Monday, September 7, 2020

Female Owned Small Business You Should Support

I am a supporter of females.I want women to succeed.Increasingly a lot of the businesses I buy items from are women owned and if they are muslim  and/or mothers it makes me very happy.
 

Many people are starting small businesses especially young ladies.It seems everyone has a small business or is thinking of starting one.Most of these businesses challenge me because they are owned by people in their early twenties.Young people with big dreams doing big things.Some have even left full time employment to focus on their businesses!
I buy from small businesses as much as I can and these five are ones that I love and would recommend any day.

Moderne
Moderne is a tailoring business that is co-owned by two sisters.They make beautiful custom dresses,skirts,kimonos and palazzo pants.Basically modest clothing targeting the muslimahs.Their dresses are very beautiful and sell out pretty first.I am a huge fan and a lot of my dresses are from them.

Buy from them because their dresses are custom and for each material and design only few dresses are made.Its highly unlikely that you will get something from them and you find out everyone else has it.

Only thing is be sure to know your measurements when getting a dress from them because they will not take responsibility if sent measurements are too small and the dress cannot fit

Tajified

Ibtisam is the official girl boss she has big marketing job and makes really good bags.I have gotten so many compliments since I got her tote bag.The bag is quite functional and so very pretty.She makes a wide range of bags.Check her page out you are sure to get something to suit what you are looking for.


Elimu Box 
Are you interested in getting books and crafts materials? Elimu box is the place to do this.The lady that runs it is so friendly and so efficient,she does same day deliveries.From them I have bought books, pom poms and googly eyes.Neema is so friendly that she even gives you ideas on how to use the craft materials based on the age of your child.

Lactacare
Lactacare is a business that is so close to my heart.Their lactation tea and cookies worked so well for me.The first time I used them I woke up having leaked milk mpaka the bed was proper wet.Their cookies are so delicious sometimes I miss them.If you are breastfeeding and struggling with supply try them.You will not regret.

Little Muslims Bookshelf
This business has so many muslim books for children.If you are a mum and want to read Islam story books and introduce duas to your little ones this page has it all.I buy stories from the Quran from them.My intention is to have all of the books in this series in due time.The lady that runs gives good advice on what books to get first based on what you want to achieve from the books.They do same day deliveries within Nairobi.

What small businesses do you recommend and why?

Monday, April 27, 2020

Breast Feeding Hacks


Precious times.Those early days can feel quite taxing but it ending also worries me.I am trying to get to twelve months despite my babies not being big fans.
Breastfeeding, one of the things each first time mum thinks will come easily and naturally.For some lucky women it comes very easy and they constantly are leaking milk.Some like me have to work very hard for it and others do not have any breast milk at all.

I have been breastfeeding for close to nine months now.In this time I have learnt a few things through research and experience.If you are struggling in breastfeeding and are looking for tips below are things that have worked for me.

Start early.

Those early days after you give birth are the window of opportunity in breastfeeding.It is at this time that one is able to build their supply to a level that they produce enough milk or even more milk than their babies need.If you are able to, breast-feed or pump within the first hour after you give birth.This is major key because the first few times one breast-feeds or pumps milk they produce colostrum.Colostrum helps babies build their immunity,creates a protective coating on your babies new stomach and is basically the highest quality liquid gold.

Feed or express often

Breast-milk production is demand based.The more there is demand for milk the more milk is produced.To ensure you are making enough,feed or express every two to three hours.Each feeding session should last for between 20 to 30 minutes or even more.If breastfeeding ensure that the baby empties the breast each time.If the baby does not do it express milk after each session.This has to be the thing I struggle the most to do.Hard but the payoff is worth it.

Hydrate and eat good nutritious food
Everytime I express milk,I label the storage bag with what I ate.Then when I feed it to the boys I tell them; `guess what mummy you are eating such and such kind of food`.I also do this to keep myself accountable and to ensure I am eating good food for the babies.

When breastfeeding eat for one and drink for two.

Fluids are what will make milk.Drink plenty of water,soup,porridge,milo,cocoa and anything warm fluid you like.Aim to drink atleast three litres of fluids.Also eat nutritious food,this way you ensure in addition to producing a lot of milk,the milk is also top quality.

There are foods known as galactagogues.These foods have the potential to increase milk supply.I have tried tonnes of them with little success 😂😂.Oats have worked for me,so I am always eating oatmeal porridge on most days.

Everytime you eat or drink something be sure to add an ingredient that boosts milk supply.
 
Lactation supplements

Breastfeeding needs support let no one lie to you.I found that lactation goodies from Lactarcare Kenya have worked wonders for me.They make cookies,muffins and teas.Good thing about them is they custom make everything.If you want sugar free everything they do it.If you are like me and hyper-acidity from pregnancy has never gone they make products that do not cause heartburns.I cannot say enough good things about Lactacare.If you are struggling with supply contact them and you will surprise yourself with how much milk you can make.In addition to selling lactation supplements they also offer advice which I find invaluable especially as a first time mum.

Have breastfeeding goals

            I often go on google and search breast milk images to see how over-achieving breast-feeders are doing
My babies spent time at the newborn unit because they came too early.Having babies in the newborn unit teaches you things like how mls and grams are so very important.

Each morning you see the pediatrician and he informs you of the progress your babies have made.He also informs you how much milk your babies are taking each feed.This gives you an estimate of how much milk is needed per day.This kept me expressing a lot of times to ensure that I met daily targets of milk needed.Most days and especially after the first weeks I could not meet demand because making almost 1000mls of milk is not easy but I aimed to get 80% of the babies feed.

Having daily milk production targets made me express more,drink loads of milo and porridge and research on milk production.Goals push you and this is why it is important to have them while breastfeeding.

Relax and let your body do the work

You will surprised to know that the mothers who exclusively breastfeed are mostly the rural mothers.Those with no access to research and lactation supplements.Do you know why? those mothers are relaxed,their main focus is the baby.They are not thinking of snap-back,what their maternity cover is doing or having nanny drama.

Breastfeeding is a natural body process.Trust your body it knows what to do but remember to eat,hydrate and feed/express often.

Attend a lactation/breastfeeding class 

To be informed is to be forewarned.

If you can attend lactation class run and do it.Breastfeeding comes with some challenges like: latching is not a given,how to hold a baby during breastfeeding does not come naturally,even how you hold the boobies during feeding is taught.I am lucky that I got someone to teach me these things for free.A lot of maternity nurses teach things related to breastfeeding after you give birth be sure to ask them if you need support.


Mums reading this what worked best for you during your breastfeeding journey??

Friday, September 27, 2019

Four things to consider when choosing a maternity hospital


So many hospitals to choose from...........................................
One of the biggest decisions one is required to make whilst expecting a child is where they plan on delivering their child or children(incase one is expecting multiples). I thought it would be a no brainer for me and that I would obviously go to Aga Khan because we only want the best right?. This is until I got pregnant and had to restart my pre-natal clinics three times over.Each time I found fault with the health facility I was visiting at the time.I started off at the Woman`s clinic in the CBD,then the Aga Khan at Capital centre and finally settled on Mater hospital.Mater chose me really because by the time my babies came at 32 weeks 2 days I was seriously considering a move.

I am grateful that I got the babies at Mater; it`s very near my home,their services although slow are excellent,compared to the big hospitals in Nairobi it is a bit cheaper and their newborn unit is A1.The only issue with the hospital is that during pre-natal clinics one sees the doctor first before going for the required tests and ultra sound.Then during your next visit you discuss the results from your previous visit(weirdest thing ever). This just didn`t work for me as always we were discussing old news with the doctor.The way to navigate this I found is to ask the doctor to prescribe the required tests, then I would you take them just before my next visit.

If you are pregnant and are undecided on where to go for pre-natal clinics and where to usher in your precious gift/gifts below are things you should consider when making this important decision.

Cost


 `Do you know how expensive it is to give birth in a private hospital`-Plan B


Giving birth isn`t exactly cheap.The good thing though is that there are so many hospitals to choose from.The really expensive,the affordable and even facilities that allow women to deliver for free.

When deciding on a facility ensure you are aware of all the costs involved.Costs would normally include; cost per night,drugs,doctor fees and theater charges incase one has a ceaseran section.

Different hospitals have maternity packages, when making the decision ask the hospitals you are considering for their packages.My suggestion is by the time you are twenty five weeks pregnant start looking at maternity packages and settle on one that is well within your budget.Sometimes you will need to spend more so its wise to choose a facility that is below your budget this way you are less likely to spend more than you had anticipated.Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Gynaecologist

There are so many gynaecologists in the market currently that trying to choose a good one is like trying to find a needle in a hay-stack.The main reason I kept on changing hospitals for pre-natal clinic is that each of the gynas I met seemed so disinterested.One I actually had to ask to review my urine tests because he didn`t look at the results.They all seem to be in a rush.

Choosing a good doctor is really important as they make a lot of the medical decisions for you.They prescribe supplements for you,treat you in the event of pregnancy related issues and have your medical history.Ask your friends, family,colleagues or anyone whose judgement you trust to suggest good gynas they have worked with and trust.I unfortunately didn`t find a gem of a gyna but had so many suggestions from friends.

Most of the gynas have specific hospitals where they have rights to deliver babies.When choosing one make sure you know which hospitals they work in and if these facilities are within your budget.

Newborn Unit/NICU

Tiny feet 💗💗
With pregnancy plan for the unexpected and pray for the best.A lot of babies spend sometime in the newborn unit.When deciding on a facility visit their new-born unit,ask questions and familiarize yourself with this part of the hospital.

If you are carrying a high risk pregnancy then this will be one of the main things to consider.Important things to consider are; quality of care given in this unit,reviews from people you know, the cost and the arrangements around how often you can see your little one(s) when they are there.

Access to the health facility

This is pretty obvious but proximity of the hospital to your home should be considered.With child-birth and pregnancy you can plan all you want but truth be told nothing is in your hands.It is wise to choose a hospital you can reach in the shortest time possible if an emergency happens.

I hope this is helpful and will assist you when deciding on maternity hospital.What other things should one look at? Let me know 😊😊.