Laya’s Breastfeeding Story

August 2, 2011 § 9 Comments

After sharing my Breastfeeding Story of Kite. Here is Laya’s naman:

We had Laya 11 years after Kite and 11 years din after forming NewlywedsAtWork (N@W) so we were armed with a thriving support group whose members have practically been through everything that could possibly happen, we have all kinds of moms there: breastfeeding moms, formula feeding moms, mixed feeders, those who had a hard time breastfeeding, never attempted breastfeeding, longing to be a mom, wouldn’t want to be a mom ever, being a mom more often than they would want to and what have you. I knew motherhood will be so much more fun this time with so many mommies to run to for any of my most trivial questions. I knew my chances of successfully breastfeeding Laya is high, as I am very good friends with Velvet and Abbie who are experts and studied breastfeeding (their actual title escape me now); am friends too with Jenny who’s blog Chronicles of a Nursing Mom is all about breastfeeding; am friends with a lot of the members of Latch (another breastfeeding group) and there’s so many breastfeeding moms in N@W (that we can even form our own breastfeeding group if needed), need I add more? Ahh I almost forgot, hubby Abet is I think keener than me in making this breastfeeding business a success.

Hubby would bribe me by saying sige breastfeed ka, if you are still breastfeeding mag Cebu na tayo as reward by May. Syempre ako atat sa lakwatcha kaya effective naman his idea. We stayed in a hotel muna for a night to try it out. Successful kami so we went to Tagaytay for a night the week after to see if we can do it again and see how Laya behaves to traveling, aba it was easy! Off we went to Cebu as soon as Laya turned 1 month old 🙂 Hiya ko lang tumigil after Cebu diba? hahaha

Seriously, I think what really clinched it for me was hearing Mimi say I never entertained the thought I wont be able to breastfeed, basta ako mag be-breastfeed, it was so simple, yet so powerful! Whenever I wanted to stop or doubted I would remember how she said it and I remember, of course I am going to continue breastfeeding.

Let me start on the day I gave birth. I was induced March 29 and had Laya that afternoon. Wasn’t able to see Laya again til 12 hours after, by then I was told she was given glucose water already. Am old na, I dont sweat the small stuff anymore. Fine, I just told the nurse nothing anymore after that kasi I will purely breastfeed. I tried to make Laya latch and was so happy she took it in so naturally but she wasn’t hungry and was more interested to sleep. Me too, I wanted to sleep too so I went back to my room na but I requested rooming in of Laya as soon as possible. Well she was roomed afternoon na. And Velvet, my one and only visitor (we didn’t let friends visit kasi we intend to breastfeed so we dont know the schedule when Laya would want to feed, ayaw ko naman mag feed with visitors around; she dont do personalvisits anymore ha, she did it for me lang kasi love niya ako heheh) was able to visit me that day to help make sure I will be off to a good start. She watched and taught me how to latch, taught us to look at the jaw to watch and listen to her swallow, to feed and feed and feed by demand, to not even look at the clock and worry just let baby lead, to put as much of the areola in and make sure it is not just the nipple (it is the nerves in the areola that signals the mind to produce milk) most common mistake is the latching, if you latch right I think there’s 80% success. Velvet also taught us how to massage Laya. We had a smooth breastfeeding routine with Laya at the hospital that night.

As we were about to discharge from the hospital the next day I felt pain in my nape, it felt exactly what they said high blood pressure would feel like, had my BP taken yes it was getting high. I was still discharged but what I was feeling was scary na. Got home and immediately texted Nay Lita Nery (lactating masseuse) to help relax me and at the same time make sure latching is correct. She came and taught me how to feed lying down and I think 2 more positions. My BP remained high and went higher pa. The fact it was Maundy Thursday made things worse for me as I didnt want to go to the hospital on Good Friday all my doctors are away! To make things worst I was also instructed by my OB not to take care of Laya and I am not allowed to breastfeed at night! Huwat? I didnt want to feed formula and I didnt have extra milk. Worst I didnt have a yaya as the yaya who will take care of Laya is our helper whom I haven’t trained yet. And hubby the only other possible person to take care is sniffing and looks like he is going to get sick! Oh that was one super stressful Thursday for me. Lucky I have friends! First Dee came to the rescue she not only gave me milk, she delivered it pa! I had no way of getting the milk at this point (this is also why whenever I donate and I feel that the mom or dad asking for the milk have no way of getting I do personal deliver of the milk as much as I can, aside from not knowing how to handle the milk it is a really a very busy time for new parents). Milk problem solved! Now I needed someone to care for Laya, one whom I can safely leave Laya with, lucky for me Medical City’s nurse station helped me secure one. Sigh! All my immediate problems are solved. The midwife stayed with us that night and cup fed Laya. I wasnt able to sleep a wink. It was hard having somebody else in our bedroom and I missed Laya too. Oh added to the already stressful situation was my dilemna, all the ge-lai food I should eat are also the same food a high blood patient shouldn’t be eating ayayyay! Good think my childhood friend Nancy (my friend since I was 1 year old) took me under her wing, she’d cook a big pot of whatever food I am to eat that day, she’d bring it to me before lunch and then I would reheat the remaining portion for dinner (inaagawan pa ako ni Abet! kasi yummy) she’d carefully choose and ask what are the food allowed sa ge-lai and allowed sa high blood, yes fish nga with lotsa soup! She’d bring it to our place while I am asleep and would teach my helper what to do with it. Am so blessed with so many friends talaga those days! We got over the high blood episode on Easter Sunday (so apt no?), and the midwifes trained Laya’s yaya on how to care for a baby too, she can do everything except she is not comfortable giving Laya a bath. Fair enough, I am also not comfortable entrusting Laya’s bath to her yet.

Breastfeeding Laya was smooth but it was hard. There’s pain, lack of sleep, doubts and a whole lot of other things. Major was the feeling na I cant function, cant do anything kasi a needy child is relying on me and would need me anytime. I remember it was Mother’s Day and I was awake middle of the night so I took that time to greet my mommy friends and hopefully disrupt their sleep. I was at this point wanting to stop breastfeeding na kasi am tired and aching and was really finding a valid reason to stop. Eh yun nga wala akong nahanap na reason so I went on. Every step of the way when the going got tough I would do mass texting, (my regular text victims were Velvet, Abbie, Jenny, Rica, JenCC, Dee, Mimi… either some or all of them hmm forgot who else) always may 2 or 3 na sasagot hehe. I also started going to Abbie’s La Leche Meet and also Breastfriend at Mary the Queen. I started going with so many hang ups, questions and I got my groove there. So my BF Support Group friends saw me turn into a swan. They were with me through all my issues and now am with them egging the newer ones to go on. Now am paying it forward na.

Why am I blogging about my breastfeeding story? 1. It is breastfeeding month kasi. and 2. After reading Confessions of a milk machine and Breastfeeding: It’s a Choice I felt the urge to blog or say my piece. But I also do not like to be perceived as puro breastfeeding na lang. The blog by Frances or better known as TopazMommy, I don’t want to be a lactivist, is so so true. So there.

While I am on a roll let me share na din Why I love breastfeeding.

1. It is so convenient. We just bring a small bag with change of diapers and clothes and a small towel to wipe and we are ready to go anywhere.

2. Because I breastfeed, I had a very easy time taking care of Laya, imagine we went on an overnight stay before she turned 1 month and had her riding an airplane by 6 weeks old, went out of the country for 6 weeks when she turned one.

3. Breastfeeding is the solution to everything! She falls? I feed her and she is ok; She is cranky? I feed her and she is ok; She got hurt? I feed her and she is ok; when she wants something she cant have and is about to throw a fit, I show her my booby and she forgets everything. Breastfeeding her solved EVERYTHING!

4. You know whats amazing, you have booby antennas that tells you your kid is hungry, you actually feel it before she cries that it is feeding time! The things you will realizes are simply so amazing.

5. I watch her feed and the muscle movements from her cheek, tongue and jaws am sure help her so much, while bottle feeder just suck and the milk comes out, the breastfeeder work on it so early and get to use na their muscles.

6. A breastfeeding baby can detect boobies even while asleep. This one still amazes me until now. Sometimes at night I just watch her and she knows which direction to face and when to open her mouth! Amazing talaga.

7. Breastmilk cures everything. I was a cynic too at first, OA naman yan ano magic? Have a cut? Rash? Itch? Put breastmilk and it really does cure! Did it and it worked 🙂

Miss U moments:

People who made it possible for me and helped me with this mommy journey!

Velvet – who would be my rah rah girl talaga throughout the journey. Did I also mention I met up with her for a one on one session on what to do with a newborn aside from about breastfeeding? And when I was looking for a midwife to care for Laya and was not getting anywhere she even offered to yaya Laya sa house namin, papahatid siya kay Atan and stay the night in our place, grabe my heart was filled with gratitude for that text she sent. Super duper thank you Velvet! I owe you!

Dee – she sent me milk when I wasn’t able to breastfeed, if I resorted to formula then and had a taste of convenience I am pretty sure I it would be super hard for me and will constantly be tempted. I also learned from her how to pack and freeze the milk, hers was so flat and so pretty to look at!

Mimi – since she is always no nonsense and frills free I go to her when I am stressed and true enough her ways are the simplest.

Rica – she is like me oldie na and habol baby na lang ito so we can relate with each other, her amazing story of being able to pump 16 oz in one sitting helped motivate me to reach that level.

Nancy, Grace & Morning – oh these are my childhood friends who fed me and made sure I dont stop the ge lai thing. Morning and I had a one on one session too on the meds and drinks to take.

Abbie, Jenny, JenCC, Rica – for always receiving my text and for most of the times replying 🙂

Didda – for making it so clear stop breastfeeding is not an option.

Laya is 16 months old now and we are still breastfeeding. She’s been taking solids since she was 6.5 months old and had her first taste of cow’s milk in Australia. Am now trying to let her get used to the taste of cows milk so she have milk to drink when I go out at night in preparation for the time I go out of the country. She is so loving the chocolate milk from MilkMan, yung fresh milk sometimes she likes sometimes she doesn’t, so what we do we milk the choco milk with milk na lang.

Again, if you are breastfeeding or would like to breastfeed, please know you can drop me a line here or thru my email or thru my facebook or text me if you have it. Would be more than happy to be part of your breastfeeding journey.

In aid of Mother Earth and the Urban Poor

July 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love recyclables specially when the making of it helps the urban poor pa.

We used to sell the Yabang Pinoy bands. We are mighty proud of how far the group have gone na.

This is where Pat & Maricris started, and look where they are now.

Here are other stuff I have and super love that are made from recycled materials &/or made by rural communities.

gift from N@Wie Marife - made from Coke Billboard

gift from K Fol & Leslie - coke wristlets from bottle labels

The only Rajo Laurel item in our house... for now. Coveting Rajito!

And this one I saw  from SM in Kultura. I got myself the pink & purple one 🙂

made from those colored plastic bags that clogs our river and drainage! but I assume they use new ones so anong recycled dito? hmm maybe it just gives livelihood to the urban poor

I want this one from Aranaz. I wonder where I can get myself one of this? and how much!

Salute and cheers to people like Penny Velasco of Happy Earth & Forest King (and yes Velasco from Dominic Velasco), who just went ahead and built her Eco Village, she did it while others (me included) are just yapping and yapping away!

Read more about Tuwa, The Laughing Fish a bed and breakfast place in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija

by BeyondManila

by TripleEspressoShots

by BioDiversityMedia

by EcoVillageNews

This is what I wish to leave for my kids when I die, not just a house, not just a rest house, not just a vacation house but an ecofriendly house.

Can’t wait for your ecohouse to finish, Velvet!

Mama’s Table by Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente

July 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love eating out, food should be good, it would be such a pleasure if place is stunning or cozy, but I think what makes a meal memorable is the company. I have lots of memorable meals but this one I want to do again.

I first read about Chef Vicky from Heart-2-Heart‘s blog last January (she blogged about the place again recently here) and after reading I really really wanted to go. Lucky for me, my closest friends were on a road trip bug so off to Baguio we went one February weekend. Oh we were really excited for that meal!

It’s an 8 course meal at Chef Vicky’s home in Baguio. We wanted to have it Saturday dinner but she was already booked as she only accepts one group per meal. So no choice but to have our meal on Sunday lunch before we head back to Manila meaning no wine for us. Her place is roughly 10-15 minute away from Manor in Camp John Hay, roads are in good condition too.  As you enter her home you will notice the big living room/dining room space with a big window for the wonderful view of the mountain and of their garden. Oh my I wish I have access to such a house. The weather was perfect so we loitered around the place before starting on our meal. The meal was such a great experience. Quite pricey at roughly P1500/pax but it was such a memorable one that the amount is so worth it.

We started our meal at 1230 and mid way we told Chef Vicky to quicken the pace as we will still head back to Manila, we finished around 330pm, if only we are not heading back we would have lingered on pa. Such precious memories of great times with good friends.  These are friends I have been with since grade school and high school. Knew them quarter of my life now. Love them too!

Am not a food blogger so please head to Leslie‘s blog instead for a blow by blow account and lovely description of the food accompanied by great photos. Our meal was like theirs except for the soup, ours was mushroom cappuccino.

I am itching to go back to another meal at Chef Vicky’s place. When kaya?

Chef Vicky

074.4421794

0915.6438775

Thai Chicken Basil

July 23, 2011 § 4 Comments

My mom is a very GOOD cook! I grew up in a household where our chicken are bought from the market alive and slithered at home upon need. We buy LapuLapu alive and nag swi-swimming sila sa balde with oxygen filter til it is time to prepare lunch/dinner. We make our own curry paste. We have a ref just for raw ingredients. Our food are so good my friends would always eat in. And much as I love to eat out, I love eating at home. Food in our house are production numbers, we have seafood nights, we have chinese lumpia nights, thai food night. Restaurant quality food sa house namin I swear! If I compare the lumpia sa house namin and sa resto panalo sa bahay namin. There are a lot of food I order sa resto now na mas masarap pa din yung sa bahay namin kaso di ko naitanong sa mom ko or sa old cook namin how to prepare it kaya, ayun memory na lang sila, when I eat them sa resto it is just to satisfy my craving but it is not as good as my mom’s.  Super regret ko talaga not be able to ask for the recipes. May mga ilan na lang na naaalala ko dahil mahilig akong makialam kung saan ang kaguluhan. Isa itong Thai Chicken Basil. Share ko na din sa inyo how it is cooked.

it doesn't look appetizing but yummy siya for us

Ingredients:

chicken thigh fillet (madalas walang fillet so I buy thighs then idebone na lang ng helper)
yellow beans
sliced sili sigang
sili labuyo
basil leaves (sweet basil is good but thai basil is better)
soy sauce
minced garlic & onions

Saute garlic first then put onion, pag transparent na yung onions I put the yellow beans para mabango na the oil then next put the chicken until maluto siya, next soy sauce then pag pasok na lasa ng soy sauce sa chicken I put the sili sigang, pag medyo lumabot na yung sili sigang I put the siling labuyo na, then taste again then adjust it, if too maalat I add water if kulang sa alat more soy sauce then I put na the basil leaves. Let it sit for a while para maging softer lang yung leaves then serve. We eat it as rice topping.

Yun lang! Nasarapan lang ako sa pagluto ko a few days ago kaya naisip kong ishare. Pag di kayo nasarapan isipin na lang ninyo mali yung quantities ninyo and NOT because di yummy itong chicken basil ko hahaha.
The one childhood food I am so craving na di ko pa din mahanap sa resto maski saan is this one. Super favorite ko ito. Lucky may version ate ko na kinda pwede na but di pa din authentic and mahirap gawin, ma effort so di ko pa inattempt.

photo from Cooking Momster

This picture id what we often have sa restos, but the one I am craving for needs more pa, yung amin may sauce before serving na di ko pa nakakain sa kahit anong resto.  All I remember with this recipe is it needs freshest tanguigue tapos ipa palo palo or slam slam ng maraming maraming maraming beses para maging malutong I remember minimum of 100 times yan so masakit sa braso and kilikili. Hay di ko talaga ito natutuhan. Buti na lang the curry I like I can buy ready made red curry paste na sa market. But I still miss the bamboo shoot and fish head curry my mom makes.

Bangkok House in Glorietta Fast Food

I miss my mom! She had a restaurant nga pala when I was little, it’s called Bangkok House sa food court kung saan ang Glorietta is standing now. Makati girl akong lumaki! Tapos may resto din siya sa Avenida, Lee Garden naman yung name. Sikat kaya yung resto noon? I have no idea. Hmm what joy if may mga makilala akong alam yung mga resto ng mom ko.

Lee Graden Kitchenette in Avenida

Love you mommy! She died so many years ago. Weird lang I am good with dates but my mom’s death I cant remember, the date nor the year I need pa to check her death certificate. I guess unconsciously I block out the memory of her death.

Milk Mama Diaries 3

July 20, 2011 § 24 Comments

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (July).  For this month, we join the National Nutrition Council – Department of Health in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme ”Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!” Participants will share their experiences in promoting breastfeeding or their tips on how breastfeeding should be promoted.  Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.

I love breastfeeding! Ha you should have heard me during the early weeks! I swore and kept waiting for a valid reason to stop. But luckily none came. I always remember what I once saw on TV, about how a man can breastfeed by letting baby suck often enough. And I know some nannies was able to breastfeed even when they didnt give birth recently simply by allowing baby to keep sucking. Velvet helped a doctor who adopted a newborn breastfeed and was successful! With that in mind how can I not when they can? If a mom wants to go through the hardship or not is a different question. I once told a friend, dont breastfeed na if it is giving you so much emotional distress, mag formula ka na lang at least mas happy ka and mas ok ang magiging mommyhood journey mo. I am not sure how other breastfeeding advocate sees that, is it normal advice or am I the black sheep but I stand on my advice and will still say the same to one who is on that boat. But if you are one who is very much wanting to breastfeed oh I have your back. I even pay for people to visit some friends just to make sure they are on track and are given the right guidance. What I am trying to say is I am not a formula hater,I dont want people to perceive me as all breastfeeding and makes one feel bad if they are formula feeding. Ay ang dami kong busina!

photo by Rey Tuazon

During my pregnancy I made a mental note on who among my friends are successfully breastfeeding or breastfed, I kept them in mind so I can text them if and when my morale is low or when I stumble upon roadblocks. I had to choose well because I didnt want to get advices and message from annoying and know-it-all people, remember I might be in my post partum and could be ultra sensitive. I didnt want others to be able to make me feel small or like a failure or get frustrated.

Now that I was able to do it, that is also what I do to help others out. I make myself available to others who might want to go into breastfeeding. I simply talk about my experience and how much fun I have and how glad I am about breastfeeding. That would hopefully attract those who are interested to breastfeed to ask me anything and at the same time not seem pushy to those who aren’t since am not talking about it anyway, am showing it lang. Is it effective? I think so as I got friends who would email or text me their breastfeeding concerns and even friends who would ask in behalf of their friends.

Also attending Breastfeeding meets were very very helpful to me, meeting different people with different experiences you will bound to meet one who shares what you went through too. Of course nothing beats online support group since it is available 24/7 and is a group of wider kinds of mom. Being with people who breastfed makes you realize it is not as hard nor as impossible so your confidence grows too.

Pressure point of breastfeeding: I feel that the first few days of breastfeeding is the most crucial part, once they start giving up or doubting all the problem start entering so I am always telling people to text, email or message me at the moment they feel they need help. This is where I think people should focus to help promote breastfeeding.

I think seeing my friends feed til their child is 3 or 4 years old makes me not stop too. I first wanted to feed till Laya is 1 but didnt want to overwhelm myself when I was having a hard time so I made it 3 months then 6 months then on my 9th month I knew I can go on not even need to give myself a goal, it is not inconvenient to continue instead it is so convenient na nga, mas inconvenient pa to stop, I had so many concerns and preparation to make if I stop. Now at 16 months am not seeing myself stop unless Laya decide she doesnt want to anymore.

As for the government to promote breastfeeding? I honestly dont know, I am quite scared about promoting breastfeeding because it is so easy for those who doesn’t breastfeed to feel that the breastfeeding moms are so gung ho and so full of themselves when they talk breastfeeding (Read this blog this is EXACTLY how I felt). It is so easy to step on their toes so I try to be quiet and only answer when asked (yes sa lagay na ito pigil na ako). I guess people just tend to always talk with too much emotion on things they are passionate about and those who arent on the same boat feels those who are are OA na. Kinda like having born again friends diba? They are so happy to discover God that they would do anything to convert those who havent. Yung nga lang mas easy to understand mga born again kasi God yan eh. Sa breastfeeding, it comes off differently because there’s this feeling na if you didnt breastfeed you didnt give the best and thus guilt and so many other emotions get in too so some people gets riled up easily too. But I do think getting popular celebrity that connects well to the people to endorse breastfeeding will help leaps and bounds 🙂

Please read the blogs from the other carnival-ers

3 Ways I Promote Breastfeeding by Example blogged by Dainty Mom (@Dainty_Mom)
A Simple Breastfeeding Campaign blogged by The Lazy Mama (@TheLazyMama)
I Am A Breastfeeding Mom blogged by The Painter’s Wife (@PaintersWifePH)
the low-milk-supply mommy did it! blogged by The Odyssey of Dinna
On Promoting Breastfeeding blogged by ImPerfectly Created (@imperfectlyours)
Breastfeeding Mama! blogged by The canDIshhh Tales
I *heart* Breastfeeding blogged by The Mum Side (@rachelcrz)
Spreading the Word on Breastfeeding blogged by Mommy Kwentos
A Breastfeeding Formula-Fed Mother blogged by Soprano Mom Writes (@touringkitty)
Taking Breasfeeding Further blogged by Mec as Mom
w-u-r-r! w-u-r-r! w-u-r-r! blogged by Martha de Lusong (@frannie17) hosted by Jen CC Tan‘s MomExchange (@next9baby)
I am your breastfeeding friend blogged by Changing Nappies in High Heels (@lilly_pad)
More Breastfeeding Promotion Plus a Guest Post blogged by Chronicles of a Nursing Mom (@mamababylove). Guest post by Shaps Lim (@cromartielove)
Celebrating my Magic Milk blogged by open the lunchbox and see what’s inside
Breastfeeding Sisters blogged by The New Adventures of An Old Mommy

Enjoy!

Online FB Shopping

July 19, 2011 § 8 Comments

The past weeks or so I have been having so much fun shopping via facebook. So much fun that I was scammed by a seller (the amount is negligible but the feeling that I was ripped remain sour). To erase that annoying memory am sharing the great finds from my facebook shopping.

My favorite is from Wee + Mutsi (N@Wie Michelle’s shop)

flip & tumble

so easy to pack away

so hard to choose a color

got a mini bag for Kite too

flip & tumble mini

we also got the scrunch bucket from this site.

we have been looking for a tabo to bring to our travels and this is the best answer so far, although its use needs practice since the bucket collapse but it is workable naman. di naman kasing tama dalhin namin stackable cups ni Laya kung di siya kasama :)p

how to collapse it

got this one too but havent had the chance to use it yet, still waiting for our high chair

Next favorite would be Swim Ways floaters

papasan = love

got this for Laya, ok naman but not as great as papasan

Also got Gap PJs for Laya from Martina’s Corner

pajamas

shorts

The mojos from Kyma’s Corner is not bad too, not exactly like mojos but pwede na.

Of course Milkman who delivers to our house twice a week.

Am excitedly waiting for Got several shirts from Chen’s Corner (N@Wie Sheryl’s shop)

Vespa shirt

And eyeing the ff for my next shopping. (unless magalit ang asawa pag nabasa niyo ito)

From MyBaby Onlineshoppe (dunno them so takot pa muna ako bumili, sayang sale pa naman ito now, anybody who knows them?)

From Wee + Mutsi

as soon as I find the need I will buy na

more flip & tumble bags (which colors kaya?) also the produce bags

and another papasan, super agawan sa papasan eh

picking color for the next one, probably the white and blue

Do you also have your fave FB shop? Share? hmm dont share na lang? No, no please share 🙂

DISCLOSURE: I paid for all items posted in this page.

Mental-Blog?

July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hay been wanting to blog but had 3 blogs that are still in the draft. The all went awry as I write them. They led their own life until I didnt know why I started them in the first place. Anyway, just blabbering away here so I have something to publish 🙂 haha and maybe then I wont be stuck na.

Watched Harry Potter 7 today. Hmm I feel like I am the only one not sad it ended. The length of time from my first discovery of the book till today (showing of the last book) took it’s toll on me. I used to be so knowledgeable about it but when Book 6 came I was kinda just reading it for sentimental reasons and (horrors) I haven’t even finished book 7.  Oh well, another chapter ended. Am more excited for Twilight actually 🙂 I sometimes still listen to the audiobook of all the Twilight books… I remember how I got hooked and finished all 4 four in one week (Thanks to My for lending them to me).

Yun lang. Will go back to the 3 drafts and see if any of them will get posted.

In the meantime, you guys might want to join the Milk Mama Diaries – Blog Carnival for July I will try to see if I can submit one.

Sa-Ya Carrier

July 8, 2011 § 6 Comments

SaYa is one carrier that proved to be challenging for me.  To some like Charmaine, Clarice & Elai, it was easy. I guess added to the fact that the size I got was wrong, I also didnt have the patience to learn it. I would succesfully to do it while being taught but I always how after some time. Last BWM2 Buding (creator of SaYa) taught me how and hers was simple so I got it. I was able to wear Laya last Tuesday then again today so I know I got it na. Do I like it? Am not yet closing the door on it but I still like the flexibility of the slingor maybe it is really hard to teach old dogs new tricks.  What I like about SaYa is it is easy on the back as the weight of baby is distributed equally on both shoulders. With the sling it is always my left shoulder carrying the load, I tried doing it on the other side but it felt awkward.  Will keep trying the SaYa pa. Thanks pala Nadine for lending me the Saya. Will return yours already. Am decided to buy my own already.

Anyway, I am quite ‘feeling’ so I will attempt to explain here how it is used, hopefully successful ako but if I am not, no worries Buding just made 4 videos to guide us. Also here‘s Elai explaining how it is done the HULA way. Diyan ako nag fail so yung mga tulad kong fail sa HULA try ninyo ang LEI.

Step 1 Just put the thing in your neck like a LEI

Step 2 Loosen/separate the two loops (it will feel natural) then it will look like a PRETZEL (spread the cloth na din in this part and find the seams para yun ang nasa middle to catch the butt of the baby)

Step 3 let it fall sa shoulder

Step 4 put arms in the loop na. tada! you have the X in front and X in the back now.

Step 5 ilagay na ang baby sa loob sa pinaka loob so it’s you then baby then the X in front. (please see this video of Buding. on how to do this step)

NOTE: pls make sure that the knees are higher than the butt; flatten the cloth or fold the cloth para mas swabe ang feeling.

Keep adjusting until you feel comfortable. You will learn it by always using it,so keep practicing till you get the hang of it..

Let me know if success ang aking explanation, if not kareerin ko ito, nacha-challenge ako eh.

 

Where to buy SaYa?

At Mama.Baby.Love or at Indigo Baby

I got mine sa Babyland, am quite disappointed kasi the saleslady was just eager to sell and maski mali yung size sige ok daw yun. Hay ayun I didnt like SaYa tuloy for the longest time. Pls note unang suot of baby dapat fit na fit kayo not maluwag, luluwag yan as you wear baby eh.

Please please be successful!

Here’s a success story: Legally Mom:THE SEARCH IS OVER

Disclaimer: I bought my SaYa and will buy my next SaYa, I met the owner Buding just recently and this is not a paid blog not a requested blog. Gusto ko lang mag share kasi ang daming nagtatanong sa FB ko, and also ako ay product of failed SaYa noon so yun I wanna try it. Walang saysay BWM if di ako ma success.  Also kaya ako nag di-disclaimer kasi excited na ako one day magsabi ohh this is a blog for an advertiser! charing! hahaha

 

Fresh Milk

June 28, 2011 § 12 Comments

I have always loved drinking bottled milk and chocolate milk. I remember the taste of Chocolait when it was still called ChocoVim. (It tasted like cocoa of Happy Lemon)

When the kid’s pedia knew we were going to Australia she said naku ang sarap ng gatas doon. Hay true nga, I can drink a liter a day if I don’t stop myself. The milk supply of Jea & Josh was easily gone because of me (Sorry Sudarios!). When we came back I wanted Kite to drink fresh milk; our pedia also told us na me and Didda should drink a glass of non fat milk everyday. Also I want to let Laya taste fresh milk na din. So off I go in my search of milk that will be delivered to us regularly. I found 2 brands that has delivery in our area and tried them both.

First I tried was Milkman’s whole milk (P180/2 liter; service and response is quick which I appreciate so much) I like their milk. Next I tried Holly’s Milk – chocolate milk (P110/liter), whole milk (P100/liter) and non fat milk (P100/liter).  I like Holly’s whole milk a bit better mas creamy eh, even their non fat tasted like fresh milk so happy ako, but Kite & I found their choco milk too sweet! Since I like their milk better I immediately re ordered for the next delivery. But I noticed the fresh milk has a tinge of sour taste a day or two after opening the bottle. So I reduce my next order to try it again.  Sadly it is the same case.  According to the distributor of Holly’s Milk we should put the milk in the coldest part not too near the ref door. So that’s what I did on their 2nd delivery but still there’s a tinge of sour taste the day after we opened a bottle which scares eh. I think maybe our ref is too small and too puno? This reminds me of why I stopped buying Hacienda Macalauan, it always spoils on me, even the small bottle, sometimes even when I consumed it the day I bought it 😦 of all the yogurt I tried theirs is the yummiest too.

I went back to Milkman and this time tried their choco milk too. Am happy that their choco milk is not as sweet and their whole milk doesn’t spoil so fast too. Problem now is their milk comes in 2 liter container which Kite can’t finish, which mean I cant order non fat for us or we’d have too much milk. Am now working out our consumption so I can place my weekly order. Another problem is I gained so much weigh since we started having fresh milk at home, but the good thing is Kite now drinks milk everyday.

For San Juan area delivery:

Holly’s Milk http://www.hollysmilk.com/

Romy & Marissa Montoya

571.2498 ; 0915.1948417

delivers every Thursday & Saturday (I dont like the schedule parang the gap from Sat to Thurs is too long)

Milkman https://www.facebook.com/Milkman888

0927.8335000

delivers every Wednesday and Sunday (I like their schedule)

Disclosure ulit: nothing to disclose. Paid for my milk in full and has nothing to do with the sellers. Warning lang: kakataba!

Pumping & Freezing Breast Milk

June 15, 2011 § 4 Comments

Last August, Jenny of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom asked me to submit an article on how I freeze my breastmilk and also on how to thaw frozen breastmilk. I guess it’s helpful since I’d get email re the post. I went to re read the article recently and I felt it was so gulo (sorry Jenny, I was rushing when I did it that time). Here’s my attempt in make it better.

My pumping history/routine/background:

I first pumped at 5 weeks but got around half an ounce and this scared me.  Afraid it might affect my milk supply as I started doubting my output I stopped pumping first.

I tried it again after two weeks when I was more confident, still I got only around half an ounce to 1 ounce the first few times but it steadily increased, I was determined as I know I can’t go out if I don’t have stored milk at home. I figured an ounce a day will still be 7 ounce in a week which is still 4 hours worth of time out of the house. I would pump as soon as I wake up (I pass baby Laya to yaya when Laya is awake anytime between 6am-10am and then sleep til around 11am-1pm) this session is when I get the most milk (averaging 3-4oz); again I pump in the afternoon before dinner or when Laya is asleep around 2-4am.  If I go out then I pump every 3-5 hours.  As out put increased my aim was to get at least 5 oz saved each day.  This went on from the time Laya was 2 months to maybe 5 months old, I stopped and just pumped once a day when my frozen milk reached more than 300 oz already and I didn’t have freezer space anymore and even my friend’s freezer were full na. Am sharing this because seeing them packed so nicely encourages me to pump and save. It is also easier for everybody when it is time for baby to use the milk. I love counting how much milk I have, that was one of my motivation for pumping. I was thinking I could go out for a few days vacation and leave baby behind if I want to.

How do I pack and freeze my milk.

I repack milk for freezing whenever I have the chance which is usually at 6 oz to 14 oz roughly every 2-3 days. I try to leave expressed milk in the ref for Laya to use (milk heirarchy is direct is best, next is newly expressed milk, refrigerated one then last is frozen ones) but I also do not wait till there is a lot before I freeze as the more bags I freeze the longer it takes them to get frozen, besides I do not have a lot of flat space in our freezer.

First I would calculate how many bags I would need and write the date on the bags (I pack 2 oz of milk in each 8 oz bag – I tried using 4 oz bag but it wont go flat, I need them to be as flat as possible because I dont have storage space, also Laya consumes 2-4 oz at that time) *note: I learned about freezing it this way from Dee, a N@Wie mom who donated her milk to me when I was prohibited by my OB to breastfeed due to high blood pressure

Next I would measure 2 oz of milk in a feeding bottle and then pour it to the bag, I try to draw out as much air as I can so there wont be air bubble. Then I seal it with a sealer. I leave them upright by leaning it on something so the milk wont come to contact with the sealed area which is hot/warm for a few seconds.

After sealing I now place them in a flat surface and leave to freeze. It freezes normally after a day, sometimes over a couple of days if our freezer is full or if I am packing a lot of bags.

Once frozen I place them is a ziplock bag, I put 25 bags (or 50 oz.) per ziplock bag. And line them according to date. I also date the ziplock bag so we’d know which bag to use first. I make sure the milk are consumed within three months.

Here are the things I used:

I use Playtex Liner 8 oz, this around P450 per box of 125 pcs. available in all leading department store

I bought my sealer from Office Warehouse at P690, the same model at National Bookstore is P1190

I use Glad Freezer Ziplock Bags – 26.8cm x 27.3 cm 15pcs per box, I forgot how much will check when I go to the supermarket not more than P500 (available at all leading supermarket I got mine at SM Hypermart)

Hope this helped!

Am now back to pumping once a day (after stopping for 2 months where Laya was with me almost 24 hours because we were out of the country and because her yaya was away when we came back). Laya also tasted fresh cow’s milk, I just want her accustomed to the taste.

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