We had mentioned before the benefits of breastfeeding, but anyone who has breastfed before will tell you – it is not an easy job at all. Today’s post will attempt to simplify the 2 principles you need to understand in order to avoid common painful issues caused by engorgement and/or blocked ducts. They are: Fully…

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Wait, what? What are Padsicles? It is very common when giving birth naturally, that a tear occurs in the perineum. In Singapore, most gynaes also perform episiotomies to help the baby come out more easily and/or to control the “shape” of the tear. This wound naturally hurts quite a lot in the first week after…

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Slings

I’ve mentioned before that I think breastfeeding is THE most painful part about having a baby. Yet, I encourage all new parents to try, if they can afford the time to, and if necessary even seek help on how to do it effectively. Why? Benefits for Baby Nutrition Breastmilk contains everything baby needs for the…

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Sleeping Arrangements

Sleep is very important for a baby’s development and also for parents to be able to get some time to rest, eat and do other activities! As such, the most common question parents of new babies ask is, how much sleep should my baby be getting, and how many naps should they be having every…

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Choose intelligently

In Singapore, regardless of race, unless you have no Asian blood in you, it is almost a given to be expected to do at least 4 weeks of “confinement” post-partum. What is it? It entails many practices meant to keep both baby and mother indoors during the period of confinement to protect them from ill…

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Slings

Building a freezer stash is an option for mothers who want to be lactating for a shorter period of time than they want their baby to be drinking breastmilk. It is also good to have a small stash in the event that the mother suddenly falls sick and breastmilk production takes a hit, or need to be away from the baby for a period of time (eg. travelling overseas).
The option to be

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Breastfeeding and Pumping

Media seems to depict breastfeeding as being the most natural thing in the world. However, most women had never done such a thing for all their lives until they had their first baby, and so it most certainly is something entirely new to new mothers. Furthermore, every woman and every baby is different and so…

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Support and Validation

There is no right or wrong way to do motherhood – everyone has different preferences and lifestyles. This post is to share the way I prefer for my personal and family’s lifestyle, which is to follow rather strict routines when we welcome a new baby into our family and continue to maintain loose routines as…

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Shopping for Pram

When it comes to prams or strollers, there are SO MANY options out there and there is NO such thing as THE “perfect” pram. This is because every family’s lifestyle is different and so different prams or strollers meet different needs. To simplify your decision-making process, here are the main considerations when choosing one, and…

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Sleeping Arrangements

The term “sleep training” is terribly misunderstood and misused. A baby who is sleep trained is a baby that is able to fall asleep entirely on his/her own from a state of being fully awake in his/her own cot or sleeping area. Such a baby is also able to go back to sleep on his/her…

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