Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Breastfeed Working Mom (II) - Using A Breast Pump

How Do I Use A Breast Pump?

Before using your breast pump for the first time it is a good idea to read through the entire instruction manual. The instruction manual can help you learn the right way to assemble and use your pump. It should also include the manufacturer's contact information. If the instruction manual is missing from the box, check the outside of the box for a customer service line you can call to request a copy.

Wash and Dry Your Hands

Before using your pump, wash your hands with soap, scrubbing for 10 -15 seconds, then rinse with plenty of warm water. After washing, dry your hands thoroughly with a clean paper towel.

You do not need to wash your breasts before you pump unless you have been using a cream, ointment, or other product on your breasts that must be removed first. Check the labels on products you have been using and ask your doctor for advice.

Assemble Your Pump

Consult your pump's instruction manual for the proper way to assemble your pump.

Get Comfortable

Find a clean and comfortable place where you can relax and not be disturbed while pumping. If you have an electric pump, find an area near an out let so you can plug the pump in. Some mothers find it helpful to hold their baby, or to have a picture of their baby in front of them while they pump.

Position the Breast-Shield(s)

Consult your instruction manual for tips on positioning your nipple in the breast-shiled(s). Your nipple should fit comfortably in the center of the opening in the breast-shield(s). Gently adjust the breast-shield(s) until it feels comfortable without pinching, pulling or otherwise irritating your nipple or breast tissue.

Begin Pumping

If your pump is electric or battery-powered, turn the switch to the on position. If you are using a manual pump, begin pumping. Consult your instruction manual for suggestions on an appropriate pumping speed. Adjust the speed until you find one that is comfortable for you.

How Long Should I Pump and What Can I Expect?

A qualified health care professional can help determine the best pumping method for you. The amount of milk produced is different for everyone. A typical pumping session lasts about 10 -15 minutes per breast, but you should only pump as long as it is comfortable and productive for you.

Your breast milk may not flow immediately after you start pumping, so try to be patient. When it does flow, your milk should be collected in the container attached to your pump. If milk is leaking out of your pump, stop pumping and make sure you have assembled the pump correctly before trying again. If your pump continues to leak, call the manufacturer's customer service line for help.

When you have finished pumping gently insert a finger between your breast and the breast-shield to break the vacuum seal. Remove the bottle of milk from the rest of the pump, and label the bottle with the date and time of pumping before storing it in the refrigerator or freezer.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Breastfeed Working Mom (I) - Choosing a Breast Pump

Choosing a Breast Pump - What Type of Breast Pump Is Right For Me?

Manual or electric, single or double-alternating pump, buy or rent? With the number of options available choosing the most suitable breast pump for your pumping needs can be tricky.

Keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all breast pump; what worked well for your mother or best friend may not work well for you. Choosing your ideal breast pump is a decision best made after considering your needs and weighing all of the options.

There are several factors that can help determine your ideal breast pump. The following sections provide a brief outline of points to consider when choosing a pump. If you are having difficulty choosing a pump, a qualified healthcare professional can help guide your decision based on the following factors:

1) How do you plan to use the pump?
  • Are you using a pump in addition to breastfeeding?

  • Do you plan to pump and store several containers of milk?

  • Are you returning to work?

  • Will you be away from your baby for several days?

2) How much time will it take you to pump?

  • The amount of time it takes to pump varies, but certain types of breast pumps may be easier to use and extract milk faster.

  • If you plan to pump at work or do not have a lot of time to pump, you may want to consider a battery or electrically powered breast pump. Double and double-alternating pumps may also decrease the amount of time it takes to pump because both breasts can be emptied at the same time.

3) Are the pump's instructions easy for you to understand?
  • Review the instructions included with several different pumps and choose a pump that is easy for you to assemble, use, clean, and take apart. If you are shopping for a pump in a store, ask a salesperson if the store has display breast pumps so you can practice assembling and taking apart several different pumps before you buy one.

  • Keep in mind that for health reasons most stores will not allow you to return a breast pump.

4) Where will you be using a pump?
  • Manual and battery-powered pumps can be easy to transport and use in small spaces, while an electric pump will require an outlet to power the pump and may be difficult to transport.

  • It is important that women who use a powered breast pump are prepared for emergency situations when electricity or extra batteries may not be available. Having extra supplies for pumping and a back-up method, such as a manual breast pump, may help a woman maintain her breast pumping schedule during an emergency.

5) Do you need a pump that is easy to transport?

  • If you travel frequently, or plan to pump at work consider buying a light-weight pump such as manual breastpump that transports easily in a carrying case that holds the pump and your pumping supplies.

  • If you plan to pump in the same place every time, you may not need to worry about how easy it is to transport.

6) Will the breast-shields fit you?

  • Make sure that the breast-shield opening is the correct size for you. You should be able to comfortably center your nipple inside the breast-shield. Many pumps are sold with one size of breast-shield. If the included breast-shields make your nipples sore or are otherwise uncomfortable, make sure you can replace them with a different size or texture that is comfortable for you and will work with your pump.
Should I Buy a Used Breast Pump or Share a Breast Pump?

You should never buy a used breast pump or share a breast pump.

Only FDA cleared, hospital-grade pumps should be used by more than one person. With the exception of hospital-grade pumps, the FDA considers breast pumps single-use devices. That means that a breast pump should only be used by one woman because there is no way to guarantee the pump can be cleaned and disinfected between uses by different women.

The money you may save by buying a used pump is not worth the health risks to you or your baby. Breast pumps that are reused by different mothers can carry infectious diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis.

Buying a used breast pump or sharing a breast pump may be a violation of the manufacturer's warranty and you may not be able to get help from the manufacturer if you have a problem with the pump.


The Secret of ‘P’ Reveal

‘P’ in our context is stand for 'Perfect Solution for Breastfeed Working Mom' and 'Perfect Fit for Natural Parenting'.

In order to encourage newly give birth mom to continue breastfeed, to continue giving their best to their beloved child once return to work and to encourage natural parenting practices, we have come out P2 – P6 package deal for you.

Each package deal has been carefully thought, design and has a logic behind it. For example, Philips Avent breastpump is package with Stylo Mama Shoulder Bag (notebook backpack like design) + Safety Plus Breastmilk Storage BPA Free Bottle (pack of 8) + Stylo reusable MAMA Gel Ice (cold Pack) + Stylo Mama Cooler A+ Avent Airflex Feeding Bottle (125ml/4oz x 2 ).

This package is called P6 which come with 6 essential items you need to continue breastfeed when you return to work.

For more packages deal, click
here or click at Package Deal category. We will package more and more good deals for you

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Love 2U Photo Sharing

My Love 2U

You may wonder, what is “My Love 2U” is all about. We believe every child is unique and is the most beautiful in their parent eyes. And deep in every parent heart, there are something they want to say to their beloved child.

So, My Love 2U is a platform for you to tell your heartfelt words to your children regardless it is just one word, three words or ten words, it is your love to them.

We are going to open this platform for everyone, yes, everyone to tell their love to their children from 20th Oct 2009 to 20th Nov 2009.
NO PURCHASE of product will be required. Yes, you hear it right. I repeat. NO PURCHASE of product will be required. This program is free and open for everyone.

Top 10 highest rated picture will receive RM50 Gift voucher each. You can use this gift voucher to buy anything listed at our online store for your beloved child.


Very simple. Just,

  • Register. Click on the My Love 2U giraffe picture at main page. It will bring you to the My Love 2U platform. Click on ‘Register’. Follow the wizard. Activate your membership by clicking the link in the registration confirmation email

  • Upload. Log in with your newly created id and password. Choose ‘Upload File’

  • Inform & Share. Inform your friends, your family members, your relatives, your colleagues, the whole word to participate, to view, to rate your picture and your heartfelt words at They are able to give comments if they wish.


  • Click on the picture, The title of the picture and the parents dedication words will appear at the bottom of the picture.
  • Select the rating you want to give [1 star (not good) to 5 stars (great)]


  • NO PURCHASE will be required. Yes, you hear it right. I repeat. NO PURCHASE will be require. This program is free and open for everyone.
  • Age of child is below 7 years old
  • Dedicated words to your child must not exceed 38 words
  • Picture format must either in JPG, JPEG and PNG format
  • Total accumulate file size of photo(s) must not exceed 2Mb.
  • You can submit more than one entry as long as you are not reach your total allocation picture quota i.e. 2Mb. For example, you have 3 children and you have words for each of them. You can submit three times as long as total accumulate picture upload size is less than 2 Mb. Hence, you may want to optimize your picture size to around 500K each before upload it.
  • Incomplete info submitted will be disqualified
  • Each participant is only allowed to win one prize. The winning entries will be based on total votes from the public
  • Unutilized amount of the gift voucher is not exchangeable with cash.
  • All winners will be notified by email or phone and the winner's names will be published on the
  • By entering the program, you authorise the reproduction of your photograph (without attribution) on the promotion collaterals. All intellectual property rights in the photographs will be permitted to use for marketing purposes by without acknowledgement of the original owner of the image.
  • If for any reason this program is not capable of running as planned, Kasihku reserves the right in its discretion to modify the terms of the program including the prizes and these Conditions of Entry.
  • By participating this program, all participants agree to bound by the rules and regulations of the organizer.

So, want to say a love word to your child? Click on the giraffe picture or click here ( participate

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How to Wash Cloth Diaper?

General Care and Washing Instructions

Caring for cloth diapers is usually as simple as doing a couple extra loads of laundry a week. We recommend you start with a simple routine, then if you have problems, start trying variations. Your water, washing machine, and climate can make a difference in what works. NOTE: These instructions apply to everything except wool. Here is the basic routine:
  • Put wet and soiled diapers directly into a dry diaper pail. (We do not recommend wet pails.) Some people choose to line their pail with a pail liner. If you are past the exclusively breastfed stage, shake off any solids into the toilet, or rinse with aminishower.
  • Wash every 2 or 3 days.
  • Do a Hot Wash cycle with an extra rinse. If you use a pail liner, throw it in also. Use half the amount of detergent recommended by the detergent manufacturer.
  • If you have a bag or liner in the load, take it out before the final rinse, as it can hold water and prevent everything from rinsing completely.
  • Put everything (diapers, covers, wet bags, liners, wipes, inserts*, doublers, pockets, all-in-ones) in the dryerfor 60-80 minutes. You may wish to run a shorter dryer cycle, remove wet bags, covers, and pocket diapers (since they'll dry quickly) and then continue to dry everything else longer. Alternatively, hang everything outside for fresh air and sunshine!
    *NOTE: Microfiber inserts will stay absorbent longer if line dried or dried on low.

Choosing a Detergent

The only thing less convenient about using cloth diapers today as compared to 20 years ago, is that detergents all have so much *stuff* added to them that doesn't react well with diapers. Our favorite detergent is Country Save, but if it's hard to find environmentally-friendly detergents in your area, Tide works well on diapers for most people. Note for Des Moines area people: Country Save is available at Little Padded Seats in Valley Junction, both in sample packs and 10 lb boxes.

If you want to see if your current favorite detergent will work, check out these charts for top loader and front loader machines. Formulas change, so always look at the ingredients. You want the simplest detergent possible, which happily is often the cheapest.

Ingredients to avoid:

  • optical brighteners
  • fabric softener
  • bleach, including color safe
  • enzymes
  • fragrance

Front Loader/HE Washers

High Efficiency washing machines are wonderful for the environment. The irony is, they're not optimal for washing cloth diapers. If you look inside a load of regular clothes in your front loader, you'll see 2-4 inches of water sloshing around the bottom of the drum. If you look in a load of diapers, chances are you will see no sloshing water. When you put in a load full of absorbent diapers, they tend to soak up a lot of the water, then they're just flopping around in there instead of washing!

What I do in my new front loader (the salesman told me I was nuts to want a new top loading machine, so I caved), is saturate the diapers before I start the wash cycle. After tossing the diapers in, I take a small pail of hot water and slowly pour it over the diapers. That way, the water the washer adds will actually wash the diapers!

Many front loaders have a Sanitary cycle with extra hot water. We don't recommend using this every time you wash your diapers, as it will shorten their useful life, but using it once a month or so will keep your diapers smelling fresh.

Choosing the right detergent is extra important with HE machines to avoid smelly and repelling diapers.

DOs and DON'Ts

DO fasten hook/loop closures onto fold back tabs to prevent diapers from getting stuck together into a "diaper chain". Diapers and covers that do not have fold back tabs should be turned inside out and fastened closed.

DO use the highest water level available in your machine to help rinse diapers completely.

DO unfold/unstuff diapers before placing in the washer to allow complete cleaning.

DO smell your diapers after washing. If they smell stinky or smell like detergent, do another hot rinse to get all the detergent out.

DON'T use bleach or fabric softener on any diapering products. Beware that "baby" detergents and "free & clear" or "natural" detergents can contain oils that leave a coating and affect absorbency.

DON'T use natural soaps, as the natural oils can leave a residue on microfleece causing it to repel liquid.

DON'T use Desitin or other diaper creams containing zinc oxide, as that is very difficult to wash out of diapers. You can use our olive oil-base Healing Salve safely with cloth diapers, or if you need to use stronger medicated creams, use a flushable liner.

Prepping New Diapers

All new diapers need to be washed before use. Everything except new prefolds only needs to be washed once.

Brand new prefolds will be flat and stiff, not soft and quilted as you might expect. Don't worry, they will soften up! Bleached prefolds need to be washed in hot and dried on high 2 times before use. Unbleached prefolds need to be washed 4-5 times to remove the natural oils and waxes in the cotton. Or you may boil unbleached prefolds to remove the oils and waxes.

Hemp productswill be ready to use after one wash, but they will continue to become more absorbent through the first 8-10 washes. They also may shrink about 10%.

NOTE: The first few times you wash hemp products or unbleached prefolds, you should not wash them together with microfleece products (like liners or pocket diapers). The natural oils in the hemp and cotton may stick to microfleece and cause it to repel moisture, which will cause leaks.

Stains and Odors

For diaper pail odor, try deodorizers, or simply sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the pail.

Some people don't mind stains, as these are diapers, but I find it very easy to avoid stains with the help of the sun! As I am moving diapers from the washer to the dryer, I check for stains. I take any stained diapers outside and hang in the sun (this works even on cloudy days). Usually the stain is gone in just an hour or two, then I throw it in the dryer with the rest of the clean diapers to fluff it up. Even in the winter, I have a drying rack that I put out on our deck and lay stained diapers on. Sometimes the rack sits in several feet of snow, but it's still out there!

Ammonia smellis a common problem with cloth diapers. (Urine gradually turns into ammonia as it sits.) The first thing to do is to check the ingredients in your detergent and possibly switch brands. Be sure you're using enough detergent to get the diapers clean, and that you're washing in hot water. If you have a front loader, read our tips. You can also try bumGenius Odor Remover Spray.

If you still have ammonia smell after trying the above, try strippingyour diapers. This simply means running a full hot wash cycle without detergent, repeating until the water is free of suds. Then dry as usual.


Monday, October 5, 2009

2 + 1 Shipping Promotion

With every 2 successful shipped orders in the month of Oct, your third order shipment will be ABSOLUTELY FREE. On top of that, you are entitle for the draw to win yourself either:

  • 1 x 1 set of very high quality Panasonic 1.5L Stainless Steel Food Flask with spoon & fork (worth RM 200) OR
  • 1 x 1 Leather Passport Holder, Wallet, Cover, and Case (worth RM 100)

For April Panasonic 1.5L Stainless Steel Food Flask winner, you can her testimony here

Thursday, October 1, 2009

About Shipping Cost

Myth about Self Collection

People always think that self collection is cheaper which most of the time is not true. Let's take a look.

Distance: Assuming you stay in Shah Alam and want to self collect at Mid Valley KL. Distance from Shah Alam to Mid Valley is around 30km per trip. Round trip will be 60km.

Petrol: 60km x RM 0.15/km = RM 9 (round trip)

Toll: RM 1.10 per trip at Batu Tiga Toll. Round trip will be RM 2.20

Parking: RM 1 (weekday), RM 3 (weekend) per 3 hours

Time: No jam around 30 minutes one way. Round trip will be around 60 minutes

Hidden cost: Car maintenance??? Your precious time??? Traffic jam ???

In summary, minimum it will cost you RM 12.20 (weekday) & RM 14.20 (weekend) if you prefer self collection. So, what do you think?