Sunday, 31 December 2017

Home bakers milk lactation cookie craze

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A growing number of home bakers who have taken to offering cookies, muffins and brownies that purportedly help lactating mothers produce more milk.

Galactogogues (substances containing nutrients that support and promote breast milk production) are used in making these cookies, like almonds, flaxseed, brewer's yeast, oats and fenugreek.

“I realised these ingredients were milk boosters after friends who ate my cookies reported producing more milk,” said a home baker.

Do they really work? Yes, going by testimonials left behind by customers on the bakers' social media pages.

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You may want to read Galactagogue Foods That Have Helped Me Breastfeed Better

Hospitals switching to cheaper infant formula from July 2018

Those who feed their babies with infant formula could find their costs halved when the hospitals offer cheaper ready-to-feed (RTF) brands to infants in hospital from July 1.

As most parents prefer to stick with the formula their infants had been fed while in hospital, this makes it easier for them to continue with the cheaper brands after their babies leave the hospital.

The two brands to be offered by the hospitals are Nestle's Lactogen and Danone's Dulac.

The retail prices for Lactogen and Dulac are $2.20 and $2.50 per 100g respectively, much cheaper than the six brands now used at SGH, which cost between $5 and $7.50 per 100g.


The 30-day plan that will help you shed pounds and develop good habits for life

This 30-day plan devised by a medical expert which involves adopting a new, easy habit each day to help make those good intentions a reality.

Changing your habit slowly to permanent lifestyle is better than dieting, which may not be permanent.

Some of the recommendations include:
  • Start to walk, jog, cycle or swim just a kilometre a day,
  • eat from smaller plates
  • get active every hour
  • check your weight regularly
  • beat your distance on other day or walk or jog faster
  • eat more veggies
  • etc....

Read the full 30-day plan @

What is the difference between flu and a cold?

The symptoms are rather similar for flu and common cold, but flu tends to be more severe.

Flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia.

Flu is spread by germs, hence do not ask for antibiotics from your doctor as the antibiotics will not help in recovery of your illness nor relieve symptoms. Antibiotics are effective against bacteria.

Flu and cold usually clear by themselves after a week or so. To help relieve symptoms,
  • rest, 
  • sleep, 
  • keep warm (spices like ginger, pepper may help as they keep your body warm)
  • drink a lot of water
  • take painkiller like paracetamol or aspirin if you have aches or body pain,
  • eat more food with vitamin C as vitamin C keeps your body healthy and strong.