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Out & About In Cloth Diaper : Travelling Gets Easy!

Soon, the Hari Raya is coming and most of you, including us no doubt would be in your hometown for quite some time, right? Well, if you are new in cloth diapering, there’s likely minor reason for you to skip cloth diapering. You can still maintain it at go once you know how after reading this notes. Just give it a try.

As for myself, few number of times, say 2 to 3 days-3 nights whenever we return to my parents’s house, we still managed to keep cloth diapering our lil tot. But, this time soon, it would take longer than that, so actually this note applies to us as well and thanks to Farrahim again, most of the points here taken from her & I’ve edited it a bit here & there. (Far, your note panjang sangat-lah. He,he).

Here goes as promised!

Ask yourself these questions :-

* Travelling purposes & destination.

If the purpose mainly family business & destination revolves around your family, go ahead. If for official purpose like work, check your schedule & the plan. Will you be around to take care your baby? If for vacation, go ahead if you are not always on the move like backpacking. Why? Think about the extra luggage you need to lull about.Light travelling requires? Then, cloth diapering is not that possible.

* Travelling duration

If it is longer than 4 days, 3 nights, you can always mix with disposables. If the days less than that, totally in CD is possible.Unless you want to opt for laundry service but afraid that they might use harsh detergent which is unsuitable for CD.

* Mode of transportation

If you are travelling by car, you can just pack & dump enough CDs in the car unless your car is too packed with people.

If you are travelling by plane, no problem either as long as you pack enough not excessive to avoid baggage penalty.

If you are travelling by bus, it depends whether you need to hop on & off many destination. You decide whether it is convenience for you.

* How many child are using CDs?

Well, if it is just one, why not? If more, you have to decide wisely.

* Age of child

Toddler is easier than baby & baby is easier than newborn. As they get older, it gets easier.

* Types of cloth diapers

Bring only your best performance CDs.It should last at least 4 hours before the next diaper change & there are many brands cater for long hours. Look for brands that do recommend can be used overnight, about 12 hours, so this you can used while travelling too.

I like AI2 type as you need to bring extra soakers & the shell can be reuse. Besides the shell dries faster if you wash them while on the go.

* How many diapers needed?

Bring enough. How many diaper change within 24 hours?Possible bring super thirst diapers that made for nighttime diapering or claimed suits heavy wetter.

Types like AI2, the shell reusable & diaper cover too, but please ‘air’ them in between usage.

* To wash or not to wash?

Like myself, at home, I wash my tot’s CDs every 2 days. So for up to 3 days, you still can miss washing them. Just chuck them in a good wetbag. If you are worry about the smell, you can sprinkle some Dettol or Tea Tree Oil in the used wetbag.

If you want to wash then, bring your own detergent. In fact, you can just rinse them without detergent as we know washing CDs require less amount of detergent. If you using the laundry service, do the same by instructing them, how
to wash CD the correct way. Perhaps you can provide your own detergent as we want to avoid detergent with enzymes, bleachers & so forth.

* Poop handling

Dunk the poop into the toilet bowl before you toss that soiled diaper into the wetbag.

If your baby still has runny poop, use flushable nappy liners so you can just flush the soiled liners into the toilet bowl.

If you like, you can rinse off the soiled diaper before tossing it into the wetbag. Usually I would only rinse off my soiled diapers if the poop is soft and mushy.

If you plan to mix with disposables, then bring enough of them too.

All in all it’s all in your mind. As long you think cloth diapering is not ‘leceh’ (hassle), you will be having fun. Like me, ‘sudah biasa’ (used to it) & it is easy-peasy for me. But, don’t be too hard on yourself if the situation is not so convenient & you must use disposables instead.

Happy Cloth Diapering!

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes | 11 Comments

How to overcome Blog Writer’s Block

Hanz’s Note : Dah tak tahu nak tulis apa dalam blog lately ni? Samalah macam saya..kalau takat nak share tip2 pasal parenting & early childhood education, saya sendiri dah agak boring. Mood ke arah tu pun dah takder. Nak buat entry contest pun, macam rasa tak best jer. Entahlah. Sebab puasa kut..he,he..jadi saya google2, camner nak overcome ni, dah jumpa dah…ni saya share kat sini, kay..Terima kasih kat Encik Jim DeSantis ni…harap membantu anda!

For me, writers’ block was a blank page on the screen of my mind. Nothing would come. No thought patterns appeared. The little voice in my head was silent. The tighter the deadline, the more frustrated I became. Oh, I wrote anyway but it was amateurish at best.

My mentor nailed the problem. It was fear!

Writers’ block can be from deep-seated fear that you have absolutely nothing of value to say. And, it doesn’t matter if you’ve done all your research and all you have to do is arrange sentences together into coherent paragraphs. Writers’ block, based on fear of looking stupid, can strike anyone at any time.

Based in fear, it raises our doubts about our own self-worth and it’s usually hidden from our consciousness. You don’t realize the fear is there but you feel like an idiot who only went up to the 4th grade in school. If you dared publish your writing, people would surely see you for the illiterate idiot you really are!

Here is a list to use to unmask the writer’s block demon in you!

1. Perfectionism.

The demon says you must produce a masterpiece of literature straight off in the first draft.

2. Editing instead of composing.

Midway through your first or second sentences the demon says – “No, that’s stupid. Start over!” “Uh…that’s no good either…uh…”

3. Self-consciousness.

The demon puts more and more pressure on you to get writing but tells you that you really are not a capable writer.

4. Can’t get started?

The demon convinces you that the first sentence is the hardest and reminds you of how critically important the first sentence is. It must be brilliant! It must be unique! It must hook your reader from the start! Scary, huh?

5. Shattered concentration.

The demon will draw your attention away from your keyboard by planting random thoughts – “Did I pay the electric bill?”, “I wish Jane was here right now,” “What time is it?” and on it goes.

6. Procrastination.

The demon tells you it’s O.K. to walk away for a while, to avoid the hassle right now, writing can be put off while you clear your head. Procrastination is writers’ block out in the open for you to see. When procrastination takes over, you have lost the battle.

Now that I have your stomach churning, here is what my mentor taught me.

1. Be prepared.

Once your research is done, spend a few minutes picturing in your mind’s eye the story you are about to put on paper. Play it like a movie with sound and action. Imagine you are a movie critic and you are about to write a column about the movie.

I would have news stories mostly written in my mind before I reached the TV station using this very technique. I knew how I would begin, what the middle would be about, and how it would end. This, by the way, included cover video and sound-on interviews.

2. Forget perfectionism.

Start writing regardless of what you think about your skill as a writer. Just write, one sentence after another after another. Let it flow. Some of it will be garbage, sure, but so what? The final product is what counts.

Look at it this way. Most of your readers/viewers are no smarter than you. Most have an average education. Most wouldn’t know a perfect story from an imperfect one. Most cannot recognize improper grammar. This alone should free you to write but let’s continue.

3. Compose instead of editing.

Composing is a magical process. It surpasses the conscious mind and kicks on your creative flow because it doesn’t judge quality. It only cares about quantity at this point. It totally ignores the writer’s block demon! It doesn’t care what anyone thinks. It just wants to write!

4. Forget the first sentence.

In fact, expect to throw away the first couple of sentences. That way the demon gets what it wants and you get what you want – to write! You can sweat over that all-important headline and opening paragraph when you’ve finished your piece.

5. Concentration.

Distraction is another sign that the writer’s block demon is rearing its ugly head. Concentration is the 357 magnum that blows it away. Pretend you’re Dirty Harry and use concentration to blow that sucker away.

6. Stop procrastinating.

If you suffer with procrastination in many areas of your life, you need to begin your writing process by writing an outline, a road map to get you from the beginning to the middle to the end of the piece. Keep your research notes handy as a crutch. You can try writing with pad and pencil at first just to get just to break the mental block between your keyboard and the blank page of your mind. Writing in this way may help you get organized. Of course you can always just attack your keyboard to get the flow started. Type anything and everything that come into your head!

Finally, one of the keys I employed when I first began my battle to overcome writers’ block was to keep a picture in my mind of my mentor teaching these shortcuts. For you, may I suggest you print this article and keep it next to your keyboard where you can refer to it often. Allow it to be your mentor. I guarantee, someday you will not need it because writers’ block will be a rare occurrence.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Hanz's Feelings, Hanz's Notes | 2 Comments

Out & About In Cloth Diaper : Daycare Funtastic!

Disclaimer : This note was inspired by Farrahim (A CD-Sifu) & thanks to her, I copy-pasted it here & edited it a bit adding my own personal experience.

Cloth Diapering your child at Daycare / Nursery

Daycare or babysitter might hesitated to accept your decision to cloth diaper your child with most possible excuse:- messy, leaky diaper & difficult storing soiled diaper.

But, if you are confident yourself and make it ‘friendlier’, there’s no reason for hesitation. Make sure you are experienced with cloth diapering and comfortable using them before convincing other people to cloth diaper your child.

How to do that?

1. Send enough CDs to last the whole day

My lil tot, baby Hambali will take his bath around 7:30 am before off to nursery, fully in CD. I will put 5 CDs in his bag & informed them he must be change around 11am, 3pm & 6pm. The time I stated is roughly indicated depending whether it is soiled of poop. 2 for extra because average time we fetched him around 6 to 7 pm daily. (Note : Diaper change done every 3 hours)

2. Use the velcro (hook & loop type) type

I noted whenever Baby Hambali on CD that using snaps, sometimes another button missed being snaps causing droopy look. Happen especially when baby Hambali’s Opah (Grandma) is babysitting him. Sometimes at his nursery, it is either too loose or too tight.

We can understand the situation in the nursery, time consuming & many child to be cared of, so try lessen their work by making it easier. Besides, if it is not properly set, it might end up with leak.

So, those with velcro types easier as it is similar with disposables.

3. Pre-stuff your diaper if you are using pocket type

So, all they need to do is just put it on. Off late, I’m fond of AI2 & AIO as it does’nt need stuffing. Try to avoid using fitted with cover as it is not so convenient once your baby is mobile & if it is happen your baby is wiggly type like my Baby Hambali. 😛

4. Set the correct setting if you are using One-Size type.

Again, for fast and easier putting it on.

5. If you using sized diaper, always check that your baby fits them nicely, not too tight or too loose.

Too loose might cause leaking & people won’t like it. Too tight might leaves mark on your baby’s skin.

6. Inform the daycare to change your child’s diaper every 3 to 4 hours.

I encountered once in a while baby Hambali was bit too long in one diaper when plenty clean diapers remain in his bag instead in the wetbag. Be patience. Insist on changing every 3 hours, longest 4 hours stating the health side-effect.

7) Provide wetbag to store soiled diaper.

They don’t need to wash them. Just dump it inside the wetbag! Easy, ma!

9) Handling soiled CDs with poop

At Baby Hambali’s Nursery, they don’t bother to do anything about it, not even flush down the poop down the toilet. I don’t mind actually because my ultimate goal as long my baby is in CD, it is good enough. Once home, I just sprayed the poop & it rolled off down the toilet, rinse it few times inside out without the detergent before dump it together with the rest of the CDs in the washing machine plus the detergent.

10) Be serious with your decision on cloth diapering. Project an impression that CD-ing is easy. Like us, in fact they are enjoying ‘looking’ at baby Hambali in funky prints CD & amazed that it stays dry & never experienced leaking at all. And, it struck curios inquiries from other moms too!

Oh, did I tell you that I don’t need to spend on pants & shorts anymore for Baby Hambali. CD become shorts too!! LOL 😛

Next chat : Cloth Diapering while travelling

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 5 Comments

A to Z Must-Read Cloth Diapering Notes : Specially for Cloth Diaper Newbies

Disclaimer :
This compilation notes obtained originally from several local cloth diaper online stores. What I did was cut&paste 😛 & voila, it becomes A to Z, quick & almost complete guidelines in cloth diapering specially made for you who wants to know more about CD-ing & find it difficult to digest so many things in CD-ing or just curios & feels want to try cloth diaper.

Many, many thanks to those cloth diaper stores that I frequent to as those available notes in your site(s) managed to assist me & I am proud to claim I am one ADDICTED CLOTH DIAPER MOMMAS!! 99.9% Cloth diapering & never look back. I love it!

I hope this note able to assist you in this journey. Happy Cloth Diapering!

A- All In One (AIO) contain all necessary components of a diaper including a soaker pad and waterproof cover. AIO most similar to disposables, convenient for fast & easy changes. It is most expensive & may need extra drying time.

B -Boosters boost the diaper by providing extra absorbent fabric when it is needed, for example at night. Some babies require boosting at night because they are heavy wetter & the diaper alone is not enough to hold the wee throughout the 12 hours. Most babies only require one booster in addition to the diaper, though some babies require 2 if they are very heavy wetter.

C- Covers are used over a prefold, contour or fitted diaper to protect baby’s clothes from wetness. The covers are shaped & fasten with snaps or Velcro or may simply pull on. It can be made of nylon, PUL or heavier fabrics such as wool or fleece. The heavier fabric are ideal for overnight as they allow more air circulation.

D-Detergent to use when washing cloth diaper must be free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteness & brightness. Using detergents containing these ingredients will cause damage to your diaper including elastic failure & leaking.

E-Extremely important to wash your new diapers & inserts at least 3 times before using for the first time. This to ensure the absorbency as because during the manufacturing process, there can be residue left on the fabric that can cause leakage.

F-Fitted diapers do not require folding as they have a contoured shape. They also have gathered or elasticized legs & waists to prevent leaks or blow-outs. It is fasten with Velcro or snaps & generally used with diaper cover, although a cover may not be required if you are able to change the diaper promptly when wet or soiled.

G-Great way to embark cloth diapering journey is to know your baby and your situation. Do not stick to one brand or one type only. Try one piece of few brands initially of the type suits you most and move on after observation made finding which system & which brand works well. Those diapers that you like least can always be resell as cloth diapers do possess resale value.That’s one of the beauty in cloth diapering!

H-Hemp is a coarse fiber made from the inner bark of the hemp plant. It is becoming increasingly popular for use in diapers because of its durability, absorbancy & natural anti-microbial property. Hemp absorbency will increase with the use of its age.

I-Inserts is used with pocket diaper by stuffing it inside a special pocket within the two layers for absorbency. It can be made of many materials including microfiber, terrycloth, hemp or prefold diapers.

J-Just wash your diapers in normal water with washing machine with ¼ of detergent recommended & dry it out on clothesline where best with sun contact. The sun is the best bleacher to remove stain & odour.

K-Keep babies skin healthy & prevent diaper rash by changing diaper every 2 to 3 hours regardless of how dry it may feel.

L-Liners are thin layers of material that are placed on the diaper, against baby’s bottom. Liners are an optional extra when cloth diapering your baby but it comes in handy especially when your baby need to use nappy cream or medication cream. It is to prevent the cream getting onto the cloth diapers which will leave a greasy residue on the fleece & may causing leaky diapers.

M-Microfiber insert are one type of insert absorbent pieces designed to be inserted into a pocket diaper. Must take note that this material must not touch baby’s skin.It can cause nasty rashes.

N-Newborn diapering can be a bit tricky due to the sizing & frequent poos & pees. Mostly recommended to use prefold with or without diaper cover before switching to other types.Usually switching would take place after baby is one month to two months old.

O-One size(OS) diaper usually available mostly in pocket,fitted & cover, also few in AIO & AI2. This system works by using a set of snaps to fold over excess material & it is made to fit a child from birth through 3 years of age. The snaps allow material to be fold over when a child is young & let out as baby grows.However do take note that different brand of OS varies in sizing & if your baby has chunky tight, getting sized diaper instead with side snapping is possible alternative.

P-Pocket diapers consist of 2 separate parts which must be assembled before use. An outside, waterproof layer protects an inner layer of microfleece or microsuede. It must be used together with insert creating an AIO style diaper.

Q-Questions that you should ask yourself before venturing cloth diapering as listed below:

  • Why you want to use cloth diaper & why you want to convert to cloth diapering?
  • What are you looking for? Used daytime? Nighttime? Replace disposables totally?
  • Who to put it on? Mother? Caregiver?
  • Specific requirement: Long hours? To use multiple children? On tight budget?

R-Repelling issue occur when your baby’s diaper leak from around the legs while the inside stays relatively dry. To confirm this, perform the water droplets test on the fleece by shaking a few drops of water on your diapers. Does the water bead up on the surface or get instantly absorbed? If the water droplets bead up then your diapers need a few more washings in hot or warm water using detergent. Repelling can also occur due to the type of detergent. Check whether it contains fabric fibers & greatly decrease absorbency.

S-Strip washing is needed once in a while to remove the residue left on the fleece by detergents. To do this, fill a sink with hot water & add in some dish washing liquid. Hand wash your diapers, rubbing the fleece vigorously together or use hard bristle toothbrush to scrub the fleece. Turn inside out & repeat on this side. Rinse several time, making sure that the water runs clear.

T-Training your baby for potty gets easier & faster as your baby can feel the ‘wetness’ due to the moisture despite the dry feeling of the fabric. Proven by many cloth diaper mothers.

U-Urine smell strong in cloth diaper meaning the diaper is not getting clean enough. Smell them when they are wet out of the washer & if it is smelly, make sure you have enough water in your washing machine & enough ‘swish’ room for your diapers. Do not overload your machine with diapers. But if the urine smell is strong as soon as your baby pees in it, this is detergent build-up problem. Solution : Strip washing them.

V-Velcro or also called hook & loop is a type of closure that as easy as disposable. It is quicker to fasten during diaper change but can wear out if it is not properly cared. Some prefer snaps closure as it better for kids who like to take their diapers off.

W-Wet bag is necessary to store soiled diaper when you are out & about. Convenient for daycare and babysitter too to ensure smooth cloth diaper manning.Make your cloth diapering daycare-friendly!

X-X-press your cloth diapering addiction by getting funky print diapers so others can oogling at it.The plus point is you get to promote this to others indirectly.

Y-You must bear in mind that cloth diapers are cheaper for parents as it is reusable, healthier for babies as no nasty chemicals like dioxin in them, better for the environment & just as convenient as disposables.

Z-Zest your parenting style with cloth diapering & you are one step closer leading a GREENER LIFE!!

Copyright 2009

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 9 Comments

Toddler Monthly Notes: Your 15-Month-Old

Social life with a toddler

If you are currently looking for playgroup, you are in the right track. If you haven’t done so yet, consider this month the ideal time to introduce a playgroup to your toddler. He is not ready yet for interactive play with another child, yet, chances are other little kids fascinate him and he can learn practice social skills in a playgroup.

Let’s face it. It can do wonders for you, too. At last, a regular scheduled time to hang-out with other moms and engage in adult conversation, where the moms compare about bedtime battles and finicky eating and the endless cycle of messes. Even better, it is an opportunity to share common fears and anxieties about whether we’ll ever get on our career tracks.

Getting to know them

If the idea of a playgroup interests you, here is what you might consider:

* Get to know other moms. Be on the lookout around your neighbourhood.The truth is the other will probably just eager to meet you and other moms of same age kid.

* Don’t worry too much about space to host a playgroup. Most of all you need a warm and loving atmosphere plus safety where the kids can explore.

* Keep the numbers down. With more than five or six kids, the children tend to feel overwhelmed and over-stimulated. Small group gives the children a better chance to bond with another and easier to the moms to control.

* Separate slowly.Tried few simple strategies to let your toddler able to mix around with other without force.Perhaps let him get familiar with the surrounding, you be friends with other toddler and so forth. The rule of thumb is to let your toddler relax and you be supportive.

* Know when to bow out. While an occasional bad day, if your child seems irritable and unsettled, then perhaps he can have time-off. Skip that playgroup day. If this happen too frequent, perhaps your toddler is not ready for playgroup and tried again in another few months time.

Group games

Playgroup does’nt have to mean moms over here, kids over there. Try these activities for everybody at your playgroup.
=> Turn on some music and have a mother-child dance-a-thon.
=> Have a mommy petting zoo. Each of the moms can pretend to be different animal so the kids can hear funny animal sounds.
=> Hold a puppet show.

Going out

On nice days, hit the playground or the zoo. Visit children’s section of a bookstore.Even if he is not interacting directly with others, he’ll be experiencing the sights and sounds of the outside world so that it too comes expereincing the sights and sounds of the outside world and becomes familiar and safe.

Most of all relish this month as you and your toddler spark new friendships that may last for years to come.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Hanz's Notes, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 1 Comment

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

37 Ways To Make Blogging Easier

  1. Plan out content with pen and paper.
  2. Dedicate time each week to think of ideas.
  3. Make it easy to record ideas.
  4. Build a life of unique experiences.
  5. Use WriteRoom for typing.
  6. Set limits on the time allowed for writing.
  7. Always have a large backlog of content.
  8. Follow a lower frequency of posts.
  9. Capture interesting tid bits you find with Evernote.
  10. Be passionate.
  11. Write about a broader niche.
  12. Take extended breaks.
  13. Don’t write till you drop – stop writing when you’re on a roll.
  14. Follow clear structures in your content (headings, sub-headings, bullet points etc).
  15. Pick a predominant medium.
  16. Ask visitors what they want.
  17. Make every piece of content count.
  18. Never stop reading and learning.
  19. Set higher standards for yourself as motivation.
  20. Forget word count – say more with less.
  21. Identify the time when brainstorming for you is most effective and stick with that.
  22. The moment it’s not fun: STOP! (and come back to it later)
  23. Experiment with different mediums.
  24. Clear your head with exercise, good food and a glass of water.
  25. Write down EVERY idea, no matter how silly it may seem.
  26. Clear off other items from your to-do list.
  27. Ask visitors to help with research – have them send in quotes etc.
  28. Believe in what you’re saying.
  29. Be both topical and non-topical.
  30. Don’t overthink it – your content is not set in stone.
  31. Think in lists.
  32. Always be creating content (if only in your mind).
  33. Trust that what you have to say is important.
  34. Plug your niche(s) into the Adwords keyword tool.
  35. Monitor what related blogs are saying.
  36. Add variety to your workflow.
  37. Be ruthless. If you’re not feeling an article, delete it.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Hanz's Notes | 8 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