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Friday, August 30, 2013

Gina Yong's Breast Feeding Class

Gina Yong's Breast Feeding Class

Mr. Afif and I went to Gina Yong's Breast Feeding class in Grand Seasons Hotel last Saturday with the conjunction of The Gift of Love Charity Bazaar. During this Bazaar, one of the events was to break Malaysia's Book of of the Largest Number of Mothers Breastfeeding Simultaneously and from what I read, the record is broken with 450 mothers participated in the event. Good job fellow mothers!

Who is Gina Yong?

If you are a member of "The Breastfeeding Advocates Network" TBAN on Facebook, you should who she as is one of the admins of that group. She is actually an accountant by profession but now, she has written a couple of books regarding breast feeding, owns a breastfeeding confinement center, Bondavilla and offer breast feeding talks.  You can read how she became who she is now on her site, Love Breastfeeding.

Why did we decided to go for Breast Feeding Class?

I have the slightest idea on how to breastfeed although I could find it online. I thought maybe an hour of breastfeeding talk would be sufficient during the ante-natal class in KJMC and I will all set to breastfeed. At the same time, my colleague who is still breastfeeding her almost 2 year old son suggested me to go for a proper breastfeeding class where everything will be explained. I searched for classes on TBAN and I found about Gina's class. I read through her website and oh boy, she had the same idea as I am - only a short class and all set to breastfeed her first newborn.

How did the class go?
The class started at 9am and ended at around 1.30am with refreshment at 11am. Normally, we would be given her latest book, "Love Breastfeeding" but then, there has been some miss-communication problems with her printer.The book will be given as the price of the book is already included in the entrance fee. 
Upon arrival (we were late by 5 mins), we registered and a bag full of goodies was being handed out to us. From vouchers to free magazine, samples and even free moon cake were found in the goodie bag!. There were also some information on what was going on at the same time in the main event hall.

Time to learn some important pointer from Gina!
She started off introducing herself and her story on how she became a breastfeeding counselor. 
Then came the information

  • On Cow's milk:
    • Cows are given bovine growth in order to produce 10 gallons of milk per day. As a result, by drinking cow's milk, girls are getting their period younger and younger. Same goes to the boys. Gina told a story about her daughter's friend who got her period at the age of 7! My goodness! that is young!
    • The process of producing formula milk could reach up up to 2 years old after being taken from cows. Errrkkk...
    • Main ingredients of formula milk are corn syrup (artificial sweeter and can cause obesity), MSG, melamine (widely used in PLASTIC, dishware, whiteboard) etc. To my horror! 
  • It is recommended to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and in the first month, try not to use any bottles yet.
  • Breast milk can decrease allergy level.
  • Hormones:
    • When we breastfeed, the hormone Oxytocin (the love hormone) is released as well as when we give birth and make love.
    • Proclactin, a milk-stimulating hormone
  • Fenugreek is a type of spice that may boost milk production.
Fenugreek in seed form
Fenugreek supplement
Credit Google Images
  • It is adviced to empty our breasts in order to avoid engorgement. When this happens, it will send a signal to our brain to slower the milk production. So, the keyword is empty breast = faster production, full breast = slower production.
  • If our babies develop jaundice, the level of bilirubin in their blood should be monitored and we should continue to breastfeed our babies regularly. Jaundice will disappear after 10 to 14 days and the good thing is, breast milk is the best solution to treat jaundice. Thumbs up for breast milk!
  • Position of breastfeeding
    • Cradle
    • Cross cradle
    • Side-lying
    • Football
Credit Google Images
  • The baby is doing it correctly when he/she opens wide her mouth and takes as much as possible our areola and not our nipple. Make sure the nose is away from the breast to allow him/her to breath and the chin is on the breast.
  • How often to breastfeed for newborns?
    • In early weeks : 8 to 12 times within 24 hours - Breast milk digests easier and moves in baby's system faster. So, babies get hungry often.
    • On demand when our milk supply is not established which is every 1.5 to 3 hours depending on baby. Newborn babies should not go over 4 hours without feeding.
  • How long should we breast feed?
    • from 15 minutes up to 30 minutes depending on the baby
    • if baby stops sucking for more than 1 minute
  • What are the signs that our babies get enough breast milk?Gina told us that mothers are so happy when these events happen. Maybe I will be one of them, happy!
    • Urination : soaking wet diaper, 6 times per day
    • Poo poo : 1 to 3 times of poo poo within 24 hours
    • sleeps well
    • gaining weight
  • How can we differentiate between drinking and pacifying?
    • When baby is drinking, there is a rhythm - suck, swallow, pause for less than 10s
    • When baby is pacifying, there is no rhythm
  • The size of baby's stomach
    • Day 1 - 2 : cherry (5-7ml)
    • Day 3 : walnut (20-27ml)
    • Day 5 - 6 : apricot
    • Day 7 : egg 

If you mothers out there know more about breast feeding, do share it with me! I'm a noob!
I did gather some information on pumping and how to store them. Maybe I will write up an entry later on. 
There is also more information on Dr. Jack Newman's website including videos.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CDM Ana - Premium Beautiful testimonial

The consistent CDM Ana - from 98kg to 56kg

Right before I bought my Premium Beautiful Corset, I googled numerous times for some reviews and testimonials of people who used it. The first person I stumbled upon was CDM Kak Anna or CDM Hajjah Siti Rohana. She was featured in the cover of November 2009 Personal Money Magazine. Well, she is one of Hai-O billionaires and she became one by doing this business. If you want to know, how she did it, contact me and I will show you the way. However, that is not this entry all about. 
It is all about how consistent she was losing more than 30 kg by using Premium Beautiful Corset and Lacto-Lite. She started her journey in October 2010 and look at her transformation.

CDM Kak Ana at 98 kg

Kak Ana's progress - the 4th picture that was when Kak Ana started wearing PB and consuming Lacto-Lite.
Within 4 months, Kak Ana went from 98kg to 68kg
She did not stop there! In May 2011, Kak ana's weight was 50kg

Kak Ana was consistent in wearing her Premium Beautiful Corset for at least 8 hours per day for 6 months straight
At the same time, she consumed Lacto-lite everyday. I will talk about this product in the near future In Sya Allah.
In sya Allah, if we are consistent in what we do, you will get the result that you are hoping for.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Week 31 update

Week 31 update

Hello Week 31.
Ya Allah, I'm in my 31st week! The due date is approaching! 9 weeks to go! The baby bump is getting bigger and bigger and hopefully In sya Allah, the little munchkin is healthy. 

So far, what I experienced, little munchkin is actively kicking me here and there and I can feel his/her movement significantly in my right abdomen. At least, I know that he/she is moving and if not, I would be worried. Mr Afif's ex-schoolmate posted this picture on my facebook and I could not agree more with him.

I am starting to feel tired like I was during the first trimester and breathless. I tend to exhale loudly as well and mentally, by doing that, I feel more relaxed. I feel by being active makes me feel a lot better and I sleep better!. What do I mean by being active? I walk more, I move more than before, I try to occupy myself with doing lots of stuff. Remember I am a girl! We are good at multitasking, ain't that right ;) !

During the weekend, Mr. Afif and I attended a Breast-feeding class organised my Gina Yong and Amani Class by Sis Nadine Ghows. The breast feeding class was exciting and I gained so much info and the phrase that I learnt throughout the class was "There's no such thing as no milk, but wrong technique of breast feeding". I will stick to that phrase and that is that will encourage me even more to feed my little munchkin when he/she comes out to the world. There is also a support group on Facebook which is called The Breastfeeding Advocates Network . From this group, mothers support each other and giving each other tips how to increase our milk supply. Ok, enough about Breast-feeding class. I will talk about those classes in my next entry, In sya Allah.

Let's see what BabyCenter has to say about my growing little munchkin. But a little disclaimer, every baby grows differently. 
  • Fat is accumulating beneath the skin and he/she looks plumper.
  • He/she measures 16 inches or approximately 41 cm from the top of the head to the heels and keep growing in length. 
  • Little munchkin weighs approximately 1.5kg and looks more like a newborn.
Week 31 update :
  • Craving : Papaya
  • Pain : right side of my abdomen since little munchkin loves to stretch out 
  • Weight gain :17kg
  • Current weight : 70kg - 1st time that I am revealing my weight! holly cow I am getting heavier!
  • Clothes: so comfortable in my jersey material clothing
  • Mood :  as usual emotional
  • Exercise : walking, pelvic tilt, squats, breathing technique
  • Stretch marks : Alhamdulillah, none so far. Please stay that way 
  • Swelling : realised that my hands and feet were swollen last Saturday! due to lots of standing up and lack of water. 
  • Baby movement : very active!
  • Nap : 10-20 mins every day
  • Leg Cramps : Starting to get serious!
31 weeks down! 9 weeks to go! C'est tout pour cette semaine! A la semaine prochaine!

Monday, August 26, 2013

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Sunday, August 25, 2013



If you have been following me on twitter or my facebook, I always update my status stating that I'm done practicing my breathing technique and relaxation and so on. During Ramadhan, it was easier finding the time to practice but now, I have some difficulties in finding the time. Well, excuses! I just have to find the time in order to practice to be relaxed for the BIG day!

Why do I practice relaxation? I get stress easily - sometime cry about it.
How do I detect this? I always sense it in my jaw - clenching my teeth. I also can feel the tightness in my shoulder and neck due to how I work, always in front of the laptop. I do not want to bring this habit of mine in the labour room.

So, I begin learning how to relax and it is important to get your mentally prepared for the BIG day! I learnt the breathing technique from my AMANI class, The Mongon Method : Hypnobirthing and also, from Youtube. From breathing technique, I can learn how to relax myself. 

Let me share with you a couple ways, how do I relax myself. There are a lot of ways to relax ourselves but these are the ways that I usually do. Mostly are from youtube since it's easier to share.
  • Listen to Rainbow relaxation. This requires visualisation and it helps me a lot. The sound of the lady in the video is so calming and soothing. When purchasing "The Mongon Method : Hypnobirthing", there is also the Rainbow relaxation CD. However, you can find a similar Rainbow relaxation on youtube.

  • Practice deep breathing and imagine how our babies will be delivered. I often practice this in the car while Mr. Afif is driving and he did not even realised it. My birth instructor recommends to do it while we are doing our business in the toilet. I have not tried it since it requires time. I can't insert the video here but here's the link - J breathing
  • Take a walk - either outside while breathing the fresh air or on thread mill.
  • Go for a massage or ask you better half to give you a massage. I always a Mr. Afif to massage my lower back and sometimes, my feet.

Every time after the practice, I feel a lot better, more energetic and fresher.
Thumbs up for relaxation practice! 

What are the benefits of relaxation?
  • Feeling that you have better abilities to cope with stress
  • Allows time out from problems, difficuilties and responsibilites - allows the body to rest
  • Improves your feelings or well being
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces the effects of fatigue and tiredness caused by stress
  • Less aches and pains - increased muscle tension
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Visual imagery helps to use your imagination in a positive way - especially in labour room
  • Your babies will benefits the less physical tension within the body during pregnancy
  • Specific relaxation can help to confront fear and frustrations and anxieties -positive affirmations. 
What are the benefits of relaxation during labour?
  • Reduces the pain and the intensity of the contractions - the unwanted hormones are not released  for example adrenaline. 
  • Helps to save energy - more energy to be used for labour
  • Allows labour to progress more easily
  • Can help to rest between contractions
  • Helps to cope with labour
So ladies, let's practice relaxing and we are a step closer to have our dream birth - natural gentle birth.

    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Premium Beautiful Wash

    Premium Beautiful Wash

    I have talked about how to take care of your Premium Beautiful Corset in my previous post. So, let me talk about the Premium Beautiful Natural Wash in this post. 
    Let me remind you, please wash your Premium Beautiful using your hands, NO WASHER MACHINE!

    Premium Beautiful Natural Wash, what is that?
    Premium Beautiful Natural Wash is especially designed for Premium Beautiful Foundation Lingerie and as well as for the delicate and exclusive type of garment. It consists of a mixture of chosen natural plant extract and rich of vitamins. It is gentle to our hands, safe to use and environmentally friendly. 

    What is the specialty of Premium Beautiful Natural Wash?
    It consists a mixture of chosen natural plant extract and rich with vitamins. 

    What is the smell of Premium Beautiful Natural Wash?
    The sweet smelling flower scent.

    What are the advantages of using Premium Beautiful Natural Wash?
    • Cleaner, more gentle and has the sweet flowery scent
    • Does not shrink our fabric, expand or fade the colour
    • Gentle to the fabric and does not leave any oil residue to the fabric
    • The sweet smelling flowery smell gets rid of the unwanted smell
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    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Postion of the baby for labour

    Baby's position during labour

    During labour, the baby's position is very crucial in deciding if we can deliver our baby normally or by C-sect. We might have heard about the baby is either engaged or breach. Before being pregnant, I just knew the term and a very minimal information about the position. But, ever since I have been attending Amani Birth class and reading books on giving birth, this sort of information is important to know.

    According to Mayo Clinic, there are five positions that the baby might be at during labour.
    • Facing downward (Occiput anterior position) : The most preferable and common fetal position.
    Illustration of baby in the facedown position
    • Facing upward (Occiput posterior position) : If there is enough room, the baby will turn on their own to face downward. Sometimes forcep is used to turn the baby or an incision to extend the opening of your vagina (episiotomy).
    Illustration of baby in the faceup position
    • Buttocks first : The baby is in frank breach position. 
    Illustration of baby in the buttocks-first position
    • Feet first : The baby is in complete breach position.
      Illustration of baby in the feet-first position
    • Lying sideways : The baby is in traverse lie - position horizontally across the uterus.
    Illustration of baby lying sideways

    The last three positions, the health care provider will try to turn the baby manually by placing their hand on your abdomen, then pushing or lifting. If the baby remains in this position, C-sect is recommended.

    The ideal baby position to be delivered is the Facing downward (Occiput Anterior Position)
    When the baby is position like so, the baby is lined up as the baby can fit through our pelvis as easily as possible and the baby's head is easily 'flexed'. The diameter of his head is approximately 9.5cm and the circumference is approximately 27.5cm. With this position, the smallest part of his head will be applied to the cervix first. 

    The Facing upward (Occiput Posterior position) is not to good although the baby's head is down but facing our tummy. Mothers who have their babies in this position tend to have a long and painful labour. Baby with this position cannot fully flexed his head and the diameter of his head is approximately 11.5 cm with the circumference 35.5 cm. Why it is painful? Before the labour starts, the baby will try to rotate while he is entering the pelvis.

    However, the rate of having the baby in facing upward  is getting higher and higher due to our everyday life routine - sitting in the car, leaning back on comfortable sofas and not having enough physical work. I myself fall into this category. 

    What can we do about it?
    We can avoid this from happening if we pay attention to our postures through out the day in our last 6 weeks of pregnancies for first timers (like me!) and the last two or three weeks for the subsequent pregnancies.

    Logically, the baby's back is the heaviest and the back will naturally gravitate towards the lowest side of the mother's abdomen. So, if your tummy is lower than your back, for example leaning forward when you are sitting on a chair, then the baby's back will tend to swing towards your tummy. But if your back is lower than your tummy, for example lying on your back or leaning back on a chair, the the baby's back will swing towards your back.

    Positions that are recommended are :
    • sitting upright
    • on hands and knees
    • on a chair, make sure your knees are lower than your pelvis and you are slightly tilted forward
    • kneeling on the floor over a beanbag, cushion, gymball 
    • sitting on a dining chair facing and leaning on the back of the chair
    • yoga style, crossed legged (duduk bersila) while leaning forward
    • sleep on your side, preferably on your left side
    • swimming with your belly downwards
    • practice a few exercises
      • moving/wiggling your hips from side to side on gym ball
      • pelvic tilt

    I hope this will make us a step closer in having natural gentle birth In Sya Allah, Amin Amin. 

    *Credits to Mayo Clinic, Kak Bidan and  Vivante Midwifery