Ghanaian foods that can increase your breastmilk production

Breast milk is the one essential foods full of nourishing goodness man was blessed with.

New mums who have decided to choose breastfeeding as a way to feed and nourish their little angels are also concerned about how to get the breastmilk to be rich and in constant flow.

They are nourishing Ghanaian meals that can help increase breastmilk production.

It can be frustrating when you cannot produce enough milk for the baby, most times it makes the restless, and sad and also increase your depression level. Taking in this fluid foods helps a lot and also taking in food with corn /maize base helps. 

Ghanaians have different types of food that have more fluid like soups and corn base porridges. Including them on your menu will help boost your breastmilk production. 

Take each day at a time and do not allow yourself to be stressed, studies have proved that stress can hinder the flow of breastmilk. When you notice that you are stressed talk to your Caregiver. New mums are not superwomen, you cannot do everything on your own, get help when you need it if it’s not coming ask for it. When you get all the help you can you can also have enough time with the baby.

There is a rule that works for breastfeeding The more you express the breastmilk the more the breast produces milk or the more baby sucks the more milk forms. Empty the breast with a pump even after breastfeeding, this will have enough time to feed the baby.

Here are some Ghanaian foods you can add to your menu to boost breastmilk production.

Soups

Palmnut Soup

Tomato or light Soup

Groundnut or Peanut Butter Soup

Green or nkontomire Soup

Wrewre Soup

Porridge 

Oats

Corn dough porridge 

Corn Stats/Korkli Porridge

Any corn base Porridge will help

Beverage

Hot Milo Drink

Prekese drink

Lots of Water

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Share with us foods in your area that help to increase breast milk production.

Bible verses suitable for children:

Parenting is not easy and bringing up a child in this day and time is not easy. Our schools have been infiltrated with so many things that might not align with how you want your children to be raised. As parents we are supposed to be caretakers of the beautiful gifts t has Lord has blessed us with that is our children. Let’s keep the gift well.

These are wonderful Bible verses that will help your kids grow spiritually. Take a verse a day, let the child repeat it severally with you and it sticks with them.

“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭28‬:‭13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: For his mercy endureth for ever.”

Psalm‬ ‭136‬:‭1‬ ‭KJV‬

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13 –

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭32‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.”

Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭105‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” 

Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvellous are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”

Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“We love him, because he first loved us.”

1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, From whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, Which made heaven and earth.”Psalm‬ ‭121‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”

Psalm‬ ‭56‬:‭3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.”

Psalm‬ ‭34‬:‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Psalm‬ ‭100‬:‭3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“In God I will praise his word, In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

Psalm‬ ‭56‬:‭4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings:”

Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.”Psalm‬ ‭19‬:‭1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.”

Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

1 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”

Psalm‬ ‭56‬:‭11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬-‭8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.”

Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭105‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Like as a father pitieth his children, So the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”

Psalm‬ ‭103‬:‭13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And thee second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭39‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.”

Psalm‬ ‭51‬:‭10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 Types of baby Daipers

As a new mum one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right diaper for your little angel. With a variety of choices or options available, it can be tedious to narrow down the various types, materials, and features of the kind of baby Daiper your little one needs. Making the wrong decision 

can make you overspend and also affect your baby’s skin.

Don’t worry this blog is going to be your trusted source to give you all the tips on selecting a perfect baby Daiper.

Join us as we look into the world of baby diapers, to discover just the perfect option for your baby’s comfort and well-being and your peace of mind. Let’s get started!

Disposable diapers: 

Are they the regular ones I see everywhere? Yes! mum. Disposable diapers are the most used diapers because they are convenient and easy to use. Even Daddy can find a way around it. The best part is they don’t require washing Hurray! 

Talking about comfort, it is made up of an absorbent material such as polyacrylate crystals that holds enough amount of liquid for a well-extended period, its outer layer is waterproof to avoid leakage and has an easy open and close flap. Most of them also have an indicator on the front which switches to a different color when the diaper is full. 

They can also be expensive because you are going to be investing in diapers for quite a while. Sometimes until the age of 3 or 4.

Cloth diapers: 

Cloth diapers come in different forms we have traditional cloth diapers that require folding and fastening with pins or snaps.

Pre-folded

Pre-folded ones are rectangular and need to be folded.

Fitted diapers 

These types have elastic legs and are easy to wear and snug perfectly on a baby. They are mostly made from very good absorbent materials like bamboo, hemp, or cotton and these materials can retain water for a very long time. Fitted diapers are used in combination with a waterproof diaper cover to prevent leakage.

Fitted diapers come in different sizes you can always get the perfect fit for your little ones as they grow. Some manufacturers also have a size fit-all with adjustable flaps attached to make room for different sizes. If you care about the environment and waste then fitted diapers are the way to go because they are so friendly and generate less waste, unlike the disposables diapers. i

  • They can be initially expensive but very cost-effective with time
  • Fitted baby diapers are eco-friendly 
  • Great for overnight use
  • They are reusable 
  • Easily adjustable
  • Prevent frequent nappy rush
  • Breathable and comfortable 
  • Can be used for multiple children

Biodegradable diapers: 

These diapers are environmentally friendly and easily degrade in landfills but are quite similar to disposable diapers. Biodegradable diapers are produced from materials such as wood pulp, plant-based fiber, and corn starch making them decompose in months, unlike the conventional disposable ones that decay in years. Biodegradable diapers also require proper disposal to achieve their full environmental goal. Following diaper recycling programs can help ensure these diapers break down efficiently and contribute to a more sustainable future, also follow manufacturing instructions for Daiper disposables so that we all can achieve the clean environment we so much need now.

  • Decomposes early 
  • Free from harmful chemicals
  • They are hypoallergenic and do not contain chlorine, latex, or other potentially harmful substances found in regular 

Night diapers:

These overnight diapers were made with multiple layers to give your little angel extra absorbance to make them feel dry and also have a good sleep at night. When the baby sleeps well Mum will also get a good sleep. Night diapers are specifically made to take care of increased urine that often occurs during the night.

It‘s important to read product reviews, compare different brands, and consider your little angel’s specific needs when choosing the best overnight diaper option. Always consult with a pediatrician if you have concerns about your little one’s diapering needs or skin health.

Swim diapers: 

These diapers a specifically designed for swimming, swim diapers are not designed with absorbency material so they cannot retain water like the regular disposable diapers. These materials used in making swim diapers are usually very light and water resistant, they are rather made to prevent any kind of solid waste from getting into the water.

Factors you may consider when choosing a baby Daiper includes:

  • Baby’s skin
  • Budget
  • Consider what will be great for your environment and lifestyle.
  • Baby’s comfort

You can opt for different types of diapers based on or situation and what works for you. Consult your pediatrician if you have any concerns 

How to take care of baby feeding bottles .

Cleaning 

Always make sure you clean baby feeding bottles before and after use. Clean it with soap and brush in warm water. It’s best not to mix baby feeding bottles with other dishes when washing, wash them separately. Some spices from adult food can be very strong and can make the baby throw up especially when they have not yet started weaning.

Sterilization: 

Regular sterilize the baby feeding bottles and all other feeding accessories, It’s important to do this before the first use. I usually advise sterilizing everything in the morning so that you don’t forget or feel lazy about it during the day.

You can buy an electric sterilizer it’s safe and fast but you cannot have access to that you can also put the feeding bottles in a clean dedicated cooking pot. Fill the pot with water while the bottles are in and allow to boil. Another method is to put the baby feeding bottles in a clean bowl dedicated to sterilizing baby feeding bottles, boil water in a kettle and pour it over the bottles, and keep them in there for a while before taking it out to allow the bottles to sterilize.

Bottle Nipple check: 

Regularly check the nipple of the feeding bottles for wear and tear so that you replace them early and avoid swallowing. Babies usually bite on the feeding bottle nipple when they are about to teeth and when the teeth come.

Storage: 

Store baby feeding bottles and parts in a clean dry covered container.

Warming formula or breast milk: 

Use a bottle warmer to warm the baby’s milk. How to use a warmer or place a baby feeding bottle with milk in a bowl of warm water.

Feeding bottle safety: 

Ensure all the parts of the feeding bottle are properly fixed and well closed before feeding the baby to avoid spillage and burns.

Make sure to follow all the manufacturer’s product instructions in the manual by. 

Celebrating  First Female SRC in KNUST.

Yvonne Osei Adobea is a third-year sociology student at the College of Humanities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. 

She contested in the Student Representative Council (SRC) race for the position of President. Yvonne Adobea contested against five males and emerged winner with 2282 votes making her the first Female SRC President since 1952.

According to her, she faced so much resistance right from her family right down to her friends, she said she lost friends along the line because she decided to contest. A lot of people doubted her, she was not from a male dominating hall and other factors but that did not stop her. She was determined to birth that dream she envisioned since her second year in Serwa Nyarko SHS in Kumasi and today it’s a dream come true.

You are a source of inspiration to other women out there that everything is achievable.

In her own words, she said “It is possible, when you make up your mind you can do it.”

Congratulations! Yvonne, you Inspire us at newsyayra.com

Yes, we all can.

How raw meat can affect Pregnancy.

During pregnancy, it is important to avoid half-cooked meat which can pose a huge danger to the mother and baby.

The main concern is the possible presence of destructive microorganisms and parasites that are usually seen in half-cooked meats. 

Here are a few serious dangers related to eating half-cooked meat during pregnancy:

Toxoplasmosis: 

Consuming Half-cooked meat, such as venison mutton, or pork, may contain the Toxoplasma parasite. If a Pregnant woman gets in contact with this parasite can bring about serious problems for the child such as vision impairment and hearing impairment.

Listeriosis

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can be found in half-cooked meats, as well as unpasteurized dairy and certain delicate cheeses. Listeriosis can cause unsuccessful labor, stillbirth, untimely birth, and serious disease in babies.

Salmonella and E. coli: 

Diseases caused by Salmonella or E. coli can prompt a serious lack of hydration and can be unsafe for the child.

They are many times seen in half-cooked poultry, hamburger, and eggs.

Food contamination

Half-cooked meat can likewise convey other microbes that cause food contamination, prompting side effects like sickness, regurgitation, looseness of the bowels, and stomach upset. Serious instances of food contamination during pregnancy may require clinical attention.

Cook all meat, poultry, and fish completely and thoroughly.

Try not to eat half-cooked eggs and food varieties that might contain fresh eggs.

Stay away from unpasteurized dairy items and delicate cheeses except if they are produced using purified milk.

Wash hands, utensils, and cutting sheets well when taking care of meat.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy 

During pregnancy, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat to ensure the and well-being of both the mother and the developing baby. Some foods are best avoided or limited during pregnancy due to the risk of illnesses caused by food, potential harm to the fetus,

Here are some foods to avoid during pregnancy:

Alcohol

It’s a big No for alcohol during pregnancy. It can have a very bad effect on the baby and lead to so many disorders such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Physical abnormalities, Neurological problems, Behavioral and emotional issues, Growth restrictions, Miscarriage, and stillbirth.

Raw or undercooked meats and eggs: 

These may have the potential to contain certain parasites and bacteria such as Listeria, salmonella and E.coli, Toxoplasmosis, which can cause food poisoning and affect or harm the baby.

Unpasteurized dairy products: 

Unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses can be harmful to babies, it may contain Listeria bacteria. It’s safer to avoid Brie, feta, and Camembert during this period.

Certain types of fish: 

Avoiding High-mercury fish like swordfish, sharks, king mackerel, and tilefish will be a way to play it safe, as mercury can adversely affect the baby’s developing nervous system. 

Raw seafood: 

Uncooked seafood may be contaminated and be carrying harmful bacteria and parasites.

Deli meats and processed meats: 

If you choose to eat meat in any form make sure it is properly cooked to avoid any contamination. Contaminated meat could carry bacteria that can affect the baby.

Raw sprouts

Sprouts (e.g., alfalfa, mung bean, clover) can harbor bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, so it’s best to avoid them during pregnancy.

Caffeine

Taking too much caffeine during pregnancy is associated with some complications during prey. But avoid it during this period.

Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly to get rid of pesticides and bacteria.

Make sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables to remove any potential traces of pesticides or harmful bacteria.

Avoid excessive use of certain herbs and spices like licorice roots and cinnamon.

My C-section experience 

What is c-section 

Cesarean section also known as C-section is a major surgical procedure to deliver a baby.

I had two vaginal births and two surgical births and I will like to talk about my C-section deliveries andexperiences during and after the surgery.

I had a smooth pregnancy until 36 weeks into my pregnancy journey. My baby was lying breech, my baby’s head was lying somewhere under my right breast, and could feel it, my pregnancy tummy had taken a very funny shape. 

I cried, I prayed, and wish everything will just change overnight because people have had breech pregnancies change to occipital-anterior. Having had two natural births, I felt terrible about having surgery this time.

My Doctor gave me a week to see if there will be changes. I also tried a few exercises at home with permission from my Doctor. It’s important to let your Doctor or midwife know before you start any exercise. 

When all other options failed I was booked for surgery.

On the day of my surgery, I was prepared and taken to the theatre. My husband went in with me till the surgery was over. He prayed with me throughout the whole procedure.

The surgery lasted for approximately seven minutes by the time everything was over and I was wheeled out to the recovery room was a total of fifteen minutes.

The baby was delivered with the umbilical code wrapped around the neck twice hence the baby’s position.

Recovery started gradually and steadily 

I got out of bed the next day and took my very first step. It was not so easy but I made it gradually to the washroom. By the third day baby and mama were ok to go home.

Now the real deal begins

Healing: I took each day at a time. 

Self-care was one of my main priorities. I was given rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean every day, I also took my medication I as instructed because I did not want to put myself and my baby in any bad situation. 

What I ate :

My first food was porridge a very light one made from corn/maize which helps in breastmilk production, I followed up with soups and gradually started adding other nutrient-packed foods. At this point I was eating for healing and breastmilk production, weight can wait for these two things were so important to me.

These were some of the things I inculcated in my food or had in a day.

  1. Guava fruit which is very high in vitamin C 
  2. Oats good for breastmilk production
  3. Palm nut soup or tomato/light soup or any kind of soup
  4. Salads
  5. Cashew nuts 
  6. Wholegrain bread
  7. Green leafy vegetables like spinach 
  8. Eggs
  9. Avocado
  10. Lean meat
  11. Milo Drink
  12. Tea

Within eight weeks I had recovered well and my suture was intact and neatly healed. 

Now my second C-section expectations surgery and recovery…..read more

Guide to baby-proofing your home. 

It’s intriguing to welcome another addition to the family. We have a responsibility as parents to secure the home to avoid accidents and keep our little angels from harm’s way.

In this post, we are going to discuss a few baby-proofing tips and techniques to have a secure and friendly space for our little angels.

Nursery Safety: 

The little one’s room should be cozy and comfortable. Secure the crib, and also make sure the blanket and other bedding are not hanging around so that the baby will not grab them to cover the face. The screw and locks of the crib should be firmly in place. 

Kitchen Safety: 

Make the kitchen as safe as possible. Put dangerous and harmful things such as sharp objects, chemicals, and medications out of reach. Cover stove knobs, and secure cabinet doors with childproof locks.

Living Room and Play Area

Anchor all types of furniture and neatly pack electronic gadgets and cables in a box. If possible gate the play area.

Bathroom Safety:

I don’t know what the attraction to the toilet is, I guess is the water or maybe the paper tissue. Keep everything in the toilet out of reach, you can secure toilet lids with hooks. Installing a non-slip mat in the bathtub will also help. 

Electrical Safety:

Fix outlet covers and cord concealers, it’s important to secure loose cords to prevent tugging.

Staircase Safety: 

Don’t be taken by surprise, babies move a lot when they start crawling and walking. Install safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases. You may choose the side open made from wood or metal or the concertina stair gates which are made from mesh or soft material which extends from side to side.

Fire Safety: 

Install smoke detectors, create an escape plan, and keep fire extinguishers within easy reach for adults.

Outdoor Safety: 

Extend the baby-proofing measures to the outdoor areas of the home. Secure gates and remove potential hazards like poisonous plants or sharp objects.

Types of baby clothes

Onesies or Bodysuits: 

These are clothes that covers a baby’s body and snap at the crotch. These type of clothing makes daiper changing easier. Baby can wear it alone or pair them with other clothing.

Tops and Downs:

This ranges from shirts, sweaters, blouses and T-shirts. The downs include skirts, trousers and shorts . These pieces can be combine beautifully to create various outfits.

Sleepers or Pajamas: 

They are sleep wear that come in one piece. it usually has a long sleeve and long legs. Sleepers keep baby warm and comfortable at night.

Romper

They are a combination of top and shorts or pants, it’s a single unit garment.

Outerwear

This category includes cardigans jackets,, hoodies, coats and it’s intended to provide warmth and protection from cold weather.

Baby Accessories

Accessories for babies can include hats, socks, mittens, booties, bibs, and headbands. These items can add style and provide additional comfort and protection. Shopping baby items can be addictive, don’t shop more than necessary they outgrow their clothes so fast.

It’s important to choose baby clothes that are comfortable and safe for the weather conditions.