Working from home

There are so many ways moms can earn money from home. A friend of mine is now knitting winter wear and sell them for a good price. Because of her beautiful artwork and nice blend of colours, people love her knit wear.

Another friend is doing embroidery. She can do fantastic embroidery on even the most ordinary jeans. She has one of those machine embroidery designs DIY thing at home and she uses it for stitching on clothes, canvas and even very soft materials like silk.

Meanwhile, another friend is baking cupcakes and her decorations are out of this world. Her cakes must be pre-ordered and she is doing a very good business out of baking.

All the above three friends have passions for things they do and they made them so nice because of their love for their respective hobbies.

So, it is not true that stay at home moms can’t make a living if they do not go to work in regular jobs.

All it takes are some creative ideas, endless pursuits of business leads and a passion and love to do what they want.

They advertise their products on Facebook and it is easy to manage as well. Facebook has made it so easy for moms at home to do business.

A few other friends have set up online shops and they too are making a good living from home. Although some of them need to physically produce something, they are able to juggle as they are based at home.

I personally think it is good to work from home. However, we sometimes miss the adult companies and routine we have as working moms. I have started working two years ago and today, I did not regret staying at home for 12 years to attend to the kids. Important thing to remember is to love what we are doing and whatever option we choose is find.

MILK FOR PROTECTION AND GROWTH

The other day, I mentioned about my little boy who gets hooked to the new milk I introduce to him. He started taking Friso and immediately walloped several bottles within a day. After that, he continue taking it without problems at all.

My friend who read that post wanted to give her son who is about the same age as mine Dutch Lady Friso too. However, she phoned me and asked me if a sudden change can cause constipation. Well, it seems that everyone knows that I have a solution for almost everything related to childcare.

I told her that my son does not have any problems at all because he has a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables in his meals. Moreover the milk contains all the probiotics and prebiotics so it shouldn’t be a problem for any child.

Anyway, I told her to follow the recommended schedule from Dutch Lady Friso in case she still worries. I know that some children and especially babies do have problems if there is a change of milk. So, in my opinion, the best is to gradually introduce the changes to the child. Below is the recommendation from Friso.

Day 1-3
-          Continue regular feeding with current milk formula for 1st, 2nd and 4th feed.
-          Use Friso Gold with Frisoshield for the 3rd feed

Day 4-6
-          Continue regular feeding with current milk formula for 1st and 4th feed.
-          Use Friso Gold with Frisoshield for the 2nd & 3rd feed

Day 7-10
-          Continue regular feeding with current milk formula for 1st feed only
-          Use Friso Gold with Frisoshield for the 2nd , 3rd & 4th feed

Day 11-14
Congratulation! Friso Gold with Frisoshield is now your child’s favourite milk

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My son has already finished two tins of the Dutch Lady Friso without any problems. He is now into the third tin. Come to think of it, I think he is one of the easiest kid to take care. He never have problem with constipation, no loose stools and continues to have great appetite since he was born. He is not a fussy eater and will ask for foods when he is hungry.

I think once we parents are less nervous and tense, our kids too will pick up this habit from us. This makes childcare much more fun and relax. The other thing is we shouldn’t be too meticulous about things. Instead, we should allow our child to roam about. I have seen parents who refused to let their child roam in the park or even play in the playground because they are terribly afraid of germs. Frankly, the best is to allow our child to be exposed to nature and also other children so that they built some immunity. Moreover, with the more modern formula milk like Friso Gold with Frisoshield, children are more or less protected and will tend to be much healthier.

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(Little boys by nature are very inquisitive creatures and they touch everything, including stray cats when we aren’t looking!)

So, if you are overly worried about your child’s health and in the process, denied him of the fun and joy of running about with his friends or playing in the fields, you may want to offer your child more fresh fruits, lots of healthy foods and milk.

Expressing breastmilk by hands – Part 2

And it doesn’t matter you know, even if you only manage to express a little, you could still add it to the formula you are giving – something is better than nothing right? If you continuing expressing at work it will keep your the milk supply up even if the amount expressed is very little .I know mothers who bf in the morning before they leave for work and when they return home. They do not express but they bf during weekends and also any time they are at home. The milk supply will adjust to a set routine. (Nazreen)

When I take time off from work to pump, I feel tremendously at peace and in tune with myself. May be becoz I hafta concentrate on this act or may be becoz it’s a small break of 20 mins, I often feel relaxed aft coming out of the storeroom with some milk for my baby, whatever the amount is. I have learned to take things slowly through pumping for my baby. (Sze Sze)

A useful tip I got from my friend who used to express milk while at work. Stimulate let down by teasing your nipples with a face towel. That way, you will be able to express comfortably for a shorter time. Another tip is to express while nursing as our body is able to adjust to the demand. Let’s say, you express while you’re nursing at 11.00pm every night, your body will think that is how much your baby needs at night, therefore increases its production of milk to meet the demand (Min)

The method which was shared with me is to form a C with your thumb and forefinger.

Place your hand just above the ariola and gently glide your hand down. Something like the right hand in the middle picture at the bottom (the grey one). Yup, just one hand. It’ll help to stimulate your breast (remember the hanky? :o)) before you start expressing whether with hand or pump. (Min)