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Feb 24

COCONUT CHUTNEY
Contributed by Sheela

1 cup coconut
2 shallots
ginger (abt 1 cm)
garlic -2 cloves
green chilly-2
curry leaves

Blend all the above in a blender.

Mustard seed (biji sawi)-1/2 tsp
curry leaves
Dry chilly-1

1. Heat oil in a small wok. Fry the mustard seed until it splutters. Add the curry leaves & dry chilly for a few secs. Add all this (together with the oil) to the blended ingredients.

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Feb 22

It is always very encouraging to read positive news about breastfeeding. I found this report on the CDC issued in April 5th 2008. The research is done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.

In a gist,

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

* The percentage of infants who were ever breastfed increased from 60% among infants who were born in 1993-1994 to 77% among infants who were born in 2005-2006.
* Breastfeeding rates increased significantly among non-Hispanic black women from 36% in 1993-1994 to 65% in 2005-2006.
* Breastfeeding rates in 1999-2006 were significantly higher among those with higher income (74%) compared with those who had lower income (57%).
* Breastfeeding rates among mothers 30 years and older were significantly higher than those of younger mothers.
* There was no significant change in the rate of breastfeeding at 6 months of age for infants born between 1993 and 2004.

Human milk is the ideal food for most infants. Breastfeeding benefits infants and their mothers (1). Breastfed infants receive anti-bodies from breast milk, which protect against infection in the early postpartum period, and breastfeeding is less expensive than formula feeding. This report summarizes information on breastfeeding rates in the United States based on data from the 1999–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Results are reported for the total U.S. population and three race-ethnic groups by birth year cohort.

Please continue reading on CDC website. They have a .pdf format which you can pass around to breastfeeding advocates and breastfeeding moms.

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Feb 20

I just watched a whitening cream advertisement for underarms on TV. I think it is good that I remind pregnant moms that some women do get discolourations on their neck (like me), armpits and other parts of the body.

Before I got pregnant, I have another colleague who got it quite bad. I remembered her grumbling about it and no matter how she scrubbed, the dark patches on her armpits refused to go away. It is rather unsightly but then, pregnancy hormones throw us moms all kind of funny things.

Eventually, those underarms pigmentations go away. If I remember, it took several months before the dark patches on my neck disappeared. During those period, I was very conscious of them and tried to hide with higher collar.

So, moms, please do not resort to any chemicals or creams during your pregnancy and lactating period. Bear with it until it is over because it is caused by the hormones upsets.

The mask of pregnancy appears when high estrogen levels stimulate melanin production, and exposure to sunlight makes the condition more prominent. Discolored patches of skin may also develop on the forearms and other parts of the body that receive exposure to the sun. Melasma sometimes is more pronounced with each pregnancy.

(wiki)

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