Monday, November 27, 2017

Scott’s Bright Little Explorer’s programme at AquariaKLCC

Scott’s,part of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Sdn Bhd (GSK), has
teamed up with aquariaKLCC to give children an opportunity to have a unique educational underwater experience in a bid to drive children’s curiosity to know more about our oceans, the sea life and conservation efforts. 

Thanks to this invitation my children has got the opportunity for the Sleep with Sharks at AquariaKLCC. They have a good bonding time together as their brotherhood grow strong with big brother taking care of little brother both of them learning together on the oceans life and the sea animals. They are curious of the sea animals in the AquariaKLCC.
my sons who took art in the Scott’s Bright Little Explorer’s programme at AquariaKLCC
Scott’s, a household name amongst parents in Malaysia, hosted the ‘Scott’s Bright Little Explorers at aquariaKLCC event that saw children aged 6 to 12 years old participate in a sleepover programme by aquariaKLCC dubbed ‘Sleep with Sharks’. There's briefing in the Saturday morning, children were given a goodie bag each which contained of a shirt Sleeps with Sharks that they can each wear. No parents are allow when the program begins this give them the chance to learn independent at the same time.
Saturday morning briefing with children and parents.
The overnight event saw children participating in various educational activities, including live feeding sessions with sharks, sea otters, and piranhas, meeting the aquariaKLCC divers, as well as learning more about the underwater world.
group photo with the VIPS and participants of the Scott’s Bright Little Explorer’s programme at AquariaKLCC
“The Scott’s Bright Little Explorers programme is an ongoing project which
aims to stimulate children’s curiosity and support children’s development
through on - ground educational activities. It has been reported that humanity has only explored less than 5% of the entire ocean to date1 and we believe
that aquariaKLCC will spark the curiosity of our children to learn more about the underwater world and its inhabitants, ” said Venaig Jegou, Area Marketing Director, Oral Health and Nutrition, South East Asia, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

My son sharing session on his five favourite sea animals that he finds at aquariaKLCC

“In addition, the rare opportunity of staying overnight at aquariaKLCC
Provides a unique experience of learning about nocturnal marine life and
Their habits as children have the chance to literally sleep next to sharks!” Venaig said.

speech by Daryl Foong, Head of Marketing and Sales Department of aquariaKLCC

“aquaria KLCC is proud to partner with Scott’s in their Bright Little Explorers programme and provide these children with a unique ocean experience that
can inspire them to learn more about ocean conservation, education and sea ethics. We hope that through this experience, it will encourage children to take an interest in the science field, as well as marine biology.” said Daryl Foong,
Head of Marketing and Sales Department of aquariaKLCC.

After the event, we have gone for an hour tour in the aquariaKLCC, you can also view some photos sharing on Facebook's album. Click on the link to view, I am impress my son would tell me about types of sea animals in the aquaria namely unicorn fish, dragon moray eel, sand tiger shark, bull shark and etc.

Scott’s launched the Bright Little Explorers programme last year in conjunction with its Scott’s DHA Gummies. DHA or DocosaHexaenoic Acid is an Omega -
3 fatty acid which plays an important role in brain development, function and healthy vision2,3

My children likes to eat the Scott's DHA gummies their favourite is the strawberry flavour. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Appeton partners with Malaysia’s First Astronaut, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar, for its ‘A-Z Vitamin C’ range

 Being a mom of two boys, yeah beside a busy lifestyle as parent to fetch my children from school and tuition centre. It's also important to take care of their health. Recently Appeton held an event at 1 Utama Shopping Centre.

Appeton, one of Malaysia’s top pharmaceutical brands, launched its repackaged ‘A-Z Vitamin C’ range today, alongside Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, YB Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, and its brand ambassador, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar, at One Utama Shopping Centre amidst a throng of Saturday morning shoppers.
Brand Ambasaador - Datuk Sheikh Muszaphar - Sharing Why 'Dreaming Big' is an Aspect of Growing Up in the 21st Century

Having been around for more 30 years, Appeton has always championed kids. It understands that kids truly are the future; however, they first need to be protected to stay healthy, to unleash their true potential. It also believes that kids need to be encouraged, inspired and nurtured from a young age – to think outside of the proverbial box.

When the brand decided that it was time for its ‘A-Z Vitamin C’ range to undergo a facelift, they naturally did what most brands do – conduct an in-depth research. Not surprisingly, it found that most parents – their core demographics – still want their kids to be doctors or lawyers despite the multitude of options offered by tertiary institutes locally, or around the world. In their opinion, these two professions are the pinnacle of pride, professionalism and prestige.
Appeton thanks YB Daturk Wira Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah for participating in the event

Based on the results, the brand decided to incorporate caricatures of these two noble professions, alongside that of an astronaut to highlight to kids that they can, and should always, dream bigger. ‘Being a doctor or lawyer is a great achievement – but why stop there? Kids can aspire to be doctors or lawyers who are also astronauts. They just need to be encouraged to not confine themselves to the status quo,’ says Cheah Ming Loong, Chief Operating Officer of Kotra Pharma.

It is this ‘big idea’ that led Appeton to collaborate with Malaysia’s first astronaut, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar. As the first, and as of now, only Malaysian astronaut to fly into space, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar is the perfect spokesperson for Appeton’s A-Z Vitamin C Dream Big Campaign
he’s worked hard to become a doctor, without giving up on his dream of becoming an astronaut.

As an orthopaedic surgeon, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar understands the importance between being healthy and staying protected, to achieve goals that one sets for oneself. As a young kid, he was always fascinated with space travel. He was lucky that his parents were encouraging of his dream from the get-go; they nurtured and supported him along the way, and made sure that he was healthy, and stayed protected throughout his childhood.

‘Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar is a trailblazer who has inspired many with his drive, determination and constant innovation, without alienating his core beliefs. We wanted to tap into his backstory, as much as his achievements, to drive the message through to our core customers, which is how the collaboration came about,’ added Cheah.

As part of Appeton’s Dream Big Campaign, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar and his two daughters, are featured in Appeton’s ‘Dream Big’ television commercials and billboards along selected highways around Malaysia. A cut-out of him in spacesuit, will also greet consumers at major pharmacies around the country.

The launch event they are parents and children participate in stage games, numerous quizzes, sand art, arts and craft, and alphabet puzzles. They even managed to have their photos taken with the intrepid astronaut-turned-businessman, alongside his lovely daughters, Sophea Isabella (6 years old) and Sophea Natasha (4 years old).

Speaking to reporters at the event, Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar said, ‘I have been aware of the Appeton brand for as long as I could remember. They’re known for championing kid’s health; and as a doctor, health is the core of my profession, and is therefore, close to my heart.

As kids, we always think we are invincible – that nothing can happen to us. But we do fall sick sometimes and catch colds, flu, and other common ailments. What I realised, from a very young age, was that when we take care of ourselves, be it through exercise, food, or other things, we allow ourselves to have a lot more fun. Our energy levels are up, and we can keep striving to do the things we enjoy.

As a father to two young daughters, and now, twin boys, I try my best to make sure that my kids stay healthy and protected, so that they can go out and discover what the world has to offer. Therefore, when Appeton approached me about this campaign, I saw the synergy right away and said yes. Let’s face it, all parents want the best for their children – I hope that my involvement in in Appeton’s Dream Big Campaign will inspire children to ‘Dream Big’, and remind parents to keep them healthy and protected, so that they can reach for the stars.’
YB Datuk Wira Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah Join the public shortly after the launch

In today’s healthcare business environment, with continuous increase in competition and accelerating change, Appeton remains firm in its quest of fulfilling demands for quality healthcare products at competitive cost. Applying a unique combination of industry expertise and solutions with the right concept, Appeton strives to bring the best in quality to all those it comes in contact with.

Appeton’s ‘A-Z Vitamin C’ range can be found at major pharmacies and Chinese medical halls around the country.

For more information about Appeton, please visit

Sunday, November 19, 2017

SharkHero Conservation Run 2017

On Saturday, the SharkHero Conservation Run 2017 (SHCR2017) , which is held on 18 Nov 2017 in Celebration Centre Sunsuria City, is a family themed fun run aimed to raise awareness for endangered shark population. Besides the 4 km run, a carnival is held on the same day which consist of 9 food trucks, 15 games & arts booths and a stage performance. Good time well spend in the evening with loved ones.

SCHR2017 attracted approximately 5,500 participants for the event day. For every ticket sold, RM5 will be donated to Shark Saver Malaysia. In addition to public participation, various companies and beauty queens, as part of their CSR efforts, have sponsored members from up to 15 centre of orphanage houses and OKU organizations to take part in the event. Volunteers from UKM marine science department, Shark Saver Malaysia and Acexelent Team staff will be available on the day itself to provide assistance to participants.

Acexelent Team is deeply honoured to be able to invite Yang Amat Mulia Raja Shuibah Al-Sultan Idris Shahand and Sunsuria City CEO Mr. Koong Wai Seng to officiate the opening of SCHR2017.
Right before the run, participants are encouraged to join in warm up and the famous Shark Doo Doo Dance. The fun run will starts at 5 pm, honourable guests together with Pocohtee & Friends Mascot will flag off at the starting line. There will be a Question & Answer (Q&A) session for every 1 km. Participants will receive a badge for every question answered correctly. 

After the run, participants can look forward to the carnival which photo and games booths have been meticulously prepared by Acexelent Team. A total of 60 exciting prizes will be available for the winners of game booths. There will also be an exhibition by Shark Saver Malaysia as well as Arts & Craft Session for public to participate. 

It's a nice family time and friends too that take part in this meaningful this SharkHero Conservation Run 2017. In between performances, representative of Dato Paduka Kevy will present WCA certificate to Acexelent team as token of appreciation. At the same time, winner of Best Online Shark Doo Doo dance were announced and prize were given. The final proceed to be donated to Shark Saver Malaysia will be announced before and the closing Shark Saver Malaysia representative will accept the donation int he form of mock cheque. It's a nice fun time for healthy walk or run and good to know there's knowledge of Shark No To Shark Fins at the same time at the carnival.

The stage performance will starts at 7 pm. Artists who will be performing on the day are:
  1. Dennis Lau, Electric Violinist
  2. Aundrew Lee, Illusionist and Mentalist. Voted as No.1 Magician in Malaysia
  3. Crystal Ong, Malaysian Famous Singer
  4. Koujee, International Celebrity Beatboxer and Beatbox instructor
  5. Sawyer Leong, Malaysia Child Actor and Beatboxer
  6. G3, Malaysia East Malaysia Famous Dancing Crew
  7. Michael kael, Malaysia Famous Singer and Actor
  8. Zen ang, Project Director of Chester Development Sdn Bhd

Personalized New Baby gifts@ Printcious

It's November and December is coming soon, I have got friends that are going to gift birth this coming December. Now when you think of what present for new parents? Why not something special, that they can keep it forever as memory and cherished them. Sharing is caring as I wanted to share with you that with Internet access now we can easily shop online and even personalized gifts from home or office at your cozy space. Now you can find customized gift ideas, photo gifts, gifts for him for her, birthday gift ideas, new baby gift ideas, click on the link to find out.

Personalized New Baby gifts at Printcious, they are many baby gifts that you can choose from online, check out the website online and I find it user friendly and easy to browse. From baby gifts ideas I find that we can make several gifts from there namely Baby Rompers, Mini Tees, Cushions, Canvas, Ceramic Tiles and Mugs.

As I know Mugs are mostly chosen as daily we need to make drinks in the morning either tea or coffee. Mugs can be use in office or home, personalized mugs are nice and we can have more than one mugs, there's nothing wrong with that some people having mugs collection at their home or office. Mini Tees that comes in eight designs they are cute as you can personalized it and hang it in the vehicle. Baby Rompers that comes in short sleeves or long sleeves, you can personalized having a photo of the baby on it and description that you like to add on. Ceramic Tiles that has choices of shapes in rectangle or square. You can choose to personalized it with photo of baby precious moments. Beautiful Canvas with several types of designs to choose from. How about puzzles? It's nice bonding time to have a puzzle photo that you can play with older siblings. My son has got a puzzle and he sharing it with his brother to play the puzzle photo together, it gives them to think on how to put the puzzle photo back together. Great brotherhood bonding time, it's also good for parents too.

Every home has got a sofa, I bet cushion is a must have, now you can also personalized with photo or words that you prefer. I have seen bedroom decoration with cushion on bed. It depends on your budget on how much you want to spend on personalized new baby gifts for loved ones. Christmas is coming soon it can also be a nice gift for loved ones. Now you know where to shop for personalized baby gifts online. Visit the website Printcious for customized gift ideas, photo gifts, gifts for him for her, birthday gift ideas, wedding gift ideas.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dine with 360 at Bintang Revolving Restaurant, The Federal Kuala Lumpur

Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur that can have fine dining and nice view in the night? I would say dine with 360 at Bintang Revolving Restaurant, The Federal Kuala Lumpur. Boast of Malaysia's first revolving restaurant, Bintang Revolving Restaurant is located on the 18th Floor of The Federal Kuala Lumpur. The floor makes a 360 degree rotation every hour, ensuring an every changing backdrop while dining. I was there to dine and happy to be enjoy the stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the city skyline.

It's an ideal venue for families, couples, friends, business associate get together. It is popular during Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve Countdown where you can sit back and relax to watch the fireworks in the city.

Sharing with you, some of the signature dishes on the menu at the restaurant.

Appetizer & Salad

Avocado Crab Meat Salad 
Coriander & Capsicum coulis

 Bintang Revolving Caesar Salad
Lettuce with crispy beef streaky, chopped egg, anchovies & smoked salmon

Soup Kettle
 Provencal Creamy Lobster Bisque
Local lobster & prawn with seasoned prawn broth
 Wild Mushroom Soup

Meat & Poultry
 Bintang Revolving Chicken Maryland
Served with banana fritter, grilled pineapple rings & tomato grilled
 Grilled Mustard Rack of Lamb
Rosemary flavour of lamb cutlet served with black pepper sauce and backed potato

Fish and Seafood

 Salmon Fillet on Barley Seeds & Baby Spinach Quick Seared with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
& Coulis De Mare

Pasta & Burger
*Spicy Spaghetti Prawn Creamy Salted Egg
Sauteed with bird's eye chili & curry leaf in carbonara style

Charcoal Chicken Burger Deluxe

Yummy chef's choice of wild mushroom soup or the Provencal creamy lobster bisque soup. Compliment your meal with yummy desserts such as doughnut with single scoop ice cream and chocolate topping or the heavenly haagen-dazs Going Banana.  You can also view the ala carte menu on
 Good time with friends to dine with 360 at Bintang Revolving Restaurant, ideal place for gathering.

Bintang Revolving Restaurant can cater up to a capacity of 160 pax for dining. It opens nightly 5pm to 12 midnight. Just for your info diners to choose from 2-course to 4-course set dinner or ala carte menu. Looking for a dining with a city view, look no further by checking out this restaurant, they also host many functions such as cocktail reception, wedding reception, wedding dinner, annual dinner, product launching, private functions, press conference amongst others.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur - in the heart of Bukit Bintang, is Recipient of Mayor's Commendable Award for Front Liners for the Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Tourism Award 2017. Finalist of the HRD Award for Certificate of Excellence 2015 in the Employer category. Recipient of the Best Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur (FTKL) Beautiful & Illuminated Building 2007 Award in the hotel category.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur, the Hotel for Merdeka, is Malaysia's first international class hotel opened just three days before the Nation's declaration of independence. The 90- room 10- storey Federal Hotel was officiated by our first Prime Minister, the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdurl Rahman Putra on 28 August 1957. The Federal Hotel was then provided accommodation exclusively for the foreign dignitaries and guests room overseas invited for their first Merdeka celebrations on 31 August 1957. It was the venue for official functions hosted by the Government and private sectors as well the official caterer of cocktails and dinners at Parliament House. Now the 21-storey Federal Hotels has 450 rooms. If you like to know more, you can visit the

Thursday, November 2, 2017

NOHOO Bag for kids

I love bags and glad to find this cute bag for my son, it's NoHoo bag for kids. Yeah the designs are so cute, there are 3 types theme to choose from namely Ocean, Castle and Forest. NoHoo have got 40 designs and innovation awards at home and abroad, awarded by REDDOT (Germany) and IF (Germany). Feel free to see my unboxing video on the NoHoo bag, the package is nice as it comes with the plastic bag that can sealed back the bag after used. Often we wonder where to put the bags after used, this bag has comes with the plastic bag that we can keep the NoHoo bag.

My little one likes green color and dino, so I have chosen for him this dino designed bag code is NH023. Green dino backpack that is so cute and easy to carry, this bag is 30 x 23.5 x 14cm.

The material is Neoprene, the bags has 14 days unconditional return with 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can also shop for this cute bags for little ones and it's convenient to shop online with Internet access.

Neoprene is a unique material that the first factory to neoprene as the material of children bag in China. Neprene is a synthetic rubber produced by polymerization of chloprene. Durable and environmental friendly and safe for skin.

Shop now at and the promo code for my readers : sherrylovesnohoo for MYR10 off.
Shop now as free shipping for Peninsular Malaysia.

Christmas is coming soon, what to shop for little ones and loved ones? So cute designs that I even see mommy wearing them. So many designs to choose from and there's Shark and Dolphin, Monkey, Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Rabbit, Butterfly, currently they have Monkey set and Dino Set available. It consists of one sling bag and a backpack. You can visit the website to view them.
my son wearing green dino NH023 NoHoo bag

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

KARIHOME Goat Whole Milk Powder for 7 years old and above

Being mom of two boys, not busy with home but also with my children's health care. They are busy with education, little one is going to Standard One next year while his brother gonna be Standard 6 and will be busy with UPSR. It's not just education that children be busy with but also other school activities and we need to take care of their health too. I drink this goat whole milk too, at night before heading to bed.

KARIHOME Goat Whole Milk Powder, this is suitable for children above 7 years old and adults. 
It is NET WT 400g. 
Product is made in New Zealand.

It's not the first time I seen this product before but I didn't really look into it in detail. 
Why choose goat milk formula?
Good nutrition as goat milk contains high nucleotides, sialic acid and taurine naturally which are vital for the health and well-being of the children. In addition, high content of casein phosphopeptides (CPP) in goat milk increase the solubility and absorption of minerals by our body. 

It's easier to digest as goat milk forms softer curds which can be digested more readily then dense cow milk curd. Goat milk can be digested about a third of time faster than cow milk 

It also improves the tummy health, prevent the loss of gastrointestinal tract barrier function. Great development and maintenance of gastrointestinal track barrier function helps to reduce the risk of getting gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting, diarrhea and tummy upset. 

It contains lesser allergens than cow milk, thus the chance of getting allergy reaction by goat milk consumer is lower. 

Building blocks of DNA that support the development of children's immune system

Sialic Acid
Protects against Bacterial Infection.

Casein Phosphopeptides (CPP)
Group of peptides that increase solubility and absorption of minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc. 

Free amino acid that support overall brain and physical development. 

The product has naturally high in calcium which can increase bone mineral density. 
This product has safely proved by Codex Alimentarius Commission (2007), European Food Safety Authority, Ministry of Health Malaysia. 

Don't just read here, you can also find more info on


I am mom of two boys and glad to have take time off to attend the expert roundtable session "All About Fertility and Pregnancy. Truths & Myths". This is good info for everyone, not just for mom's to be.

One of Malaysia’s leading nutrition companies, Shaklee Products (M) Sdn Bhd (‘Shaklee Malaysia’), has just held its 2nd Expert Roundtable Session themed “All About Fertility & Pregnancy: Truths & Myths”

This expert roundtable session saw expert panellists; Dr Sonhee Park, Senior Research Scientist in Research & Development of Shaklee Corporation, Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy, Fertility Specialist & Medical Director of Fertility Associates and Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman, Founder and Certified Lactation Counsellor of Gravidities Consultancy, discuss topics surrounding pre and postnatal nutrition, pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility.

Dr Sonhee Park, Senior Research Scientist in Research & Development of Shaklee Corporation (USA) emphasised that deficiency in nutrients such as Vitamin B9 (folate) is highly prevalent in pregnancy and breastfeeding women and their infants. Deficiency in Vitamin B9 during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of birth defects and in B12, iodine, and iron with other common complications in infants and mothers.

Organised by one of Malaysia’s leading nutrition companies, Shaklee Products (M) Sdn Bhd (“Shaklee Malaysia”), the expert roundtable session themed “All About Fertility & Pregnancy: Truths & Myths” also saw other expert panellists, namely Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy, Fertility Specialist & Medical Director of Fertility Associates and Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman, Founder and Certified Lactation Counsellor of Gravidities Consultancy, discuss topics surrounding pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility.

“Nutrition is key in all stages of life, especially in the reproductive years for women who plan on conceiving. As the saying goes, “a healthy mother makes a healthy baby.” While every mother wants the best for her children, nutrition plays a fundamental role in paving a conducive environment for fertility to take place (pre-conceptional), a healthy pregnancy (prenatal), and a sustainable motherhood journey especially during breastfeeding (postnatal),” said Park. Vitamin B9 deficiency during pregnancy has been found to increase the risk of birth defects, such as spina bifida and other serious and irreversible birth defects in the brain, spinal cords, and heart. Associated with the development of neurological and cognitive functions of the foetus and infant, B12 and iodine are also critical vitamin and mineral for expecting mothers to consume optimum levels. According to the Ministry of Health in Malaysia, expectant mothers are recommended to consume 600 mcg of folic acid, 4.5 mcg of B12, and 200 mcg of iodine per day.1

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a nutrient that will be transferred to the baby during both pregnancy and breastfeeding phases and is essential for brain, eye and nervous system development. However, since growing babies rely on their mothers for DHA supply, it is important for mothers to consume sufficient DHA. Calcium is another essential nutrient for baby’s bone and tooth formation. Calcium loss from mother’s bone will be increased to meet baby’s calcium needs if her diet is lacking in calcium. Hence, it is important to consume sufficient calcium during pregnancy and throughout the breastfeeding period for her own bone health and for baby’s strong bones and teeth. Thus, a careful dietary intake with these nutrients in mind is critical for both the mother and the baby.

Fundamentals of Prenatal & Postnatal Nutrition

Nutrition exerts an important influence on pregnancy outcomes.2 Over the years, multiple research have pointed out the value of nutrition interventions to help women achieve adequate diet for a normal, stable pregnancy.

Essential nutrition in the prenatal and postnatal stages contributes to several factors namely:
· Reduce the risk of anaemia in the mother
· Reduce risk of birth defects of the offspring
· Restore nutrient loss during lactation period (postnatal)
· Facilitate weight management for better health (postpartum)

Accordingly, essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, iodine, zinc, B12, and folate are some of the “must-haves” throughout the different stages of motherhood.3 Daily consumption of key nutrients, such as folic acid, several months before the conception and during the early stages of pregnancy has been proven to reduce the risk of birth defects, such as neural tube defects.4 “While it is ideal to obtain key nutrients through healthy eating habits, the quality of some nutrients may be compromised or the quantity may be inadequate from the foods that we consume routinely. In this case, iron is one nutrient that is not easily obtained through food, especially if one is a vegetarian or vegan,” Park explained.

A long-term multiple dietary supplement study5 conducted by the University of California, Berkeley among 1056 participants across three sample groups – long term non-dietary supplement users, single supplement users and multiple Shaklee supplement users has also revealed that users who consumed highly bioavailable dietary supplements were found to have improved health as compared to non-users. Bioavailability is a term used to describe the proportion of a nutrient that is absorbed from the diet and is used for regular body functions.

Nutrients, such as iodine, improves fertility and foetal mental development and is known to prevent miscarriages and premature births. Iron is essential for DNA synthesis as well as haemoglobin production, the protein in red blood cells which helps carry oxygen to body’s cells. Anaemia may occur when the haemoglobin level is low in the blood due to iron deficiency. In Malaysia, it is estimated that 38% of pregnant women suffer from anaemia according to a survey by the World Health Organization6.

A strong calcium foundation prepares the pregnant and lactating mother to reduce osteoporosis risk in the later stage of her life because the need for calcium increases during this stage to support baby’s growth. Along with calcium, Vitamin D is essential to facilitate calcium absorption, preventing Rickets in babies and children.

Myths & Truths of Breastfeeding

At the roundtable session, certified lactation counsellor, Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman said, “While breastfeeding is perceived to take place naturally for women, most women who failed to breastfeed have a common misconception that they are simply not fated to lactate. There is still room to raise awareness amongst mothers, especially new mothers on the many contributing factors that leads to a successful breastfeeding journey.” The nutrition requirements for breastfeeding are similar to those for pregnancy. However, a breastfeeding woman is recommended an intake of extra 500 kcal of nutrient rich foods per day compared to the pregnancy stage.7

“One of the more common myths encountered include the misconception that frequent nursing would lead to poor milk production. In reality, the mother’s supply of milk is dependent on the demand. This means that the more milk the baby drinks, the mother’s body will be able to produce a higher level of breastmilk. Indeed, breastmilk is a mother’s gift to her child and is designed to provide the necessary nutrients for the baby as long as required. It is important for mothers to look into their diet, eating habits to ensure that the vital nutrients are received adequately during the lactation period”, added Dr Nurzarina. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommended period for breastfeeding recommended that mothers should commit to a minimum of 6 months “exclusive breastfeeding” in which the baby only consumes breastmilk and is encouraged to continue to breastfeed (non-exclusive) up to two years of age and beyond.8

Fertility & Infertility

According to the National Population and Family Development Board in Malaysia (LPPKN), it was revealed that the fertility rates in Malaysia has declined rapidly since the early eighties. It is projected to decline to 1.79 in 2030.9 Couples who successfully complete the pregnancy journey may also be faced with further burdening situations if the child is born with major birth defects.

“In Malaysia, we observed that couples prefer to start their families at a later age, more commonly in their 30’s or 40’s. In general, a typical fertile couple aged 25 years will have a 20% chance of successful conception each month. However, as women age, the percentage is expected to fall to 17% at the age of 35 years and down to 10% at the age of 40”, said Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy, Fertility Specialist & Medical Director of Fertility Associates.

Successful conception is dependent on various factors. Lifestyle habits during the reproductive years, maintaining a healthy weight, dietary intake and adequate exercise are elements that contributes to preparing a conducive environment for conception.

During the media session, Ms Helen Lam, President of Shaklee Malaysia said, “In today’s hectic lifestyle, it is important that the women and mothers in our families pay close attention to their health. The journey of motherhood should be threaded carefully to reduce risks of pregnancy complications and other negative factors after childbirth. As such, we look forward to putting in place health and wellness-focused programmes for women and mothers to empower our Malaysian women the relevant knowledge on nutrition as well as dispel myths about conception. Equally, men should also shoulder the responsibility of staying healthy.”

The expert roundtable session marks the continuity of Shaklee Malaysia’s wellness education campaign, “Live Well, Be Well”. More key health and wellness-focused community activities and programmes are targeted to be rolled out. Distributors and the public at large can expect thematic ongoing activities and educational workshops during this campaign period via their Facebook page at or website at

(From left to right) Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy, Fertility Specialist & Medical Director of Fertility Associates; Dr Sonhee Park, Senior Research Scientist in Research & Development of Shaklee Corporation; Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman, Founder and Certified Lactation Counsellor of Gravidities Consultancy

Being a mom of two boys myself, I had breastfeeding my sons experienced, my eldest son breastfeed for 3 and half years and youngest son for only 11 months. Now my sons are 11 years old and 6 years old. Eldest son has got mix feeding with milk powder and breastfeeding milk until he's 4 month old that when I was pumping milk one day and decided to try to breastfeeding him directly, it's success that I didn't give up hope on direct breastfeeding and continue to breastfeeding him til 3 and half years old. I have ectopic pregnancy before both my sons, my right fallopian tube has been remove due to heavy bleeding during ectopic pregnancy. Sharing is caring, I have experienced before on the nipple confusion myth 8, yeah and it took time for me to exclusive breastfeeding again with my eldest son. Just sharing with you my past breastfeeding experienced of my sons. 

Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths by Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman

What were some of the ‘old wives’ tales’ that you may have heard when a relative or your friend has decided to embark on the breastfeeding journey? Misconceptions and myths over breastfeeding have prevailed for many generations.


Myth 1: Breastfeeding will come naturally
True, breastfeeding is natural and normal. However, it does not mean it will be an easy process. Thus, it is important for first-time mothers to learn the correct and incorrect ways to breastfeed your baby...such as baby positioning, latching and feeding cues.

Myth 2: Never wake a sleeping baby!
False. New born babies may not wake often enough on their own. It is important to bear in mind that breastfeeding is on demand. Mothers need to recognise the feeding cues and nurse babies according to their cues, and not watching the time. Do not be afraid to wake your baby in the first couple of weeks until he/she has reached the ideal baby weight!

Myth 3: Breastfeeding is nature’s birth control
True. Breastfeeding suppresses a woman's fertility in the early months after delivery. Known as Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), women can safely rely on breastfeeding as a natural birth control method. A women can use LAM if her menstrual period has not returned since delivery, she is breastfeeding her baby on demand and not feeding other foods or liquids regularly, and her baby is less than six months old.

Myth 4: Frequent nursing leads to poor milk production
False. Frequent nursing increases the production of breastmilk. The more milk is used up, the more milk will be produced.

Myth 5: Mothers should avoid breastfeeding when ill
False. Unless a symptom of a more serious condition, common illnesses such as a cold, sore throat, flu, fever or mastitis should not stop the mother from breastfeeding. The breast milk will not transmit
illness to baby, but it does have antibodies in it that are specific to the mother’s illness. This help prevent baby from getting sick. However, if medication is required, mothers are advised to consult their doctor for one that is also safe for the baby.

Myth 6: Engorged breasts would mean sufficient milk supply
False. Engorgement is actually not the norm when it comes to breastfeeding, this is a sign that the body is producing too much milk and is not emptied entirely. Mothers who breastfeed frequently enough would not have to experience engorgement at all.

Myth 7: My baby cries all the time, am I not producing enough milk for my baby?
False. There are many factors why a baby would cry relentlessly, such as infrequent feeding, poor latch-on technique or other basic needs such as uncomfortable due to dirty diapers, too sleepy or simply need to be burp. The Dunstan Baby Language would be a recommended guide for first-time mothers to understand the different types of cries your baby may be signalling you for.

Myth 8: Nipple confusion due to bottle feeding or use of pacifier at an early age
Yes, breastfeeding and bottle feeding are completely different in terms of opening the mouth, tongue movement and suckling technique. Milk flows from a bottle so easily that baby does not have to suck “correctly” to get milk. One alternative is cup feeding, placing a small cup by the baby’s lips and tilting it so they can lap at the milk at their own pace if breastfeeding is not possible at that time. However, do seek professional guidance for the cup method if you must, for safety reasons.

Myth 9: I must stop breastfeeding when I am pregnant
Untrue. It is safe to breastfeed when pregnant unless there are serious complications or if it leads to premature labour. In fact, some mothers tandem breastfeeding their younger and older child while pregnant. Just ensure that mothers have enough nutritional intake to support themselves and your children. Mothers may consult obstetrician about breastfeeding during pregnancy if they have any doubts.

Myth 10: Breastmilk quality will decline after six months
False. The composition of human milk changes to meet the changing needs of the baby as it matures which may cause it look or feel different. Ensure a healthy dietary intake, and try to meet most of your nutritional requirements.

References :
1. World Alliance For Breastfeeding Action.
2. Lawrence RM & Lawrence RA. Given the Benefits of Breastfeeding, what Contraindications Exist? Pediatric Clinics of North America 2001 (February); 48(1): 235-51.

About Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman Founder and Certified Lactation Counsellor of Gravidities Consultancy A mother of five herself, Dr Nurzarina is a former senior medical lecturer turned passionate parenting educator. She is a true believer of attachment parenting and is a certified Lactation Counsellor, HypnoBirthing Educator, Dunstan Baby Language Teacher, and International Association of Infant Massage Instructor.

The Fine Lines between Fertility & Infertility in Malaysia by Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy

The National Population and Family Development Board in Malaysia (LPPKN) revealed that the fertility rates in Malaysia has declined rapidly since the early eighties. It is projected to decline to 1.79 in 2030.1

What are some of the factors that cause infertility?

Infertility Factors
· About 30% cases of infertility in Malaysia can be attributed to female fertility issues, 30% male infertility issues and about 20% a result where both partners are infertile
· Age is an important factor in the fine lines of fertility vs infertility
· As women age, their chances of becoming pregnant significantly drops
· Low quality sperms in the male partner

Trending in Malaysia
· It is observed that Malaysian couples are getting married much later in life with the average age of marriage being 30 years and above due to factors such as postgraduate studies, travel, career or finance
· More women try to conceive at a later age in their mid-30s or 40s. As a result, an increasing number of couples are faced with infertility
· The estimated ratio of fertility – A typical fertile couple aged 25 will have a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month. As women age, this falls to 17% at the age of 35 and down to 10% at the age of 40
· Hence, women over 35 years of age should wait no longer than six months of trying before seeking help from a fertility specialist

Overcoming Social Stigma
· Infertility is often “assumed” as a woman’s problem.
· Couples are too afraid to seek help and admit that they face fertility challenges. More often than not, couples wait too long to seek medical help (women age 35 years and above)

· Only women seek medical help. This would result in failing to diagnose the real causes of infertility at an earlier stage especially in cases where infertility is a result from both partners

Fertility Screening
· Fertility screening is similar to having a health screen. For both men and women there are a range of tests that can help check their fertility to help them plan for their future
· Screening tests for women help to predict a woman’s biological clock and fertility chances.
· ‘Ovarian Reserve’ test measures the number of egg follicles developing at a particular time. Testing of ovarian reserve involves doing a blood test for the hormones FSH and estradiol between day 2 and day 4 of the cycle, a pelvic ultrasound and/or performing a blood test for Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) that can be done anytime of the month
· Semen Analysis looks at the number of sperm, shape and ability to move.
· Antibodies in sperm can reduce or stop sperm fertilising an egg and reduce movement in the woman’s cervical mucus. ‘SperMar’ is a test in which sperm with antibodies bind to tiny plastic beads. More than 40% binding is generally considered significant, although lower levels may be important after vasectomy or vasectomy reversal

Increasing Fertility Chances via Lifestyle Modification

For Men…
· Maintain an optimal Body Mass Index (BMI)
o Keep active, obese men have sperm counts on average 22% lower when compared to their slimmer counterparts. The recommended BMI would be below 28
· Avoid Smoking/Alcohol
o Smoking and alcohol can affect sperm quality and fertility
· Keep it Cool
o Men in sedentary jobs can have poorer quality sperm because their testes are more prone to heating up. Keep your laptop off your lap!
· Healthy Diet
o Eat a diet with lots of healthy antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidants can reduce the damage that chemicals called free radicals can have on sperm. Antioxidants are found in fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, green tea and dark chocolates.

For Women…

· Maintain an optimal Body Mass Index (BMI)
o Pregnancy in overweight women is associated with problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The recommended BMI would be between 20-25
· Folic Acid Supplements
o Take folic acid supplements when trying to get pregnant and up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy.
o Folic acid can help reduce the chances of spina bifida by up to 92%. Other minerals and supplements may also be useful
· Use Iodised Salt
o Iodine is necessary for foetal brain development
· Get Vaccinated
o Ensure you have had immunisation shots for rubella/chicken pox. Rubella can damage unborn babies.

About Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy Fertility Specialist & Medical Director of Fertility Associates A Fertility Specialist and Medical Director of Fertility Associates, Dr Mathi Arasu and a team of staff provide a full range of fertility treatments for their patients. Dr Arasu has served in various hospitals in Malaysia under the Ministry of Health and currently has a private obstetrics and general gynaecology practice at Pantai Hospital in Cheras.

(From left to right) Dr Sonhee Park, Senior Research Scientist in Research & Development of Shaklee Corporation; Ms Helen Lam, President of Shaklee Malaysia, Dr Nurzarina Abdul Rahman, Founder and Certified Lactation Counsellor of Gravidities Consultancy; Dr Mathi Arasu Muthusamy, Fertility Specialist & Medical Director of Fertility Associates

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