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Ramadhan Preps for Nursing Mom(s)

Last year since I was still a homemaker during the Ramadhan month, Alhamdulillah, I managed to keep on fasting and completed one whole month of Ramadhan and not a single day off and still nursing my baby. I did made an okay ebm stock to cover for few days once I started working right after the Hari Raya holiday.

This year, I am a little bit worry as I am now a full time working mom and wonder whether I’m fit enough and capable to keep on pumping, whether I am able to stock adequate EBM for my lil tot.

Stocked up few ‘helper’ comprising Organic Oatmilk Powder, Organic Soyamilk Powder, Longan & Red Date Tea Powder, Oatmilk drink, Water Chesnut (Sengkuang Cina) drink, Jacob low-salt wheat biscuit, Scotts Emulsion and supplement which is Obimin (usually taken by preggies & even lactating mothers)

I must bear in mind to eat lots of dates too and try to reduce the caffeine-dose. Not easy as I am coffee and chocolate lover.

Drink lots of water, probably energy drink like 100Plus too should be helpful and avoid spicy and sourish food as it tend to make us thirstier.

So, you Nursing Moms out there, anymore tips you likely to share here with me?

Update : Baca Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 60 & Surah Hujurat. Nak imsak, baca Surah Al-Kauthar. (thanks to UmmiKhayra)

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Breastfeeding, Hanz's Notes | 11 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…







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

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 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

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

Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response
Are you ready?


  • 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.


  • 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

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

Vote Me for Breastfeeding Photo Contest

Please vote for me
from 27th July-10th August,09.

(Ingin Hanz meminta jasa baik kawan Chit-chat untuk undi Hanz dalam contest ni bermula hari ini, 27hb Julai sampailah 10 Ogos, 09.Terima kasih)

HERE. Next, tick the box BPC05 for the photo of me breastfeeding Baby Hambali or/and tick the box BPC06 for the photo of me breastfeeding Big Brother Hanafi.

You just need to vote ONCE ONLY for any or both of my pics. Thank you very much!! Love you!


Hanafi’s Breastfeeding Journey

Mother’s Name : Hanizawati Jamaludin a.k.a Hanz 😛 .
(don’t any Chit-chatters dare to call me other name than Hanz, yah!Wah, me sounds so garang, he,he…)

Child’s Name : Hanafi bin Hasrat

Child’s D.O.B :
18th February, 2004

Photo Location : Blessedmum Nursing Wear Advertisement-Photo Shoot, Sunway Resort, KL (November 2004).

The uniqueness of this photo was that I was breastfeeding lil Hanafi at that time despite it was my turn for photo shoot. My task was to model 3 pieces of Nursing Wear and tenderly remembered, about the moment I was supposed to get ready to start posing around & that moment Hanafi had chosen claiming his ‘fix’. I was anxious & unable to decide & it was coaxing & gentle assurance from Angeline of Blessedmum to just let it out naturally. Akward at first because it was truly my ever first experience having the limelight focussing on me & was worried simultaneously whether I have appeared discreetly or not. There was many people inside the tiny hotel room especially another two Nursing Moms models, Makeup Artist & hubbies hovering. I was blushing but I guess Professional Photographer were very good in their job and was able to capture the moment plus managed concealing akward me.

So the photo become like this advertisement appeared in several Parenting Magazine like Pa & Ma, Mother & Baby and so forth…

Breastfeed Hanafi’s Sweet Memory : At first, I managed to exclusive breastfeed for 3 months since the day of his borned but because of my ignorances and lack of support, I started to mix-feeding though I pumped diligently at work. It turned out that my mistake was that I should use be
tter pump, corrected myself on the proper way of hand expressing, nutrition, and many, many more.

My turning point was after reading two stories that appeared in MyMomsBest Forum about how they travelled extensively & frequent separation from their child did not dampen their spirit to keep on going breastfeed exclusively. I was ashamed of myself so determination took over, loaded myself with information & seeked assistance from Lactation Consultant cum Paeditrician. After three months of mixed feeding, exactly when Hanafi turned 7 months old, I managed to UPGRADE from MIXED FEEDING to FULLY BREASTFEED for 2 and Half years. Never looked back or resort to formula milk since then.

Breastfeed Hanafi’s Bitter Memory : Hanafi was unable to properly latch on and because he was having difficulty prior on his deliverance, the NOT BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY Hospital fed him formula. Only the next morning, he was nursing to me and the following days I had bad engorged and Hanafi was having fit. I thought I’m going to fail my breastfeeding mission but I kept my head and yes, it was worthy in the end.

To read in detail about my Breastfeeding Journey with Hanafi, I have shared it previously in this Chatterbox of mine. Just click this and that.

Alright, back to the original mission. This chat is supposed to accomplish my entry on the Breastfeeding Contest hosted by Nurul Dhia.

Participant are only allowed to send one photo and one entry but after rechecking with Nurul Dhia, I’m posting one more story. Not easy being hard-core bf Moms of two boys & I need to be fair & square to both of them. Win lose, is part of the parcel but what I wanted to share actually is hope that my breastfeeding journey could be any assistance to other nursing moms or soon to be nursing moms.Better still some inspiration? Ok, now Hambali’s breastfeeding story..


Hambali’s Breastfeeding Journey

Child’s name : Hambali bin Hasrat

Child’s D.O.B. : 12th June, 2008

Photo Location : Waiting Room, Salam Medical Centre, Shah Alam, Selangor (1st week of July, 09)

I descibed this moment as nursing for comfort. The best remedy to ease the pain after IV procedure & from the disease itself is Mama’s Nen Nen. He was crying painfully & it quiten him once he was latching on.

During the hospital stay also, Hambali was under fed, refused to be feed by the Hospital’s Cafe which was the baby porridge that I’ve ordered & no explanation needed for this. He just missed his Mama’s home-cooked porridge. But his Mama was unable to fulfill this as she was accompanying him. So what’s keep him going to survive? Mama’s Precious Drop!

Breastfeed’s Hambali’s Sweet Memory : The first time Hambali tugged on my breast, he does’nt need any coaxing or lesson at all. Ngap! It was like he’s been nursing for weeks & expertly knows how. Both hubby & me was totally surprised because for a first timer, Hambali done a great job in it! We could hear the swallowing and we were overjoyed because my milk (the colostrum too) flowed abundance!

Breastfeed Hambali’s Bitter Memory : Spiteful remark received from family-related on whether my ‘Milk’ has something to ‘do’ with Hambali’s previous Urinary Tract Infection. Alhamdulillah. It was over and at 13 months, Hambali still nursing well!

You can read more about this side of story here.

Allright, that’s all I want to share on both Breastfeeding Journey of mine. What’s in it for me? Hemm…based on the contest (copy-paste from the former blog)…

Hadiah menarik menanti anda. 10 pemenang di cari. Antara hadiah menanti anda:

Pakej Cloth Diaper sumbangan Ibu Az Shoppe
Pakej Cloth Pad sumbangan My Luvly Pad
Produk Kecantikan sumbangan
Pakaian kanak-kanak sumbangan
Produk kesihatan DCL sumbangan E-Anggun Sihat
Voucher Pembelian produk HPA sumbangan Herbs n’ U
Produk Breastfeeding sumbangan Sayang Baby Ibu

Come friends! If you have anything to share on your breastfeeding journey, join this contest too! Click on this banner that you see on the upper left sidebar of this Chatterbox and you will be directed to the hostess’s blog/contest.

And what Really in it for me is able to live through and having to share my journey with you!

Let’s celebrate the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to August 8th, 2009)!

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Breastfeeding, Hanz in Contest, Hanz's Boys | 29 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

What’s holding you? What’s stopping you? Captain Planet to the rescue!

Jog down to a path of Memory Lane…..

Do you remember this cartoon? I love this Cartoon. I remember their tagline goes like this:

“Earth!- Fire!- Wind!- Water!- Heart!
By your powers combine, I am CAPTAIN PLANET!”

This cartoon should be aired again in our national tv station because it teaches a good values in protecting our environment to youngsters. Definitely, i would watch it again if it is on air again.

Okay, the reason I’m up this topic in my chat this time, apart from sharing the upcoming World Environment Day that is going to be celebrated this Friday, 5th of June, 09, also some wake-up call for you.

Be proud if you are a Nursing Mother, either fully or partially. Be proud if you used to nurse your baby. Be proud if you are 100% supporter of Breastfeeding regardless any circumstances, you still believe Breastmilk is the Best! Be proud also if you have decided that you will nurse your baby when the time has come.

Nursing moms, let it known to you that your deeds have contribute a Great ‘Deal’ to the Mother Earth as you have decrease 1 number of act that is destroying Our Mother Earth. Do you know that production of infant formula involves a lot of work and energy? Can you imagine how many cows are needed to make this much cow’s milk?

Each cow eats a lot of grass. To produce enough grass for the cows, millions of acres of land are required. In the search for land to feed the cows, forests are cut and forests are burnt. The fires destroy the soil and plants, and the animals lose their home. In making infant formula, enormous amount of energy is wasted. In packaging infant formula, paper, plastic and metals create more waste. In transporting infant formula, millions of gallons of fuel are consumed. The whole process means that dirt, smoke and other pollutants are expelled into the air.

Breastmilk goes directly from mother to baby. There is no need for fuel, packaging and transportation. Breastmilk is best for babies and breastfeeding protects our environment.

Now, do you cloth diaper your baby? Cheer yourself for you have taken another step to protect our Mother Earth. Here’s some points to ponder:

  • Every child adds about 6500 disposable diapers to our landfills.
  • Disposable diapers have little to no recycling potential and the long term effects of them on the environment remain unknown. It can take up to 500 years to decompose.
  • One baby can produce up to 2 tons of landfill waste using disposable diapers.
  • Harsh bleaches and cleaning agents used at diaper services can cause damage to the environment.
  • Serious threat of contamination from disposable diapers because of human sewage going into landfills.
  • Disposal of human waste in residential garbage is technically prohibited and instructions on disposable diaper packaging recommend that you shake out any fecal matter into the toilet before disposing of it.
  • Viruses found in feces can pose a threat to our water supplies and wildlife.
  • Each baby in disposable diapers consumes 4.5 trees (Based on only 2 years in diapers)

Not scary enough? This is a wake-up call for you to act. A small gesture would go all the way…

I feel grateful that I have taken a small step by breastfeed and cloth diaper. I’m just like you. Working and plenty of task to be taken care of. A sight like below is a regular nightly in our household and that is the cloth diaper only and yes, it is tiring after came back from work, there’s heaps of laundry to mind of.

And I got Panda Eyes for constant waking up from my slumberland to fulfill my baby’s needs. And, every single day I have to lull the small backpack that contains all the gadgets in order to ensure the next day my baby still has his Mom’s Precious Drops.

And then, when I want to pack my lunch from outside, I would try to remember to bring my own washable container so that I can avoid using the polysterine packaging. Hassle eh? I just have to remind myself, “Hey! You’re doing something good, babe!”

And, bring your own bag when you’re doing your grocery or shopping. Plastic bags are a serious threat to our environment and natural resources – not only do they spoil our parks and beaches – but they can also take up to 1000 years to break down. Plastic bags are responsible for blocking drains and harming our wildlife – both marine and land-based animals.

Yes, we received curios stares and awkward confirmation from the cashier everytime we did this.

I have done the part of Reduce & Reuse. Next step I would take is to Recycle our household wastage likewise, sorting them by the materials it being produced like Plastic, Glass & Paper. A still a long way to go for us.

Celebrating the World Environment Day would mean nothing if you just keep on the ‘Tidak Apa” (does’nt matter) attitude. Do your part, and what I’ve chatted here is just few examples. There is more you can do. Or do you want me to lay out more examples in regards to this topic?

So, what’s holding you? What’s Stopping You? Emerge yourself as The Captain Planet & The Planeteers.

The Power is in Your Hand!

June 2, 2009 Posted by | Breastfeeding, Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz is up to... | 16 Comments

Booster for Nursing Moms

I remembered sometime ago I read Sha a.k.a MamaDhea(.D.H.E.A.S.Y.A.)
posting on the new Magnolia Milk with Oat that she had tried…& when we went for our usual monthly grocery shopping at Tesco, I grabbed it while recalling her post. Taste great! Suits me well…

Then, Kakyong (Catatan Ibu) shared that she like eating IKO biscuit & resulting abundant production of Mom’s Precious. Again, at Tesco, recalling her posting on this, I grabbed 2 boxes of that, one is Pumpkin Oat & the other one is Muesli. Yet to be consumption by me. (Errr…I kept forgetting)

Additionally, cashew nut & sunflower seed (kuaci daa) for it before that it aids milk production well, actually most seeds & nuts good for nursing moms. But, please take it moderately…(apa-apa dalam dunia ni pun kena bersederhana, kan?)

Anything to boost the milk production….

P/S – Thank you to Sya & Kakyong for your sharing!

May 14, 2009 Posted by | Breastfeeding, Hanz is up to... | 10 Comments

Nursing Wear Model (2005)

Ahem! Just teasing my Chit-chatters with this latest chat…

Had my share modelling some nursing wears for Blessedmums Online Store in year 2005. The ad featured in few magazines like Pa & Ma, Mother & Baby & some……

I was holding Hanafi at that time when he was about the same age of baby Hambali now…

It’s about time, we should have our own unique Asian design of Nursing Wear especially for Muslimah…

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Beauty and Feminity, Breastfeeding, Hanz in Contest, Hanz is up to... | 20 Comments