In Why on 21 March 2015 at 8:00 pm
I am 33 and nursing my daughter. I stopped pumping at work a couple of months ago. I have noticed that lately, I am experiencing a lot of acne on face, around jaw line and neck. I haven’t changed my diet drastically and was wondering if the nursing schedules or drop in pumping may be causing the acne. Is there any natural stuff that I could use to control the crazy breakouts?
Mama of two in Austin
You are not the only one to experience an outbreak of acne following a sudden drop in nursing frequency. It seems like any time we go through hormonal changes we are prone to acne. You may already be aware that breast milk is a popular treatment for acne. Once the hormones settle down so should the acne. Some home remedies that might help include reducing intake of dairy and animal products, which come loaded with hormones, getting regular exercise, and the usual good dietary habits.
Acne apart, if you are nursing less during the day you can expect your daughter to make up for it at night and early in the morning. Be sure to eat well and get enough rest and night-nursing will be boon to you as well as your daughter.
In How on 30 October 2014 at 5:24 am
“What do you think of baby-led weaning?”
I was calmly chopping vegetables with Radhika, a friend and member of Ask Amma today when she asked me this question. What is baby-led weaning? I thought.
“What are the possible thoughts about this?” I asked.
“I mean, should you purée the food? What about the baby food they sell in the store?”
Hmm … As someone who never bought baby food from the store, and who did not purée food that is not normally puréed, I had to take a few steps back to answer this question. Read the rest of this entry »
In Field Notes, Poems on 14 December 2015 at 2:42 am
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least two years and beyond for as long as mother and baby wish. The benefits of breastfeeding do not disappear at a specific age, but rather continuously prepare children physically, intellectually and emotionally to digest what the world has to offer, literally and figuratively. Curiosity, experimentation, illness, growth spurts and adaptations to circumstances will prompt children to modulate breastfeeding and eventually outgrow it.
And how do you say goodbye? In this guest post, Divya Singh, Amma to 3½ year-old Navya in Portland. shares her story along with a poem.
Last week, my 3½ year-old and I said bye-bye to our breastfeeding relationship on a very happy note…wanted to share this for Ask Amma.
Here’s how it worked out-
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In How on 15 November 2014 at 8:00 pm
My baby wakes up 10 times at night, nursing even when she is not hungry. How can I peacefully help her sleep at night?
Mother of a 10 month old in Chandigarh
As they say with every phase of breastfeeding, این نیز بگذرد, or “this too shall pass.”
Often it is just when we have figured out how to handle a given situation that it passes, leaving us wondering if it would have passed anyway or our efforts made any difference at all. Sometimes what we thought was a problem was actually a solution to some other problem we did not recognize. Once solved, it passes. Read the rest of this entry »
In How on 13 September 2014 at 1:12 pm
When do babies double their birth weight?
I’ve heard this question so often these days, yet it was not a topic that came up regularly when I was a new mother. When in doubt, blame the internet. Sure, we had plenty internet in 2003 but we didn’t have such ready means of comparing baby weights and collecting ever more factoids over which we could check our status and see how well we were or weren’t keeping up with the Joneses.
So, compared to the new mothers of today who give their babies age in weeks and continue giving the age to the tenth decimal place, I actually don’t know exactly when my daughter doubled her birth weight but I can say it was between the age of 7 and 8 months.
Babies on the upper berth. It is unclear whether they have doubled their birth weight. But they are enjoying the train!
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In Yes / No on 19 September 2013 at 4:00 pm
Is animal milk (cow or buffalo) essential for a child’s growth?
– Mamma of 2-year old from Hyderabad
Well, of course it depends on whose child it is! I am sure the zebra, elephant, deer and cow below would each tell you with full confidence that her milk was essential for her child’s growth!
Baby Zebra Nursing
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In How on 23 July 2013 at 4:00 am
How often do we hear that children won’t eat? No one loves this message more than the food industry, which is ready to jump in with factory-tested flavours and bliss points, adding salt, fat and sugar, flavor, color and stabilizer in indsutrially calibrated quantities to design foods that hold mass appeal. “Kids today don’t eat food!” declares an advertisement for a popular packaged meal. On the screen we see a child pushing away a plate of vegetables, dal and roti and brightening up considerably when the packaged bliss comes forth in steaming digitally enhanced ringlets.
How often have we seen parents or grandparents run behind a child with a bowl of food or hire someone to perform this task? Read the rest of this entry »
In How on 27 June 2013 at 8:00 pm
Today’s India Together article “The Obesity Epidemic: Are Parents to Blame?” raises the question of how parents can encourage good eating habits.
While the article raises useful points, it unfortunately retains a top-down approach of parents dictating to children or experts dictating to parents. This will not work. What will work is for parents to trust their children from birth. They neither need to tell their children to eat nor tell them not to eat.
The article touches on the importance of breastfeeding, starting with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, but does not recognize the full scope of breastfeeding to help nurture good eating habits. Read the rest of this entry »