Wednesday, 30 April 2014

5 Tips to Produce More Breast Milk

Hello new moms and moms to be! This one was a special request and I knew a lot of "US" have or had this problem. Producing breast milk! #newmommyproblems

I struggled with this the first few months after having my baby and after extensive research and trial and error here are my top 5 tips to producing more breast milk.

1. Drink LOTS of water (as I fill my 1.5 Ltr bottle)
- The first few weeks after having my baby I must admit I was terrible at this. I'm not a big water drinker as I think water is just so boring!! Finally with the help of my husband yelling at me to drink water every minute I increased my water intake and almost immediately noticed the difference in the amount of milk I was producing and at how many times a day my breast would "fill up".

2. Eat your meals ON TIME!
- Don't starve yourself! If you are anything like me you aren't even remembering to eat unless someone asks you. I was home with just me and baby and wasn't eating until my husband got home. When I started to eat proper meals and on time my milk ducts were happy and so was my baybay!!

3. Fenugreek Tea
- I swear by this herbal remedy. This seed is beneficial in many ways including reducing cholesterol and preventing colon cancer. However my favorite benefit is it helps the production of breast milk. They have this available as tea and in a pill form. I have heard that the pill form is more potent but I just used the tea and it worked wonders for me. There are also products on the market that have fenugreek in them like "Milky" by Tia and Tamera Mowry (Sister Sister) <--- Love those girls.

4. Relax!
- If you're stressed chances are your breast milk production is low. Sometimes you have to just sit in a quiet space and breath easy. You would be surprised at how much piece of mind will help your body.

- Just remember these three words Supply and Demand. The more you pump or feed your little one the more milk your body will produce. You will notice after a while of breastfeeding that your breast fill up the same times when your baby is ready to eat. When your baby isn't eating pump as often as possible. Your baby will thank you for it!

Please remember I am in no way shape or form a pro and I am still learning as I go along. This is what worked for me but it may not necessarily work for you. Unfortunately there are some mothers whose bodies just wont allow the to breastfeed.

I hope these tips help someone out there! Leave your comments if they did or if you have more tips to add!

Monday, 28 April 2014

My thoughts on the Clippers and Racism

With the recent story about Donald Sterling (Clippers oplaguescist comments and the fire it has sparked on the topic on social media led me to write this blog. One of the reasons I started this blog was because my Facebook statuses don't allow the amount of words I need to say to get my point across sometimes.

I have seen so many people saying that the Clippers should have sit out the game, and that they are cowards. I think when stories like this come out we are so quick to judge, so quick to say "this is what they should have done".

Think about this and answer this question TRUTHFULLY!!!

If your boss made some racist comments would you quit right on the spot or would you do your job and get your paycheck until you found something else?

Truth is the majority of these basketball players play this game because of the love of the sport (the pay is just a really good bonus that comes with the job). These players work hard alllll yeeaaarrr looonggg in hopes to being named the Champions at the end of the season. If I were these players I would not sit out a game in the Playoffs and risk the chance of making it to the one place I've worked hard to get to all year either!! I think there point was made when they came out with their jerseys inside out and threw them on the ground.

While there is so much noise in the market remember THEY DID SOMETHING ... If I asked 10 people who had something to say about how they didn't do enough what they did about racism about 8 of them would say nothing.

Do not be mistaken. What Sterling said (if he really did say it because I don't think this was even confirmed yet) was definitely wrong and I do not agree with it one bit. There should be some serious repercussions if he did say this.

(A lot of people are going to disagree with what I have to say next)

Does Racism Truly Exist in the abundance that we think?

We have racism issues? Do we? Or are we enslaving ourselves?
Here are some examples that make me think black people are making themselves suffer racism in 2014:

1. We hear it all the times the "N" word which was so de-grating and terrible years ago is now thrown around all the time amongst black people (and some white) like its cool!! So we can call each other "N****" but someone of another race cant? Respect yourself before you expect it from someone else.

2. Its always because someone is black ... Like come on guys ... Every time someone doesn't get a high position at a large company  "because they were black".  UUmmmm ever thought maybe it was because someone else who just happened to be of another race was more qualified? :O of course not! That just cant be!! Whenever a black person is locked up it's "because they were black" ... sure orr maybe juusstt maybe they are in there because they committed a crime. When a black person walks into a store and someone doesn't offer them assistance "its because they were black" Really? How about you get over yourseld shop on your own and ASK if and when you need assistance. I personally rather not have help.

3. We have television channels and awards for black people like B.E.T and B.E.T awards. Imagine the hell that would break lose if there was a channel launched called White Entertainment Television?!?!?! Ohh noooo that would be racist.

Don't get me wrong Im not saying that in some cases this isn't true and that racism does not continue to follow some of us. Like theTrayvon Martin case (R.I.P) definitely racial profiling. But you have to admit this is the name we have made for ourselves as black people...We're the "tuff guys" our men don't hug because thats "gay", we don't share our feeling because that makes you vulnerable and weak....dont let your cloths actually fit you (rolls eyes).

I could go on all day about how we as black people make ourselves victim all the time but I have a baby to tend to.

I say all of that to say this before you say anthing think about what you would do, have done or are doing about it...


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