Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Best Foods to Boost Milk Supply in Nursing Mothers


Reading time for the blog: 6 minutes

Hello Mommies!

I would like to thank my friend Radhika Srinath for this wonderful guest post. Undoubtedly, it's helpful for all the nursing mothers who're looking forward to boosting their milk supply.

The Best Foods to Boost Milk Supply in Nursing Mothers

Many new mothers, especially first-time mothers find it difficult to nurse their babies. It's either because they are misinformed about their own capability to feed or doubts that the baby is fed enough. Mostly, just the mother's milk is more than enough for the growth and development of the infant, and it's very essential to know some do's and don'ts while feeding your baby. First thing, make sure you have enough supply by checking with your gynecologist and that the baby is comfortable getting latched to you.

Let me reiterate that feeding your baby only with mother's milk for at least six months plays a major role in the overall health of your baby. Also, mothers can continue feeding their babies till, at least, two years of age, adding complementary food along the way as your little one develops. I would love to share some of the foods that help increase your milk supply naturally so that you need not to worry about it while feeding.

  • Garlic boiled in cow's milk

Taking a handful of garlic boiled in milk, preferably cow's milk, increases the mother's milk supply to a great extent and also helps keep cancer tissues from developing. Just taking garlic for three or four days gives a drastic increase in the mother's supply. Just dry roasting garlic and having it along with jaggery also helps increase the mother's milk supply. Garlic is a wonderful gift from nature and helps keep female hormones in the right balance.

  • Asafoetida

Blocks of asafoetida are preferred over powdered ones and are available in supermarkets. heat up a pan and put the block into it and you can see it loosening with heat. turn off the heat after it's loosened and while it's still warm break it up into pieces, roll it into tiny tablets and store it in an air-tight container. After meals, take this one tablet a day to increase milk supply in feeding mothers. Normally, new mothers are advised to take some extra amount of food in order to be able to better feed the little one. Taking this tablet after meals helps release built-up gas in your body and eases digestion. 

  • Raw Papaya

Shred raw papaya, cook it until it's soft and temper - it's said to improve vitamin A along with milk production. It's a great way to increase immunity and other essential vitamins in the newborn through the mother's feed.

  • Fenugreek/Methi

Either taking methi leaves or as seeds help increase milk supply. Taking a spoonful of methi seeds first thing in the morning helps in digestion too and keeps your blood sugar level under control.

  • Barley

Those few months after delivery is when most mothers put on a lot of weight. Boil barley and take it with milk either sweet or salty, as you like it, for breakfast - this dish will fill up your tummy, and also those low calories will help manage your weight gain.

  • Broken wheat

This can be taken either as broth just like barley mentioned above or simply cooked as Khichdi. Take wheat in any form - roti or any type of Indian bread helps to increase milk supply. 

  • Curry leaves

The curry leaves that we get for free as a compliment for buying veggies in the market is actually packed with a lot of folic acids. After delivery, when the mother is taking solid food for the first time, curry leaf powder with boiled rice is suggested as the first option as it will digest easily and will offer all those nutrients necessary for the new mother. Fry the leaves with a little oil and grind it to make chutney along with other essential ingredients, which will go as a side dish with rice or also as a pickle for Rotis.

  • Drumstick flowers

These flowers can be plucked directly from the tree or gathered by laying a clean cloth under the tree as it falls. cook these fresh white flowers along with small onions and some dried red chilies to go as your side dish for rice/roti. They will give you a burst of energy and nutrients that within a few days you can see the difference in your milk supply. They are packed with wonderful nutrients to give your little ones strength and immunity.

  • Potato with cumin seeds

Boil potatoes, temper and cook it with a lot of jeera seeds - helps in improving milk supply as well as a treat to your taste buds. Just like fenugreek, a spoonful of jeera seeds with warm water in the morning on an empty stomach helps digestion and keeps a check with your sugar level.

  • Sago

These tiny white beads can be boiled in milk either sweet or salty as you like it. Making a kheer out of it will satiate your taste buds and also improve your milk supply. Please make sure you buy the genuine ones as plastics fabricated to look like sago can easily cheat you.

Most first-time mothers go through depression which is a major issue and will diminish your normal milk production in your body. If you would like to feed your baby mother's milk, please be confident of yourself - these moments will wither away with time, so every time while feeding your baby, please sit comfortably and feed peacefully enjoying those precious moments you bond with your baby.

It is natural to doubt if your body is making enough milk for your baby, but trust me, all mothers are equipped with the necessary mechanism to fulfill your baby's needs. As the baby keeps suckling on, nature will do its job to increase the right amount of milk it needs, our bodies do such an amazing job and tune in to the requirements - the more the baby suckles the brain signals the bosom to produce more milk, just like demand and supply in the market.

Despite the pain you go through, the sacrifices you make in the name of your child, these early moments in your motherhood journey are wonderful moments that are better experienced than said. Be proud that you are making the next generation of kids healthy and happy while enjoying your part along the way!

Happy and healthy nursing, mommies!

Hope this article is helpful to you.

Don’t forget to share how you are feeling while nursing. You can share your own experience also how did you boost your milk supply and what all did you do your best?

Don't feel disheartened if you've not fed your baby due to some reason. Don't feel guilty for the same. Despite being guilty, feel grateful to be a mother. You know the best for your child.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Book Review: Drizzle on the Mountain

Book: Drizzle on the Mountain

Publisher: Notion press

Author: Radhika Srinath

Genre: Fiction (Romance)

Pages: 157

Rating: 5*

Reading Time for the blog: 3 minutes

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First, I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review her book. I don’t remember once when I read any fiction books last time. But I was looking forward to reading one. So, here I’m with my first fiction book review.

Why did I choose this book?

To read a book in the romantic fiction genre.
The book cover caught my attention with the word “Drizzle” which convinced me to pick up the book.

About the author: Radhika Srinath

The author is a stay-at-home mom and a full-time writer. She is born and brought up in Chennai, her stories will reflect mostly on relationships, love, and south Indian culture. The author’s writing journey is very inspiring. The author participated in NaNoWriMo writing challenge and finished writing her first fiction novel in 2018. 

About the book:

Nanditha’s parents are trying to find a perfect match for their daughter but she never agrees. She wanted to understand the person well before getting married. But she hadn’t found one for whom her heart skips a beat.  Meanwhile, she and her friend Jenny plan for a vacation to Darjeeling. Believe me! If you’ve not been to Darjeeling then you’d want to visit there after reading this book. Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station surrounded by tall trees, mountains, and rainy weather. I have been there so I could relate to what the author has expressed about it in the book.

It evokes the desire to visit there again. I loved the title of the book “Drizzle on the mountain” which perfectly matches the story.

This is the story of two people, Ajay and Nanditha. How did they fall crazily in love with each other? Although they wanted to express their love to each other, destiny never gives them a chance!

But according to destiny,  they’re made for each other. It’s a stimulating romance story about how they both came close and began doing things to keep each other happy. How did Nanditha's holidays become a knowledgeable project?

How did she help Ajay in designing a start hotel’s party hall for his overseas guests?

How drizzle on the mountain has brought Ajay and Nanditha together?

How did Ajay and Nanditha fall for one another unexpectedly?

How did they express their love for every other? 

I’m sure you’ll fall crazy with the characters -  ‘Ajay’ and ‘Nanditha’. It’s a must-read book for those who have just fallen crazily in love or about to. How these two found perfection in each other’s imperfections? What made them like each other?  But All romance-lovers should choose this book.

What emotion was I going through while reading this book?

Well, I’m still lost within the great things about Darjeeling and really crazy with the character Ajay. 

I couldn’t believe it myself but yes! The story hooked me for 7 hours continuously. Undoubtedly, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it while grabbing a cup of coffee.

So, what’re you waiting for?

Order now to treat yourself by getting lost in the beauty of Darjeeling. Be curious to understand what would have happened between Ajay and Nanditha!

Don’t forget to read and share how you are feeling about the book in the comments below.

You can directly connect with the author and let her also know how you're feeling about the story. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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D.A.T.E W.I.T.H F.A.T.E How to use the POWER SUCCESS FORMULA for women to decode life’s lessons and become a SUPER mom! 

Book: D.A.T.E W.I.T.H F.A.T.E

Publisher: Happyselfpublishing

Author: Ishwarya Lakshmi K

Genre: Non Fiction (Self-Help)

Pages: 153

Rating: 4.5*

Reading Time for the blog: 3 minutes, 30 seconds 

Why did I choose this book?

Being in the motherhood journey for the last 21 months, I also wanted to discover the gap between my expectations and reality.

The sub-title of the book caught my attention and convinced me to read the book. I purchased a kindle subscription within a second and started reading.

About the book:

The book is about a mother on how she overcame her breastfeeding issue. How she stopped formula milk and started with breastfeeding.

If you’re already a mother, I'm sure you would love to know about how the author manages her work-life balance. She has found her primary support system to help her out. Read the book to know “HOW’?

How the author's conversation with an angelic inner voice helped her to take the decision of her life to become a “life coach”?

About the author: Ishwarya Lakshmi K

The author is an emPOWERment coach for supermoms. She believes every super mom should take some daring actions to live life on their terms. Her mission is to help 5000 moms to lead a successful life. She makes sure that you’re not compromising on your motherhood journey but balancing out all the things well together like relationships, breastfeeding issues, and imbalance in lifestyle, etc.)

How is this book helpful?

  • To realize your inner potential
  • To know your strengths being a mother
  • First, connect with yourself and then take action.
  • Listen to your angelic inner voice

Loving yourself is the most beautiful feeling ever. One should always prioritize themselves in terms of their health, to pursue their dreams, and to pamper oneself. We often forget to take care of ourselves and get stuck in our day-to-day responsibilities of life.

Why do I recommend this book?

  • If you feel like you’ve forgotten your true self after the delivery of your baby.
  • If you’re unsure about what to do in life.
  • If you want to take some daring actions.
  • If you’re not able to manage your early motherhood days, then you must definitely read this book.
  •  Each and every chapter of the book will push you to move forward.
  • It’s highly recommended for all the moms to read this book to push yourself a little.

Who is the book for?

For all the new supermoms who’re looking to empower themselves. Being a mother myself, I also struggled with the breastfeeding issues at the initial stage. So, I could relate with the author, what she would have gone through. 

I was also guilty at some point of time in my life. But, after reading this book, I am calm and more confident in my motherhood journey. A mother knows and does the best for her child.

This book will definitely give you goosebumps and taking more action. I have already downloaded D.A.T.E WITH F.A.T.E ACTION GUIDE MAP and started working on my dreams. This book is encouraging for all the supermoms. 

What emotion was I going through while reading this book?

I was overwhelmed at every point of time where the author shares about her motherhood journey and targeting breastfeeding related issues. This happens with every new mother who’s not able to cope up. But, obviously, things are learned the best way based on experiences.

I am deeply in love with the conversation between the author and the angelic voice in chapter one. One should definitely follow this and even make it a ritual to know oneself better.

Learnings from the book:

  • You don’t need to compromise on your dreams even after entering into a motherhood journey.
  • Everything can be managed well with time and patience.
  • You must have the right intentions for whatever you’re doing.
  • Listen to your angelic inner voice.
  • Identifying your Life-blocker.

At the end of the chapter, the author has shared a few mothers' real-life stories about how they overcame their struggles. How they have redesigned their life.

So, Mumma!

Believe in your POWER.

 what’re you waiting for?

Make sure that you download the action guide map and get it printed. Now, it’s time to start working for yourself.

You can share your reviews about the book in the comment box. You can also share what difficulty you faced during your breastfeeding days? Was it smooth? How do you maintain a work-life balance?

Being a homemaker is not an easy task though. we would love to know how do you manage everything so well?

Looking forward to knowing you better as a mother.

Happy Motherhood Journey!

The book is definitely on my To-Read list.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Book Review: I Love Myself - Discover a Life Through Self-Love


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Book Review: I Love Myself-Discover Self-Love

Book: I LOVE MYSELF - Discover a Life Through Self-Love

Publisher: Notion press

Author: Vandana Sehgal

Genre: Non Fiction (Self-Help)

Pages: 149

Rating: 4.5*

Reading Time for the blog: 3 minutes

Why did I choose this book?

Being a new and first-time mother, I felt I am not giving proper attention to myself. I don't get enough time for myself. So, I chose this book to fall in love with myself again and to make the process smooth.

Suddenly, I started searching for books to know myself a little better. And guess what?  The book title “I love myself caught my attention. When I went through its sample on Amazon kindle, I realized, yes! This is the book I have been looking for for a long time.

About the book:

The book is divided into three sections:

      • Life-Realities
      • Relationships
      • Spirituality

Few exercises are also given for mental workout at the end of the book. Each section has few chapters which are supposed to be completed with a practical exercise.

The first section depicts all about how you can accept and know yourself better.

The second section depicts the relationship between a child and a parent. How relationships can be nurtured well whether it's between the life partners or the child-parent relationship.

Thirdly, one of my favorite sections is about how to connect with your inner self i.e. Via spirituality.  It works wonders if we practice it.

About the author: Vandana Sehgal

The author is a Life Skills Coach, Mentor, and Writer. This is her first book. She has expressed clearly how she overcame her negative mindset and was able to connect with herself.

It can easily be noticed in the book what all she did to fall in love with herself again.  Thus, she chose compliment over the complaint, connection over comparison, and confidence over criticism.

How is this book helpful?

    • To self-realization
    • To fall in love with yourself again
    • To accept your mistakes
    • To nurture our relationships
    • To accept our emotions
    • Writing is a therapy
    • Listen to your inner voice

Loving yourself is the most beautiful feeling ever. One should always prioritize themselves in terms of their health, to pursue their dreams, and to pamper oneself. We often forget to take care of ourselves and get stuck in our day-to-day responsibilities of life.

Why do I recommend this book?

If you’re stuck in your day-to-day tight compartments. If you’ve forgotten how to prioritize yourself.  If you want to get out of your monotonous routine. If you want to see yourself a new one then this should be the right pick for you.

Who is the book for?

This book is for those who want to discover their journey through SELF-LOVE.

If I am expecting a little more from the book, then it would be. The author would have thrown some light on "how to practice Mindfulness". Otherwise, This book will definitely make you fall in love with yourself.

You will not be the same once you read the book thoroughly. You should definitely not miss the best part of the book is “doing practical exercise”.

What emotion was I going through while reading this book?

Happy? Sad? Angry? Stress? Frustration?


I was just falling into the process of accepting myself completely. And, that too without seeking permission of anyone.

Learnings from the book:

    • Practice mindfulness
    • Spend some time in silence.
    • Prioritize yourself
    • Discover self-love
    • We should give love and respect to our closest circle and etc.

This is one of the best self-love books which I’ve read as of now.

I finished reading one chapter just after waking up in the morning and one before sleeping. This way I was able to focus on exercises as well. It's not about what you read but by following it practically.

So, what’re you waiting for?

Click on the link to order the book now. Don’t forget to grab a diary and a pen while sipping a cup of coffee to enjoy the reading.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

5 Things You’ll Need When Your Little One Turns 6 months – Must Read if You Are a New Parent

 5 Things You’ll Need When Your Little One Turns 6 months – Must Read if You Are a New Parent

Every new parent wants the best for their little one whether it comes to clothes, bathing products, and accessories, etc. being a first-time parent, I was also going through the same. I understand the struggling phase of new parents who give all the priority to kids above them. Here, I’m with a few product suggestions. I myself have used it for my little one and it will be helpful for you also to choose the best.

These products have made my motherhood journey much easier. As you know, now my little one is 20 months old. The main idea is to help the new parents who're struggling with what to shop for their kids. Making the investment in your child's growth would be the best investment ever.

It'll have them strengthen their sensory skills, fine-motor skills, and cognitive skills, etc.

  1. Chair Booster

First, please understand, the chair is important for our kids. Once they start sitting, they learn many things along. Eating is always an adventure for little ones especially when they’re learning to self-feed.

Mostly, the baby starts sitting when they turn six months old. it is every parent's concern that how to build a sitting habit in their kids? It's always advisable to make them sit for sometimes in a day. A new mother allows her child to self-feeding and to create a mess. So, I did the same.

I introduced this booster chair when she turned six months and guess what? she loved reading, eating, and playing on it. slowly, she cultivated a routine of sitting for at least a minimum of half an hour in a day.

Note: You can start using it when your little one starts sitting on his/her own and supports their spine. This product has reduced my tension as I don’t have to sit with her all the time. But I keep the food on the tray and rest I leave it to her to make all the efforts.

Age: 6 months to 3 years

Why and how is it beneficial for your little ones:

  • To introduce self-feed to the little one
  • To support their spine and body language
  • Allows your child to sit directly at the table with the rest of the family.
  • They feel comfortable
  • They strict with their meal schedule
  • They learn etiquette and social skills
  • They can do activities like reading, painting, and coloring, etc.
  • It fits most of the chairs
  • It can be taken quickly to any restaurant, park, traveling, etc.
  • dishwasher-safe feeding tray
  • An adjustable strap is there to make the child safe and secure
  • It’s easy to carry as it is Light-weighted
  • Cheaper than high chairs
  • They take up less space than high chairs.
kindly note that high chairs are different from chair booster. High chairs come along with tables in many varieties whereas chair booster comes with the tray which can only be tightened with the chairs.

2.Laugh and Learn Tablet

Age: 6 months to 3 years

Color: Multicolor

Brand name: fisher-price

When the baby turns six months old, it’s the right time to introduce them to the music world. I loved this electronic learning tablet with music because it has the perfect sound volume for the little one. Thus, it is neither loud nor quiet. It introduces first letters like “A” “B". when the baby will press button A it creates the sound of words like “a for Apple,” “b for Boy,” etc. And third, it introduces their sounds. For example, if someone is eating an apple, so ‘the sound of bite’ turns on.

When the child presses the button, it helps him/her to improve their fine-motor skills. It’s easy to use and handy. It can be carried in a women’s handbag easily. It's best to engage the little one in some useful learning. It has also got a lot of music,  phrases, and fun sounds. To add a little fun to it, the tablet screen will light up along the songs and phrases.

I love the reaction on my little one's face when she wonders how the light is up. Oops! just by pressing the button. Haha!

3. Baby Touch Flip-Flap Book

This is one of my favorite books from all the baby’s book collections. What I appreciate about the book is it has a lot of textures to be touched and felt by the babies who are 3 months plus.

This improves their sensory skills. They experience different textures which are soft, fluffy, glitter, stripes, and different shapes like square, round, triangle, etc.

The book depicts a story that makes it easy for the parents to teach their kids. The baby touch book is highly recommendable, especially for infants.

It'will help them to improve their wrist movement as well while flipping the book pages. The book is available in board book format.


4. First Block

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The box has different colors and shapes of blocks like square, round, and triangle. It’ll help them to improve their fine motor skills where eye-hand coordination is used. 

An infant picks up one block and tries to fix it by putting it into the desired shape. A parent can engage his infant well in this type of activity while they’re working. What you just need to do is- just make your kid sit on the chair and give the box.

He/she will definitely fall in love with the process of playing with the blocks. This will enhance their problem-solving and thinking skills too. This is a must-buy for infants who want to be engaged in an activity.

The box activity has really made my princess smarter and now she recognizes it's shapes and colors well. 

5. Rock-a-Stack


Age: 6 months to 2 years

Who doesn't love to get attracted by colorful? 

This is another common and mostly used stacking toy by the infants once they’re 6 months plus. Different colors of rings make it attractive for them to place the rings. It enhances their fine motor skills and will learn different sizes of the rings.

The funny part is when kids wear these rings in their hands and roam around everywhere. HAHA! They enjoy it to the fullest. However, this is highly recommended for improving the infant's visual development. It can be carried easily anywhere.

Happy Parenting!!!

To see the little one growing, that feels like a treat to the eyes.

Do share what all toys you have found the best for your
little one? which one is their favorite?

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