Friday, January 23, 2015

Nipple Shields: Temporary Breastfeeding Solution for new moms with Latching woes

As a young mother wailed about breast sores, small nipples and her inability to breastfeed her newborn, it brought me back to a similar experience and a solution that few Jamaican Mommies seem to know about (yes we did a poll on our Facebook Page once and many didn't seem to know)

Back in 2009 I was one such mama, who had many grand breastfeeding plans which just about shattered when multiple attempts led to a 'too small/too flat nipple' diagnosis. How was I going to reap the mommy and me bonding and countless other breast feeding benefits I wailed?! and within a day, the solution was forthcoming. My trusty paediatrician, mentioned an item that was previously unknown to me-The Nipple Shield and I have since been thankful for that little item that made my life so much easier as a new mom, if even temporarily. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mama Mia: Cheers to a Happier, Healthier, More balanced you!

Happy New Year!! Season Greetings, Cheers to a new leaf and then some!!

It's that time of the year when resolutions and reflections are in order and even as some pull last year's resolutions from the dust pile, there is no doubt that the thought and feel of a new year brings with it some level of new hope, new optimism and that "Yes you can-niveness" that you were somehow unable to muster up all throughout 2014.  So to celebrate with you and to encourage you along in 2015, Jamaican Mommies has compiled a list of small changes/steps you can make this year to celebrate the new you!!

Are your efforts for 2015 focused on Spending more QUALITY time with the family? Do you want to be more financially prudent? Want a healthier 2015? or do you want to have that deep-seated Peace of mind that seems to be ever fleeting? Chances are, we have a tip or two for you.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The #BeforeIam30Ja Challenge

A little off our regular programming, but being a momma is preceded by being a person. The adventurous bit in me prompted this post and the affiliated challenge. Do note, this challenge in no way erases the need for more solid and serious life plans, but this is my very fun on the way  to 30 challenge-S. Coombs

Ages and ages and ages ago, I believed I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve by the time I was 30. I scribbled constantly in my notepad and did 5 year revisions ever so often and yet 30 seemed like a lonnnng way off. Fast forward and now I'm almost there!! Yayy or Nayy? Definately Yayy

Most persons when doing the "By the time I am 30 plan" seem to focus on some common 'things': House, kid (s), car, dream job, financial security, educational goals etc.  Mostly smart I'd say, but for us mamas, if the kids dare arrive before many of the other 'things' were in place, that #BeforeIam30 plan may very well boil down to 2 things: 1. Keep my child emotionally, physically and financially secure and 2. survive life after all the child related expenses :-). Can I get an amen?

Being the adventurer I think I am, I started looking at lots of things to do before you are 30.  The internet brought up several searches but I was particularly intrigued by the AllWomen'sTalk listing as it shared some more fabulous ideas. It spoke to me as a woman and I could in fact check off a few of the things (Paris remains on my Things to do List)

Now, with just a few days to go my mamacitas and my many 19-mid-80's babies who are rounding off 28, 29 and 30, I give to thee a challenge. If you are 28, you still have some time. If you are rounding out at 29, you can get it done ahead of time and if you have just a few more days or until the end of the year to get to 30, enjoy the adrenaline rush and just do it!!

So let's go on mission #BeforeIam30Ja 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Protecting your family against the Chikungunya Virus

Many moons ago, in late August I believe, I started this blog post on protecting your family against the Chikungunya Virus.  This coincided with a time when I also became an anti-mosquito ninja.  I knew from the newscasts and word on every street that the disease was supposedly transmitted via mosquito bites and I went on a mission to clear my home of the dreaded terror.  Every door boasted a snap shut door mesh; windows remained closed (and JPS enjoyed the light bill increase); our house was sprayed with aerosol anti insect spray in the morning before heading to work and again in the evenings.  I stacked up on lemon grass based mosquito body sprays and felt all was in order to safeguard my family from the dreaded Chik V. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's World Food Day: Let's celebrate our Jamaican farmers

Last year we blogged about World Food Day and because Food is so important to all our lives, well we just had to do it again!!

This year World Food Day is being celebrated under the theme: Family Farmers: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth and so appropriate too right? as this theme plays up the dual role of farmers as providers and protectors of the Earth's Natural Resources. The theme also ties in with the United Nations' declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farmers (IYFF) as the Organization especially through its Food and Agriculture arm aims to raise awareness around the challenges that are faced by family farmers, even as they contribute so much to feeding several nations.

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