Get all your parenting questions answered at the Huggies Experts Lounge. Join South Africa’s biggest pregnancy and parenting experts as they share their invaluable knowledge on everyday parenting issues like breastfeeding, baby and toddler development and sleep with you. If our talks don’t answer all your questions, then take advantage of a FREE one-on-one consultation with our childcare expert who is available in the lounge throughout the duration of the expo. Don’t forget to pick up your latest copy of Milestones Magazine at the lounge. This issue is filled with great articles to help you on your parenting journey.


Registered nurse, midwife and internationally certified childbirth educator Lynne Bluff will be available at the Huggies Experts Lounge daily to offer free one-on-one consultations*. *subject to availability


Lynne Bluff holds a BSc Nursing degree and is a registered nurse, midwife, Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator, as well as Editor of the ‘Expectant Mothers Guide’ and ‘Professional Forum’ magazines. Bluff is passionate about educating pregnant, and new moms and dads about pregnancy, birth, and parenting so as they can have the best possible experiences. She is also committed to finding and teaching on the best, evidence-based practices one of which is skin-to-skin for mom and baby at birth and the benefits thereof. She attends the latest international professional conferences as one way to stay updated in her field of expertise.

Dr. Michael Mol didn’t go for career counseling, which could explain why he’s a medical doctor, an executive TV producer and presenter, an international speaker, business consultant and a founding Director of a multi-national company called Hello Doctor. His twitter profile sheds more light on the matter: “A husband to one, father to three, friend to few, a stranger to many… but not to God.” He was also a bed-wetter.

Dr Rashinta Moodley is a general paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist in private practice in Durban, taking care of patients from newborn to adolescence.  She manages all general paediatric conditions e.g. respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia, seizures, dermatological conditions as well as the administration of vaccines. Dr Moodley completed her undergraduate training and postgraduate paediatric training at UKZN. She was awarded a scholarship from Life Healthcare to subspecialise in paediatric nephrology. She is one of only three paediatric nephrologists in KZN and is the only paediatric nephrologist in full-time private practice in KZN. She is currently consulting at Life Entabeni Hospital, Life Mount Edgecombe Hospital and Gateway Private Hospital. Being a dedicated mother to 2 beautiful children, Dr Moodley has experience in understanding her patients and their families.

Hannah Visagie and Rebecca Graham are both qualified midwives and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. They have 8 children between the 2 of them and are passionate about breastfeeding, and empowering and equipping other mothers to do so also. Visagie and Graham run a lactation business together as well as do face to face (or skype) lactation consulting in and around Durban private hospitals and across South Africa. They are help mothers on a daily basis to get off on the right foot to make their breastfeeding journey a success.

Julie Perks is a registered dietician who specialises in the field of nutrition and aims to assist all with their health and nutritional goals. She qualified in 2007 from UKZN with a BSc Dietetics and a PG Dip Dietetics and has been registered with the HPCSA as a qualified dietician since 2008. She is currently the chairperson of Association of Dietetics South Africa (ADSA). Julie is available for individual consultations for a wide variety of nutritional needs from her practice based in Musgrave, Durban. She has a special interest in chronic diseases of lifestyle, weight loss management, goal weight maintenance, sports nutrition and children’s unique dietary requirements.

Lindsey Watkeys is a nursing sister trained in midwifery, paediatrics and lactation. She has worked in these fields at hospitals in London (St Thomas’s Hospital, Guy’s Hospital), Cape Town (Mowbray Maternity, Red Cross Children’s Hospital) and Durban (St Augustine’s Hospital, Crompton Hospital).  Watkeys currently runs the baby clinic at the Crompton Hospital in Pinetown as well as a weekly mothers’ support group at the same clinic. She is also interested in helping new mothers adapt to motherhood and to adjust to caring for their babies when returning to work.

Nicci Proome is a certified infant stimulation specialist, paediatric sleep consultant and safe sleep ambassador. She ran her own Moms and Babes Upper Highway franchise for 5 years before moving into the safe sleep zone due to a current lack of education in this field. She is a mom of two, an aunty and a wife passionate about empowering new and old parents striving towards being the best possible parents they can be through education, workshops and one-on-one mentoring. Better sleep equals better parenting.

Sister Des Meyer is a registered nurse and midwife, who qualified in 1982. She has been in the educational field of midwifery since 1990. She started antenatal classes and the Baby clinic for Westville Life hospital in 1998 and ran this clinic until 2005. She then decided to return to Durban North and started her own private clinic, where she teaches antenatal classes and assists mothers on an appointment basis at the baby clinic. She is also a mom to 3 children and so has plenty of personal experience.

Zuleikha Ismail is a registered therapeutic aromatherapist, reflexologist and WOMBS doula. She is also the National Chairperson of AromaSA and KZN branch Vice Chairperson. Ismail has been in practice since 2000 and currently practices at Health Haven in Westville, Durban.


Talk Topics

Hugging and being connected with your baby through skin to skin

What is skin-to-skin and what physiologic effects does this have on both mom and baby? Discover how skin-to-skin regulates a baby’s temperature, breathing, heart rate and how this process can affect a baby’s biome. There are nine instinctive stages that a newborn goes through at birth, in this talk learn what these stages are and what to expect from each of them. This crucial talk explores the importance of skin-to-skin and how to practically implement this process.  

“To pee or not to pee” – A bedwetters conundrum

There are easily 4 or 5 kids in your child’s class who are wetting their bed, which means you are not alone. The secrecy and “shame” around bedwetting makes it a tough season for you and especially for your child. Most kids believe it’s a problem only they are dealing with, which creates feelings of humiliation, but with a bedwetting prevalence in South Africa of 1 in 6 children between the ages of 5 and 10, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Talk openly about it – and let them know that it’s only a season, and like every other season – it will pass. When healthcare professionals talk about bedwetting they refer to it as “nocturnal enuresis” – mostly so the child in question has no idea what the adults are talking about. It’s quite simply the unintentional passage of urine during sleep, with the emphasis on unintentional – in other words, the child has no control over his bladder, and so should NEVER be punished for wetting the bed. Listen in for more myth-busting truths about bed-wetting.

Breastfeeding: Getting off to a good start/ Breastfeeding 101/ The ABC’s of breastfeeding

In these talks, learn the basics of breastfeeding from how your breasts prepare for the birth of your baby, to how milk is made in your body and how your milk supply changes as you breastfeed. You will also get some helpful tips and tricks from the experts on how to build and maintain your milk supply as well as who to contact for help if you are struggling.

Development in the first year of life

What are the developmental milestones that you can look forward to in the first year of your child’s life? Learn about these achievements and how to encourage and develop them in this interactive and exciting talk. This talk also includes a section on when to start worrying if you little one is not reaching these milestones and what you can do about it.

Newborn sleep

As a parent of a newborn, you don’t always know how much sleep your baby should be getting and sometimes how to get your newborn to sleep. In this session, let the experts tell you how much sleep your child should be getting. There are also many techniques that can help get your baby to sleep, which you can learn in this talk.

Staying healthy during pregnancy

In this talk, ladies can learn on how to keep themselves healthy during pregnancy. What weight gain should they experience depending on their pre-pregnancy weight? Learn how to prevent yourself from gaining too much weight that might be more difficult for them to lose as a new mom. How to avoid eating for two and what nutrients you really need are also important topics covered in this session. There are also some healthy tips on good meals to prepare during pregnancy to ensure that you and baby stay fit and healthy.

The importance of baby massage

The benefits of massaging your baby extend throughout your child’s life and it is highly beneficial to continue massaging your baby once they can sit, crawl, roll, walk and run. In this talk, learn simple and convenient techniques and methods to keep you massaging, bonding and stimulating your baby at a time when others may have thrown in the towel.



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