Breastfeeding

my baby is turning 3 months next week. how time flies! once a tiny, fragile 3.8 kg creature now turned into a strong, heavy 6 kg boy. he kicks me and pushes me sometimes especially when i’m feeding him or when i co-sleep with him. babies grow too fast like balloons being filled with air. i feel happy and proud to see my bubba growing so healthy. i feel grateful that at 3 months, my milk supply is steady and enough for my baby’s needs.

i have a love-hate relationship with breastfeeding. during the first few days at the  hospital, i was crying in the wee hours of the morning because of the exhaustion, lack of sleep and most of all…dealing with the sore, cracked and bleeding nipples. they were so painful that i almost want to give up on breastfeeding and throw my baby out the window at the same time. i can’t blame the other mom’s for choosing to use formula milk for their babies because of the traumatic experience of having painful nipples. fast forward today, i’m whipping my boobs out like a pro and can feed my baby anytime i want. as the adage goes, “no pain, no gain”.

my goal is to breastfeed my baby for as long as my baby needs it. that feeling when the baby latches is priceless. it not only provides a bonding moment for us but the thought of the baby needing you and no one else is something to be cherished. after all, they will grow up soon and chase the world on their own. *sniff*

here are some tips if you are planning to breastfeed your baby someday. :)

  • invest in a good breast pump – this is most useful when you are planning to go back to work and you will build a stock of expressed breast milk for your baby. i bought the medela swing single electric breast pump as i was advised that using a manual pump is cumbersome especially if you have to pump most of the time. this is a good brand and recommended by most mommy friends i know. it costs $295, quite expensive but i guarantee it’s a good investment.
medela swing breast pump

medela swing breast pump

  • buy good quality breastmilk storage bags – i learned that the storage container is important because you don’t want the milk to be spoiled or contaminated with chemicals and other toxins. i bought the 25 bags pack since i am now starting to build my supply in preparation to going back to work.
breastmilk storage bags

breastmilk storage bags

starting my breastmilk stash

starting my breastmilk stash

  • eat healthy, hydrate and drink lactation supplements – of course there are the greens, malunggay, water and soup to keep the supply coming. for my breakfast, i drink milo with rolled oats and chia seeds on it. if we don’t have any malunggays at home, i see to it that i have stocks of ready to made soup in our cabinet. i also drink the fenugreek capsule thrice a day as recommended by my midwife.
milo, rolled oats and chia seeds

milo, rolled oats and chia seeds for my snack

ready made soups

ready made soups

fenugreek supplement and water

fenugreek supplement and water

  • join a community or support group – breastfeeding is still a taboo for most people and perceive boobs as sexual objects. also, some people were thinking that breastfeeding is only for the poor and it has less nutrients compared to the formula milk. remember, “breast is best”! join a support group that will help and encourage you in your breastfeeding journey. they will give some tips and correct the misconceptions often heard from the oldies. haha! i joined the breastfeeding pinays group in facebook to know more about breastfeeding in general.
  • direct latching of baby – the most important of all, always latch the baby to the boobs if he needs it and if there’s an opportunity. it stimulates milk production and the brain signals the body to create more milk because the baby needs it. galing! the more baby latches, the more there is a supply of milk.
strike anywhere :)

strike anywhere :)

i will be on maternity leave for 6 months so guaranteed my baby will be breastfed during that time. once he officially turns 6 months and ready for daycare, his immune system is strong and won’t become too sickly especially now it’s winter. a healthy baby means a happy mommy. ;)

Second Month

it was a double celebration for our family yesterday. my baby turned 2 months old and it’s husband’s birthday too. this is one of those times that my husband is older than me. kahit last na sa calendaryo, fresh na fresh pa din di ba?! haha!

it was a very simple day for the three of us. we went to the church first thing in the morning. after that, we bought a dessert for my baby’s monthly cake. you know those sara lee sweets in the frozen section? sarap nun! then we ate lunch at our favorite japanese restaurant. :)

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favorite salmon sashimi

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my dose of ramen

since baby can’t eat solids yet and hubby doesn’t like sweets, he bought his own pizza cake. hehe! i will eat the tiramisu then. hehe!

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with his pizza cake

in the afternoon, we skyped lolo and lola pinas so they can greet bebe. lokong loko ang grandparents, so they also bought a cake. mas bongga pa ang cake nila sa amin!?

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cake by the grandparents

happy 2 months bebe! laki mo na agad, ambigat mo pa! mommy’s wish is for you to grow healthy and well behave.

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happy 2 months!

for my husband, my friend, my partner in crime…belated happy birthday! thank you for taking care of me and bebe all the time.

love you both!

Random: Wedding “Church” Anniversary

what a difference a year can make! i almost forgot it’s our ‘church’ wedding anniversary today. thanks to my brother for reminding me. hehe! san naman kayo ako i de date ng asawa ko?

one year ago today. love this guy ;)

one year ago today. love this guy ;)

Random: Nanay Musings # 1

buti na lang napatulog ko na ang anak ko at makasingit naman sa pag blog! thank you lord natulog na si master.:)

ever since lumabas ang aming baby puto,  nag-iba na ang aming routine. si mister na ang nagluluto at namimili sa grocery. miss na miss ko na mag grocery sa totoo lang, yun na lang naman kasi ang aking retail therapy…nawala pa.

ngayong naka maternity leave ako, stay at home mom ang drama ko. sa loob ng halos 10 years na nagtatrabaho ako, (shocks 10 years na pala i feel soooo old!) ngayon ko lang naranasan ang magbakasyon ng matagal. pero sa totoo lang, wish ko lang na bakasyon grande ito na pa relax relax ako. dahil ang totoo nyan, ang hirap pala mag-alaga ng bata ngayong naranasan ko na. mas mahirap pa sa project ko sa office. dahil duon, pwede ko iwanan ang project ko kung tinatamad ako. eh mag alaga ng bata, kahit anong feeling mo eh bawal pabayaan at baka makulong pa ako. kaya saludo ako sa mama ko at sa mga single nanay na nagpapalaki ng anak. nakakapagod, nakakastress at nakakahaggard mag-alaga ng bata sa maghapon…ng wala kang ibang kausap sa bahay at ang kaharap mo lang sa maghapon ay ang batang iyakin, mahilig pakarga at ayaw palapag. mabilisan ang pagkilos ko mula sa pagkain at paliligo dahil kung hindi, iinisin ka lang ng batang iyakin at mag pa panic ka ng sobra makita siyang namumula at umiitim sa kakaiyak with matching luha pa. oo, totoong iyak na siya at hindi na drama. tapos pag karga mo na, biglang aaliwalas ang mukha niya na parang walang nangyari. nakakalokong, nakakaloka!!! so nakakaguilty lang paiyakin sya ng matagal dahil sobrang liit niya pa eh ang kelangan lang naman niya ay love di ba!?

nakakamiss maligo ng matagal, yung nagmumuni muni ka pa sa shower.naku hindi ko na magawa yan. feeling ko pa, lumosyang ako bigla after ko manganak dahil sa less ligo/less ayos look ko. andyan ang tira tirang taba from the pregnancy, stretch marks, lawlaw na dede at naglalangis na mukha.so haggard!

nakakapagod and nakakamiss din yung mga araw na nagagawa ko ang gusto ko ng walang iintindihin. pero iba na ngayon kasi andyan na si bebe. pero kahit mukhang nagrereklamo ako eh masaya naman ako. masarap makitang tumataba na at lumalaki si bebe pa onte onte – ang batang laki sa gatas ng ina. nyahaha! at nakakatuwa pag ngumingiti na siya. nakakatuwa makita ang batang maliit na malakas umutot, bumahing, mag-unat at kung ano ano pang kaartehang facial expression nya dahil legit na tao na talaga siya. mahirap…pero masaya pala  maging nanay. ;)

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First Month

today marks the 1st month birthday of my baby. time flies so fast! i am feeling both happy and sentimental at the same time. happy that i see him grow into a healthy, cute and naughty boy. at the same time, i am feeling a bit sentimental because a month already had pass and i’ve only got two more months left to enjoy his company before i go back to work. before, i thought that going back to work after being on maternity leave is a breeze but now that i am with my baby everyday, i feel like i just want to stay with him all the time. despite feeling tired and sleep deprived, bonding time with my baby is the most precious moment that i’ll forever cherish. i don’t mind staring, kissing, hugging and cuddling him all day long.

many things have change ever since he came into our lives. having a baby is a LOT of work. there are the sleepless nights wherein baby is wide awake during the wee hours in the morning, breastfeeding challenges like having to deal with sore and cracked nipples and “have i got enough milk?” to sustain his needs, maintaining the household and juggling chores while baby is asleep, less eating time and less bath time for me and no more time to do other things like reading books and surfing the internet. i miss sleeping side by side with my husband and sneaking quality time with him now proves to be a challenge because all of a sudden, the baby starts making noises or worst… crying in the background!

happy 1st month bebe!

happy 1st month bebe!

happy one month my baby boy. mom and dad loves you so much. i am praying and wishing that he grows to be a good person and that we will be guided to become good parents to him.

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