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

As early as now, I am thinking of Zeeka’s education. My husband says it is still too early to worry about it. But being the stubborn me, I have already read blogs of the other moms and have checked out the websites of ‘schools’ that she can go to even as a baby. But apart from all these schools and places where they teach and develop children, at home, I honestly don’t know what to do to teach her.

I had my first experience in teaching a child when David, my nephew was smaller. I used to teach him ABC while I was on maternity leave that time (which was just a few hours a day). But, I know that was completely different. David was a nephew and most of the teaching really came from my BIL and SIL, his parents.

Now that I have my own daughter, I am with her 24 hours and I know that the task of teaching her will be on me. I have grown attached to her and sometimes, I think if I will ever be ready to see her go to school and not be with her at home. I know that every kid now is required to go to preschool, but for those who think that their 3-year-old is too young to be sent off to a preschool, you might be interested in homeschooling your preschooler.

Preschool Homeschool: You Can Do It Too!

Preschool Homeschool: You Can Do It Too!

If you want to try out homeschooling your preschooler, you might want to check this out.

The Learning Basket presents its much-requested seminar “Preschool Homeschool: You Can Do It Too!”. It will be on April 20, from 9am to 11am, at Medela House. Listen and discuss with other parents the what, why, and how of homeschooling preschoolers.

Registration is Php 250 but will be waived if you buy a minimum of P500 worth of books or toys from The Learning Basket’s booth during the event. Great quality books and toys add to the homeschool experience.

To register for the event, kindly fill up the form on this link. For questions, don’t hesitate to email Mariel at mariel(at)thelearningbasket(dot)com.

See you there!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I recently heard of this contest from Sakura Philippines. They have what they call Sakura Mommy of the Month.

Sakura Mommy of the Month

Sakura Mommy of the Month

The meat of the contest is where mothers have to submit a photo of themselves that best portrays you as a mother. This got me thinking. Do I have a photo that justifies what I think I am as a mother? I hurriedly went through the photos of Zeeka and I, which were not a lot (since Zeeka’s only one month old and I am camera shy!). I found this photo which was taken by my friend, Polly Fong from Oh Happy Day Birth Photography, and I immediately think “this is it!”.

Zeeka and Mommy Ginger

Zeeka and Mommy Ginger

I think that this picture represents all that I am or all that I want to be as a mom to Zeeka. I want to be a caring mom who is willing to listen to her. I want us to be able to talk about anything under the sun. I want us to have a loving relationship. I want her to feel and see that I would be there to support her and to help her achieve all her goals and dreams. I want her to feel that I love her — REALLY love her.

If you want to share a picture that portrays you as a mother and if you want to be Sakura mommy of the month, check out and follow the mechanics below:

1. Like the SAKURA page on Facebook (facebook.com/sakuraphilippines)
2. Follow the Sakura twitter account (www.twitter.com/blackbeauty_ph)
3. Submit a photo of yourself that best portrays you as a mother. (Submit it to through Sakura Philippines facebook page direct message or in sakuraphilippines@gmail.com)
4. In 5-8 sentences, tell them: (1) why you should be our SAKURA Mommy of the Month and (2) how SAKURA products help you be the best mommy you can be!
5. Photo submissions will be accepted until May 9, 2013. Winner will be announced on May 11, 2013.

For contest winner, she will win all of these items:
1 SAKURA gift pack
1 hair and beauty makeover
1 personal shopping experience
1 fabulous outfit worth 4,500
1 photo shoot
Media mileage for your blog (if you have one)

For two runners up:
1 SAKURA gift pack

The entries will be judge by a panel of judges based on (50%) Essay content and (50%) photo that best portrays you as a mother.

So, Moms, have a go at it and good luck!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

How fast time flies! I feel like it was just yesterday when I gave birth to Zeeka. It’s true when people say to enjoy every minute of it, because children really grow up fast. Zeeka, so tiny when she was born, is not a bigger baby (haha! Although she’s still so small and fragile at 7.8 pounds.

The night before Zeeka’s first month celebration, we actually had to go to Baby Company to register for her baptism. When we were there, we bought this cute Hello Kitty Balloon, which we wrote on.

Zeeka's Cute Hello Kitty Balloon

Zeeka’s Cute Hello Kitty Balloon

Zeeka's One Month Celebration

Zeeka’s One Month Celebration

We also got her a cake from Red Ribbon. We got her one of those dedication cakes in chocolate!

In the morning, we both greeted her. She was obviously oblivious to what was going on. She stared at me as if to say “what’s with balloon, mom?” But that morning, she was in a good mood. She kept on smiling. I guess she finally figured out it was her first month birthday! She was supposed to wear this outfit that I got for her from Debenhams, but the leggings were still too long for her.

She was supposed to wear this...

She was supposed to wear this…

Instead she wore this pink dress!

Instead she wore this pink dress!

I must say that she was cute in this outfit!

We had to go to the doctor. The doctor gave her her second shots for Hepatitis and ordered for us to have her blood test to check her bilirubin levels. She was so stressed that she got to poop on her dress. It was too bad since we wanted my grandmother to see her all dolled up. But, it was okay. It was great that we brought an extra onesie.

We had the celebration at my grandmother’s house. Here is Zeeka with her great grandmother.

Zeeka with Mama E!

Zeeka with Mama E!

We had to wait for Daddy to arrive from work and the minute he arrived, Zeeka blew out her candle (of course, with mommy and daddy)!

Zeeka blowing her candle with mommy and daddy!

Zeeka blowing her candle with mommy and daddy!

Happy First Month Birthday, Zeeka!

Family Picture!

We had a simple celebration, but what is important is for Zeeka to know that she is loved!

Zeeka One Month 1

Happy 1st month, my Baby!

Happy 1st month, my Baby!

How about you? Did you celebrate your child’s “monthly” birthdays before he/she turned one? 🙂 What did you do? I’d love to hear about it.

Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I’m so glad that Mommy Ginger is the Media partner of BABY BLAST Event this year. This is the first event that Mommy Ginger agreed to be a media partner. I guess it’s because I love the objective of promoting and showing people the importance of Early Head Start (EHS) Education. During this Baby Blast Event, which is brought to us by Outbox Media Production Agency, EHS advocates, teachers, doctors, parents and kids gather together at the Trinoma Activity Center on April 14, 2013, from 10am-7pm.

The first Baby Blast event was last 2010 and ever since that time, this annual event has been the venue for promoting unforced and enjoyable learning. It has shown parents that hands-on play and parent-child bonding during the age of 0-3 years is critical in laying down the foundation for the child’s future learning and holistic development. Every year, attendance to the event grows in number, as more families enjoy the fun activities and learn from the featured topics.

Baby Blast 4

Baby Blast 4

This year, the title of the event is “BABY BLAST 4: Discover. Create. Imagine. Explore!“. It focuses on the importance of allowing babies and kids to experience the outdoors and engage in physical activities that can benefit their social, mental, physical and emotional development, given today’s tendency to merely rely on gadgets and technology to keep kids busy.

The event will feature entertaining talks on health, parenting and education from experts, parents and teachers, Early Head Start demos, exhibits, booths and fun activities! Aside from the onstage program and activities, here are this year’s exhibit areas to look forward to:

WORLD OF DISCOVERY:
Find new discoveries in the amazing world of books, toys and technology! EHS schools will also be present to show the programs they offer!
CREATIVITY CORNER:
Get hands on with creative projects like arts, crafts, baking and even robotics!
BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION:
Let your child’s imagination run free with mind-boggling experiments and fun activities!
BABY EXPLORERS:
See how learning begins with exploration and fun play through Early Head Start!

There are also online contests and pre-registration happening before the day of the event:

BABY BLAST 4

BABY BLAST 4

PHOTO CONTEST
WE LOVE THE OUTDOORS FAMILY PHOTO CONTEST
Send us a photo of you and your family engaging in a FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY together! The BEST photo will win a summer staycation for the family!

TSHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

DESIGN MY SHIRT CONTEST
For kids age 5-12 years old: interpret this year’s event theme through a T-shirt design artwork: Baby Blast 4: Discover. Create. Imagine. Explore!
The winner will get fun prizes and the design will become the official Baby Blast 4 T-shirt!

BLOUNGE
SEARCH FOR THE CUTEST BABY
Open to babies age 3 and below, who will attend the event on April 14, 2013.
Winners will be announced during the program, and will get a chance to be featured in a baby magazine, plus take home special gift packs!

PRE-REGISTRATION
The first 100 pre-registrants will receive a special LOOT BAG!
Please LIKE the Facebook page: OBM Baby Blast Event for more info, or log on to www.outboxmedia.com.ph!