Groupon M Square Salon review – 2015 new year hair do for breastfeeding mum (it is ammonia free hair colouring!)

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Chinese New Year is coming and my favorite salon is fully booked. Well, decided to give Groupon a shot to see if there’s any good deal of the day to give my hair a little love :p Decided to give M Square Salon a try because (i) not bad review thus far (ii) use ammonia free product (good/better for breastfeeding mother) and (iii) it is new!

Breastfeeding mother like me often ask, is it safe to do chemical hair services while we BF? Will the ammonia pass thru my BM? Well,experiences mother say it is actually safe to do that, you may refer herehere and here! Even research say it is fine but then again it is up to you, read more here!

Anyway, if you are a little sceptical like me (or we call ourself the kiasi mummy) then opt for organic or ammonia free chemical service -lah (ok my hubby say i am just try to console myself anyhow)

Who don’t want to be pretty during CNY?!

My review on M Square Salon.

The shop is newly open in November 2014. They have two outlets; Puchong and Klang respectively. Puchong outlet have 3 stylist and 2 assistant (also a lovely receptionist). It is located upstairs of a coffee shop which is corner, easily spotted when you drive nearby. They are able to accommodate 6 customers at the same time, 2 VIP in another room plus a comfortable area for the mani and pedicure.

My verdict: Location is easily accessible but located above coffee shop is a little bit not my thing. Imagine walking out smelling good and pass by the chicken wing barbecue uncle.

My hair coloring. I bought voucher which entitle me to do a hair coloring – ammonia free using Eugene Perma Hair Care Product from Paris. It also include hair cut, blow and wash. Eugene Perma is excluse trio of plant and mineral which have ingredient that is essential for hair.

My verdict: When I was doing my hair colouring, there was not scent of the strong chemical smell at all! I feel so organic ammonia free natural happy! Haha I give it a 5 likes!

I was lucky enough because they are new so there are promotion going on in the shop. Only MYR88 for this hair colouring. Then again I was peeping at their menu and realise it is the same price if you walk in (just that it is without hair cut). Buy groupon from here!

My verdict: I was given a range of selection of color to choose of. No limitation of color. No hidden cost. Stylist is not push on my to buy anything extra. For the result, highly recommended!

Peace (Y) That’s me and Jacky 🙂 Have a nice day!

Psssstt! They having MYR28 promotion for mani and pedicure now! Using OPI products! I am gonna try it soon. Well, dear M Square Salon owner, can you give me a free mani and pedicure since I am your returning customer?

Freemie Deluxe – Assemble with my Medela Freestyle

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FAQ: If I am using a non compatible pump (like me, I am using Medela Freestyle), can I self modify / enhance the parts to suit my pump?

I have read and understood that my pump, Medela Freestyle is not compatible with Freemie so I have made enquiries to the reseller and ask about it. I am worried what if I have spend the money and I could not use it? Worse, if I have to buy another pump just to use Freemie. My conversation and queries with the reseller as follows (green is reseller):

  • Is it compatible with Medela Freestyle?
  • Yes.
  • But I read and research, so far the reviews all commented a no.
  • For Medela Deluxe, if you can use it with Medela Deluxe.
  • What is the concern and why everyone say No? What is the risk?
  • If you use a wrong pump the risk is the back flow problem. The milk may flow back to your pump. This can actually be resolved if you use a back flow protector.

This is the back flow protector and how to assemble. A little modification and it works!

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Tutorial & step by step:

  • After you assemble freemie (refer to my previous video sharing), you can now connect your tube to the (tube 2 – which is the bigger tube) .
  • Fix the tube 2 to your BFP.

TAKE NOTE! You must fix the tube 2 connecting to the smaller tubing toward the pump. Or else the BFP won’t be protecting your pump!

  • Then connect the other end of tube 2 to Medela.

Vola! Happy pumping people!

My Journey Freemie Deluxe

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Freemie Deluxe

Freemie introduce a new way of handsfree pump. Being an EPM mummy, handsfree pump is almost a gem of all the creation in the world. It saves time and enable me to multitask. If you are a FTW BF mummy, you know what I am talking!

I have been using Medela Freestyle since Jan 2012 till today, and still counting. A very happy and contented user till I changed job this year where I need to travel 2 hours to and fro work everyday. My colleague then told me how she save time is, she pumped in the car while stuck in the jam. Brilliant? I tried, but my meddle freestyle just a little bit too hard for me to pump “invisible” because once I fixed my pump on handsfree mode, it will looking a horizontal KLCC tower stuck out on my breast.

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Medela Freestyle – Handsfree pump

My journey with Freemie started when one the mummy show casing how she pump with her shirt on and looking almost invisible. It enable her to pump everywhere and anywhere without anyone realising. Well, some of my reader asked, why bother? As an Asian mum, we live in a culture where people are more conservative. Plus, if you have came to Malaysia for a tour, you will realise that Malaysia has just started to be a breastfeeding friendly place starting this year, 2014.

My sharing on Freemie will be categorised as below so that it ease your search.

Hope my sharing helps and let me know if you have any questions. Lastly, I have got dozen of PM asking where I buy my Freemie. It is bought from an authorised reseller called PumpLove.

Will share her phone number here so that you can whatsapp her +016 774 9968. Not sure what is her name but you can just call up and ask her for more details 🙂

Don’t understand all the short abbreviation? Read here 🙂

Medela PISA Vs Spectra S1 – Medela and Spectra breast pump reviews blog

 Medela PISA Vs Spectra S1

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This is sharing from a singapore mummy, Audrey Yeo which I obtained from a FB group administrated by her. I learn a lot from this group and thus would like to share the review as follows. You may also join her FB group to get more updates and notifications. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/401286426675718/

Features 

S1 is a hospital grade pump.

It has a very unique suction where it vibrates ur nipple during suction, triggering your letdown to come faster and also helps to stimulate milk production unlike other pumps which will just pull and release.

It allows you to customize your pumping experience. You can set the suction power and suction duration separately. It is Close System, has a timer(auto off at 30mins) and night light(under handle) to make it easier to pump at night. Has a massage button to help achieve a letdown faster. In-built rechargeable battery which can last around 3 hours of pumping

PISA  is medela’s best normal range pump with the strongest suction. It is an Open System.

It starts off with 2mins of fast suction before it changes to slower longer suction automatically. It comes with a detachable battery pack which requires 8-10AA batteries.

PISA  Cycle: 48-74, stimulation at 117 (12Levels)

S1 Cycle: 38-54, stimulation at 70 (12 Levels)

Experiment made on PISA Level 8 Vs S1 Level 6 (based on the same suction strength and cycle) for 6 sessions each pump.

PISA Cycle: 48, Stimulation 117

S1 Cycle: 46, Stimulation 70

Time taken: 20mins

End results: S1 have an average of 30ml of extra yield as compared to PISA.

Comparison:

S1 weighs 1.12kg and PISA is 1.95kg(1.6kg without batt).

S1 is much quieter than PISA

S1 have separate individual setting for suction strength and duration, PISA has a JOINT suction strength n duration setting.

PISA with eneloop rechargeable battery can last more than 15pumping sessions, S1 last around 3hours of pumping session.

S1 is much bulkier than PISA.

Verdict

S1 is more suitable for people whose concern is more about increasing yield and also to have a more comfortable pumping experience as u can control the suction strength n duration individually. It is also suitable for mummies co-sleeping with their babies as it is a very silent pump. Recommended for Home use, in the Car, and Office use. S1 is also suitable for people who are more concern about budget as it is around 50% cheaper than PISA.

PISA is more suitable for pumping on the go, or for traveling as u will not need to worry about not having enough battery charge as it is very convenient to get AA batteries in convenience store. It is also suitable for people who are more brand conscious as Medela has been a trusted brand and it has a service centre in Toh Guan.

Medela Freestyle Vs Spectra M1 – Breast pump reviews blog

Medela Freestyle vs Spectra M1

 

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This is sharing from a singapore mummy, Audrey Yeo which I obtained from a FB group administrated by her. I learn a lot from this group and thus would like to share the review as follows. You may also join her FB group to get more updates and notifications. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/401286426675718/

 

Features

 

M1: It has a very unique suction where it vibrates ur nipple during suction, triggering your letdown to come faster and also helps to stimulate milk production unlike other pumps which will just pull and release.

It has a Joint suction strength/suction duration control, as u increase the suction strength, the suction duration will also get longer. It is a Close System and will auto switch off at 30mins. Has a stimulation button to help achieve a letdown faster. In-built rechargeable battery which can last around 1.5 hour of pumping.

 

Freestyle: It has a Joint suction strength/suction duration control, as u increase the suction strength, the suction duration will also get longer. It is a Close System.

It starts off with 2mins of fast suction before it automatically changes to slower longer suction. You can undo long suction by pressing the letdown button. It has an lcd screen with timer. It comes with an internal battery that last around 3hours.

 

Comparison

 

Freestyle Cycle: 50-80, stimulation:112 (9Levels) M1 Cycle: 24-38, stimulation:64 (5 Levels) M1 weighs 296g, Freestyle weighs 364.5g M1 is much quieter than FreestyleM1 last around 1.5hours, Freestyle last around 3hours. M1 is slightly bulkier than Freestyle.

 

EXPERIMENT: Freestyle Level 7 Vs M1 Level 2 (based on the same suction strength) for 2 sessions each pump[fyi, 2 sessions is enough torture already]

Freestyle Cycle: 50, Stimulation 112 M1 Cycle: 38, Stimulation 64 (This is the closest setting that i can set) Time taken: 20mins

End results: Freestyle gave me Major Blocked Ducts!! My Yield Decreased by 120ml from the usual 470ml. In absolute pain and depression!

 

Thankfully m1 managed to help me unblock the ducts with its very long suction. As a blocked duct saver, i manage to unblock everything in just 15mins(the pump after 1st freestyle trial and 20mins the pump after 2nd freestyle trial). Under normal circumstances, i manage to get my usual yield in only 10mins..

Freestyle’s suction is very surfaced, concentrate on just the nipples. But m1 sucks very deeply that u can feel all the way right under the areola, where all the milk ducts are. Thus m1 can draw a lot of milk during letdown. Thus its recommended to use low strength during pumping and only increase the strength when letdown occurs..

 

Verdict

 

M1 is more suitable for people whose concern is more about emptying their breast, preventing blocked ducts and also mummies who need to get their pumping done as fast as possible due to time constrain.. It is also very pocket friendly as it cost just around $200.

Freestyle is more for people who needs longer battery span and it has a belt clip. It is also suitable for people who are more brand concious as Medela has been a trusted brand and it has a service centre in Toh Guan.

If you have a lot of money, u can buy freestyle for show too. Its also a good tool to disturb the ever so peacefully sleeping hubby(not fair!!). Since it results in lower yield, it should be a good pump to use when i wanna stop breastfeeding.. ;p

 

 

Freemie Malaysia Singapore – Medela Freestyle

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Freemie, accoding to the website – is not compatible with all types of pumps which include Medela FS. However, I still want to give a try. Thank god, my Freemie (Medela Kit) and backflow protector works well.

My review on Freemie and Medela FS.

How to connect my Medela FS to Freemie?

This picture shows how Medela FS is being connected to the Freemie. As you can see, it use back the same tube and merely attach it to the backflow protector and then to the Freemie tube.

You can purchase either Avent or Spectra brand. Mine is Spectra that cost me around MYR40.

Must I buy backflow protector?

No. A lot mummy say they are ok without but I am afraid of backflow so I just buy in case. My experience tell me that when i bend over nearer to my monitor, I tend to have backflow so i guess it depends on individual.

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How to use my Freemie?

I do not use any special or nursing bra but a larger size of bra (upgrade one more cup size) with no padding. Put on the Freemie onto your breast, having the nipple fit into the hole and ensure your bra support the Freemie fitly. I am using a 25mm size Freemie. Make sure you got the correct size for better performance.

You can try to bend a little when you have attached your Freemie. If it does not move away from your nipple then it is fine.

How much BM can Freemie fit?

I yield about 2-3oz each side every 3 hours so i hope no problems with the cup size. Each cup can fit 8oz.

How to determine the size of Freemie to buy?

Initially when I order, I goes like, “Cup C please.” and she goes like, “Urm, we only have 25mm 28mm..” LMAO So shy! It does not matter you are a A or G cup. They have only one cup size FYI. So, please order size according to your nipple size.

Will I look weird with the fake boobs?

This is my concern too! This vidoe can give you a rough estimate of how much your boobs will being “enlarged” to. For me, as I have an Asian boobs so I do enjoy having a bigger boobs for a while. It looks fine on me.

Where to buy and how much?

I purchase mine from Pump love – a reseller I found in facebook. Another reseller is BingBling SG. base in Singapore and also Best-baby.sg. Pump Love base in Malaysia. Another alternative is buy from Amazon of course, this is cheaper that reseller. But so far as I know, Pump love is the first and only authorised reseller in Malaysia when I purchase my freemie.

Bought mine for MYR329 and inclusive of the backflow protector. I get additional 10% discount during their promotion period. Lucky me 😛

PumpLove contact: https://www.facebook.com or +016-774 9968

Read about Freemie here!

Pump at work Ep 4 – Freehand pumping

Updated with my review after receiving my Freemie!

halfmummy, quarterwife, a full time working babe

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Freemie. Pump with bra and shirt on.

Have been using medela freestyle all along and i have been very happy with the handsfree function. I always think that it is the best handsfree pump until I joined the facebook group called Exclusive Breastfeeding Mums and discover FREEMIE!

Let me share with you what is Freemie all about. It is a milk collector cup that allow you to use it as “milk bottles” and pump straight into it. The only differences with the normal milk bottle is that:

  • You can pump with shirt on as it stuck in behind your bra
  • You could not feed your baby using this cup as it does not act as a bottle

According to the website, it does not compatible with other pump but Freedom. However, a lot of review shows that it is compatible with Spectra M1 and S1 and also +9. Medela also can…

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Milk booster – Over night oatmeal

Searching high and low, I come across this awesome delicious milk booster.

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Source: http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

Look delicious right? I decided to give it a try.

My own recipe as follows:

  • 4 tablespoon of rolled oat
  • 3 tablespoon of greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon of chia seed
  • 3 tablespoon of flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon of VCO
  • 1 small cup of milk
  • variety of fruits

I modify this to become my milk booster.

FAQ

  • Why rolled oat? Because it gonna soak overnight so this will taste better.
  • Must use greek yogurt? Not necessary. I tried flavored yogurt too and it taste good even without fruits.
  • Chia seed and flax seed can be more than 3 tablespoon. It actually taste much nicer.
  • VCO increase the fragrance of the oat.
  • Fruits that I put in normally is mango, strawberry and grape. When I serve, I will add on apple, banana or pineapple.
  • Nuts such as almond – I crush it and serve as topping. Yummylicoius!

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Happy Moo Moo mummies 🙂

Spectra pump review – S1 vs M1

This is meant to share with mummy who considering S1 vs M1. This review is by Audrey Yeo, a singapore mummy. 

 

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(Experiment conducted by Drey Drey Yeo)

S1 is a hospital grade pump.
It has a very unique suction where it vibrates ur nipple during suction, triggering your letdown to come faster and also helps to stimulate milk production unlike other pumps which will just pull and release.
It allows you to customize your pumping experience. You can set the suction power and suction duration separately. It is Close System, has a timer(auto off at 30mins) and night light(under handle) to make it easier to pump at night. Has a massage button to help achieve a letdown faster. In-built rechargeable battery which can last around 3hours of pumping.

M1 is a normal usage pump.
It has the same unique vibration suction like s1, just that the vibration is much faster for m1, therefore it might not be noticeable.
It has a Joint suction power/suction duration control, as u increase the suction power, the suction duration will also get longer. It is Close System and will auto switch off at 30mins. Has a massage button to help achieve a letdown faster. In-built rechargeable battery which can last around 1.5 hour of pumping.

Comparison of S1 Vs M1:
S1 is 1.12kg and M1 is at 300g
S1 is much bulkier(C:64cm, H:19cm), M1(C:37.5cm, H:7cm).
S1 battery last longer.
S1 may be able to help achieve more yield due to its unique suction.
S1 is much silent than M1.
S1 has stronger suction power.
M1 empties the breast much faster due to its longer suction duration(lv3,4,5)

Verdict:
S1 is more for serious pumping where your concern is more about increasing yield and also to have a more comfortable pumping experience. Recommended for Home use and Office use.
M1 is very portable due to its size and weight. It can empties the breast much faster due to it’s long suction duration, good for people who need to get pumping done in a short duration. Recommended for pumping on the go or for multi tasking(cooking, playing with kids while pumping).

 

 

My breastfeeding journey Ep 2 – How to success breastfeeding?

Do you have these obstacles?

  • My confinement lady do not support breast feeding.
  • My parent in law do not support breast feeding.
  • My parent and family do not support breast feeding.

That’s enough for you to fail. When you try to breast feed your child under such circumstances, trust me, it is so so tough. Tougher than struck lottery.

How to breastfeed successfully?

Soon as I know I am pregnant, I look for a breast feeding friendly confinement lady (Right #1). She helped me a lot and encourage me to keep feeding and never supplement with formula (Right #2). She told me this,

Olden day there are no formula and we all lived well. You are here, I am here, we all survive. What do you think our parents feed us when there are no formula?

You can read my review on my confinement lady here.

Also, I purposely left my pump back in the city. So that I can’t pump (Right #3) in the first 2 weeks. With this, I can only direct latch my baby (Right #4). Direct latch is the most critical thing to make sure you build a strong base in your breast feeding journey. You just have to hang on and HANG ON and hang on for the first few weeks. Especially the growth spurt weeks.

Baby will normally have their growth spurt on week 3, 5-6, 8, 12, 16. Soon you pass thru the 4th month, breast feeding is like a breeze.

Have the correct positive mindset.

I keep telling myself..

  • I have milk
  • I have sufficient milk for my baby
  • Supply = demand = supply
  • Relax and feed
  • Baby cry do not necessary means baby is hungry
  • Baby stomach equal to my supply as days goes by

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TRUST ME. EVERYONE HAVE MILK.