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Why is spending money on zuo yuezi confronting?

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of the Chinese postpartum retreat (zuo yuezi) for new mothers. Yet I have noticed that my enthusiasm is not always shared by ‘Western’ mothers. In fact, I am finding that this is a … Continue reading

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How a postpartum confinement centre operates

What is it like to run a baby hotel?  And what do most Taiwanese women expect when they stay in one? Do women sneak out?  Are babies put on strict schedules? In my quest to learn more about Chinese postpartum confinement — … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding in Taiwan: Australian Breastfeeding Association magazine

An article I wrote about my experiences breastfeeding in Taiwan has been published in the May edition of the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s magazine, Essence.  I am, as always, thrilled to have had an article published in Essence, a magazine that I read … Continue reading

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Sleepover in a luxury baby hotel

I have always been fascinated with Taiwanse-style postpartum confinement centres (aka baby hotel), having an almost voyeuristic need to find out what happens behind the scenes.  So I was so excited to sleepover at the luxurious, newly opened Wenhua-Garden Postpartum Nursing … Continue reading

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Curds and whey

Little Miss Muffet isn’t just the only one to enjoy cards and whey.  My baby enjoys eating it as one of his first foods.  And it is easy to make – once you create the right environment.

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Zuo yuezi by another name

As many of my readers know, I endured (and benefited from) the Chinese postpartum confinement practice known as zuo yuezi (坐月子).  One of my challenges in writing about this practice has been deciding what term to use.  You see, zuo … Continue reading

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Taipei’s human milk bank

Yesterday I did something that three years ago I would have imagined impossible: I applied to donate my excess breast milk to the human milk bank at the Taipei City Hospital.

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An anniversary and a sick child

Today Mr Taiwanxifu and I mark fifteen years since we first started dating.  And we went out today — but not to celebrate.

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Breastfeeding in Taiwan

Breastfeeding in Taiwan is on the rise.  According to a Department of Health announcement reported in the Taipei Times today, the rate of breastfeeding in Taiwan rose dramatically from 5.4 percent in 1989 to 61.8 percent in 2010.

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The long, long night: feeding baby

Last night we had one of those times that new parents dread.  Baby Taiwanxifu (aka Angry Bird) was hungry and inconsolable, howling and screaming for hours.  And then the noise woke up Taiwanxifu Toddler, whose cries added to the chorus.  On … Continue reading

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