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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Senarai Semak Untuk Ibu Bekerja

Lampiran di bawah ini adalah khas buat Ibu-Ibu tersayang yang ingin menyusukan anak dengan Penyusuan Susu Ibu walaupun sibuk bekerja. Adakah Ibu-Ibu sudah sedia? :-)

Lampiran ini adalah petikan dari Buku "Panduan Lengkap Bagi Ibu & Wanita Bekerjaya" terbitan Persatuan Penyokong-Penyokong Penyusuan Ibu & Bayi Malaysia.

Semoga berjaya Menyusukan Anak-anak dengan Susu Ibu! :-)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Breastfeeding Keeps Mummies Slim :-)

The article below is abstracted from www.dailymail.co.uk. Published on 10th of July 2012.
Original article titled  :

Breastfeeding your baby for six months will 'keep you slim in later life'

Many mothers have long believed that breastfeeding helps them to get their figure back after giving birth.
Now scientists have found  it can help them to stay slim  for decades.
They discovered that women who breastfed their babies even for a few months after the birth were less likely to be obese 30 years later.

 New research indicates that breastfeeding may help mothers to avoid obesity later in life

The Oxford University researchers worked out that for every six months a woman gives her baby breast milk, she loses around 2lb – depending on her initial weight and height.
Although this may not sound much, the academics claim that it could help prevent thousands of deaths from cancer, heart problems and other illnesses related to obesity.
Doctors and midwives are growing increasingly concerned that many women are becoming obese by gaining weight during pregnancy, which they never manage to shift after the birth.

Oxford University researchers worked out that for every six months a woman gives her baby breast milk, she loses around 2lb – depending on her initial weight and height.

If they go on to have several children, they will become progressively fatter with every pregnancy.
The latest study – involving more than 740,000 women – provides compelling evidence that breastfeeding could help reverse this weight gain, and then help women keep the weight off for good.
Breastfeeding uses up large amounts of energy and experts have previously calculated it burns 500 calories a day – the same as a typical gym session.
Now academics have worked out that for every six months a woman breastfeeds her baby, her body mass index – the measurement of obesity – falls by 1 per cent. An average woman who is 5ft 6ins tall and weighs 11st 1lb would have a BMI measurement of 25, which is classified as overweight.
Breastfeeding uses up large amounts of energy and experts have previously calculated it burns 500 calories a day, the same as a typical gym session
But if her BMI was to fall by 1 per cent it would be about 24.75 – which is deemed ‘healthy’ – and she would weigh 10st 13lb.
The lead author of the paper, Dr Kirsty Bobrow, from Oxford University, said: ‘We already know breastfeeding is best for babies, and this study adds to a growing body of evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well – even 30 years after she’s given birth.

‘Pregnant women should be made aware of these benefits to help them make an informed choice about infant feeding.’ The researchers also point out that breastfeeding may help prevent thousands of deaths related to obesity from cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Professor Dame Valerie Beral, director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University, who was also involved in the study, said: ‘Our research suggests that just six months of breastfeeding by UK women could reduce their risk of obesity in later life.

‘A 1 per cent reduction in BMI may seem small, but spread across the population of the UK that could mean about 10,000 fewer premature deaths per decade from obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.’

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, surveyed 740,600 women whose average age was 57. They had all answered questions about how many children they had and the total number of months they had spent breastfeeding.
The research also found that women were more likely to be obese if they had several children.

This backs up the concerns of health professionals that many gain weight during pregnancy which they don’t lose after the birth of their babies.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Health, almost three quarters of new  mothers start their babies off on breast milk. 

This is far higher than the six in ten who breastfed in the 1990s and the rise follows numerous ‘breast is best’ campaigns. 

The World Health Organisation recommends that women breastfeed their babies for at least six months but many give up because they find it uncomfortable or are worried that their babies are struggling to get enough milk.

Thursday, 12 December 2013


Breastfeeding mothers and their babies shouldn’t feel they have to stay home.
They want to enjoy the same activities as anyone else! Current Malaysian Breastfeeding Policy is to breastfeed exclusively for six months and to continue breastfeeding with added complementary foods for two years and beyond.
Many mothers are already perfectly comfortable breastfeeding in public. That’s great – not only for you and your baby, but for those women and girls who are not yet mothers, who learn about breastfeeding when they see you.
But maybe that’s not you. Maybe you are feeling pretty anxious about nursing in public. You worry about what people will think, and how much skin you’ll be showing. These tips may help:
1. Know your rights. Breastfeeding in public is legal and a very good thing. You are nourishing your baby with the most biologically appropriate food, and – as a great side benefit – you are educating any young men and women who might happen to see you. The Ontario Human Rights Commission, for instance, specifically states:
No one should prevent you from nursing your child simply because you are in a public area. They should not ask you to “cover up,” disturb you, or ask you to move to another area that is more “discreet.”
2. Practise at home in front of a mirror. If you’ve been concerned about showing a lot of skin, this will probably reassure you that it’s not likely to be an issue. A nursing baby covers your breast rather efficiently. You can try nursing in different outfits to see which ones work for you and your baby. Some babies can’t stand any fabric touching their faces as they nurse, others are less bothered by it, so experiment to find your best options.
3. Choose clothes you’ll feel comfortable in. You can buy (or sew) specially-made nursing clothes that have hidden openings to make breastfeeding easier, or you can put together nursing outfits from ordinary clothes. 
4. Use a sling or wrap. With practice, you can breastfeed your baby in most slings or wrap and the fabric of the baby carrier will cover the baby and your breast. You can even walk around while breastfeeding!
5. Use a Nursing Cover. Specially made nursing Poncho; baby blankets; long & wide shawls or lengthy head-cover (tudung-for Muslim Mummies) can be useful to maintain modesty while nursing in public.
Beautiful Mummy Nursing in Public using Eve Love Nursing Poncho

5. Choose an easy-access bra. If you are using a nursing bra where you need to lower the cup, it might help to practise undoing it one-handed at home (and doing it up again after) so that you’re confident about managing it out in public.
6. Pick your spot. You’re looking for two things: a place where you can sit comfortably, ideally with some support for your back, as well as a place where you are less visible to the general public. In a restaurant, sitting towards the inside of a booth means you’ll mainly be seen by your dining companions; if there are no booths you can pick a seat at a table facing away from the dining room. Outdoors, you may be able to find a place to sit leaning against a tree or a bench with a back that gives you support.
Don’t get stressed out looking for the perfect spot. Find a place where you’re comfortable and where you have enough room to organize yourself and don’t worry too much about who might see you. There’s no point in walking around with a crying baby as you look for a place where you won’t be visible. Feeding your child takes priority.
7. Turn away to latch. The time when the most skin is likely to be shown is when the baby is first latching on. So let’s say you are sitting in a restaurant booth, next to the wall, but still visible to other diners. Before you latch the baby on, try turning so you are completely facing the wall. Latch your baby on in this position, then turn back to face the table and your dining companions. You can do the same if you need to unlatch the baby.
8. Smile! If you notice someone glancing in your direction as you breastfeed your baby, even if they are frowning or looking horrified, give them a smile! You know you are doing something very important for your child, and that’s a good thing. If you show your confidence with a friendly smile, you may defuse the situation.