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Jun 22

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.

(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.

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Apr 11

There’s no milk like mother’s milk! Breastmilk is the best milk for newborns and it should be the exclusive food until they reach six months old. Exclusive means ideally there is no other milk or food sources. During weaning period (from 6 months onwards), babies will start taking solid foods as being recommended by the nutrition experts.

Breastfeeding can be continued till your kid reaches one year old and beyond. Some of my friends even breastfed till their kids reached three years old. However, most moms find it hard to express their milk during work and, therefore they are unable to provide solely breastmilk to their toddlers. Some children are natural milk lovers.

My little boy is now five years old and he was exclusively breastfed for about eight months old. After that, I weaned him on follow-up milk. He just loves his milk and cannot sleep without a bottle of warm milk before nap and bedtime.

So, the big question is which milk should we offer to our little toddlers? There are so many alphabets, funny names and all kinds of flavours to choose from. It is sometimes hard for us to decide because we want the best for our children.

Recently, my friend got me a tin of Friso Gold 4 new hygiene pack (suitable for my boy who is above four years old) since he knows that my little boy is one of the most blogged-about boy on the Malaysia’s blogosphere. Incidentally, I already bought a tin earlier when I saw the advertisement appearing on my blog.

I did a quick check and like their special hygiene pack and ingredients such as prebiotics and probiotics. My boy is very actively exploring in the park and garden. He is now mixing with other children of his age and getting the germs and bugs are inevitable.

According to Friso’s website,

Friso Gold is enhanced with Frisoshield™ for more goodness. It contains a nutritious combination of prebiotics (FOS), probiotics (L. reuteri), nucleotides, selenium and mixed carotenes. Friso Gold also has DHA, AA and SA for your child’s overall development.

My little boy loves the flavour of the milk so much! He said it tastes like the warm vanilla that I get for him at coffee joints. I am already into the second tin, just after more than a week because he wanted several bottles a day.

I figure out…..he won’t be asking for milk for much longer as most children will outgrow their liking for milk once they are older. So I better give him all the goodness and nutrients he demands now. He leads a very active lifestyle full of swimming, running in the park, playing badminton with my husband and practically on full turbo charged the whole day.

So, if you are wondering which milk to get for your child, think of the nice taste of warm vanilla which contains the necessary goodness that protects our child. My little boy certainly knows how to enjoy life.

There are various stages of the milk for children above one year old. Do look for the right lable and find one suitable for your child’s age.

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Jan 10

Sometimes, breastfed babies tend to poo more often. So, how do you know if your baby is experiencing loose stool or diarrhea or it is just normal?

Below is a question from one of the mom :

My son who is coming to 5 months now still passing motion almost at each feed. One day is about 5-6, sometimes 7 times. His weight gain is about 400-600gm per month for the last two months. Sometimes the stool is watery too. However, He is still active and happy as usual.

Should I continue to fully breastfeed him or supplement with solid or formula?

And I provided some ideas :

Definitely not supplement with formula! Have you checked with your paediatrician about this? He may want to know the colour of the stool, the consistency, whether it is pasty (like flour mixed with water), totally watery or is there some transparent, jellylike stool. These are all very important indications for doctors.

A food allergy can cause loose stool. Eg, the food you take may not agree with your baby’s digestive system. Is this a daily occurrence? Does your baby get tummy aches, bloated tummy etc? Is there a history of allergy in both you and your hubby’s family?

Your decision whether to start solid depends on your comfort level. Many of us start solid at 4 months (only rice flakes mixed with ebm). But many prefers to wait till 6 months. Starting solid may not solve the problem unless you know the reason. Best to check with your child’s paed, pick up the phone and ask. Otherwise, answer the above questions and write in detail. I will check this out with a paed for you.
Lilian (co-owner, moderator and mom of 5)

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