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Why use Cloth Pad?

Obtained from Mama Patch, SaffaPad Mum7Kids & Snexi Snuggbaby

Brief notes to ponder :-

1. Cloth Pad (CP) are environmentally friendly & do not contribute to landfill as they are reusable & do not come in or contain plastic packaging. When CP wears out (after years of use), those made from natural materials can be composted whereas disposable sanitary napkins made from synthetic materials cannot be recycled or composted.They can be made from old pillow cases & towels.Some CP use hemp as the absorbent core which is more environmentally friendly to grow when compared with cotton or wood pulp.

2. Less expensive in the long term.

3. Highly customizable.

4. Still convenient as they can simply be cleaned in washing machine & before wash, soiled CP can be stored in its own wetbag.

5. Less likely to cause rashes, contact dermatitis as well as helping women affected with certain types of vaginitis.

6. Many women noted that after being a CP user, they have shorter periods, lighter flow & low/less cramping.

7. Reduce the scent of menstrual blood on the CP. As they are more breathable than the average disposable sanitary pads, they carry less odor.

Source : Wikipedia

To read more, please go to this link :-
http://testimonicni.blogspot.com/2008/05/tuala-wanita.html

Next chat(s) : How to care Cloth Pad, Reviews on Cloth Pad, What Makes me convert to Cloth Pad.

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October 16, 2009 Posted by | Beauty and Feminity, Green Living, Hanz's Collectibles, Hanz's Notes, Worth-read Articles | 8 Comments

10 Reasons To Sleep Next To Your Child At Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1) Baby-Unfriendly Maternity Hospital Practices

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

2) Formula Company Marketing Practices

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

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

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

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

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

3) Medical Professionals Ignorance of Breastfeeding

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

4) The Bottle-Feeding Culture

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

5) Maternal employment

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

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