July 31

Mom Kat Recommends: BUBBLE GUPPIES

Bubble Guppies is a show in Nickolodeon which features animated preschool mermaids and mermain. This has become my son’s favorite show before going to school because it somehow mimic’s his classroom setup in his progressive school such as circle time, lunch time and outdoor play.
I also like the show because I find the characters so cute and the songs are catchy. One of my favorites is the song that teaches kids how to take care and love their pets. At their age, preschoolers get fascinated with pet animals and it is a good thing to teach them how to take care of their pets and consider them as members of the family.

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Hope your kids enjoy the video as much as mine did!

July 29

Mom Kat Recommends: MOMMY TREATS LACTATION COOKIES AND MUFFINS

Background from Mommy Treats website:

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Mommy Treats is the brain-child of a first-time mommy who was once in dire need of increasing her milk supply. After much researching for natural and non-pharmaceutical galactagogues (substances that help increase lactation), finding the perfect recipes, and having other mommies test my baked treats for both effectiveness and taste, I am so happy to finally provide lactating mommies the first, ever, lactation treats in the Philippines!

Mommy Treats offers LACTATION COOKIES, LACTATION MUFFIN BITES, and LACTATION CUPCAKE BITES that are packed with galactatgogues such as fiber-and-iron-rich oats, Omega-3-flowing flax seed, cholesterol-and-blood-sugar-lowing fenugreek, and Vitamin-B-packed brewer’s yeast! am so happy to finally provide lactating mommies the first, ever, lactation treats in the Philippines!

Mommy Treats offers LACTATION COOKIES, LACTATION MUFFIN BITES, and LACTATION CUPCAKE BITES that are packed with galactatgogues such as fiber-and-iron-rich oats, Omega-3-flowing flax seed, cholesterol-and-blood-sugar-lowing fenugreek, and Vitamin-B-packed brewer’s yeast!

Mommy Treats was introduced to me by Maricel of TheMedela House. I initially bought a sample pack of carrot walnut and banana walnut muffins. I was surprised that it is actually very yummy. For something that is healthy and nutritious, Mommy Treats surely made it so delicious fun to eat.
I am not one of those who are blessed with overflowing breastmilk, thus, the need to have supplements. Initally, I can only pump 1 to 1.5 ounces of milk on both breasts. But after trying these lactation treats, my milk supply did increase by .5 to 1 ounce of milk per pump! I was so pleased!
Mommy Treats Muffin Bites
I order her treats from her facebook account, which I found very useful and easy to work with. Now, she already has her own website which clients can also order from. Paola is very nice and accommodating to her clients. Upon texting her the proof of payment, she bakes the treats right away. I usually  have my treats a day after or at least 1.5 days after paying for them! Not only that, she usually gives a pack or two of free additional treats!
Mommy Treats Lactation Cookies
In termsof value for money, Mommy Treats offers a very reasonable price. Her goods are packed on a per day basis serving and costs P60 per pack. But if you order in large amounts, she gives discounts. This is reasonable compared to buying formula milk to supplement your breastmilk. I usually order one month supply of treats which are a mix of muffins and oatmeal cookies
I’ve been ordering Mommy Treats’ yummy goodies for 4 months now and intend to continue to do so! My personal favorites are the carrot walnut muffin and the banana walnut muffin. Now that the neonatologist of my son already allowed me to eat chocolates, I can not wait to try her brownies, choco chip cookies and choco cup cake bites!
With the delicious and healthy way of increasing my milk, together with Paola’s very good customer service, I give Mommy Treats a two thumbs up! I definitely recommend her treats to all breastfeeding moms!
You can visit her website at http://www.mommytreats.ph/

Her facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/#!/mommytreats

Photo Credits: http://www.mommytreats.ph/

May 20

The Medela House

After much research and going around the malls to find the perfect electric breast pump, I finally got myself a Medela Freestyle. This unit is not available in most malls here in the Philippinrs. Although some Medela pumps are available in either Rustan’s and Mothercare outlets. I bought mine from the exclusive distributor, Medela Moms at a mommy expo in Rockwell. However, you can also buy it at Medela Moms’ office  called The Medela House.If you’re thinking of a buying an electric pump, then I suggest that you get yourself a Medela because it is worth every penny that you spend. Read my review here. What sealed the deal for me to buy at Medela Moms is because of three reasons; their prices are lower, they allowing fitting of the breastshields, and they provide 2 years warranty.
You can get Medela pumps up to 20% cheaper than market price if you buy it from Medela Moms. I bought mine at the expo because it is the only time they allow payment thru credit card. If you buy at The Medela House, they accept only cash and check. But I believe it is better to buy the pump at the Medela House so you can fit your breastshield. If you did not get the right size, you will not maximize the use of the pump. It will hurt your breast and may not provide you the maximum milk output.
For someone who is a heavy user of the Freestyle pump, (I extract milk at least six times a day because I am a working mom), the warranty is very important because I can have my pump repaired and maintained by the distributor. I believe malls do not offer that. Also, if your pump motor is under repair, they will provide with you with a temporary unit the same as yours so you can resume extracting milk while your motor is being repaired.

Malls have limited, or sometimes, do not have accessories for Medela. At Medela House they offer all types of accessories such as the Quick Cleen microwavable bag which is a lifesaver for working moms like me because I can sterilize my pump and bottles at work; handsfree kits, nursing covers, etc…. I also got from them  my additional set of breastshields. And if you purchase your pump from them, you will get 20% off on accessories purchases.

If you’re interested in buying your Medela pump from Medela House, you can call either Maricel or Beng, the owners of Medela House, at (725-3723, 738-6272, 0917-5614366). The Medela House, is located at #29 1st St., New Manila, Quezon City.  Coming from Greenhills, it’s before you reach Aurora Blvd. From E. Rodriguez, go past Auora Blvd. It’s beside 8 Gilmore Place. It is on a per appointment basis so make sure that you call first before you visit their store.
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May 14

Breast Pump Review

I was out of the loop for the past couple of weeks because I was so busy expressing milk for my baby. In my last post, I was asking for advice on which electric breastpump to get. Well, I got myself a Medela Freestyle dual electric breast pump. Before getting the Freestlye, I used two manual pumps. Today I will review these three pumps.

Farlin Manual Breast Pump

 

 

Thumbs up:

  • One of the most affordable pumps in the market 
  • Compatible with standard neck bottles
  •  Available in most malls
  • User friendly

Thumbs down:

  •  Handle is hard to grip. For someone like me who does not have that much milk, it can be very tiring to use this product.
  • Low milk let down. I barely got an ounce for almost an hour and my hands hurt a lot.
  • Breast shield is hard and painful

Recommendation: If you’re on a tight budget and do not intend to use it often, but rather, just a stand-by pump in case your baby did not empty your breast upon latching, then this product will work for you. In my opinon, this pump is not for heavy duty use.

 

Avent Manual Breast Pump

Thumbs up:

    • The handles are soft and very easy to grip.
    • Very user friendly.
    • Available in most malls
    • Very comfortable on the breast since its breast shields have silicon which decreases the pressure on the breast. 
    • Good milk let down
    • Because it is easier to grip, you can dictate your own pressure

Thums down:

  • One of the most expensive manual pumps in the market.
  • Can only  be used with Avent bottles, which are also quite expensive.

Recommendation: If you intend to use a pump at home for moderate use, and has additional budget, then go for Avent. Most of my friends still opt for Avent because of its user friendliness and better milk let down.  It also works for those with sensitive breasts like me.

Medela Freestyle Dual Electric Pump

Thumbs up:

  • The dual pump makes me express twice as fast compared with a manual pump.
  •  It has a good pull which makes the let down easier.
  • Very convenient for moms on the go.
  • Excellent for heavy duty use. I use mine 6-7 times a day.
  • Long battery life.
  • Can fit with standard neck bottles. 
  • Excellent let down. With the proper size of the breast shield, you can actually increase your milk output compared with using a manual pump.
  • Aside from the pump, you get several accessories such as handsfree accessoriers (which makes the electric pump really really cool and convenient), and cooling bag with blue ice (you would not want your precious breastmilk to spoil before you arrive home from work!).
  • It has a memory function which allows you to record the progression of the expression milk that you prefer.

Thumbs down:

  • One of the most expensive electric dual breast pumps but not as expensive as Avent ISIS dual electric pump.                                 
  • Quite complicated to set up and use but after a while you will get used to attaching and detaching the parts.
  • Not readily available in most malls. In fact, I have not seen any Freestyle in any malls. I got mine from the exclusive distributor. I will soon write a post about it.  Medela brand is usually available in Rustans and Ayala Malls but limited products only.
Recommendation: Medela Freestyle is ideal for working moms and for moms like me who has premature babies (because of better milk let down). I consider it as an investment because I will be using it for a while since my baby is not allowed to drink formula milk. If you intend to buy  Freestyle or any Medela products for that matter, I recommend that you buy directly to the official distributor here in the Philippines because it is cheaper compared to mall prices. I will write about The Medela House soon.