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World Breastfeeding Week :1st-7th August – What is it all about?

The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement, being celebrated in over 120 countries. Officially it is celebrated from 1-7 August. However, groups may choose other dates to make it a more successful event in their countries.

Sharing your wonderful work will show linkage and solidarity with the global WBW campaign. Send your reports, materials you have produced, photos and we will create a webpage for you which you can use to further promote your WBW activities to wbw@waba.org.my

Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response
Are you ready?

OBJECTIVES OF WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2009

  • To draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies worldwide.
  • To stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies.
  • To inform mothers, breastfeeding advocates, communities, health professionals, governments, aid agencies, donors, and the media on how they can actively support breastfeeding before and during an emergency.
  • To mobilise action and nurture networking and collaboration between those with breastfeeding skills and those involved in emergency response.

RATIONALE

  • Children are the most vulnerable in emergencies – child mortality can soar from 2 to 70 times higher than average due to diarrhoea, respiratory illness and malnutrition.
  • Breastfeeding is a life saving intervention and protection is greatest for the youngest infants. Even in non-emergency settings, non-breastfed babies under 2 months of age are six times more likely to die.
  • Emergencies can happen anywhere in the world. Emergencies destroy what is ‘normal,’ leaving caregivers struggling to cope and infants vulnerable to disease and death.
  • During emergencies, mothers need active support to continue or re-establish breastfeeding.
  • Emergency preparedness is vital. Supporting breastfeeding in non-emergency settings will strengthen mothers’ capacity to cope in an emergency.

Behind the curtains….

Previous WBW Themes

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed in 1991 to act on the Innocenti Declaration (1990) to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. As part of its action plan to facilitate and strengthen social mobilisation for breastfeeding, WABA envisioned a global unifying breastfeeding promotion strategy. A day dedicated to breastfeeding was suggested to be marked in the calendar of international events. The idea of a day’s celebration was later turned into a week.

This has become to be known as World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) celebrated every 1-7 August to commemorate the Innocenti Declaration. World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992. Now it involves over 120 countries and is endorsed by UNICEF, WHO and FAO.

Overall coordination of World Breastfeeding Week is done at the WABA Secretariat in Penang, Malaysia, which includes the selection of the theme and slogan, identifying resource persons for a specific theme and the preparation and dissemination of World Breastfeeding Week materials such as the calendar announcement, posters, action folders and banners. These advocacy materials serve to stimulate action among local groups, governments, UN and other agencies and other issue organisations for their own World Breastfeeding Week activities in their area/country.

WBW over the years

2008: Mother Support: Going for the Gold Everyone Wins!

2007: Breastfeeding: The 1st Hour – Save ONE million babies!

2006: Code Watch: 25 Years of Protecting Breastfeeding

2005: Breastfeeding and Family Foods: LOVING & HEALTHY

2004: Exclusive Breastfeeding: The Gold Standard Safe, Sound, Sustainable

2003: Breastfeeding in a Globalised World for Peace and Justice

2002: Breastfeeding: Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies

2001: Breastfeeding in the Information Age

2000: Breastfeeding – It’s Your Right!

1999: Breastfeeding – Education for Life

1998: Breastfeeding – The Best Investment

1997: Breastfeeding – Nature’s Way

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August 4, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

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

4) Breast engorgement

Within 72 hours after you give birth, an abundance of breast milk becomes available to your baby. As that happens, more blood flows to the breast and some of the tissue swells. This caused full, swollen and engorged breasts. Not every postpartum mother experience engorgement.

These could be the reasons:

i) Mothers does not position baby properly or does not put baby often enough to the breast.

ii) Excessive or habitual pumping can lead to overproduction of milk and prolonged engorgement.

These are the solutions:

i) Keep in mind that engorgement is a positive sign: mother is producing milk to feed baby and soon with baby’s help, mother will produce the right amount.

ii) Before feeding, gently express some of the milk to soften the breast. This makes it easier for your baby to grasp the nipple and areola.

iii) While baby is nursing, gently massage the breast that baby is on. This encourages milk to flow and will help relieve some of the tightness and discomfort.

iv) Avoid having your baby latch on and the suckle when the areola is very firm. To reduce the possibility of nipple damage and to help your baby latch on, manually express or pump your milk until your areola softens.

v) Nurse frequently, around every 2 to 3 hours even if it means waking your baby.

vi) After feeding, if your breast is still hard, express the remaining milk.

vii) Avoid pumping milk except when you need to soften the areola or when your baby is unable to latch-on.

viii) To relieve the pain and help relieve swelling, apply cold packs to your breasts for a short period after nursing.

ix) Don’t apply direct heat such hot water bottles unless to soften the areola and help your milk let-down. Rather than alleviate the pain, this may aggravate the condition.

x) Some nursing mother find relief by applying fresh green cabbage leaves to their breast. Strip the main vein from two larger, outer leaves and cut a hole in each one for your nipple. Rinse and dry them well before laying them on your breasts or sliding them into cups of your bra. (Caution: Don’t spread the cabbage too long.Cabbage has high absorption properties and may resulted drained in your milk production)

xi) If you are really in pain, take mild pain reliever prescribed by a doctor.

xii) Wear a supportive nursing bra, even during at night. Be sure it isn’t too tight.

Look ahead! Mother will get past the engorgement and soon to be able to enjoy breastfeeding relationship with a baby.


5) Inverted nipple


Inverted nipples retract or pull inward when stimulated or suckled. Their appearance may range from slightly dimpled and indented to very clearly indent in the center. That sometimes can make it difficult for baby to latch on and breastfeed.

Check nipples by squeezing the areola about one inch behind the nipple with your thumb and index finger. If the nipple pulls inward, it’s inverted.

Breastfeeding with an inverted nipple can be a challenge, but there are many different ways to manage it. Mother can draw out an inverted nipple by using a breast pump for a few seconds prior to feeding the baby. Several other techniques and lactation devices are designed to help with inverted nipples. A Lactation Consultant can make a recommendation based on individual needs.

If only one nipple is inverted, baby may be able to latch-on easily on the other side. Mother can pump the other side and save the milk for later use.

Changes in breasts during pregnancy may make nipples protrude more than usual. But, inverted nipples can pull in even more when your breasts become engorged and, in extremely rare cases, deeply inverted nipples can sometimes obstruct milk flow. During pregnancy, some women use breast shells (also called shields or milk cups) to correct inverted nipples. They are made of two pieces of hard plastic – an inner ring with a protective dome over it-that you wear inside your maternity bra during your last month of pregnancy. The ring exerts a constant, gentle pressure that gradually draws out an inverted nipple. Some experts recommend massaging nipples to help protrude. Warning: Excessive nipple stimulation during pregnancy can make your uterus contract and is potentially dangerous for hig-risk pregnancy. Consult with a doctor before begin treatment for inverted nipples.

After delivery if the condition has not improved, mother may need to seek breastfeeding guidance from a doctor or lactation expert. Remember, mother’s top priority is giving sufficient milk to baby. Mother may have to express breastmilk for a week until nipples protrude enough to nurse.

6) Leaking breast

Leaking breasts are a reminder that lactation is going well. It is also the body’s way of preventing engorgement and relieving that feeling of fullness nursing moms get in their breasts. Every breastfeeding woman is different – while some mothers never leak, others can barely keep their nursing tops dry.

Leaking is unpredictable, unfortunately. Some mothers leak only during the early weeks of breastfeeding while others may leak for many months. The hormone oxytocin, which causes the milk ejection reflex (MER) or let-down, is responsible – which is why you notice that one breast leaking while nursing baby.

Leaking generally stops once baby has mastered breastfeeding (giving baby frequent, unrestricted access to the breast helps).Some say leaking is a problem only until the sphincter muscle in the nipple gets in shape, and should stop soon after. How quickly or slowly this happens varies from woman to woman. Don’t worry, when the leaking eventually stops, you’ll still be making plenty of milk to meet the needs of baby.

To cope:
When mother begin to feel tingly sensation of milk let-down, apply firm pressure to your breasts by crossing your arms over your chest and hugging yourself. Mothers can also use the base of palm of hands to press over the nipple.

Use cloth nursing pads instead of disposables, which have been linked to breastfeeding problems. Their plastic lining, while keeping clothes dry, keeps the areola damp, exacerbating nipple soreness and fungal infections such as Candida (also known as thrush). Mothers can make their own nursing pads from cut-up cloth diapers. If mother is breastfeeding at home, keep a cloth diaper nearby to soak up milk from the leaking breast and save the pads for outing.

Waer clothing that camouflages wetness. Prints work well. Or carry a jacket or sweater that mother can put on quickly if breasts are leaking.Breastfeed more often or manually express milk. When mother begin to feel that fullness, let baby relieve the pressure before mother leaks. If mother is away from baby, slip into a private place and manually express some milk. If mothers don’t relieve the pressure, they could develop a plugged breast duct or mastitis, a breast infection which is painful and will keep mother in bed for at least 24 hours.

Hanz’s Note: This note was made as a quideline for lactating mothers and practically applies to most lactating mothers. Do take note that problem solution sometimes vary from one mother to another. Prevention is better than cure and that what should be taken into account. If problem still persist, kindly seek medical attention with your respective medical practitioner who is pro-breastfeeding and well-versed in lactation.

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

Common Problems on Breastfeeding & Ways to handle it (Part1)

Dah lama tak ber-chit chat pasal breastfeeding. Tak lama lagi dah nak masuk bulan Ogos, dan dari 1 Ogos sampai 7 Ogos ialah sambutan Hari Penyusuan Susu Ibu Sedunia.

Kesempatan ini me nak berkongsi serba-sedikit ilmu tentang breastfeed pada kengkawan yang seangkatan tak kiralah menyusukan anak atau tidak. Kalau tak menyusu tapi menyokong pun boleh kongsi-kongsi ilmu dengan orang lain, kan?

Oh, janganlah takut baca tajuk chat kali ni..nanti ingat breastfeed susah sangat pulak..apa-apapun setiap satu masalah mesti ada jalan penyelasaian, samalah ngan breastfeed, boleh diselesaikan..nak seribu daya..daripada tak tahu, kita belajar dan kita tahu, tapi kenalah teruskan menimba ilmu, ilmu dalam apa jua pun memang tak pernah habis, kan?

Nota ini me kumpul dulu2 hasil pembacaan, hasil menghadiri kursus dan pengalaman ibu-ibu yang menyusukan dan nota-nota ini pernah diedarkan masa perjumpaan ibu-ibu atau masa kempen kat pameran…dah lama jugak dah terperuk sebab me dah tak giat dengan aktiviti ini lagi…kalau ada salah silap dalam nota ni, harap kemukakan, atau ada saranan yang nak disampaikan, sudi-sudikanlah yer…sama-samalah kita berkongsi dan timba ilmu, me pun sentiasa terbuka menerima ilmu-ilmu tentang penyusuan ni.Nota ni agak panjang jadi me terpaksa buat dua bahagian..

Common Problems on Breastfeeding
& Ways to handle it.

1. Incorrect latching and position

How to tell if correct positioning & latcing-on have been achieved:

i) Mother’s position must comfortable for both mother & baby. Mother can be either lying down or seated. If baby struggles or cries, it is usually a sign that baby is uncomfortable. Soothe baby first before continuing. Do try other position.

ii) Baby must be fully turn to face mother – baby’s stomach must touch mother’s stomach.

iii) If necessary, support baby’s head with a pillow so that baby reaches mother’s breast.

iv) Tease the baby’s lips with the nipple until baby’s mouth opens wide, as if yawning.

v) Once mouth widely opens, gently push baby’s head towards the breast (Important: move the baby to the breast not the breast to the baby). Aim baby’s gaping mouth at the nipple, making sure that baby’s mouth close around a good part of the areola (coloured area surrounding the nipple). It is unnecessary for baby to take in the entire areola. However, mother should never let baby suckle on the nipple alone as this will lead to cracked nipples & irritation.

vi) Let the baby suckle until the baby has had enough & unlatches. If mother needs to stop midway, gently break the suction by inserting a clean fingertip into baby’s mouth. Then, slowly pull the nipple out.

If baby is correctly latch on to mother’s breast, the mouth will be wide open, lips flared out (like fish lips). Baby will also have as much of mother’s areola in the mouth as possible.

2. Low milk production

Almost all mothers go through a period of questioning whether their milk supply is adequate, especially when they begin breastfeeding. But according to many experts, true milk insufficiencies are rare.It can happen if you stop feeling a strong letdown reflex or lose the feeling of fullness in your breasts or if milk stops leaking from your nipples – but these are actually natural, a common sign that your body has adjusted to your baby’s feeding requirements.

A mother’s milk supply may decrease temporarily because of infrequent feedings brought on by sore nipples, stress, emotional lethargy or a poor latch-on technique. Estrogens containing birth control pills or an illness can also affect milk production. For a few women, biological or physical conditions such as hormonal disorders or breast surgery can cause their milk supply to be low. If you start giving supplementary feeding or bottle-feeding can also lead to minimal milk production.

First, rule out false alarms about your milk supply. Here is how to tell if your baby is getting enough.

i) Newborn will typically lose between 5 and 10 percent of their birth weight in the first few days before gaining it back. Weight gain is the way to make sure your baby is getting enough milk.

ii) Baby nurses frequently – every two to three hours for a total of at least eight to twelve feedings a day.

iii) You hear him swallow and you sometimes notice milk in the corners of his mouth.

iv) He appears healthy and active

v) He wets approximately five to eight diapers a day. Essentially it is easy to monitor this by cloth diapering, most suitable for newborn is prefold or the traditional square mueslin cloth (kain lampin)

If you feel you are not producing as much milk as you (and your baby) would like, try the following technique:

i) Make sure that you are not stressed and think breastfeeding is a tedious task. Remind yourself the purpose of this journey is purely out of love.

ii) Feed your baby often. Frequent nursing session will stimulate your body to produce milk.

iii) Get the best latch-on possible. Check for proper positioning at the breast.

iv) Improve your diet by eating more body building foods (eg. fish, chicken, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans) and protective foods (eg. fruits and vegetables)

A sleepy baby may need to be awakened and encouraged to nurse more vigorously (thus stimulating your glands to produce more milk). To arouse baby, try switching sides frequently and alternating positions. Mothers who determine that their milk output is actually low may want to have their thyroid levels checked. Low thyroid levels are known to impede milk supply. Please consult your Lactation Consultant.

3) Drop in milk production

These could be the reasons on low milk production:

i) Mother’s body has adjusted to a schedule. Stress and tiredness will impact milk supply. This is likely to happen to mother’s who are returning to work after confinement.

ii) Baby is given supplement other than breast milk. If baby is given formula or water along with breast milk, it will affect mother’s milk production.

iii) If baby starts taking solid from 4 to 6 months of age, his demand for milk will reduce and mother’s body will adjust too.

iv) Mother may want to check on her food intake. Some food groups can be the cause of low milk production.

v) Reduction in pumping or expressing milk may affect the milk supply.

If any of the above is confirmed, mother may want to resolve the situation using the techniques below:

i) To maintain milk supply, mothers must either breastfeed or express milk every three hours. Therefore, continue to breastfeed baby whenever mother is home (after work, at night and when the mother is not working). Mother also must express milk at the workplace.

ii) Mother may try tandem nursing-simultaneously express milk from one side when the baby is feeding on the other side.

iii) Some foods like barley and herbs like fenugreek (halba) have been proven effective in increasing milk supply. Do consult your Lactation Consultant to check whether it is advisable.

To be continued: Part 2 : Breast engorgement, inverted nipple and leaking breast

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 5 Comments

Babywearing = Keeping your baby happy + Getting on with your life

:: An excerpt courtesy of TheBabyWearer.com ::

Babywearing’s great for you:

  • Cook dinner during the “arsenic hour” and soothe your baby at the same time
    Do the gardening, chores, socialise, even dance, while providing a stimulating learning environment for your baby
  • Breastfeed hands-free while on the phone or shopping
  • Keep your baby close and happy while playing with your toddler
  • Get some exercise (walking) while your baby sleeps
  • No need to lug around an awkward, heavy carseat, or battle getting a stroller into your car, onto a bus or up stairs.

It’s also great for your baby:

  • Babies cry less. Research has shown that babies who are carried cry (on average) 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours (1). In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures (2-6).
  • Good for baby’s mental development. Babies spend more time in a “quiet, alert state” when carried – the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people’s knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.
  • Good for baby’s emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver/s (7) and often become independent at an earlier age (8).
  • Good for baby’s physical development. By being so close to your body’s rhythms, your newborn “gets in rhythm” much more quickly. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps newborns (especially premature babies) to adapt to life outside the womb (9).
  • Good for babies whose mums are depressed. Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you’re there. Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with her (and provide stimulation too) without the “burden” of having to interact (10). Of course your baby is “right there” to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling, kissing or talking.

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Natural Parenting, Worth-read Articles | 5 Comments

Sign Language & Homeschooling


Another chat about Baby Sign & in relation to Homeschool. Specially dedicated to Homeschoolers Mommas. You know who you are. ;P

Commonly asked questions regarding sign language
in the home-school environment:

Q1 : At what age should I teach sign language to my child?

A :
It is never too early or too late. Commonly, it can be start by 6 months or 8 months & some begin later about 15 months. Early benefits to signing with a child include stimulation of speech and language development, as well as earlier communication and decreased behavioural problems. Sign language is a wonderful educational tool for young children because it exercises and develops structures in the brain that are used for language & reasoning. Adults also report numerous benefits from learning sign language.

Q2 : What are the benefits for using sign language as a teaching tool?

A :
Sign language is a wonderful resource in the classroom – from preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. Sign language reinforces auditory skills by adding visual and kinesthetic input. Signing also stimulates secondary avenue for conceptual understanding to occur. Sign language also improves spatial skills that are important for solid reasoning. There are so many cognitive benefits to learning sign language.

Q3 : Are there other reasons to incorporate sign language into my homeschooling curriculum?

A :
Learning sign language can be a wonderful socialization opportunity for home-schooled children. Simply becoming involved in a local sign language community can boost the social confidence of your child and provide a bonding experience for the whole family!


June 3, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

I’m wearing my baby

Never had the urge & thrill with Son No.1 though I did purchased a piece of Ring Sling (MomsInMind) from The Baby Loft waaaayyy back in 2004. Hanafi never like being wear or something wrong with the technique. I admitted I did struggled with the RS even till date.

Now, with Son No. 2, wiser me, I suppose, getting the ‘hang of it’ & love it. Besides, blamed it to the fact that I hang too much in the Babywearing Forum & making friends with them, could not resist the temptation.


That is Soft Structured Carrier by Littlepods. Groovy, huh? Getting this is like hitting a jackpot because dear hubby also are into it. With the former RS, duh, he never bothered!

Pssstt…I’m thinking of adding pouch, Scootababy & many RS nowadays looks so yummy…but ah, well I think I still need to learn with RS. How about Mei Tai, hemmm…he, he, err…back to priorities…I think I still need more CDs…so carriers should be later, but Scootababy…err…
ah, what the heck..

P/S – Please pardon my absent-minded & ramblings nonsense. Blame it to the fact that I’m getting cozy with my new Chatterbox. By the way, what do you think?


April 28, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Babywearing, Hanz is up to..., Natural Parenting | 14 Comments

My Kind of Nursing Wear

Contest title :- Dream Nursing Wear (actually up to participant)
Contest Hostesses :- MommyLyna of
My SuperKids & Chantek Chantek
Brief infos on Conte
st :-
(edited copy-paste from the former blog)

How to participate?

  1. Tempekkan banner ini di mana-mana bahagian dalam blog anda (Jika anda ada blog). Dalam entry tu ke, sidebar ke, footer, header, mana-mana je lah.

  2. Buat satu entry khas untuk menceritakan tentang your dream nursing wear. Tajuk ikut suka. Tak perlu title “ MSK Contest” or such.

How to win?

  1. Berdasarkan vote yang akan dilancarkan di MySuperKids as soon as tarikh tutup diumumkan.
  2. Anda juga boleh mengutip vote di blog anda dan pengadil akan mengambil kira bilangan vote di blog anda+vote di MySuperKids. Contoh free web voting poll yang anda boleh gunakan ialah seperti :
    http://polldaddy.com,http://www.addpoll.com,
    http://www.poppydog.com/prod/poll.jsp, http://sitegadget.com dan macam2 lagi.
  3. Untuk adil pada semua orang, undian dalam blog anda perlu bermula pada tarikh yang ditetapkan oleh MySuperKids (10Mei 2009).
  4. Undian dibuka kepada sesiapa saja termasuk suami, kakak, abang, mak, anak mahupun diri anda sendiri. Ketua kampung pun boleh undi.
  5. Anda boleh gunakan banner di bawah untuk meraih undian di MySuperKids (sila tempek bermula 1 Jun 2009 sahaja).

3 entry yang menerima vote terbanyak bakal menerima set aksesori eksklusif tajaan Chantek-Chantek!

Tarikh tutup penyertaan & mula voting di MSK : 1 Jun 2009
Tarikh anda boleh mulakan voting di blog : 10 Mei 2009
Tarikh tutup voting : 13 Jun 2009

MY PRESENTATION – My Kind of Nursing Wear

A Bit on Sneak Peak…..

1) Previous Nursing Wear with Son No.1 – Hanafi

Worn from 2004 to 2005 for outing only, & no more wearing it outside the house as they had faded, worn-out, out-of-shape & out-of-style. But, I’m comfortable wearing them at home till now as the fabric is getting softer by time & usage. All obtained from Blessedmums.

As you can see some of the outfit is short-sleeve or sleeveless, rest assured, I worn it by teaming up with a pair of jacket or sweater or wearing arm-sock (like leggings tu)

This one is My Favourite…..

This one is the only exception..I still wear it for outing till today! It’s been 5 years, you know!

2) Current Nursing Wear with Son No.2 – Hambali

Still looking & wanting more. The current one that I have getting loose (read: Am I losing weight?). All obtained from My Lovely Closet through Fabulous Mom & the clearance sale by Blessedmums.

The current favourite...

3) Self-research on types of Nursing Opening or Slits.

I gather that Nursing Moms Should make a point to know these too as the ultimate objective is discreet nursing in public, easy access, less fumbling about and most importantly, nursing wear SHOULD NOT look like nursing wear. It should appear like any other clothing be it traditionally like baju kurung or modern like tops or dresses.

I have to find which one that suits my build & the nursing opening is up to my expectation. Online shopping for clothing made me think twice as I tend to worry whether it can fit me nicely since I can’t try it out firsthand. So far, all my nursing clothes I did purchased via conventional way as I want to try it out before buying. Those online shops I keep on visiting & those yummy-looking tops & dresses I still keep eyeing & wishing. Maybe once I have the guts, I might just order those that I want?

4) Designing My Kind of Nursing Wear

I have come up with 3 designs instead of one. Ha! Ha! Can’t help it to get carried away.

Prerequisites :

1. Muslimah Wear (menutup aurat)

2. Does not look like any nursing wear at all. My former nursing clothes looks funny in some of the design due to the nursing opening or slit. But at that time there was less choices & less availability, so I just have to stick with it.

3. Generous sizing especially the chest area but slimmer down to the waist area. Why? I don’t want to look like hippopotamus.

4. Very functional. No fumbling about, quick & easy access & appear VERY DISCREET. Hopefully even in crowded places, I can just proceed with my ‘business’ with the lil one.

5. Simply gorgeous!

Here is my design….

Design CCC#1

Description :- Suits for Formal / Office Wear. Double layer only at upper & lower. The inner white shirt is mock only. Outer layer fabric is wooly, those make for sweater type, but very thin. The outer layer can be either dark blue or deep red colour & just plain colours. Straight cut & sleeve must be long, not 3/4. Length must covered moms bottom part.

Nursing opening: Front only double layer

To breastfeed, lift up the front layer to access nursing opening in the under layer.

Design CCC#2

Description :- Flowy & feminine. Top it up with a pair of jeans, you’ll get the casual look. Team it up with long A-cut skirt, you’ll get the feminine look. Fabric can either in flowery prints or plain, soft pastel colour. Adore lavender, light brown, baby blue or pink. The end of sleeve & end of blouse is sewn with lace (renda2). A nice-looking sewn in ribbon of the same colour fabric (highlighted in image because emphasisness) is tuck at the end of top layer. Length must covered moms bottom part.

Nursing opening : There are 2 ways to nurse, either push aside the deep V-neck OR lift up top layer to nurse.

Design CCC#3

Description :- Traditional-modern looking dress similar with Kebaya. Suits for formal event or when attending ‘kenduri’, ‘Hari Raya’ & such. Can be plain colour with 2 contrast colours or harmony colours. Print materials also acceptable. Embroidery at the hem.

Nurse opening:- Nurse easily by just moving aside the front layer.

5) Some More Story

I nurse everywhere. To mention some, I’ve done it at Shopping Mall Walkaway Area, Kedai Mamak & Kenduri. I’m not ashamed of myself. In fact I’m proud of being one. Being a strong advocate I want to lead an example & motivate other nursing moms to follow-suit. It bothers me when I see mothers bottle-feed their young infant instead of breastfeeding. I can tolerate with this kind of scene with toddler but with young infant, it just breaks my heart till sometimes I feel the itch & have to restrain myself from open my mouth & say something about it. So, the only way at times, I just nurse openly & many times I encountered curious glances or admiring looks. Sometimes, there is also other moms questioned me about this & this is the moment that I crave for so there I goes rattling my ‘campaign’.

Admittedly there appear some taboos & social restriction being thrown to nursing moms. But, why care? Why worry? Grab those nursing wear & be confident!

End of Presentation.

Ed. Notes:- I like entering this kind of contest. It get the creative juice in me flowing & cracking my brain to present it at my level best. It is funny a bit also coz I feel like asking a tailor to sew my nursing wear with specific instructions.

All in all, hope I don’t sound vain in this chat. I shall remind my dear fellow chit-chatters to vote me soon. Keep em’ coming!

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Hanz in Contest, Hanz is up to..., Natural Parenting | 14 Comments

Incorperating Baby Sign to Our Household

Last night after prolong delayance, finally materialise Step No. 2 of MyBoys Baby Sign Journey (Is there any better word than Journey? kind of weird…hemm..)

I googled a lot on this subject few days back & lucky to find there is so much I can do with Baby Sign. In fact, with proper plan Baby Sign can evolve symbiotic to Homeschooling. Those notes that I’ve printed out has provided plenty ideas & that would be the next step onwards to be materialise.

I thought I want to get more materials from BabySign Malaysia then I got this idea (me, being frugalicious. Anyway, I still need other materials for other activities) which in any other way systematic to my liking. I photostated all the signs caricatures featured in my Parent Kit and then group them under the same category like Animals, Action Words, Feelings , etc. This way, Hanafi could benefitted it more & perhaps to baby Hambali soon. I chose several ‘Pooh’ fancy papers for layout since Pooh is the ‘thing’ we associated with baby Hambali & it become like this…


I have decided that within certain period of time, about 12 to 16 signs (about 6-8 signs per layout) will be exposed to my boys. I made One Background to stick 2 layouts from a cardboard which I have pasted it to our balcony door. So from time to time, each layout would be changed to another once the entire household ‘mastered’ it (exception for Baby Hambali as it is subjective in relation of milestones). Here’s how it was done….


P/S – Few days ago, we received good news from Jamie of BabySigns Malaysia. Wait for our future announcement. ;P


April 23, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

Nonsense in Breastfeeding that people likely to do to Nursing Moms

In my previous chat about my BF journey with my elder son, Hanafi, I have omitted the nonsensical part unintentionally. It was a long journey full of bittersweet memories & I know that Hanafi knows how he cherishes those days when he was fully breastfed by his Mama. Almost 3 years which is 2 years fully breastfeed, meaning no formula but as he was approaching 3 years old, we started him formula.

After absences from the BF journey about 1 year plus, I begun again this journey with his little brother, Hambali. Preparation-wise is better & alhamdulillah the endurance is still there. Though occasionally, Hambali consumed the formula, I would not presurring myself this time and would remain take it easy attitude. To me, it is Something better than Nothing. I lead a very stressful life nowadays & it does taking a toll not only in this journey but all aspect in my life.

It triggered me to chat about the Nonsense remark or advise that I’ve encountered in both BF journey after having read Fid’s latest entry a while ago.

With Hanafi, some negative comments or nonsense advises I received :-
1) Please eat sweet food more so that your breastmilk taste better & baby will happily nursing. I got this during confinement.

2) Hold your breast like scissor-way a.k.a. using 2 fingers so baby won’t suffocated by your breast. I learnt later that is a wrong technique should hold the breast like ‘cupping’ way.

3) You got lots of milk because you have BIG BOOBS. Yes, I admit I have big boobs but it got nothing to do with the milk production. Moms with cute ones have abundant in fact some till oveflow of supplies. Care to explain?

4) Don’t breastfeed too long or your breast won’t look nice anymore. Hemmm….

5) Never ever let the precious breastmilk drops on your boy’s penis or else they will become impotence later on. This one I can’t explain. Any evidence in medical research? Experience-wise or overheard from other people’s story? (Note:-Received from bloodkin)

6) Why so skinny & not tall enough? He’s breastfeed isn’t it? By this I would patiently explained that by Medical research, BF baby tends to be smaller than the FM counterpart but the beauty of it that you can’t help to notice the stronger bones & the fit, lean muscles. Anyway, that is what I’ve seen with my boy, Hanafi.

To date, with baby Hambali, some nonsense I received :-

1) He is only drinking breastmilk but why still got UTI? Something wrong with the breastmilk? (that occured before he is taking solids-less than 5months old) I’m SOO SAAD that I’ve been blamed for it & that remark comes from someone very near to you. (Notes :-UTI is Urinary Tract Infection & to cut short something to do with the bladder system. Alhamdullillah after the ordeal we’ve gone through, baby Hambali can now stop consuming Antibiotics nightly.

2) Tandem-nursing is No! No!. “Nanti budak jadi bodoh!” (the baby / kid will become stupid)
Me, ????.

Well, whatever people said, whatever people think & I even encountered some people pretended not to see the expressed breastmilk stock that I left & easily opened the formula while I’m away, I don’t give a damn! Those people can go to H***!!
Ed’s notes :- Sorry that I sound harsh can’t help it as I tend to be very passionate whenever this topic being brought up.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding, Hanz's Feelings, Natural Parenting | 11 Comments

Hambali’s Baby Sign Journey featured in Baby Sign Blog

Hambali’s Signing Progress is being mentioned in Baby Sign Malaysia’s Blog.

Feeling great!!

P/S – Thank you, Jamie!

April 15, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Hanz's Boys, Natural Parenting | Leave a comment