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Baby Massage

Hanz’s Note : This is schedulled post.
Am away for 2 days in a row for outstation.
Will miss chit-chat & chat-hop to others.

Baby massage isn’t just about learning strokes; it’s about learning a language that builds a relationship of trust and togetherness between parent and child.

The benefits of baby massage for your child:

  • Smoothes transition from womb to the world
  • Develops baby’s first language touch
  • Teaches positive loving touch
  • Develops a feeling of being loved, respected and secure
  • Develops body, mind, awareness and coordination
  • Can help to reduce the discomfort of colic, wind and constipation
  • Helps to regulate and strengthen baby’s digestive and respiratory systems and stimulate circulatory and nervous systems
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Can help to reduce fussiness and improve quality of sleep
  • Improves skin condition

The benefits of infant massage for parents :

  • Helps parents to understand baby’s non-verbal communication
  • Enhances parents confidence and competence in dealing with baby
  • Can help with postnatal depression
  • Both parents and baby relax together
  • Promotes lactation in breastfeeding mums (through stimulation of hormones)
  • Promotes nurturing instinct (through stimulation of hormone oxytocin)

Hanz’s Share: Me did’nt massage my boys, but rub backside during nursing and sleeptime.During confinement till my boys about 4 months, rub both their legs to avoid wind especially behind the knees and feet.It helps rather you rub the tummy itself.

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November 5, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Hanz's Notes, Just Baby, Natural Parenting | 5 Comments

Today’s Teaser : Knowledge is POWER!

Why I feel so suck today? It’s Friday & I should feel great, isn’t it?

Feels like to up several chat to participate few bloggers’ contests that I had my mind on but why am I being so lazy today??!!

Plus..I…am..so..sleepy….maybe blame it to the fact that the lack of sleep as Baby Hambali & Hanafi are not so well currently..Sigh…they’re having cough & fever & tonsilitis.

Anyhow, just entertain yourself with my nonsensical ramblings with these 2 teaser’s pics…

I’m seriously on it & I am seriously still far in this journey…and with this valid reason, gaining knowledge as much as I can by reading relevant books…fuh,fuh..

Got those books from among my favourite online bookstore here.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Green Living, Hanz in Reading, Hanz's Feelings, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

Babywearing : Getting to know types of Carriers

Disclaimer : All pictures in this chat
was obtained from Google Image
& this note is courtesy of
Get Your Hands Back (http://www.getyourhandsback.co.uk)

Babywearing Definition from Wikipedia:-

Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby or child in a sling or other form of carrier. Babywearing is far from new and has been practised for centuries around the world. In the industrialized world, babywearing has gained popularity in recent decades, partly under influence of advocates of attachment parenting; however, not all parents who babywear consider themselves attachment parents. Babywearing is a form of baby transport.


Types of Carriers:-

1. Ring Sling

A ring sling consists of a length of fabric with two rings at one end. The fabric is threaded through the rings to create a loop, and then placed over the wears head and one arm, so that it sits across the body from shoulder to opposite hip. The size of the sling can be adjusted to make a perfect fit for both carrier and baby, giving excellent support and comfort.

Ring slings can be used to carry baby lying down, as in a hammock, sitting facing in or out (in a “froggy” position, with legs crossed inside the fabric of the sling), or on the carrier’s hip. They are suitable from birth, and will usually last until baby is too heavy for your comfort. As they are a one-shouldered carrier, they can cause some discomfort when used with older, heavier babies or toddlers, or for prolonged periods.

2. Pouch

This is very similar to the ring sling, but the pouch sling is a fixed size, and it is very important to take accurate measurements prior to ordering a pouch sling so as to ensure a perfect fit (not usually a sling that mummy and daddy can share). Baby can be worn in the same positions as in a ring sling – lying down, on the hip or upright. There are no buckles or rings to fasten – it’s a case of pop it on and off you go! They are very convenient and usually fold up very small, so are fabulous for taking with you on shopping trips.

3. Mei Tai & Soft Structured Carrier

A mei tai is made from a square panel of fabric with straps are the top and bottom. The bottom straps go around the wearer’s waist and the top ones go over the shoulders, crossing on the back and being tied around the waist (either front, or crossing over again and going back round to the back). With a mei tai, the weight is taken through the hips, and distributed over both shoulders, so it tends to be more comfortable for older or heavier babies and toddlers. They can be used to carry babies on the front, back or hip, and due to the long straps, and lack of buckles, one size fits most. As with wraps and slings, mei tais carry baby in a natural seated position, which is best for their delicate spine and hip development, and also for their comfort.

If the tying sounds a bit fiddly for you, there are now some hybrid slings, known as Soft Structured Carriers, which are like mei tais but with buckles instead of long straps. These are a little easier to put on for a novice, but have the disadvantage of needing to be adjusted for different people. They are often not quite as supportive, or comfortable as some of the mei tais, so are less suitable for younger babies.

Mei Tai

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)

4. Wraps

Wrap-around slings come in two varieties – stretchy and woven. They are both the same design, which is basically a long length of fabric. This is used to wrap around both you and baby, so as to fasten you together. The simplicity means that they can be used in a great many positions, with one size fitting all. It is generally accepted that woven are longer lasting, and the stretchy wraps can sag once baby becomes heavier. However, woven wraps can take a little more practice to perfect the tying, and stretchy wraps are considered a better option for novice wearers. They both work in a similar way to the mei tai, distributing the baby’s weight through the wearer’s hips and back, with the shoulders being used for support. They can look very daunting to the first time user.


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. Baby Carrier

The structured carrier is probably what most new mums automatically think of when they think of a baby carrier. They are more structured than the other types, and therefore les flexible. They fasten using buckles, so need to be adjusted if you intend to share the babywearing, and can be a little fiddly to put on, particularly if they incorporate a harness which the baby sits in. Some of the newer styles can be worn in multiple positions, but most tend to be front-carry only, although baby can be carried facing outwards when they are a little older.

This type of carrier tends not to be as comfortable as other types, either for the wearer or the baby, due to the positioning of the baby – the baby can have a tendency to be supported through the spine, rather than the legs, putting undue pressure on the spine. In addition, many parents find this type becomes uncomfortable once their baby becomes slightly heavier, and puts strain on the wearer’s back, due to the way the weight is distributed.

Imagine yourself dangling with support & pressuring your crotch rather you being hold in sitting position. Other carriers than this type allowing baby & toddler in sitting position which is more natural & comfortable.

Note : Babywearer Moms (even Dads) will say ‘No’ to this type of carriers.

In retrospect, other Babywearing chat I’ve posted earlier as follows:-

I’m Wearing My Baby

Babywearing = Keeping your baby happy

+ Getting on with your life


October 8, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 13 Comments

10 Reasons To Sleep Next To Your Child At Night

1. Family co-sleeping takes full advantage of the ease of breastfeeding, as there is no need to go to another room to get one’s child. A breastfeeding mother in a “family bed” can easily feed her child without having to wake fully, and can continue to get the important rest she needs. Thus co-sleeping encourages mothers to continue breastfeeding and all of its numerous benefits until the child chooses to wean.

2. According to sleep researcher James McKenna, co-sleeping increases the chances that a parent can successfully intervene to help prevent a death, whether that is due to a physiological condition or to a physical accident. He reminds parents that “co-sleeping gives the parent the best opportunity to hear the baby in crisis and to respond.” He adds that “since protection from SIDS may be related to the frequency and duration of breastfeeding, and because babies breastfeed more when co-sleeping, this practice may help to protect some breastfeeding infants.”

3. Gaps in breathing are normal during the early months of infancy, and it is likely that the mother’s breathing provides important cues to her infant, reminding him to take a breath following exhalation, preventing a SIDS situation from developing. Even if this reminder system fails, the mother is nearby to help by arousing the infant. A breastfeeding mother and baby tend to have coordinated sleeping and dreaming cycles, making her keenly sensitive to her baby. If she is sleeping close by, she will awaken if there her baby is having difficulty. But if the baby is alone, this type of life-saving intervention cannot take place.

4. Any nighttime danger to a child is reduced if there is an adult close by. Babies and children have perished in fires, have been sexually abused by visiting relatives, have been abducted from their bed, have been attacked by pets, have suffocated after vomiting, and have died or been injured in various ways that could have been prevented had a parent been nearby to help.

5. Suffocation is often listed as a danger of family co-sleeping. However, this is a real danger in only two situations: a young infant sleeping on a water-bed, thus unable to push himself up when needed, or a parent who is too intoxicated by alcohol or drugs to attend to a child’s needs. Obviously, a child who is suffocating for any reason (such as a ribbon on sleepwear getting around her neck, vomiting during sleep, asthmatic attacks) is far more likely to rouse a parent who is sleeping nearby than one sleeping in a different room. A child cared for during the night receives constant reassurance of love and support.
6. Family co-sleeping is often misunderstood as facilitating sexual abuse of children by a parent. However, the opposite is true. Parents who develop deep emotional bonds with their children by remaining close by and responsive at night, as well as during the day, are far less likely to turn to abusive behavior of any kind toward the children they love and cherish. Conversely, the fact that a child sleeps alone has never been adequate protection against a parent who intends sexual trespass, and may even make it easier for one parent to keep such activity secret from the other.

7. Shared sleep can further prevent child abuse by helping all family members to obtain the rest they need, especially if the child is breastfeeding. The child does not have to suffer needlessly or cry to bring his mother, and the mother can nurse half-asleep. The entire family awakes refreshed, with no lingering resentment toward the baby for having disturbed their sleep the night before. An exhausted parent is far more likely to abuse a child than a well-rested mother or father who has enjoyed the presence of a happily resting child through the night.

8. Crying is a signal provided by nature that is meant to disturb the parents to ensure that the baby receives the care he needs. But prolonged crying is stressful to all the family members. The sooner the baby’s needs are met, the more rest the baby and the entire family can have, and the more energy they will have for the next day. A mother sleeping next to her baby can utilize the instinctive response a new mother has to her baby’s first whimper, thus preventing the need for the hard crying that is so stressful to the baby and to all other members of the family.

9. A deeper sense of love and trust often develops between siblings who sleep near each other, lessening sibling rivalry during waking hours. Siblings who share the night as well as the day have a greater opportunity to build a deep and lasting relationship. Babies and children who are separated from other family members during the day (parents at work, siblings at school) can partially make up for these absences and reestablish important emotional bonds by spending time at night together, and by the delightful early morning family time that is otherwise often missed. Of course, home businesses and unschooling can minimize separations and deepen family bonds during the day, just as co-sleeping does at night.

10. Studies of adults in coma have shown that the presence of another person in the room significantly improves heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure. It seems reasonable to assume that infants and children derive similar health benefits to having others in the same room with them.

A child who is cared for during the night as well as the day receives constant reassurance of love and support, instead of having to cope with feelings of fear, anger, and abandonment night after night. Children who have felt safe through the night as well as the day with a loving parent close by become adults who cope better with the inevitable stresses life brings. As John Holt put it so eloquently, having feelings of love and safety in early life, far from “spoiling” a child, is like “money in the bank”: a fund of trust, self-esteem and inner security which the child can draw on throughout life’s challenges.

Hanz’s Note : This great article was written by Jan Hunt from The Natural Child Project. Thanks for sharing this great article and I love to share all about natural parenting here, from today onwards.

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Hanz's Notes, Just Baby, Just Toddler, Natural Parenting, Worth-read Articles | 9 Comments

Teach your child how to expand use of sign language

There’s never too early or too late to learn signing yourself and then teach it to your child.

As a parent, you can begin using simple signs with your babies and toddlers just as they would spoken words. Identifying favourite foods or objects with a single sign is a good way to start. Holding up a stuffed toy like lion and making the sign for ‘lion’, or pointing to Papa while signing ‘father’.

Using signs labelling emotions & feelings is a logical next step. Signing ‘baby sad’ or ‘I’m happy’ can affirm your young child’s perception of what is happening in & around them. It won’t be long before your child is offering up signs of their own to communicate how he is feeling in the moment.

Learning signing is a good way to help your child become multilingual.

Children of preschool age group are actively expanding their receptive skill. They will be able to understand signed communication quite naturally with practice. Finding songs to sing, sign & dance to will help remember signs & provide a great deal of fun.

An older child can serve as a model for a younger brother or sister by identifying familiar objects with sign. Learning to fingerspell, or spell out words using the signed alphabet, can assist your child in learning the alphabet & later in learning to spell. Signing the alphabet while signing letters uses both sides of the brain & maximizes learning. Practicing spelling words by finger-spelling is a fun way to learn spelling.

Older children can also enjoy sign language. Having a secret ‘second’ language to share with others can build friendships. Learning & teaching others how to sign at this age coincides with a child’s developing sense of self as an individual with special skills & talents.

Sign language can also be a fun way to enrich the relationship between you & your child. Incorporating a few key phrases into your everyday family such as ‘Don’t forget to brush’ or ‘I love you’.

This is also a time when your child become more empathetic & increasingly aware of the needs of others. Finding a deaf friend or visiting a club for the deaf can expand your child’s view of the world & can build compassion for others.

In other words, sign language can be an important interpersonal skill.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Just Baby, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Natural Parenting | 3 Comments

MomBloggersPlanet Cutest Baby with TOYS Contest

Once again MomBloggersPlanet has come out its monthly Cutest Baby Photo Contest and this round, the theme for August is CUTEST BABY WITH TOY(S). As usual, Photobook Malaysia & AliceWonders are the sponsors for this awesome contest.

Let’s check it out what is IN for you that you can try your luck when participating…here’s the clues…..

Hey, stop complaining that I just pasted pictures clue for you. If you keen to know more, just click on the upper contest banner or you can click those two sponsors, have a look on the contest details… & make sure you join as well! Hurry! Still got time to grab your chance to win those coooollll prizes!!

Now, to my contest entry…..

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It has been said that play is children’s work. Play gives children fun and joy, develops a child’s personality, helping them to realise their potential and experience the satisfaction of success. It opens them to creativity and imagination, develop speech, reading, thinking, problem solving and fine motor skills. It is also integral to help a child manage emotions, develop values and understand and interpret the world around them.

Each child differ in terms of all aspect of development so the needs of each child will vary greatly.Children need the freedom to change the course of their activity and develop independence in thought and ideas. Bearing this in mind,toys play an integral part in the learning process and a variety of well chosen toys help towards each child’s individual development. As a child grow, his need will change with his age and differing abilities and interests.

Do you remember how it was when you were a child? Your main activity was playing, isn’t it? You needed toys and your parents were supposed to provide that for you.

Now you are a parent and you are in the same situation as your parents years ago. You are looking for toys that your child will like. That’s why you must know how to choose the right toys.

Here is some guidelines in terms of safety on choosing toys…

Toys should meet safety regulations for age

  • Sturdy, unbreakable, not likely to break into small pieces and strongly enough for child to stand on or in.
  • Non-toxic materials
  • No sharp point or edges
  • Too large to be lodged in windpipe, ears, nostrils
  • No detachable small parts
  • No parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes, hair
  • No put together with easily exposed straight pins, sham wires, nails
  • No electrical parts, unless supervised by adults

When you offer a toy, don’t just let your child play by himself. Get involved in your child’s play. A parent is a child’s first and best friend.

As for myself, I did invest plenty of toys for both my boys. Baby Hambali is considered lucky as from time to time he is inheriting toys of his ‘Abang’ that Abang has outgrew. Nevertheless, I make it a point to purchase few toys for Baby Hambali, just to be fair.

How far I would go to care for Baby Hambali’s learning needs is a subjective issue. Why? As I did mentioned in above paragraphs that the needs of each child will vary greatly, it has proven that baby Hambali has develop his own preference in choosing which toys cater to his needs.

Let’s take a peek of Baby Hambali’s belongings for his work-play….

This is Baby Hambali’s Toys’ Box

This is Baby Hambali’s Books’ Box

So….which contents of which box,
do you think Baby Hambali’s prefer most to ‘work-play’?

Aha! All the time, he would take out all his books and then read from one book to another, and even from his toys’ box, he simply took the Electronic Book & ignore the rest of the toys….

On top of that every morning inside the car, Baby Hambali insisted his Mama to read his collection of favourite books and those books is stored inside the car.If his Mama forget that routine, he will start making a fuss.Later on home sweet home in nighttime,sometimes he would pick up any of his ‘regular’ book, approached his Mama who might be busy with routine household chores asking to be read.

Realizing that Baby Hambali love books so much, his Mama managed to find a great book upon by chance on one fine day….


Have a look!


The best thing about this book is like a package of book & toy together! All-in-one! Any child would not only being introduced to book or getting to love book but there’s plenty of fine-motor skills activity to make the child busy practising his skill! It is definitely adapting the Montessories approach whereby the Practical Living Skill in one of it’s curriculum.

Imagine that one day Baby Hambali will be able to button his shirt, buckle his belt & tie his shoes all done by himself! Oh, his Mama is really getting excited with this one! 😛

See how delighted Baby Hambali is
with his new “My Quiet Book”!

Name : Hambali bin Hasrat
Date of Birth : 12th June, 2008

Guess that Baby Hambali and book(s) is inseparable.
A book defined by Baby Hambali has dual role :
Book = A Book + A Toy

Hanz’s Note: This chat is STICKY MODE till 10.00 pm, 14th August 09.

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Hanz in Contest, Hanz's Boys, Hanz's Products Reviews, Natural Parenting | 12 Comments

Mom’s Choice Breastfeeding Campaign Contest

Mom’s Choice has launched this contest in conjunction with the recent Breastfeeding Week Celebration
(1st-7th August, 2009)

Deadline 22nd of August, 2009


Those are the group of Sponsors for the Contest Gift.

What’s the gift? It remains mystery…

Do you need to know more on the details on this contest? Just click to the upper banner, which is also appearing in my left sidebar.

The World Breastfeeding Week that was celebrated last 1st of August to 7th of August just passed by. Though this worldwide celebration was over for this year, this maternal gesture still ‘kicking’ to all Nursing Moms & managed to ‘inject’ some motivation to the Mother To Be as well as to New Mothers.

Well, I must say I am one of those hardcore Nursing Moms. I started off wrongly, managed to rectify my mistakes, able to upgrade from mixed feeding to fully breastfeed, did counselling via Forum as I was a Breastfeeding Forum Moderator some more & I was in Breastfeeding Support Group. Then I stopped.Needed that as I was concentrating on my studies & Hanafi finally weaned off at the age of almost 3 years old. Alhamdulillah…

That was then, between year 2004 to 2007.

Here was I reminiscence the good old days…

Hanafi, at the age of 8 months plus, was accompanying his Mama distributing leaflet of My Moms Best at the Kid’s Fair year 2004.

Simultaneously, I did face-to-face campaigning to the passer-by especially mothers and even counselling to those who inquired A to Z on breastfeeding. The best part was I also distributed my self-research like the Common Problem on Breastfeeding & ABM Protocol on Breastmilk Storage Guidelines.We joined booth with FabulosMoms & BlessedMums.

This was taken at MumsandBabes, De Palma Ampang in year 2005. Jasmine of MumsandBabes was generous enough to loan us her office, the Breastfeeding Support Group to hold this Breastfeeding Interaction Chat.We not only mingled but shared experiences, infos & stories.

Soon follow-up with another Breastfeeding Support Group gathering held at one of our members’ house.

I am currently still going strong breastfeed my second boy who is now 14 months old & despite now he is teething & having Nursing Strike, I am well-off prepared. You know what they said..wiser & learned from mistakes! :>

I may no longer actively involved in Breastfeeding Forum and Breastfeeding Support Group but that does not stop me on this passion though.

The beauty of the internet is you will find another channel to keep ongoing your passion! One of my passion is BREASTFEEDING.

When you step in this Chatterbox of mine, as I fondly refer of, the first thing you will notice is the header & you tend to see a picture of me tenderly BREASTFEEDING!

Move on to the right sidebar, and you will notice one of the lable of my content chat is BREASTFEEDING.

Allow me to list ‘some’ of my earlier chat (post) that revolves around this favourite topic of mine. You can just click to the title to go to that particular chat.

** My Breastfeeding Journey (Part 1)

** My Breastfeeding Journey (Part 2)

** Breastfeeding Notes : A Bits on Facts that most Nursing Moms unaware of

** Breastfeeding Notes : Preparation Tips

** Nonsense in Breastfeeding that people likely to do to Nursing Moms

** Common Problem on Breastfeeding & Ways to handle it (Part 1)

** Common Problem on Breastfeeding & Ways to handle it (Part 2)

** If breastfeeding is so great, why are the rates so low

Well, for the past months, I did utilise another ‘medium’ along with this Chaterbox to channel this passion…

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Here is my card. My Social Card.

If so happen I think that apart from keeping in touch with people, I used this card so that I can provide any assistance after the initial meet.

My tagline :- I love, I do, I support, I promote Breastfeeding, Cloth Diapering, Babywearing, Baby Signing & Homeschooling.

I believe in Natural Parenting & wants to adapt the Attachment Parenting and one of the tools in Attachment Parenting is BREASTFEEDING.

Just so happen last week while I was browsing one Baby Store nearby my office with my boy, Hanafi, I overheard ‘some’ conversation between these 3 ladies.

Their conversation was mainly on breastpump.

Initially I thought they were looking for a gift for maybe their friends who just gave birth but later on I found actually one of the ladies was still in Confinement and she was the one who are searching not only breastpump but few more breastfeeding gadget.

When she was asking about the Medela Breastpump, which was the Harmony & observing the sales lady stuttered & unsure on her facts, I could not restrain myself to interject & provided my input.

So off I was answering many, many, questions from her about breastfeeding…pity her, she seemed ignorance about breastfeeding but thumbs up to her for having the desire to nurse her newborn.

I gave her my ‘Social Card’ & hope she do visit this humble Chatterbox of mine and contact me in case she needs my assistance in regard to this matter.

To me, everywhere I go, whenever it would be and maybe even if my second child has stop breastfeeding, my passion towards breastfeeding won’t simply faded.

I adore my Breastfeeding Journey, a bitter-sweet memory that I would cherish always…

I love sharing it with others too and would keep on learning from others as well.

Breastfeeding ROCKS Mom’s World!

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Hanz in Contest, Natural Parenting | 26 Comments

Baby Hambali & Mama in MyChild Magazine!!

“Our family loves the Baby Sign Program! It’s not just a way to communicate with our 10-month-old baby but it’s a game for our 5-year-old boy too. Additionally, my older boy is also learneing the ABC signing, which I know by heart. We started off with words like Papa, Mama, milk, sleep, more, where, lion, come, eat, bye-bye, play, love (sayang) and cannot.Hambali signed ‘milk’ at 7 months and ‘bye-bye’ at 9 months! I think he signed ‘eat’ to his Grandma the other day and though Grandma was unsure of the signing, he did stop making a fuss once he was fed. For the rest of the words, he understands what they are. He’s also already saying ‘Papa’ and ‘Mama’ clearly, and he’s defintely not just mumbling because he does know who he is calling. We’re adding more words to his signing vocabulary like book, car, moon, fan, bird, cat, butterfly and water.

Hanz’s Note : Those are what was written in the former mag edition June/July 2009, specifically when baby Hambali was 10 months old. Update on Baby Sign: Hambali can sign more, lion, cat, fan, rabbit, salam(shake hand), sayang(love-he will lean forward & planted a kiss if you say sayang) along with nen-nen(milk), eat & bye-bye and understand the sign for come, sleep, cannot, book, ball & car. More sign we added is happy, angry, bath, drink & dirty.

August 11, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Hanz is up to..., Hanz's Boys, Natural Parenting | 15 Comments

If breastfeeding is so great, why are the rates so low?

Hanz’s Note : Something for you Nursing Moms to ponder & others to agree or disagree. This article is actually an excerpt from this website http://www.promom.org. In this article, these are the possible reasons that this issue is happening around the world. Have your say, please.

1) Baby-Unfriendly Maternity Hospital Practices

The routine use during labour and delivery often results in babies arriving in this world in a drugged state, unable to bond on their mothers or latch on the breast.The immediate separation of mother and baby so that baby undergo routine tests and procedures (all of which could be delayed without any harm to the interferes with the baby’s ability to initiate breastfeeding during the crucial first hour after birth traumatizes some babies so much that they shy away from all oral stimulation. Since formula is easier to get out of a bottle than human at the breast, even one bottle feeding can cause some babies to form an irreversible preference for the bottle nipple;those babies may never be able to breastfeed normally.

2) Formula Company Marketing Practices

Formula marketing targets women. New mothers are given free samples of formula, babies are given bottles in hospitals, coupons arrive in the mail. The World Health Organization’s Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes prohibits marekting of these products in these ways. It covers formula, other milk products, cereals, teas and juices as well as bottles and nipples.

Many hospitals have arrangements with formula companies in which the hospital receives hundreds of thousands annually from the formula company.The hospital then promises to give every post-partum woman some ‘gifts’ covered with the logo and advertising slogan formula company and contain free formula samples.When the new parents get home with their new baby and their ‘gift’, the result is of following scenario:

Three days after baby is born. 3 a.m.

The baby has been crying for the last two hours.Mother’s breasts are engorged and sore;baby is not latch on and sucking effectively. Parents don’t know what to do.They are worried about baby being hungry.They are exhausted and do not know whom to ask for help.It so happen the free sample of formula is next to the crib so they feed the formula to the baby, and the baby quiets down and sleeps for several hours because formula is more sedating and takes longer to digest than human milk.Mother’s milk supply reduced because the milk in her breasts wasn’t removed by her baby.In the following days, baby needs more milk and more formula is fed. Mother’s milk supply quickly dies up and baby is formula-fed.

Another gimmick is a contest with valuable prizes, run by formula company.

3) Medical Professionals Ignorance of Breastfeeding

Another related reason for low breastfeeding rates is the almost complete absence of breatfeeding curricula in schools.A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at doctor’s knowledge of the clinical aspects of breastfeeding revealed disturbingly high rates of ignorance about why breastfeeding is important and how to handle breastfeeding difficulties.The authors of this study surveyed more than 3,000 residents and nearly 2,000 physicians practicing pediatrics and family medicine and found that few of them knew the basics of breastfeeding such as how to teach mother how to use a breastpump or what to do about low milk supply.Many doctors who are not educated about breastfeeding advise supplementing with formula when any problem arises with breastfeeding.The result: The baby baby quickly weaned from the breast to the bottle because the mother’s milk supply diminishes immediately in response to baby’s diminishing demand for her milk.

4) The Bottle-Feeding Culture

Babies are associated closely with bottles, not breasts. Go to the Department Store.It is difficult to find a baby doll that doesn’t come with a bottle.Look around you where mothers with babies found.Most of the babies are fed with bottles.The sight of a woman breatsfeeding her child in public is so rare.

5) Maternal employment

The belief that breastfeeding cannot continue when the mother works is an unfortunate misconception. Maternal employment is only a complete obstacle to breastfeeding if the mother must be separated from her baby for weeks. Otherwise, an employer need only make minor accomodations to allow employees to breastfeed their babies. With a clean, private place and about 20 minutes every 4 hours, a mother can express her milk for later use by her baby. With on-site or nearby daycare, a mother can breastfeed her baby directly during brief breaks. Even a mother who cannot pump or breastfeed during the workday can breastfeed her baby when they are together and supplement with formula at other times.

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Natural Parenting, Worth-read Articles | 7 Comments