Today, we're going to talk about doing a breast self-exam. According to international cancer guidelines, it is optional to do a breast self-exam, but it is important to be aware of changes in your breasts. To those who want to learn how to do a breast self-exam, here are detailed instructions I got from… Continue reading How to Do a Breast Self-Exam
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Zimbabwe affecting women (according to 2012 statistics, the third most common, after Cervical cancer and Kaposi's Sarcoma), and the third most common cause of death among those cancers. It's such a devastating disease because women tend to present when it's too late. The heartbreak when… Continue reading Where to Get: Free/Low-Cost Breast Cancer Screening in Zimbabwe
I see a few patients struggling with trying to conceive, and I do have the clinical knowledge of infertility, including the statistics, the research, the causes, the options, and so forth and so forth. I know where to refer my patients when all else fails, because we now have a doctor who has specialised in… Continue reading Day 21: Infertility
Sex education is one of those weird topics for parents. On TV, you see parents stammering and stumbling, trying to explain "the birds and the bees" or "body changes" and "urges." In high school, my Science teacher rambled through reproduction; to this day, I have no idea what happened in that class. Yes, one class.… Continue reading Day 18: Sex on the First Date… the Teenage/Young Adult Edition
There's a YouTuber I follow, her name is Tee, her channel is nappyheadedjojoba, and I freaking love her! She is smart, she is sassy, and her natural hair is to die for!! She is goals! Her channel is real; it makes me feel like I'm catching up with an old friend, and I'm cringing internally… Continue reading Fitness #Challenge: A Challenge
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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