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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE? (PART 1) In Malaysia, loss of a pregnancy in the period of less than 22 weeks of gestation or a foetus weighing less than 500g is considered as miscarriage. It is the most common complication of early pregnancy. The majority (80%) occurs in early pregnancy (9th-13th weeks).   Symptoms of miscarriage The main sign of a miscarriage is vaginal bleeding, which may be followed by cramping and pain in lower abdomen. It is advised to contact your doctors if symptoms of miscarriage occur. However, need not to worry much if there is light vaginal bleeding. This is relatively common during the first trimester (first 3 months) of pregnancy and does not necessarily mean a miscarriage occurred.  What causes a miscarriage? There are many reasons causing a miscarriage, some may even not be identifiable. However, thankfully, there are still several insights on what causes a miscarriage according to several evidence.   How to prevent a miscarriage? Majority of the miscarriage cannot be prevented. Fortunately, there are still some things that you can do to the modifiable risk factors- practising good nutrition.  Wondering what are they? What should you do next? Follow us and stay tuned for part two!   Article written by: Nutritionist Foo Kai Li Dietitian Christabelle Chong 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐫:

Can baby drink sweetened condensed milk? Sweetened condensed milk is yellowish with a high viscous liquid. It is basically concentrated milk, made by removing most of the water from cow’s milk, to which sugar has been added.  Based on the Singapore Food Database, sweetened condensed milk contains plenty of sugar, in which you can find around 50g of sugar in 100ml of sweetened condensed milk! In other words, a serving of 30ml of sweetened condensed milk has just over 15 grams of sugar! It is extremely energy dense, because just 2-3 tablespoons provides approximately 100kcal (1 ½ slices of bread provides equivalent energy too). On top of that, sweetened condensed milk contains little beneficial vitamins and minerals.   Is sweetened condensed milk considered milk for babies? It is obvious that sweetened condensed milk does not meet the nutrients requirement for babies at all ages. It has minimal micronutrients contents with very high energy and sugar. Also, because of lacking complete essential nutrients, babies fed by sweetened condensed milk might have stunted growth with other nutrient related deficiencies. What’s more, it will affect their emerging teeth, and develop a taste preference, particularly sweet tooth, which leads to picky eaters in future. In a nutshell, sweetened condensed milk

Can I feed my newborn & infant below 6 months plain water? While we all know that keeping hydrated is essential for health and well-being, newborn and infants under 6 months old should not be provided with plain water. You probably heard about this, but you might not know why. Here’s why you should not feed your baby any other form of fluid besides breast milk or infant formula.   Why water is dangerous? Water intoxication.  Unlike adults, the vital organs like kidneys of the newborn and infants below 6 months are actually less developed. When their kidneys are provided with excess water that they are able to handle, a condition called hyponatremia occurs. This situation happens when they are unable to process too much water at a time, causing the blood to be over diluted, which is a very dangerous situation that may cause the swelling of the brain and to lesser extent, death.  Nutrient inadequacy. When newborn and infants are fed with plain water, their stomach will be filled with fluid without nutrients, and this will negatively impact their growth and development.    When is the right time to feed them water? You can start to feed your newborn or infant water when you start

Breast Feeding Shrinks My Uterus?   As pregnancy progresses, the uterus grows bigger to accommodate the fetus. By the time your baby is born, your uterus would have expanded to many times its normal size.  After the process of delivery, the uterus goes through a process called involution, which helps it return to its previous size. The hormone-oxytocin helps the process of involution. Oxytocin is released when mothers’ breasts are stimulated by suckling or pumping. When the oxytocin level is increased in the body, the uterus starts to shrink back until it returns to the pre- pregnancy size. After breastfeeding is established, the body may release oxytocin. Besides breastfeeding, events like when you hear a baby cry, think of your baby, or have sexual intercourse will promote stimulation of oxytocin. When this occurs, your breasts may leak milk whether or not you are actively breastfeeding or pumping. Do you realize that when you are in a state of anxiety, embarrassment or annoyed, your breastmilk production is reduced? Yes, this is because your body may not secrete oxytocin when you are in these states. So, you may need to breastfeed in a more relaxing, quiet, familiar, private place for the let-down to occur.   Article written by: Nutritionist Foo Kai

How to have a good confinement Confinement is to restore the maternal body to its pre-pregnancy state through special care and recuperation. This recovery period usually takes 4-6 weeks.   Therefore, appropriate conditioning should be given according to different stages. 1) Uterine contraction and wound healing 2) To replenish qi, blood, and promote digestive function 3) Promote recovery of organs and physical strength 4) Strengthen muscles and bones, enhance immunity and body function   According to their different physiques, women need to use diet to promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis, promote wound healing, replenish protein, restore uterine function, and improve the quality and quantity of breast milk to regulate the body.   Therefore, confinement is not only about eating well, but also requires four stages of conditioning to achieve the effect of confinement and recovery before pregnancy.

The Dragon Boat Festival is here and there are all kinds of delicious rice dumpling in the market. Postpartum Mothers who love rice dumpling can't help but worry about whether they can eat it? Does eating rice dumpling affect the baby? Will it affect breastfeeding?   Can confinement mothers eat glutinous rice while breastfeeding? The main component of rice dumpling – glutinous rice, is rich in vitamin B. It can warm the spleen and stomach and replenish the qi. It is a mild tonic and has the functions of nourishing deficiency, nourishing blood, invigorating the spleen and stomach, and antiperspirant.   Can Mother eat rice dumplings during confinement? Confinement Mothers can eat rice dumplings, which can be avoided on an empty stomach in moderation, but it is not recommended for people with gestational diabetes. When eating rice dumpling, it can be matched with vegetables and fruits to help intestinal and gastric peristalsis and avoid causing intestinal and gastrointestinal indigestion.   How to eat rice dumplings scientifically? The main ingredient can be replaced with some miscellaneous grains rice, red beans, barley, Huai Shan, yam or sweet potato, which not only increases the fibre content, but is also beneficial to health. The stuffing can be replaced with lean meat or even chicken,

What are Lactation Cookies? The lactation cookies are made of natural and healthy prolactin ingredients to allow breast feeding mothers to take in proper nutrition and vitamins, thereby promoting breast milk production. Nursing mothers need to add about 500 calories a day. In other words, if there is not enough energy and nutrient intake, the production of breast milk will be affected in terms of quality and volume. Therefore, in order for mothers to get more energy intake every day, edible prolactin cakes, because they are full of energy and nutrients from oatmeal and flaxseed!   Ingredient Nutrition Fact OATMEAL According to the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the iron and protein content in oatmeal may enhance the breast milk supply. Besides that, oatmeal is also loaded with other minerals and antioxidants such as manganese, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin Bs and dietary fibre to promote good health to mother and the baby!   FLAXSEED As for flaxseeds, they have the estrogenic properties that help in breast milk production. Flaxseed provides healthy fats that are a healthy component of breast milk to promote a child's brain development.   BREWER’S YEAST Brewer’s yeast is one of the galactagogue products, which helps in promoting breast milk production. It’s also rich

Baby crying for more milk Most of the new-born mothers or mothers who already have a second baby both are face the same problem which is insufficient milk supply. Even consume tons of milk promoting foods, the amount of milk is still gradually decreasing like an hourglass, and it is not even enough for the baby to have a meal, which puts a lot of pressure on mothers who want to breast feed!   6 Tips To Increase Milk Volume Tip 1: Feed baby more The baby’s sucking is helpful to the secretion of breast milk. Because the baby’s sucking force is stronger, it can just use the baby’s mouth to massage the areola to stimulate the secretion of breast milk. Tip 2: Supplement nutrition Mothers need to supplement themselves with nutrients such as milk, eggs, vegetables, fruits, etc., and prepare a little more milk soup, which can catalyze the secretion of milk. Tip 3: Relax Medical experiments have proved that when mothers are depressed or stressed, the secretion of milk will decrease drastically. It is recommended that mothers can look at the baby's photos or listen to some relaxing music to relax. Tip 4: Massage the breasts When breasts have local lumps, you can use your fingers to massage the

WHY MOTHER SHOULD CHOOSE BREASTFEEDING? Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for every baby. It plays a crucial role in providing passive immunity for the baby, whilst encouraging mild uterine contractions in the mother to return the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size. On top of that, breastfeeding your baby will increase metabolic rate in the mother by burning the fat (stored in the body during pregnancy) more efficiently.   WHY CHOOSE OUR OATMEAL LACTATION COOKIES? Do you know? According to Malaysia RNI 2017, a lactating/ nursing mother requires an addition of approximately 500kcal daily during the lactation period. In other words, without adequate energy and nutrients intake, breastmilk production will be affected in terms of quality and quantity. Thus, in order for mothers to achieve this extra energy intake daily, try consuming lactation cookies, because they are packed with energy as well as nutrients from oatmeal and flaxseed! Let us discuss a little bit more on the benefits of oatmeal and flaxseed for a nursing mother.     OATMEAL According to the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the iron and protein content in oatmeals may enhance the breast milk supply. Besides that, oatmeals are also loaded with other minerals and antioxidants such as manganese,

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Mother & Baby   It’s quite a personal matter whether to breastfeed or not. However, you should know that exclusive breastmilk (no formula, water, juice, other fluid) is the best for your baby especially during the first 6 months of his/ her life.  Why breastmilk is the best for your baby? First of all, breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for your baby to grow. This means that by providing solely breast milk, your baby gets all the nutrients needed for growth. Do not worry, because the composition of breast milk will change according to the baby's changing needs! In addition, breastmilk is easier for babies to digest as compared to infant formula. Secondly, breast milk contains essential antibodies that help babies to fight off viruses and bacteria! Yes, you heard it right, breastfeeding will lower the risk of infections for babies. This particularly applies to colostrum, the first milk produced by mothers. Colostrum provides high amounts of immunoglobulin A (IgA), as well as several other antibodies. When mothers are exposed to viruses or bacteria, your body will start producing antibodies, then these antibodies will then go into the breast milk. Bear in mind that you can only find this

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