Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Joys and Benefits of Breastfeeding


Before anyone assume that the I maybe be pregnant or plans on breastfeeding very soon, allow me to correct those wrong assumptions (if any) that first, I am not pregnant and second, have no plans of breastfeeding again. Heavens, after seven kids who have an endless appetite for food,laughter, feel good movies and with attitude that give me all sorts of headaches, I believe I have done my contribution well enough to say "NO."

So why did I choose to write about the joys of breastfeeding and its benefits then? Simply because out of my seven kids, five have been breastfed and such experience brought a lot of good memories for me and my children. Why only five and not all of them ? Because I did not know how to do it right with my eldest daughter. As for my fifth child who happened to be a boy, I often wondered if he was a lost descendant of Count Dracula. I would rather not write about the graphic details on how he breastfed but I was afraid that time that I will not be able endure the pain so I chose to bottle fed him early. As for the other five, it was like a walk in the park when I breastfed them  especially with my youngest son who did not give me any problems at all,until he started walking that is.


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 So why did I choose to breastfeed?

At the time I had my children, I was unemployed. Thus it was very practical to breastfed not only to save on money but because it was very convenient especially during the baby's nap time and in the evenings when you put him to sleep. The mere fact that yo do not have to get up and mix the formula was a great help especially if you do not have any hired help. Also, breastfeeding was such a great way to bond with your child. You do not only get to look at your baby's beautiful face but you could comb his hair, clean his ear, cut his fingernails all in ease while breastfeeding at the same time. You could even talk or sing to him as well. But the most important thing is to you get to catch up on some sleep especially during the evenings when you needed rest most of all.

There might be first time Moms who have difficulty on breastfeeding their babies which was to be expected. Before any mother can breastfed, preparations need to be made so that her milk will flow naturally. Allow me to share some tips handed  down by my own Mom who also had breastfed my siblings and I for two years at least.

First, have time to massage your breasts especially on the last trimester of your pregnancy. Though some women already lactate while they were still pregnant, others need time for their milk to flow. Massaging your breasts and cleaning your nipples with warm water will help a lot to open the ducts so milk can flow easily.

Second, eat lots of food rich in iron. Malungay or Moringa leaves  and "dahon ng sili"  are a great source of iron. You can put Malungay leaves especially in " chicken or fish tinola." Food like "sinigang"  "nilaga," "tulya," or any variety of soup  will surely increase the flow of breast milk. And if you find such food choices a bit fancy for the budget, you can be creative. You can try "sinigang na salmon,"(if you have canned salmon) or "mongo." Even drinking milk or hot chocolate will help increase your supply of breast milk. Now if you are one person who do not eat those kind of food then it is about time you learn how, that is if you really want to breastfeed and save a lot of money.



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Third, breastfeed your baby from day one. If you feel that your milk is not enough to satisfy your baby, then do not loose hope easily and be tempted to bottle feed him. Be patient not just to your newborn but to yourself as well. The more you breastfeed your baby, the easier for the milk to flow easily.

Fourth, if you do not have a maid or a baby sitter and your baby is wailing to be breastfed, take a few minutes to rest if you were in the middle of finishing a chore or you just arrived from work. This is to prevent your baby from "digesting the milk coupled with stress,' which is not good because it will just be wasted. You might be surprised that your baby will not be able to digest it properly and will just poo the breast milk that he got from feeding while you were tired or stressed out. The same thing if you were emotional and were thinking unhappy thoughts while breast feeding. Thus it is advisable to breastfeed while you are relax and full of positivity which not only helps the flow of milk easier but your baby's physical and his emotional well being as well.

Fifth, if you have been breastfeeding exclusively and decides to mix feed your baby, do it gradually so your baby can adjust as well. You can even talk to him and explain the reason why. That's what I did to my children and even if they were already mix fed, I made sure that breastfeeding was still enjoyable for both of us.

These are just some of the tips that one may find helpful especially if they were having second thoughts about breastfeeding. Personally, I really do not agree when some mothers say that their babies do not like their milk. Either they gave in easily or just decided to bottle fed their babies early. Generally, all mothers have the capacity to produce milk and breastfeed. Though breastfeeding is a choice, it really does not matter if you decide to do it exclusively for as long as you want to, mix feed early or bottle feed your baby from day one. As long as every Mom is fully aware of every choice that one makes and accepts the consequences after that, then that will just be okay.

So for all the Moms who have chosen to breastfeed your children, let them know your stories once they are old enough to understand. It will may just be one of the most treasured memories that you will look back and hopefully learn from it all.








Saturday, August 2, 2014

Win Php25,000 Worth of Appliances and more for Mom

When was the last time we have thanked our own mothers ? Do we do it often by simply saying the words or do we let our actions speak instead ? Do we buy her gifts, treat her out for dinner, for an out of town trip or just give her the money so she can decide on what to spend with it ?


When I was a kid, I was closer to my Dad than with my Mom perhaps because she easily gets irritated on small things especially when she was about to go to work. There were even years that a gap developed between the two of us and I would prefer not to be around her because it seemed nothing that I did was right. I started to build walls and this continued until I had kids and chose to stay at home to take care of them. Having relatives who were good in creating stories and fights among families including ours made me decide to leave my Mom and our home.The petty arguments and senseless fights became a cycle of pain that started to eat me and affect my kids so I decided to live with my in laws for the mean time. Besides, since my mother in law stayed at home and was not employed, I felt that she would understand me better because she knew what I was going thru.Other than that, she loved telling stories and laughed easily including the simplest things which helped lighten even the most boring days. 

It was when my mother in law started to open up  that we became close. Her honesty, humility and wisdom about her marriage and life made me admire her strength and helped me understand her more. Sadly, it was when I started to accept my mother in law that made me question my relationship with my own mother. Since I did not want to bring up my kids with a heavy heart and let them see that I could not even get along with their own grandmother, I decided to go back home. 

It took years for me to understand and accept my Mom for what she is. Coupled with prayers, the arguments and fights had lessened and in turned had been replaced by an open and warm mother and daughter relationship that became stronger through the years.

It had been months since I have been home and I miss my Mom terribly. Every week, we burn the lines each time we talk over the phone. We never run out of stories and both laugh in between even at the most mundane things. Sometimes I let my kids call her and update her about their studies. I often tell them that we are  blessed and lucky that we still have our Nanay in our lives. 

When I read Vince Golangco's post  at wheninmanila.com about a contest for Moms sponsored by cheeseanything.com, I did not think twice of writing about it so I can share it to others. Here are the mechanics :








*   All you have to do is  join here and refer two friends to this Moms Awesome Contest.

*  There will be 12 weekly Entry Level and three monthly Grand Prize winners! All prizes are right up Mom's alley with Entry-Level prizes of Php5,000 worth of groceries and Grand Prizes of Php25,000  worth of kitchen appliances.

*  You also have the chance of winning $100 US Dollars in cash if you share this info and           links  by writing a post on your blog which double your chances of winning. Now here is the link where you can register and be one of the ten lucky bloggers who can win $100 US Dollars in cash .







Don't you think that's grand ?

Of course it is. 

It is never too late to say,"Thank You" to our Moms. So what are you waiting for ? Come and join this awesome contest which ends on October 4, 2014. Hurry ! 





For more information,please visit wheninmanila.com. You can also check their facebook and twitter pages for updates.






Saturday, July 26, 2014

How To Celebrate Your Birthday in 30 days at the Vikings : Luxury-Buffet Restaurant


Want to celebrate your birthdays not just once on your birthday month for free ? 

I am not kidding though it may be hard to believe but you can now enjoy a free lunch and dinner on your birthday or any day of your birthday month at Vikings : Luxury-Buffet Restaurant.

Wanna know how it works ? 

Of course you do. So brace yourself and here are the guidelines for this sumptuous promo.






* Birthday celebrants of all ages can avail this promo on their birthday itself or any days of their birthday months.

* Celebrants can eat for free ON THE DAY of their birthday on both lunch and dinner as long as accompanied by ONE FULL PAYING ADULT. By definition a FULL PAYING ADULT(s) are adult guests who will be paying full rate without any discount. 

*Celebrants can eat for free for ONE MONTH on both lunch and dinner per day as long as it is the month within his or her birthday accompanied by FOUR FULL PAYING ADULTS.

* The celebrants must bring ORIGINAL and VALID government issued picture ID with the birthdate imprinted on it. Acceptable IDs include SSS, NBI, Driver's License, Pag IBIG, PRC, Barangay ID,Unified IDs, Police Clearance and Passport. Foreign IDs are also acceptable. In the case that the celebrant has no government issued picture ID, a birth certificate copy supported by any valid government picture ID of the paying adult will be accepted.

*This promo can't be used with other current and ongoing promotions and discounts of the participating Vikings: Luxury Buffet Restaurant.

* Gift certificates to avail of this promo is not honored.

* This promo is available across all branches. Vikings: Luxury-Buffet Restaurant, Vikings SM Megamall, Vikings SM Lanang Davao, Vikings (SM Marikina): A Feast from the Sea, Vikings SM North Edsa.

* This promo is valid until December 31, 2014.

There you have it guys. So you have until the rest of the year to plan ahead for your birthdays. Enjoy and celebrate not just one but 30 days of free lunch and dinner only at Vikings: Luxury Buffet Restaurant .

For more updates please head on to their website at vikings.ph or visit their facebook or twitter pages for upcoming giveaways and promos. 




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The WAHM 101: How To Be A Work-At-Home Mom

Remember that time when you felt guilty leaving your kids at home while you were at work ? I believe all mothers have gone through that stage especially the new ones when they were torn between working or just staying at home with her children. Some mothers were lucky to have husbands whose income can support their family's needs while others were not. Some even did not have a choice and that included yours truly. Being unemployed for more than a decade with seven kids to feed, I had braved to enter the call center industry which was very challenging not only because of the graveyard shifts but the fast paced working environment filled with toxic customers and ever changing metrics. I even thought that I will not be able to make it on my first month. But when I thought about my kids and their future which was at stake, all doubts and insecurities disappear giving me confidence to look for other means on how I could earn more.

After more than seven years working for the same call center company and two of my kids already finished college, I have learned that nothing is difficult if you put your mind and heart to it. Through the years I only not learned to communicate effortlessly and spontaneously in English but realized that I could also express myself in the written word. When I started blogging two years ago as a creative outlet due to the growing stress at work, I learned the possibility of earning from it as well. Though hard work, discipline and determination will always be a given, there is really nothing to loose if one takes advantage of seminars and workshops offering how to do the work right.




Brought to you by Manila Workshops &Wahmderfullife.com together with 88db.com, Unilab  & Insular Life, the workshop will be held on June 28,2014 at the 12th Floor , Multi-Purpose Hall, Insular Life, Ayala Ave corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. 

So if you want to learn from successful work at home moms from the WAHMderful Life Community, head on to the Manila Workshops website and register so you can save a seat. You can also follow them at facebook & twitter for more updates. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Earthday Jam Foundation Presents CC Tunes in Tunes For Climate Change

It has been years that I had watched a live concert. As much as I want to, I really do not have the time nor the means to set aside money for it that is why when there are free concerts , I usually take advantage and make a note of it. I should be thankful  however more often than not , these free concerts usually coincide with my work schedule so I just tell my kids about it so they could at least get to enjoy watching and listening to them to their hearts' content.

How lucky can they get indeed.


I have always believed that one day, I will get to watch a free concert and if possible together with the kids with no conflict with my work schedule. My prayers have been answered when I have learned that Earthday Jam Foundation will have another free concert this Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Market , Market Activity Center at Bonifacio Global City. 




When I saw the lists of artist who will perform , I immediately told my kids about it because most of them are their favorites. And since it will not be held in open space, I just might tag my youngest son , Red who has autism who loves listening to music. Except for the musical band that he and his sisters listen to during barrio fiestas,  my son has never watched a live concert of different local bands and artists. It would be such a great treat for all of us since it has been awhile that my kids have watched a free concert as well. What more, there will also be a film showing at 4pm before the program starts at 5:30 pm. 

So if you have nothing to do after school or after work, head on to Market, Market Activity Center this coming Tuesday. Bring your kids, friends and the rest of your family with you. Seats will be given on a first come, first serve basis so come in early. See you there !

You can visit  Earthday Jam Foundation's wall  for more information and also like their page to get updated on upcoming shows and concerts .