• Let's Talk Breast Feeding,  Mommy,  New Born

    Breastfeeding: Pumping 101

    If you are physically with the baby, the best is to feed directly, as it will also keep up your supply. I have a really good nursing cover, and I use that to feed my baby whenever and wherever discreetly. However, when that isn’t an option, for example, if you are going back to work, and you are keen on breastfeeding, you will definitely need to pump. Pumping has really been great for me as it allows me to ensure my baby is solely breastfed. PUMPING 101 – BUYING A BREASTPUMP There is a multitude of breast pumps available in the market, many of which are expensive, and it is quite…

  • Let's Talk Breast Feeding,  Mommy,  New Born

    Breastfeeding – Supply. Supply. Supply.

    One thing that constantly plays on a new mom’s mind is whether she will have enough supply of breast milk. Getting enough milk supply is always a concern for those of us who are breastfeeding. Once the baby has gained birthweight, the primary indication if baby is getting enough milk is the pee count. Babies must pee at least 6 times in a span of 24 hours. Minimum six times over a day. Keep an eye on the weight gain as well. Please download a WHO weight chart, and this will allow you to keep track. The baby should continue on the same line, even if it is second percentile. And…

  • New Born

    The Half Month Mark – Cherishing The Little Victories

    So..a few days ago, my bubs turned half a month. It has been two weeks since I gave birth to this super tiny human being…a human being who eats, breathes, sleeps, poops and has two slaves on full time duty, and to say it has been exhilarating would be an understatement… From the moment bubs was born till now, every moment has been a journey by itself. The ups and downs, the peaks and lows. No matter how much you read, or how many siblings you’ve seen grow up, nothing really prepares you for parenthood.. There have been times when I have been extremely proud of myself, and there have…

  • New Born

    The Half Month Mark – Feeling Guilty

    For some odd reason, guilt becomes a standard emotion. As a new mom, every decision comes riddled in doubt. From ‘am I dressing him right?’ to ‘is he getting enough food?’, ‘should I let him sleep next to me?’ ‘Is he sleeping too much?’ ‘Eating too much?’ ‘Pooping too much?’, ‘am I doing anything right’? Everything related to the little one comes with its own set of questions and you don’t always have the answers and that’s where the guilt kicks in. Having people – family included – questioning your choices and decisions does not help one bit. It is stressful enough for a new mom to have every decision…

  • New Born

    Getting the Indian Passport in Qatar

    I am Indian, and so is my husband and that means my son is Indian too. Now that we had the birth certificate, the next big step was to apply for his passport. We downloaded the forms from the Indian Embassy Doha website – http://indianembassyqatar.gov.in/pages/downloadforms.php Application Form for Indian passport – http://indianembassyqatar.gov.in/Embassy%20Forms%20Pdf/EAP%20-%201%20Form.pdf The Data Sheet – http://indianembassyqatar.gov.in/Embassy%20Forms%20Pdf/EAP%20-%201D%20Form.pdf Birth Certificate of Indian Citizen- http://indianembassyqatar.gov.in/Embassy%20Forms%20Pdf/Form%20I.pdf Either you can print it out, and fill in block letters, or fill it out in the PDF format itself. Please note that it is not possible to fill the PDF in certain browsers, so check before you fill. Print out and put father’s and mother’s signatures.…

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