10 natural ways to increase your milk supply

Maintaining your breastmilk supply can be a challenging journey, especially if your baby is still learning how to latch on properly and pumping is a regular occurrence. Highly determined by the supply-demand factor where the more your baby takes, the more you’ll make; there are also other reasons that can affect the supply of our breastmilk – among all – caffeine, stress, smoking, alcohol, diet, medications and so on.

As mums, we strive to minimise our baby’s contact with medications and chemicals as much as possible, especially when we breastfeed and baby indirectly takes whatever we consume. Fortunately, there are also many other natural ways to increase our milk supply.

Here’s how:

Organic Milkmaid Tea by Earth Mama Angel Baby1. Fenugreek – Commonly used to boost milk production, fenugreek is a kind of herb that’s also a good source of protein, iron and vitamin C. They can be consumed in tea or capsule form. However, if you are prone to asthma, allergies, hypoglycemic, have low thyroid hormone levels or on certain medications, you may want to avoid this herb.

The Organic Milkmaid Tea by Earth Mama Angel Baby contains organic fenugreek seed as well as organic alfalfa leaf. It comes in a box of 16 bags and is available at Happikiddo.

Alfalfa

2. Alfalfa – Touted to be highly beneficial for health, you may add some alfalfa sprouts or seed to your diet, or take them on a sandwich or salad. You may also consume them in capsule form as well.

 

OatMilkmaker Lactation Cookies

 

3. Oats – Eating oats can help with your milk supply. Easy, right? Just have some for breakfast. You can even attempt to bake some homemade lactation oat cookies! Alternatively, get some Milkmaker’s Lactation Cookies. It’s a bag of 10 cookies, and comes in variants of Oatmeal Chocolate Chips or Oatmeal Raisin.

Sesame seed

4. Sesame Seed – If you are a big fan of sesame seeds, you’ll appreciate that it does help to increase milk supply. It’s important to eat them in its crushed form though. You can try black sesame soup dessert or tahini, a sesame seed paste in salad dressing.

Neuner Nursing Tea

5. Fennel – Hailed from the celery family, it’s a flowering plant species with phytoestrogens that are believed to help make milk. Use them with caution though as overdosage can cause a reverse effect. You may take them as stir-fried vegetable or in tea. The Neuner’s Nursing Tea contains mainly fennel, followed by fenugreek seeds. It comes in a box of 20 teabags and is available at Happikiddo.

Mixed Nuts

6. Nuts – Get nutty! Nuts are not only nutritious but also great for satisfying hunger pangs. Almonds are known to help improve milk supply.

Brewer's yeast

7. Brewer’s Yeast – Found in beer and sometimes known as nutritional yeast, you can also opt for its supplements form available in most pharmacies.

Garlic

8. Garlic – Here’s your chance to spot the garlicky breath, for a good reason! A versatile herb in flavouring and health benefits, garlic is said to make mum’s milk more palatable hence the increased demand for it. If you don’t like the garlicky taste or smell, take them in capsule form instead.

Dandelion

9. Dandelion – Used traditionally by the Chinese and Native American to assist postpartum recovery and boost milk production, you can consume the leaves and roots together or just drink the tea.

breastfeeding

10. Supply-demand approach – This is the fool-proof, best method to increase and sustain your milk supply. Whenever possible, latch baby on and on demand. Nothing works better than the natural stimulation by baby.

Happy nursing!

 

 

 

 

Stranger danger!

What you can do to keep your kids safe in the public

playground

With the increasing number of crime news reported in the nation lately, we parents are bound to worry about our children’s safety. Despite the prominent publicity, they are very rare and can be prevented if parents and children know what to do when facing such situations.

Better be safe than sorry. Here are some safety rules that you can share with your child:

1. Teach your child to trust himself
We don’t want our kids to grow up in constant negativity and fear of his surroundings. Tell him that most people are nice, but there are some out there who do bad things and could hurt him. He needs to know that it is more important to stay safe and trust himself than to be polite, especially in situations where people make him feel very uncomfortable.

2. Check first
Regardless of the event – whether it’s held in a school, public or family function – make it a priority for your children to check with you and ask permission from a grown-up before going off to somewhere or with anyone.

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3. Three Giant Steps rule
Have your kids agree to follow the 3 Giant Steps rule, whereby they can only be three giant steps away from either their parents at all times. If they do become separated from you, teach them to look for a safe stranger and never leave the mall or shop to go looking for you outside. Assure them that you would never go outside or leave until you are reunited, no matter what anyone tells them.

4. What’s a stranger?
In a calm, non-fearful manner, discuss age-appropriate safety issues with your child. Tell them that it is NOT what a person looks like that makes them dangerous, but rather what they ask a child to do.

5. Role play
Talk to your child about potential dangerous situations and what can be done to keep himself safe. Act as the predator and teach him what to do. Guide him on safety strategies such as walking away immediately, shouting “Help me! This is not my parent!” or run to a mum with child, someone in a uniform or the person manning the cash register. Empower him with self-confidence and trust in his ability to sense when something is not right.

6. Safety from dangerous creatures
Aside from strangers, it is important to teach your children that some animal creatures are dangerous too and should not be disturbed at all costs. Teach them that while dogs, cats, snakes, spiders and bees look harmless, they should be respected from a distance.

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7. Emergency numbers
Tell your child the number to call in an emergency. Print out these numbers and put them up at a visible, child-level spot. Guide her to provide important details calmly and clearly. Most importantly, have them memorise your mobile number.

We find these articles “13 Safety Rules for Every Family” by Dr Laura Markham and “12 Ways to Keep Kids Safe” extremely useful.

If you have other tips in keeping children safe, please feel free to comment and share.

 

Laundering your children’s clothes

Once your baby arrives, your daily laundry doubles too. While it is okay to wash baby’s clothes with the family’s, do pay extra attention if your newborn develops skin rashes or itchiness. If your child has a sensitive skin, eczema or allergies, you may want to consider using gentler laundry detergents that are formulated with less harsh chemicals for children’s clothes.

If your baby is using cloth diapers, you will need to separate them from your regular laundry as strong detergents can cause diaper rash and decrease the efficacy of the diapers.

Here are some tips and guidance to cleaning baby’s clothes:

  • All of your baby’s clothes – whether new or preloved – should be washed before you use them. Newborns usually have sensitive skin, and washing them removes residues and other irritants.
  • If you decide to try regular detergent for your baby’s clothes, choose a liquid type as they tend to rinse out more thoroughly – especially if you have “hard” water. Laundry powders have a tendency to leave residues on fabric that can irritate you baby’s skin.
  • If you’re not sure whether your baby’s skin will react to regular detergent, do a test by laundering one or two batches of baby’s clothes along with the rest of your family’s wash. If your baby’s skin seems fine after she wears those clothing, go ahead and toss in all her clothes. If not, switch to a mild baby detergent and double rinse the load.
  • Make sure to read and follow the garment’s care label instructions before washing. As children’s sleepwear are usually flame-resistant, be sure to avoid bleach on them as it might ruin treated fabrics.
  • To remove stains from formula, breastmilk, spit-ups, food and diaper disasters, soak clothes in cool water with a detergent containing enzymes. If that doesn’t work, use an all-purpose stain remover and wash as usual.
  • If you are cloth-diapering, be sure to choose a mild, non-biological baby detergent that comes with no enzymes, fabric softener, brightener, fragrance and dye to maintain efficacy and absorbency.
  • Use hot water and be sure to double rinse each load of your cloth diapers.

Let’s find out the variety of laundry detergents available in Happikiddo:

LIQUID

Baby Organix Kids Wear Liquid Cleanser    Seventh Generation Baby Natural 4x Laundry Detergent Seventh Generation Natural 4x Laundry Detergent

Baby Organix Kids Wear Liquid Cleanser 1 litre
Specially formulated for stains on kids’ clothes, this eco-friendly biodegradable cleanser is free of phosphate, dye and artificial fragrance, is hypo-allergenic, and rinses thoroughly.

Seventh Generation Baby Natural 4x Laundry Detergent
Gentle and environment-friendly, it relies on the power of enzymes to clean what baby leaves behind. It does not contain optical brighteners and is suitable for all baby laundry needs, including cloth diapers.

Seventh Generation Natural 4x Laundry Detergent 1.47 litre
Super concentrated in which a little goes a long way and a bottle can wash up to 66 loads. It’s free of iffy stuff and great for removing the most stubborn stains. Hypo-allergenic and non-toxic, it’s made without dyes, synthetic fragrances and optical brighteners.

POWDER

Baby Organix O’Clean Laundry PowderPureen ABD Anti-Bacterial Detergent
Baby Organix O’Clean Laundry Powder 1kg
This laundry powder is formulated with zero nasty ingredients that can irritate your child’s skin. It is effective in removing stains yet safer for the environment.

Pureen ABD Anti-Bacterial Detergent 1kg
Biodegradable and super concentrated, it features powerful oxidizing action that kills harmful germs effectively and removes stains as well as dirt. It contains non-chlorine bleach and a refreshing fragrance.

GroVia Tiny Bubbles Laundry Detergent 1.7kg
Formulated with cloth diapers in mind, it’s also great for daily use. Free of dye, phosphate, fragrance and optical brightener, it’s completely biodegradable and gentle for sensitive skin. A box serves 60 loads.
GroVia Tiny Bubbles Laundry Detergent

Available at Happikiddo stores or shop online here.

Baby’s keepsakes & gifts for parents-to-be

As the saying goes, memories are forever. If you’re looking for something unique as a gift for an expectant mum or a newborn baby – besides toys and clothes – keepsake sets make the perfect present to store little trinkets as cherished memories for years to come. They are precious memento that new parents, even grandparents, will thank and remember you for long after the baby has grown up.

Check out the range of keepsakes available at Happikiddo:
Pearhead Babyprints Memory BoxPearhead Babyprints Memory Box
This stylish box allows you to display your baby’s photo and the imprint of her tiny hand or foot. Parents can keep baby’s favourite things inside, such as shoes, lovey, plush toy and so on. A great way to remember yesteryears…of how small they were and how quickly they grew. Includes a memory box and a casting kit with non-toxic material that will not leave dirty residue behind.

Pearhead Babyprints 3D Kit
Pearhead Babyprints 3D Kit
Create a cast of your baby’s tiny hand or foot with our Babyprints 3D Kit. This kit includes everything required to make a priceless sculpture. Also includes a wood base stained for display.

Family Bus Hamper

Family Bus Hamper
New parents will be excited with the Family Bus Hamper as a gift for their newborn! Great for baby’s 1st birthday, the hamper contains a first year memory book, birthday banner, party hats, thank you cards, a musical soft toy and a baby bib. The bus can later be used to keep baby’s little trinkets. Perfect as a baby shower gift.

My First Year Musical Photo FrameMy First Year Musical Photo Frame
Display your child’s progress in print! There are 12 photo slots for you to keep track of baby’s development month by month. The music plays simply by turning the key. Also comes in other designs.

Pearhead My First Scrapbook
Pearhead My First Scrapbook
This beautiful album scrapbook gives the flexibility and simplicity needed to create a keepsake to last a lifetime. It features a square photo opening, with a hand or footprint impression on the cover. It comes with 20 acid-free top loading sheet protectors, adhesive photo corners, wooden rolling pin, ruler and double sided tape.

Visit us in-store for more varieties and gift options or shop online at Happikiddo website.