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Nursing & Feeding

Nipple Confusion & The Best Ways To Overcome It

Breastfeeding is hard work, so it is totally understandable if you are a breastfeeding mommy who just wants to take a break, enjoy some me-time (super important to your well-being!), and decides to have your precious one takes a bottle. But sometimes difficulties such as nipple confusion may occur if a baby is both breast and bottle-feeding. But fret not, mommies, understanding why it happens and strategising the transition between breast and bottle feeding can help lessen or prevent this for your little babe.

What is nipple confusion?

Nipple confusion (or nipple preference), sometimes occurs when breastfed babies are given artificial nipples such as bottle nipples or pacifiers at a very early age. They are facing a hard time getting back on the breast as they have gotten used to sucking from bottles/pacifiers. The shape of a pacifier or bottle nipple is different from a breast. The flow of milk from a bottle nipple is also not the same.

Breastfed babies control the flow of milk from mommy by producing suction, using their pauses to swallow and breathe. When feeding using an average baby bottle, babies don’t have to work as hard as gravity and the nipple opening cause the milk flow to be more continuous for them. Nipple confusion happens when the baby shifts back to the breast and doesn’t understand why the milk flow is different than it did with the bottle.

Ways to overcome nipple confusion

  • Since there is no way to predict if your baby will experience nipple confusion, it is recommended to wait introducing a bottle or a pacifier until breastfeeding is well-established, normally when your baby is about 3 to 4 weeks old.
  • Once you return to work, your baby may get fed more from bottles which also may cause your breast milk supply to decrease. You can overcome this issue by trying to boost your breast milk supply and focus more on breastfeeding time.
  • Nipple confusion also occurs to babies who refuse to take bottles and only want to breastfeed. Try giving bottles in a relaxed, calm manner and stop when your baby starts to fuss or feel stressed. Don’t give up, but to try again another time! Or you can also try to switch it up by getting the daddy or a caregiver to feed the bottle to your baby. Some babies just won’t accept anything but breast from their mommies, but will accept a bottle from someone else.
  • You can also look into baby bottles with a system that mimics babies’ natural breastfeeding motions and behaviour to ease the transition from bottle to breast.

If the matter persists, it is best that you reach out to a Lactation Consultant who can support and guide you through this struggle. It will take some time and effort, but it will be worth it especially when your breastfeeding journey is finally on back on track!

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all you breastfeeding mommies a Happy International Breastfeeding Week! Remember to take a break and keep a happy mind. Happy mommy = happy baby! ☀

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Top 4 Best Silicone Breast Pumps

MamaMoo Breastfeeding – MamaMooBreastfeeding

I know it can be quite troublesome to carry your bulky electric breast pumps day in and day out and being at risk of losing small and loose parts of the breast pumps in the process. Well, you can save that trouble now with one of the coolest inventions to womankind – silicone breast pumps! Silicone breast pumps function by using powerful suction to draw the milk out of your breast. It is designed to be used while you are breastfeeding.

In this post, I will list down the Top 4 Best Silicone Breast Pumps that you can purchase on Babydash.

Silicone Manual Breastmilk Collector from Autumnz

This silicone breastmilk collector from Autumnz is handy for moms to bring on the go as you can just chuck it in your handbag without it taking so much space. It is super easy to use with only a light squeeze to initiate suction and your breast milk will be collected, just like that! It is also perfect for an immediate express and a relief when breasts get too swollen! However, the downside of this product is the small size as you are only able to collect your breast milk only up until 90ml but then again, it is great for storage! And the price? Super affordable! It is only RM20 on our site now that it is on sale! Purchase here.

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump from Dr. Brown’s™

No more wasted breast milk with this silicone breast pump from Dr. Brown’s! It enables you to collect your breast milk to the last drop or up until 120ml with only a gentle suction. And when you are out of home or in the office, this silicone breast pump ensures that you can pump in silence without your colleague or anyone knowing! The easy-pour design is too a plus point, makes it easier for you to transfer your breast milk into another bottle for storage. But some mommies have tried and said the drawback of this breast pump is that the gentle suction may be too soft that it is not enough to get any milk out. But, with only RM75.65, you will also get Dr. Brown’s™ Options+™ bottle and a storage cap – a super deal! Click here to buy.

Kolektor Silicone Breast Pump & Milk Collector from Treenie

Its compact size makes it convenient to be used anywhere. And not only it acts as a milk collector, what mommies love about it, it can also be a mini pump and by squeezing Milk Collector repeatedly, it also can help to enhance milk flow which makes it ideal for busy moms who need that little help when breasts become full. And just like Autumnz, this too can only fit up until 90ml which may not be enough for some. Nonetheless, this is great for moms who want to try one out as it comes with a low price tag of only RM28.29 on our site. Get one here.

Silicone Breast Pump from Haakaa

Bet a lot of you have heard a lot of good reviews on the Silicone Breast Pump from Haakaa! Many mommies love it for the right reasons – convenient and requires no hard work! It also effectively helps to express out milk out of your breast enough for it to collect hindmilk (the thicker milk that comes out after your letdown). Although Haakaa silicone pumps come with a higher price tag compared to the rest, ranging from RM69-RM109 on our site, it is also made of eco-friendly material that is completely safe for both your baby and planet. Other than that, Haakaa silicone pumps have two sizes – 100ml and 150ml with eye-catching accessories for you to choose. Check them out here.

And to be fair, all of these silicone breast pumps listed are all cordless, which means you don’t need electricity to make it work, hence, you can even pump when there’s a power outage! They are also easy to clean as there are no tiny parts that you need to be mindful of. So there’s no need for you to reassemble after cleaning but to just start pumping right away!

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Tips to Make Mealtime Fun for Your Toddler

Sample Meal Plan for Feeding Your Toddler (Ages 1 to 3) - Unlock Food

Having a picky eater at home can be quite a challenge as it can turn every meal into a battle. And it shouldn’t be that way because mealtime is supposed to be a fun get-together with the rest of the family! Lightening up the mood and getting artsy with food are great ways to take the stress out of mealtime and bring fun to the table, while getting your tot to eat! Here are few tips that you can try to make mealtimes more enjoyable.

#1 Make it colourful

Did you notice non-nutritious foods are usually lacking in colours (like cookies and crackers)? Unless they contain artificial colouring or dyes, which is a big no-no for your tot! Try creating a colourful plates of fruits and vegetables! The colours will not only stimulate your tot’s brain, but also, their appetite too, hopefully!

#2 Try shapes

Shapes are a great way to make mealtime more exciting! Perhaps your child has learned about different shapes at their kindy, so you can turn their sandwiches, pancakes, or cheese into little stars, circles or triangles. Or if your child is having a down day, you can arrange a smiley face on the plate to brighten up their mood! To make it easier, you can use a cookie cutter to make a shape to save time.

#3 Get your tot involved

Your child will be more likely to eat their food if they were involved in the process. You can get your child to mix the pancake batter, mash the potatoes, or get them to create their own platter of their favourite shapes and colours. This can make them feel more eager to eat later!

#4 Give food a fun name

You can come up with a name for just about any food. Funny names get the best results, such as calling kidney beans “dinosaur eggs” or instead of spaghetti, try “noodle caloodles”! Or you can even add your child’s name to any food or meal to give them a reason to try it and love it. You can also experiment to name the food after their favourite cartoon characters.

#5 Get saucy

Children usually love it when they can pick up the food by hand and dip it in the sauce. Hence, anything that comes with a sauce can be served separately in a bowl. Fruits with plain yogurt, apples with peanut butter or beef cubes in marinara gravy are all yummy and fun to eat!

This may all sounds time consuming, but it will show your tot that you care and that will instantly put a smile on their face! Have a happy meal time! 💛

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Baby-led Weaning: The Pros & Cons

Baby-led Weaning | Health Plus

Introducing solids to your little one can be both exciting and thrilling. It is a fun experience to be exploring new tastes and textures with your baby. But to be frank, it can also be stressful, especially if the process is not going well. Eating solids is a skill that needs to be learned and like everything else, it takes time. While many parents choose to introduce solids the ‘traditional’ way, which is in the form of purees, there is an alternate approach that parents can consider that’s called baby-led weaning.

What is baby-led weaning?

It is an approach that’s popular in the U.K. and gaining traction in the U.S. where 6 months old or older babies jump straight to eating finger foods as soon as solid foods are introduced, skipping purees and mashed up foods. As the name suggests, baby-led weaning encourages your little one to be in charge in feeding themselves right from the start. Hence why this approach only works for a baby who’s at least 6 months old and capable of self-feeding.

Pros of baby-led weaning

  • Gives your baby control over what they eat. This teaches your baby to self-regulate hunger as they will decide themselves to stop when they’re full. With spoon-feeding, parents tend to sneak in a couple more spoonful even if the baby is full which may leads your baby to becoming overweight.
  • Encourages your baby to become familiar with various textures and flavours. Self-feeding teaches them to explore textures on their own which makes them to likely have more varied and healthy food preferences in the long run. Studies have shown that babies who eat a variety of food (including the common allergens: peanut products and fish) may actually be less likely to have food allergies in the future. But always consult with your baby’s doctor the best way to introduce peanuts and fish to your baby.
  • Promotes oral and fine motor skills development. For a baby who might be unsure of the new taste or texture, baby-led weaning may give them full control to manipulate the food in their mouth – to swallow or not. It also encourages the development of manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination skills.

Cons of baby-led weaning

But of course, there is no feeding approach is perfect. Though there are many reasons to consider baby-led weaning, there are also disadvantages, including:

  • Need to pay attention to iron intake. Breastfed babies get enough iron from the breast milk until baby is 4 months old but levels may decrease which is why your doctor will likely to advise to add a liquid iron supplement to the mix until your baby starts to eat iron-rich solids. However, it may be hard for your baby to chew on many iron-rich foods such as beef, thus, giving your baby pureed meat, green veggies, and fortified cereals would help to supply iron.
  • Potential safety concerns resulting to negative eating experience. Giving your baby certain foods before they have developed the needed oral motor skills to eat it could result to gagging, vomiting, and possibly choking. And these reflexes would make your baby feels uncomfortable. Learning to eat solids requires practice (and patience for parents!). Your baby should experience a fun mealtime experience so that they want to keep doing it and exploring new food!

Though baby-led weaning may work and be helpful in most families, it is okay if it doesn’t work in yours. You can try other alternatives or talk to your baby’s doctor about it! The sooner your baby’s mealtime experience is enhanced, the better it is!

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Formula Feeding: The Dos and Don’ts

A Guide to Baby Feeding Equipment – Kiddies Kingdom Blog

Though it is highly encouraged for mothers to breastfeed their baby, if you have opted for formula or need to supplement with formula, it is super important that you pay extra attention to the safe preparation of your baby’s milk each time because unlike a breastfed baby, a formula-fed baby does not have the immune factors. Hence here are the dos and don’ts to a safe formula feeding.

#1 Do ensure you are giving the right powdered formula for your baby. As powdered formula is not sterile, for babies under two months or those who are born prematurely, should only be given concentrated liquid or ready-to-serve formula. Do consult your pediatrician and stick to the advice!

#2 Do stress on cleanliness. Prior to preparing, wash your hands thoroughly and maintain hygiene of the countertop or table where you will be mixing the formula. Do keep the container of formula clean too! Wash its lid and its outside surface before you open it. Once you open the container, check for foreign particles like piece of glass or insects. Make sure to wash bottles and teats properly. Sterilize and clean them before using.

#3 Do measure and mix thoroughly. Ensure to measure the formula and water ratio carefully before mixing them together. Follow the guidelines on the container or check with your pediatrician to have better understanding on the exact amount of ingredient you need. Also, another crucial practice to note is be wary to not let the water to cool below 70°c to ensure bacteria are killed.

#4 Do store the formula safely. Do place any leftover made-up formula in the back of the fridge where it is the coldest. But do not freeze them! And do discard formula after 24 hours in the fridge. And if you are travelling, ensure to use a cooler bag with ice packs to prevent them from going bad.

#5 Do not warm the bottle in a microwave. It could create hot spots in the milk that could burn your baby’s mouth. The safer way to warm the milk is to run warm or hot water over the bottle. Or you can place the bottle in an electric bottle warmer.

#6 Do not use formula that has been in room temperature for more than two hours. And always discard leftovers if your baby does not finish a bottle.

#7 Do not try to force the entire bottle. If your baby shows signs of being full and wanting to stop, stop the feeding and do not force the entire bottle. This may leads to excess weight gain! Moreover, you should give your baby only the amount that she/he needs.

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Homemade vs. Store-bought Baby Food: The pros & cons

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Starting on solid foods can be very exciting for both baby and parents. But with so many options of baby food in the market, parents may face a dilemma – should you buy the readymade ones or make your own at home? To make things easier for you, in this post I will list down the pros and cons of Homemade vs. Store-bought Baby Food.

Pros of homemade baby food

Food safety – since you are preparing it yourself, you have full control of the ingredients and process of making the homemade baby food. Nothing that goes into the food that you are unaware of. And your baby gets to enjoy freshly made purees!

Cost saving – although you have to fork out some $$$ to buy a food processor to get started, overall, making your own baby food will become cost-effective as you can prepare them in bulk and keep them frozen.

Food variation – creating your own baby food is fun as you get to make up your own food combinations to cater to your baby’s tastes and nutritional needs without having to buy multiple jars.

Cons of homemade baby food

Time consuming – especially for working parents. Cutting up foods, checking for seeds and pits, and constantly refreshing ingredients may take a lot of your time.

Food preservation – homemade baby food has no preservatives, hence it does not keep as well. They can be kept frozen, however should be made and stored in small batches.

Pros of store-bought baby food

Time saving – for working parents, store-bought baby food is ideal for you. The process of making your own purees may be lengthy, hence jarred foods save you a lot of time. Just pop one jar and dinner is served!

Portability – it is easy to store jars of baby food in your nappy bag or handbag if you are out and about. All you need is a spoon and it is mealtime for your baby!

Cons of store-bought baby food

Uneconomical – in the long run, jarred foods will cost you more than homemade baby food. For example, the price of a jar of readymade food is almost the same price as a bag of peas, which can be used to make multiple meals while a jarred food is typically for only one serving.

Food preservatives – A jarred food can contain a variety of listed and unlisted preservatives to ensure the food is stable. Therefore it is essential to always check the listed ingredients and best to opt for organic baby food that contains nothing but the good stuff! Check out Bellamy’s, Rafferty’s Garden, Bubs Organic, and more.

At the end of the day, the food you feed your baby is a personal choice – bought or not. As long as your baby is healthy and gets all the nutrition needed for growth and development, it does not really matter! If you have the time, you can have fun in the kitchen making homemade baby food. But jarred foods are not all bad either.

Food Allergies for Babies: What & How

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It is indeed a fun and an exciting milestone when starting your baby on solids and introducing new foods to your baby or toddler, however there are some common allergies that you should pay attention to especially if you have a family history of allergies, problems like eczema and asthma, or if a baby had a bad reaction to milk or soy.

The followings are the most common food allergies:

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Fish
  4. Soy
  5. Tree nuts (such as walnuts and almonds)
  6. Wheat
  7. Peanuts
  8. Shellfish

Some foods may more likely to cause an allergic reaction than others. And amongst these eight foods, those that commonly affect children under 4 years old are milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts.

Back in the day, doctors recommended to prolong the delays in introducing certain foods to babies who might have an allergy. However, recent research has shown that delaying the introduction of food allergens may increase the risk of developing serious food allergies. But, do talk to your pediatrician prior to introducing solids!

For your baby who might be at risk for food allergies, it is crucial to introduce foods one at a time. It is highly recommend introducing a new food for three days before jumping on to a new food so you can monitor for any delayed allergy reactions to the food. Although you can find single-ingredient jarred foods in the market, but there is no guarantee that the food has not been cross-contaminated in the manufacturing factory. Hence, the safest way to introduce new foods to your baby is to make your own purees so you can have full control over the production and know exactly what is in the food.

As your baby grows older and their diet expands, it is easy to lose track of which foods you have introduced and which foods caused a reaction. Remember to keep a list of foods you have introduced and note down any reactions observed. If you think certain food has caused fussiness, digestive symptoms, or eczema, stop feeding the food for 4-6 weeks before you introduce it again.

Below are the list of foods you should delay until your baby has reached 12 months:

  1. Cow’s milk – feeding your baby cow’s milk can cause nutritional deficiencies. After your baby’s first birthday, you can feed them cow’s milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
  2. Honey – as it may contain botulism spores, and your baby’s stomach is not acidic enough to dissolve the spores.
  3. Nuts or peanuts – a choking hazard for babies and toddlers. If there is a family history of severe nut or peanut allergy, do let your pediatrician know about conducting an oral food challenge in the doctor’s office before introducing peanut or nut butter.
  4. Other choking hazards – popcorns, whole grapes, cheese cubes, hotdog pieces, chunks of uncooked vegetables or fruits, or sticky foods such as peanut butter.

The best way to start introducing food safely is to talk to your baby’s pediatrician as they can take into account your baby’s medical history, providing you the most recent feeding guidelines, and give you personalized advice about introducing solids to your baby.

Starting Solids Dos & Don’ts for New Parents

Is Your Baby Ready to Start Solid Food?

When the time has come for your baby to eat solid foods, it may get a little confusing. What do you feed them? How soon is too soon? Can they eat this and that? Fret not, Moms & Dads! Chill out, have fun, and keep these dos and don’ts in mind as you begin introducing solids to your little foodie!

#1 Visit your pediatrician before starting

Nobody knows your baby better than you and your pediatrician. Therefore it’s highly recommended that you get your baby’s doctor approval before you start giving them solids. Usually when your baby is four months or older, can sit up without support, and has good control over their neck, your pediatrician will confirm that your baby is ready to take on their food journey!

#2 Don’t add salt

This is one of the most important things to remember! Do not add salt to the foods you give to your baby because their kidneys can’t cope with it yet. Also avoid giving your baby ready-made foods that are not baby-friendly or not made for babies such as breakfast cereals because they can also high salt content.

#3 Follow the three-day rule

Only feed your baby one kind of food for three days before switching to a new one. This will give their digestive system a chance to adapt to solids. Also watch for an allergic reaction, such as hives.

#4 Don’t cut breast milk or formula off

Breast milk and/or formula should still be the main sources of your little foodie’s nutrients and calories. After a year, you may begin to cut back on breast milk or formula and replace it with 16-20 ounces of whole milk per day.

#5 Don’t reuse leftovers

After putting a hard work in the kitchen, it feels such a waste to throw away the leftover but know that your baby deserves the freshest and the best! Bacteria may have ended up in the leftovers that could cause tummy ache or at the very least, a very stinky diaper 😆

As you continue to introduce solids to your little tot, remember to enjoy yourself in the kitchen by experimenting with different combo! And have fun with your baby celebrating this new milestone! ♥

Top 5 Feeding Essentials Loved By Moms

Best Bowls and Plates for Babies of 2020

Starting solids is definitely one of the biggest milestones that your little one can experience. It’s super fun for you too, to witness the face they make when you feed them certain food and it’s the perfect time for you to get creative in the kitchen! And it’s also nice to have your baby right at the dining table with you, eating together. With so many brands and utensils in the market, you may get confused. And that’s why I am here, to help you pick 5 feeding essentials that are well-loved by moms!

#1 ezpz First Foods Set

Other than its pretty colour, this First Foods Set from ezpz is loved by moms as it is a complete set that provides all of the developmental tools you need to set your baby up for mealtime milestones! With a complete set like this, it encourages your baby to eat and drink independently especially when your baby joins the rest of the family at the dining table. Another reason why moms love it is because everything in the set is 100% silicone and made to last as silicone will not wear, fade or corrode – saving you some $$ in the bank! Check out ezpz on Babydash.

#2 Toddler Cutlery Set

The cutlery set is designed in consultation with leading pediatric occupational therapist making it the ideal toolkit for toddlers who are ready to self-feed! Yes, in case you are wondering it’s a fork. The unique designed of the fork is why moms love this cutlery set from as it fits the size and shape of little mouth. Due to its design, it helps your little tot to safely pierce and lift the food. The set comes in a handy travel case to take with you on-the-go! Shop more products on Babydash.

#3 OXO TOT Grow Straw Cup

A cute almond-shaped straw cup with a spill-proof straw that conforms to your little one’s mouth and minimizes mess! It is also an ideal straw cup that will ease your child transitioning from bottle or breast feeding. The removable handles that come with it is why moms love it! It makes it easier for your tot to drink as it provides a comfortable grip and control. More OXO TOT products are available on Babydash website.

#4 Bowl + Straw

Let your kid slurps their cereal milk or soup to the heart’s content with this bowl + straw from! The innovative designed bowl + straw ensure no leftovers and mess-free mealtime especially when eating soup or cereal. The bowl doubles as a snack container as it comes with a snack insert and a lid – great for snacking on-the-go! A plus point for moms 😆 For self-feeders, the easy grip handles and non-slip base are a great help for control and stability. Available in four vibrant colours on Babydash.

#5 Chicco Pocket Snack booster seat

Pocket Snack booster seat from Chicco is what you need to go with the adult dining chair and it’s why moms love it – so their little tot can join the family during mealtime! The seat is travel-friendly as it is compact when folded and has a strap to carry and take along to restaurants, on vacation, or to visit relative! The two straps and rubberized feet ensure the seat is secured and safe to sit on. Check out more Chicco products on Babydash.

Hope this is helpful to any parents whose little ones are starting solids soon! Have fun getting creative in the kitchen!

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