WhatsApp Discussion Series: Transferring Gastric Illness Through Breastfeeding

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In our WhatsApp discussion group, we share our experiences and knowledge about real time issues that come up in our everyday lives. Posts in the WhatsApp Discussion Series are snapshots of these conversations. Certain words or phrases may occasionally be modified to make them more readable and names are removed for confidentiality purposes. However, the conversations we post are mostly verbatim for authenticity. Guys I need help. So Nana has been screaming his head off.Yesterday I ate from outside and had a really bad tummy ache. I kept feeding him my milk as usual, but I think he is reacting to my milk.Is that possible? COMMENT 1: Do you have Infacol? COMMENT 2: Yeah I gave him Infacol and it’s […]

Other People’s Children – Ijeoma Okolo

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A few days ago, I read an article about the safest ways for parents to create Instagram pages for their young children. However, it wasn’t the article itself that caught my attention; it was the scenario that led to it. The writer had been discussing with a friend why she thought it was a bad idea for Nigerian celebrities to have Instagram accounts for their children. She was told by her friend to mind her business; it was not in her place to dictate how to raise other people’s children. I was instinctively annoyed by that response. I instantly thought, “The day I give a friend well-meaning advice about their child and they tell me to mind my business, I […]

Breastfeeding as a First Time Mother – Sheena Schwartz

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When my son was 1 week old I started going to a support group called La Leche League (LLL) and talked to other women who were in the same position as me – struggling with breastfeeding. Any issue you can think of, someone there was going through it – inverted nipples, cracked sore nipples, painful latch, low supply.  Just going back to the group each week and discussing my pain and struggles gave me the strength I needed to make it through to the next week.  I had developed a bleb on my right nipple. It basically looks like a pimple on your nipple. (Talk about painful!) Our LLL leader suggested pumping on that nipple and nursing on the other while […]

DOD: Did you suffer from dysmenorrhea (menstrual pains) before birth and did it stop after you gave birth? 

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Everyday we have very interesting topics come up during our Whatsapp conversations. A few are shared here to spread the knowledge and or to continue the discussion.  ​Question:Good morning, Please is there anyone here who suffered dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) before birth, did it stop after child birth or are you still experiencing it? Comment 1 : 🙋🏼…it has improved tremendously…now all I use is a hot water bottle and then I’m good to go. But before childbirth I was that girl in school who was admitted to the sick bay once a month every month because of menstrual pain…THAT bad! Comment 2 : Same. Used to leave the office and go home because of the pain. But none after. Comment […]

Family time at The Urbanbox Farmers Market, Mmfora Park Dzorwulu 

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The Farmers Market Last week I stumbled on this wonderful family event with Tess. The urbanbox farmers market! Not only was it located at one of my all time favorite Mmfora park (possibly the only kids park in Ghana) but also served delicious crepes for breakfast! Have you ever tried a prawn crepe? Oh my it’s orgasmic! I got some shopping done, met up with friends over breakfast and Tess had a blast running all around the park playing games.  The Urbanbox, – “buy local, eat fresh” Owned by a lovely and inspiring Ghanaian  and Ivorian couple, The Urbanbox  is an online grocery store aiming to bridge the gap between local farmers and the metropolis consumer; you and me! Everything is […]

QOD Baby Sleep Training

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We have a very active parents Whatsapp group discussing all sorts of topics daily. Expect different topics in our question of the day all derived from our Whatsapp group.  Question: Hi Mummys, I hv a 10 month old who won’t sleep through the night. He wakes up about 3 times n goes bk to bed on the breast. I’m trying to wean him off bm but he doesn’t drink from bottle no matter what we tried. So the issue is, if I succeed at weaning him, what does He drink when he wakes up at night? A few things to consider:  1. You can teach your baby the difference between day and night. For the first few days you won’t […]

Discussion of the day: What are your thoughts on spanking your kids?

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Spare the rod and spoil the child is an adage that appears in the Bible (Proverbs 13:24). What does this mean to you? What is acceptable and what is not? Some of us grew up being spanked as kids. Some claim it made them stronger and others have chosen new age methods. What other methods can we use to discipline our kids?   Comments from @everythingbaby whatsapp forum: Comment 1 :  I spank mine cos sometimes they misbehave intentionally. Comment  2 : It’s just important to be calm. And not do it out of anger Comment 3:  U’re the same person who will feel sad by their tears and have to treat them if they get hurt. It’s always good […]

No Time for an Elaborate Valentine’s Day? Try These Tips for Busy Parents

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Today is Valentine’s Day. For many married couples this could end up as an ordinary day because of the endless routines and chores to be accomplished. Many parents will still have kids to take care of and a couple of house chores to do.  Yet it will be important to consider making that day a special one for your husband/ wife. So if you are looking for some quick and easy tips for a last-minute Valentine plan, here are some suggestions. Breakfast in bed is a classic romantic gesture. If your partner doesn’t like eating in bed, just popping out of bed before them and having it ready by the time they get up is a kind act. If they […]

My First Birthing experience – Kwame Nkum

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34 year old father of 3 We were sure we were prepared. We had watched YouTube videos, read books, and gone through multiple to-do lists. We had gone over the sequence of events that occur during childbirth and researched how the contractions are supposed to occur so that we would not be surprised by anything. Well, it turns out you can’t be prepared for your first time…or second or third in my case. Dorcas’ water broke earlier than we expected it to. Come and see panic! Her water broke at home and we lived 40 minutes away from the hospital. I called my mom and then my mother-in-law. I literally carried her to the car and drove frantically to our […]

“Don’t Be A Hero. Take the Meds” – One mother’s Pregnancy Experience

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What your journey to becoming pregnant? Was it easy? It was a surprise pregnancy and it was a relatively easy one with no complications. I spent most of the 9 months in nesting mode, getting a business started and getting my home ready for the baby’s arrival. Did you deliver on your expected due date? Which hospital did you use and what did you think of their services? I delivered 2 weeks past due date with the help of acupressure at Bethel Clinic in Tema. Bethel Clinic was okay. In retrospect, I wish they would have done more coaching so I could have perhaps avoided an emergency C-section. What was your birth plan and did it go according to plan […]