Breastfeeding and New Born Care

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month. I love that such a great loving act is given an entire month for people to focus on and to celebrate. For those without child, it may seem to be such a petty thing to celebrate but believe me, it is worth celebrating every single day of this month. When I was single, I used to think that I would just give my baby formula to save me the hassle and the time. I used to think that it was all about the type of woman you are. I always thought that breastfeeding was only for the domesticated moms. But when I attended classes before, I truly saw its value and benefits. I think every mom should try to understand how breastfeeding works and why it is important.

On August 22, 2015, Manila Workshops, in partnership with The Parenting Emporium, is holding a rerun of the lecture and demonstration about breastfeeding and newborn care.

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Get to know our speaker:

Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas, MD, DPPS, IBCLC received medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas, finished residency in Pediatrics in The Medical City, also practices as a lactation consultant and member of the Breastfeeding Committee of the Philippine Pediatric Society, facilitator in Educhild Philippines which is a non-profit organization that helps parents in their role as primary educators of their children; mother of 3 children ages 6,4 and 2.

Event Details:

Date: August 22, 2015, 1PM-5PM

Venue: Best for Families, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Learning Fee:

Regular Rate: Php350

Couple Rate: Php600

This event is also co-sponsored by Stemcord.

If you want to register, please visit and sign up on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/breastfeeding-and-newborn-care-the-rerun

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Workshops for Families and Soon-to-Be Parents!

For the month of September, Manila Workshops brings you two exciting workshops: The Family Finances Workshop on Sept. 20, 2014 and the A Child is Born: A Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop on Sept. 27, 2014.

The Family Finances Workshop (Sept. 20, 2014)
*From the Ready To Be Rich Workshop Series

Family Finances Workshop

Family Finances Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who are finding it hard to budget their income to sustain the needs of their family.
• Breadwinners who are taking care of their parents, or involved in elder care at home.
• Single parents who are finding it hard to achieve work-life balance.
• Newlyweds who would like to know how to become financially independent from their parents.
• People who have relatives who depend on them financially.

Expect to get practical advice and real-life exercises that will teach you exactly how to achieve financial security for your family. After the workshop, you are expected to go home with a list of action items for your household and a concrete work plan that you can immediately apply.

Here are some questions that you’ll be able to answer after the workshop:
1. How can I save money if my income is just enough to support my family?
2. How do I teach my child to be financially smart?
3. How should I handle family members and relatives who constantly borrow money?
4. How do I manage my finances so it can support the medical expenses of my aging parents?
5. How can I invest if I’m too busy working and taking care of my children?
6. How do I secure the educational needs of my child?
7. How can I afford my dream house?
8. How should I prepare for retirement, so I won’t be dependent on my children when I grow old?

Instructor:
Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue: VOffice, 10F Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Avenue and 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
*Please bring a calculator

Learning fee:

Php 2000 per participant or Php 3000 per couple

SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE

A Child Is Born: A Breastfeeding And Newborn Care Workshop (Sept. 27, 2014)
*From the First Time Parents Workshop Series

Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop

Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who would like to know more about breastfeeding and how to breastfeed
• Couples who are preparing for their new born baby and would like to know what to do when the baby is born

This workshop is brought to you by Manila Workshops, together with Best For Families, Inc, Unilab and Stemcord Philippines, Inc. This session takes place on September 27, 2014, 1:00PM to 5:00PM at #29 1st St., New Manila Quezon City. Join this workshop and learn the basics on baby milestones, newborn baby care and breastfeeding from two distinguished speakers, Dr. Milette P. Romero and Ms. Joyce Martinez.

The Instructors:

Dr. Milette P. Romero is a practicing pediatrician who graduated from the UST College of Medicine. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City, and was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program during her Senior Year of Residency Training. She was also named Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics at the East Avenue Medical Center during her final year of training. She presently holds clinics at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and her personal clinic in Makati. Soon, she will be opening another clinic at the Medical Arts Tower in The Medical City, Ortigas. A doting godparent to her sister’s children, she possesses a natural love for children, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the field of Pediatrics.

Ms. Joyce Martinez is a certified lactation counselor, and is the in-house lactation counselor of Medela Moms. She is a registered nurse who also served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. She earned her Nursing Degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She also conducts presentations and academic talks on the ABC’s of Lactation Management for Nurses, as well as Breastfeeding Classes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers. A breastfeeding advocate, she provides lactation coaching and counseling, not just for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, but also for their families, while actively organizing and promoting national breastfeeding campaigns.

Learning fee:
Individual Rate: Php 300
Couple’s Rate: Php 500

SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE

See you in both workshops! Sign up now!

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Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking is now available in Kindle Edition

August is Breastfeeding Awareness month. After sharing the event on Hakab Na!, which I heard was successful, I’d like to share this news to those who are planning on breastfeeding. During the time I was breastfeeding, this book really helped me a lot by giving me the inspiration and the motivation that I needed to continue on breastfeeding. The book is entitled Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking.

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This book is actually written by my good friend and author, Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag. The good news that I’d like to share is that she released the Kindle version of her book! Way to go, Teresa!

A lot of moms from various fields have read this book. Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas, who is a consultant for the Medical City’s Lactation Unit says, “Teresa inspires readers with her own breastfeeding journey: her perseverance, strong faith and unwavering love for her children made her overcome the challenges she encountered. She imparts helpful and practical tips from breastfeeding positions to nursing wear and even collaborated with other mothers to share their own breastfeeding stories. All breastfeeding mothers can certainly relate to this book. I’ve already kept a copy in my clinic for all my patients to read.” She has breastfed all her three children.

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Teresa is the first Filipino to author and publish a book on breastfeeding on Amazon. And guess what?! It became an Amazon Best Seller in 2 categories (Motherhood and Child Care) during the 3-day free book promotion last Aug 1-3.

Teresa breastfed both of her sons for at least two years each, discusses breastfeeding basics in her book as well as her own breastfeeding story that was replete with challenges. She also features stories of triumph over breastfeeding challenges by moms from different walks of life — stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms and moms working outside the home.

This book project by the author was sponsored in part by the following breastfeeding-related businesses: MomBabyFabric, Indigobaby, Mamaway Philippines, Elin, First Vita Plus Natural Health Drink, Latch a Babe Nursing Wear, Mama.Baby.Love, Mama Chows, Medela Moms Inc., Mommyfide PH, Mommy Matters, Moringana by Organics Asia, Sweet Pea Nursingwear and Zalor Massage Services.

 

BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking can be downloaded for free by Amazon Prime members and can be purchased for $9.99 by regular Amazon.com customers. The paperback edition can be purchased through its Facebook Page or by sending an email to teresa@fulllifecube.com. Like BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking on Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/BreastfeedingJourneyWorthTaking.

For more information about the book, please email teresa@fulllifecube.com.

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Support Breastfeeding and Join Hakab Na 2014

I always support any activity that promotes breastfeeding. I am a breastfeeding advocate (although not that hard-core) because there are so many benefits of breastfeeding your child. I always encourage my expecting family and friends to try to breastfeed for as long as they can.

Breastfeeding Mom

I breastfed Zeeka for almost 13 months. I didn’t think I could last that long, but it just happened. There were times that I wanted to give up, but I would think of the benefits to Zeeka’s health and I would just continue to nurse her. It’s really hard to ‘decide’ to breastfeed everyday and that is why a support group is very important. I was part of the Facebook group called Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP) that really helped me continue on with my journey of breastfeeding.

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In celebration of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, the Facebook group Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP) will organize a half-day breastfeeding activity called Hakab Na 2014. The event seeks to promote the importance of providing proper support to all breastfeeding Filipino mothers and their families. Hakab Na 2014 will be held simultaneously in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo on August, 2, 2014 (Saturday) at 9:00 am.

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The venues for the event are as follows:
Manila: Philippine Army Officers Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Cebu: Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone in Cebu City (hosted by the Cebu Breastfeeding Club)
Davao: Stockbridge International School (formerly Tumble Tots) in Davao City (hosted by Breastfeeding Pinays – Davao)
Negros Occidental: Santuario de la Salle, University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City (hosted by the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club and the Institute for Negros Development)
Iloilo: Iloilo Provincial Capitol in Iloilo City (hosted by the Breastfeeding Ilonggas)
In Cagayan de Oro, Hakab na 2014 will be held at the Ororama Cogon on August 1 at 9pm, to be hosted by Mommy Bright Side.

Hakab Na 2014 will be held in coordination with the Big Latch On – an international activity where mothers will latch on their babies from different locations around the world at the same time. In 2013, a total of 14,536 mothers in 845 locations in 28 countries participated in the event.

This will be the second year that the now 25,000-strong BFP group will be staging Hakab Na. BFP expects to surpass last year’s record of more than 225 mothers who simultaneously latched their babies, including 100 mothers in Manila, 90 in Cagayan de Oro and 30 in Davao.

In the Manila event, BFP will be conducting a talk on Breastfeeding Babies Beyond 6 Months. A minimal registration fee of P150 will be collected for every mother and baby/child pair which includes a baby souvenir shirt, snacks and loot bag and P100 each for companions seven years old and above to cover snacks.

Interested parties may register at http://bit.ly/HakabNaMnl2014

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Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking

I have a new bed time habit. Before I sleep, I make sure to read one inspiring story from the newly released book of Ms. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag entitled, Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking. Why? I think I need that added inspiration as sometimes (because I get so tired), I want to quit breastfeeding already.

My own breastfeeding journey is about to hit its 9th month as Zeeka turns 9 months on December 8. I can’t believe that I have made it this far. I clearly remember my own journey as I was reading the story of Teresa (which was almost similar to hers) and the other featured moms in this book about breastfeeding.

When I was pregnant with Zeeka, I had no clue on what breastfeeding was and could do for you or the baby. It was probably because I was a formula-fed baby. My sister and I were both formula fed. Mom said that during her time, the ‘uso’ (in trend) thing was to formula feed your baby. Since I wanted to learn more about breastfeeding (after hearing ‘Breastfeeding is still best for baby up to two years’ over and over again), I tried to attend workshops. I attended the workshops that were held at the Medela House.

These workshops opened our eyes to all the benefits of breastfeeding. There were a lot of moments of new discoveries and information during the times that I attended. We, my husband and I, became regular attendees of the workshops at Medela House and even of LATCH. Also, we were frequent goers to the La Leche League meetings held at Mothercare Active Fun.

After all of these classes and meetings, we thought we were 100% ready.

With author of Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking, Teresa Gumapas

With author of Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking, Teresa Gumapas

My Breastfeeding Journey
My breastfeeding journey started the minute Zeeka was born. Even if I had a C-Section, I really asked my doctor to make her latch on to me the minute she was cleaned. The hospital followed my instructions and Zeeka felt my warmth and tried to latch on within the first few minutes of her life. She was then brought our room after, because I requested for her to be roomed in with me. The first week was unbearable. Since both of us were learning, I had gotten sore nipples on the sixth day. My nipples were bleeding and it was really frustrating. I couldn’t count the number of times that I had cried during that week. I was saying, “ang hirap pala nito” realizing that breastfeeding wasn’t as peaceful and easy as it looks in magazines or in pictures.

I wanted to give up, but of course, I had to ask for help first before I really decide. I called Abbie Yabot and she visited me in our house. She taught me how to properly help the baby latch. Of course, the classes helped, but it was really different once you have the baby with you. Abbie helped me a great deal because after that, everything was easy. Once I had gotten the hang of it, I could breastfeed sitting down, standing up, etc.

The next moment that scared us was when Zeeka (we thought) was gaining not enough weight. We had to research on what breastfed baby’s should weigh at particular months. Also, she was still yellowish at 2 months. The doctor ordered for a blood extraction just to be sure that the bilirubin levels were low. Everything turned out to be perfectly fine. What I realized is that you should have a doctor who is really supportive of you breastfeeding your baby. I’m thankful that our doctor is very helpful and supportive!

Truly Inspiring!

Truly Inspiring!

The Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking Book
I realized while I was reading the stories of these women that we all underwent challenges in our breastfeeding journey. None of them really said that it was a breeze from beginning to end. I guess this is what moms-to-be or even second-time moms, should expect. It isn’t a walk in the park.

You will need all the support and inspiration that you need. This is what you will get from reading Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking. Teresa, a fellow work-at-home-mom, said that she wrote this book to inspire moms to breastfeed and to educate Filipino women on the benefits of breastfeeding. She also wrote this book to let moms know (through the featured moms’ stories) that it is possible to achieve their breastfeeding goals despite the situation or circumstance they find themselves in.

I am thankful that Teresa thought of writing this book. It is just pure inspiration for moms who really plan to breastfeed for the first year/s of their child’s life. I recall turning to Google for answers that I needed when it came to breastfeeding, but with this book, you get so much more. You get to read not only the technicalities and the straight-forward facts, but you also get a glimpse into the life of REAL women; women who have experienced the same situations and problems. They share, not only facts, but even what they felt during these experiences.

If you know couples who are expecting a child, I recommend that you get this as a gift for them. You can order a copy by emailing Teresa, the author at teresa@fulllifecube.com or send her a message through her book’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BreastfeedingJourneyWorthTaking.

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Breastmilk Storage Bags I Love

Zeeka has been eating a lot of solids already and in the evening, she already sleeps for a really long time. With this, I need to express breastmilk already and store it. Right now, I have 15 breastmilk storage bags of 5 oz in my freezer. I think, this is just the right amount. That’s a total of 75 ounces. I think it’s a lot already but I really want to store this much. I guess it’s because I was traumatized when I had dengue and I didn’t have enough for Zeeka.

For storage bags, I have tried three brands but I stuck to just these two for reasons that I will enumerate later on. Okay, what I use are actually both the storage bags and the plastic, washable containers. I use the breastmilk storage bags for milk that I keep for Zeeka to drink in the future. She has this habit of drinking more milk in the evening before sleeping. Also, I’m always out for meetings, so when I’m out, yaya can just give her milk from the freezer (although this happens rarely since she is always with me). At home, she drinks directly from me, but sometimes (since she’s so takaw) she still wants to drink from the bottle after. This is the milk that I give her. I don’t use the plastic storage cups for that since we have a small freezer and the bags occupy less space.

For the plastic storage containers, I use the thin 2.5 ounces storage cups of Medela. This is what I use to store milk in 1.5 ounces that I use for Zeeka’s solid food. I mix breast milk with solid food, so I still use these. I keep around 4 containers of this for easy thawing.

Basically, the two brands that I use are Orange & Peach Breastmilk Storage Bags and the Unimom TS Breastmilk Storage Bags.

The Orange & Peach Breastmilk Storage Bag

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Why do I love the Orange & Peach Breastmilk Storage Bag?
I love it because it is such a space saver! when you make lay it down horizontally, it is flat… really FLAT!

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With limited space in my freezer, it is really beneficial to have bags that are flat. You can place one on top of the other. With this you can store more milk.

What I also love about the Orange & Peach breastmilk storage bag is that it has a double zipper lock. My greatest fear is spilling and spoiling breastmilk and I do cry over spilt milk. I know you mommies can attest to this. This is really liquid gold and we will do everything we can to keep it fresh. For me, having a double zipper lock means added protection againts spilling and spoilage. I’d rather be safe than sorry!

A box contains 25 bags and it is being sold for Php 385 at Babiestotoddlers.com.

 

The Unimom TS Breastmilk Storage Bags

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Why do I love Unimom’s TS Breastmilk Storage Bag?
Who could resist the state-of-the-art indicator at the upper right hand corner of the bag? If you are like me, always worried about the temperature of your freezer — always blabbering about these: “Is the milk frozen already?” or “Did the brownout thaw out the milk?” etc., then all you have to do is get this Unimom TS Breastmilk Storage Bag. The indicator will tell you if the milk is frozen ready or hot. If the indicator is blue (like in the picture shown above, then it is frozen). If it turns white, it means that the milk is hot.

A box has 20 bags inside. For more details on the product, please visit https://www.facebook.com/UnimomPH

So these are the two brands of breastmilk storage bags that I usually buy. How about you? What do you use at home?

 

P.S. Are you a breastfeeding mom? Check out these cute ‘breastfed’ onesies from Kooky Loopy. You can grab one from the Mama Baby Love shop!

 

 

 

 

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A Day of Learning: Maintaining Breast Milk Supply

It was a day of learning for me last Saturday. As I mentioned in one of my posts, I was excited to go to the How To Increase your Milk Supply workshop of Medela Moms. That morning also, I received a text from Abbie that there was a La Leche League Meeting on that same afternoon and the topic was baby-led weaning. I was also so excited to learn more about baby-led weaning, since I want to try it out with Zeeka.

How to Increase your Milk Supply

How to Increase your Milk Supply

I got to learn a lot of things from the How To Increase your Milk Supply workshop. Among those that I remember are the following:

–  The pituitary gland signals the body to produce and release prolactin and oxytocin into the mother’s bloodstream.
– All of us are capable of producing breastmilk (even men!)

Ways to increase and maintain breast milk supply:

1. Check your lifestyle
Eat healthy and live healthy. Try to avoid cows milk (if you really want milk, try soy milk). Also, avoid fast food and junk food. Sweets hamper milk production. Try to drink at least 3 liters of water every day. Get as much sleep as you can.

2. Be happy and stress free!

3. AVoid nipple confusion. It is advisable to direct breast feed up to 6 weeks.

How do you know if baby is experiencing nipple confusion?
– Baby pushes the nipple out with tongue
– During cup feeding babys tongue doesnt come out
– Baby cries at the breast even after comtinuous attempt within a 4 hour period
– Baby latches and unlatches breast very intermittently

4. Use Galactagogues
– You can take malunggay capsules, fenugreek, lactation treat and tea
– The side effect though may be constipation, so you have to increase your intake of fiber and water

5. It is possible to relactate. If you need help, there are already tools that can help you do so!

6. It is important that you bond with the baby and touch the baby.

7. There is also no need for a breast massage when you have plugged ducts. What you can do is do clockwork massage and apply hot compress. You can also do the combing massage or do manual expression if you feel breasts are engorged. The best is actually have baby suck on your breasts.

All in all, the best way to maintain breast milk supply is really to continue to breastfeed. Continue creating that demand and you will in turn create ‘supply’.

Good luck in keeping at it! Hurray to breastfeeding!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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I Want to Increase my Breast Milk Supply!

I know a lot of new moms like me who have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. A lot of us also want to stay committed in feeding our babies the best that there is (which is obviously, breast milk!), but a lot of us have concerns and go through obstacles that make us feel that we could not stay committed to breastfeeding.

Before I gave birth, I did what any mom would do. I actively sought for information about breastfeeding. I joined the breastfeeding classes being offered by Medela Moms. I also joined the one bring offered by LATCH. I read articles about it and probably watched a ton of videos in YouTube.

That was a lot of preparation. And, yes, I felt prepared and raring and daring to go do this.

A week before I gave birth, that was when all the doubt came. I feared that I would not have enough milk. I started taking malunggay capsules (moringana) when I heard that one of my preggy friends was already taking. My mom and a friend gave me milk enhancing teas, which I took immediately after I gave birth (i took 5 tea bags to the hospital).

Tea to increase Breast Milk

Tea to increase Breast Milk

It was a scary thing not knowing if I would have enough supply for your little one.

Me feeding Baby Z!

Me feeding Baby Z!

Fortunately for me, milk came right away. I had my c-section operation in the morning (11 am). I had milk that afternoon (6 pm). I thought I wouldn’t have milk, since my mom said she didn’t have milk when she gave birth to me and my sister. What I learned from classes kept me going. They taught us in the breastfeeding classes that every mom who gives birth has milk.

I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding already for three weeks now and my pronlem now is that Zeeka seems to have increased her appetite already. Just a week ago, she was contented with 1 to 1.5 oz of milk every feeding. Now, she’s only contented when she takes in 2 oz. I directly feed her but I also express milk when I can. I already want to store milk, but it seems like shes always hungry, and so she ends up taking all the milk that I expressed plus all the milk that she takes from me when she feeds directly. At the end of the day, I feel so drained, tired and frustrated.

How to Increase your Milk Supply

How to Increase your Milk Supply

I’m excited to attend this seminar by Medela moms at the Medela House this coming Saturday, since I really want to know how I can increase my breast milk supply.

If you have questions about maintaining or increasing your supply, do sign up! Medela has really helpful seminars that you can learn from. 🙂

Have you encountered any barriers in maintaining or increasing your milk supply?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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