Hi all! I have a bizarre fear of buying meat at a butcher's. I'm afraid that I will get the wrong meat, or the cut of meat that I want won't be available, and I would've travelled for nothing. For that reason, I only buy meat on demand, which is equally straining. I had heard… Continue reading So… I got the Butcher Box from AMP Meats…
Finally! Part 2 is out!! For those who do not live in Harare, but also want to pamper themselves here and there, here are a few suggestions for you: BULAWAYO The Haven Relaxation and Beauty Spa 281 L. Takawira Ave Khumalo Bulawayo Tel: (09) 239673 0776 980 615 They also have branches in Victoria Falls… Continue reading Where to Get: Pampered in Zim (Part 2: Rest of Zim)
I'm writing this after hearing that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, passed away yesterday, in an apparent suicide. Hearing about this brought feelings that I thought I had dealt with to the surface. This man and his band got me through rough days, opened me up to a friendship with a fellow… Continue reading Where to Get: Free Counselling
I was browsing through Twitter a few days ago, and TeteHumba's tweet made me realise that I have not begun to live my best life just yet!! Hi #Twimbos I'm looking for a reasonably priced Beauty Spa in Harare? Any suggestions? RT for awareness@263Chat — TeteHumba 🇿🇼 (@TeteHumba) July 8, 2017 I went through a mini-crisis:… Continue reading Where to get: Pampered in Zim (Part 1: Harare)
Im my previous post (which I encourage you to read if u have not), I introduced the topic of breastfeeding with a focus on an African mother. I discussed the technique of breastfeeding, introducing supplementary feeds as well as formula feeding. As promised I will conclude that discussion in this second part, which is just a continuation, by discussing breastfeeding for mothers who are HIV positive as well as the process of weaning.
Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS
In Zimbabwe we have made great strides in reducing the transmission of HIV from mother to child. We started off with incidences as high as as 50% before the era of antiretroviral treatment to current ones of close to 5% (which is still coming down). HIV can still be transmitted during breastfeeding and in other settings mothers choose not to breastfeed as a way of protecting their babies. Makes sense doesn’t it?
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Breastfeeding is not unique to African mothers and neither is it a new thing, however many issues around this simple act of feeding a baby are unique to Africa and they warrant discussion. After working in a neonatal as well as a paediatric unit for a few years I have noted with great concern a lot of beliefs, myths, misconceptions and fears that should be addressed, mainly because most of them do more harm than good.
Breastfeeding is not merely holding a baby to the breast so that they feed. A lot of first time mothers get this wrong, a fair number of experienced mothers get it wrong as well. There is a correct way of positioning a baby on the breast and every mother should take time to learn it, ask your nurse or doctor to show you before you take your baby home, if you are…
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The quality of a good Quarter wife is to hear what your person is saying, and act on her behalf. I think I did that for one of the people I follow on Twitter, who asked the following question: Any of you know a really great tailor in Harare? Especially African outfits, modern designs. #twoogle… Continue reading Where to get: African Print Outfits
Winter is the season when we have sniffles, the odd sneeze, and the cold. But one disease creeps up in this season, that is frightening, debilitating and requires a lot of time and resources… THE MAN FLU.. (insert frightening music here) The Man Flu has been described as almost as painful as labour, and being… Continue reading Man-Flu Survival Tips!!!
*I had meant to write this post yesterday, but I was so stuffed after making dinner, I could barely walk.* My Quarter Wife is not a fan of sadza, it's just not her thing, so I promised her I'd get her a nice winter recipe that does not have sadza and nhingi. I have found… Continue reading Beef Stew With Herb Dumplings
When I was in high school, it was a given for me that my skin would start itching like crazy when winter hit. It was a disaster, to the point that I’d have scratch marks by September. When I finally told my mom about it, she replied, matter-of-factly, “Your skin’ll be dry.”Since then I’ve realised… Continue reading Part 3: No Ash and Straw This Winter!