas that are clearly separated and daddies can enter the diaper-changing area.. My advice is: Always get the mummy to go in first to check if it is clear, before asking daddy to enter if needed.
With that being said, it explains the lack of photos in this post.. I didn’t manage to take photo of any nursing room in Korea, since there are usually other mummies nursing inside. But these are the places where I used nursing rooms:
  • Incheon Airport
  • Gimpo Airport
  • Jeju Airport
  • Lotte World
  • Everland
  • 63 Building (Seoul)

You can tell the list is not very long… Although I say nursing facilities are not difficult to find, it is still not as readily available as in Singapore.  I actually had to use my nursing shawl quite a lot, mainly because it’s too much of a hassle to scout for nursing rooms especially when you’re on vacation and trying to take in as much sight as possible. So whenever I needed to nurse, we looked for a quiet cafe and sat in the corner, ordered a drink and I’d nurse discreetly under the nursing shawl.

And in Jeju, other than at the airport, you can forget about trying to find nursing rooms.  We rented a car for our Jeju trip, and did all the nursing and diaper-changing inside the car.








2 Comments

  • Joyce Chan says:

    Hi, I chance upon ur blog as I’m researching for my Seoul trip in April. I’m rather worried about diaper changing my LO (esp when I’m not really aiming to be at large departmental stores).

    Is it possible to change diapers at restaurants / cafes if the toilet does not have changing area?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmmm.. diaper-changing can be tricky. How old will your LO be by then? Can he / she stand yet? If so, the easiest way is to get the child to stand in the toilet while you change the diaper with them standing. If your child cannot stand yet, maybe you can bring a stroller and change inside the stroller? And always carry a bunch of plastic bags with you to tie up and dispose the diapers.

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