Last July 4, this photo of my little preemie going home after his 111-day stay in Neonatal-ICU (NICU) appeared in my Facebook memory,
Memories of his journey home flashed back at me. It is amazing how 5 years flew by so quickly.
Nothing about my whole birthing experience with Little H can be called conventional, even when it comes to feeding. When he was born 14 weeks before his due date, none of us were prepared. Even my body was not prepared. Two days after giving birth, I had to produce at least half an ounce of milk so they have something to feed my son for the day. However, I was not producing any, not even my colostrum is coming out. I was worried, stressed and anxious. I was desperate for milk. It was an answered prayer when my son’s neonatologist helped by giving me a massage similar to what lactation consultants do, and in a matter of minutes, my milk started to flow, not so much yet but just enough. I literally cried buckets when we delivered his first milk to NICU.
I am happy that nowadays there are more advocates of breastfeeding. Thus, moms and even dads are given the right information and education about the necessity of breastfeeding our babies.
A lot of comments in my blog are usually about breastfeeding. And more so those seeking advice on breastpumps. My advice then and now is still the same, direct latching is still the best way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding on demand is still the best and mixed feeding is highly discouraged.
For breastfeeding moms who will return back to work after their maternity leave, I admire your dedication for wanting to continue your breastfeeding journey! Of course, having been very satisfied with Medela, I still recommend it for working moms. It’s a good thing that one of the exclusive distributors Medela in the Philippines, Parenting Emporium (formerly Medela House) was gracious enough to give me their price list for 2016.
Freestyle Hands-Free – Php19,000
It has become a yearly tradition for our family to take road trips after Christmas. Long drive with kids can be tricky because they get bored especially during traffic. When we headed to Ocean Adventure this year, we have 3 kids in the car, ages 2 and 6. Going to and from our destination took us 3.5 hours each way.
I do not usually post unhappy thoughts, but my lovely reader, just this once, please allow me to air my sentiments about something that bothers me a lot.
As a mother of of micro preemie baby (born only t 26 weeks or 6 months 2 weeks gestational age), it really bothers me to hear, or read about moms thinking of premature birth as an option. If for medical reasons, yes I will understand. But for aesthetic or convenience, definitely not acceptable for me. The most common disturbing statement from a mom that I hear about considering premature birth is because either that baby is already too heavy or because of the baby’s size and movements, the mom can no longer move and function as much as she wants. I usually hold my tongue on this because at the back of my mind, I am thinking that the mom probably did not fully mean that. Maybe she is just going through a lot of body changes and physical pains that is why she said that. But recently, and the one that triggered this post, I read, in separate instances, moms wanting to give birth way early than their due date because they want to either get back to their pre-pregnancy body or they miss the gym so much. It hit a nerve on me when one of them asked to confirm if a seven month baby is more acceptable to deliver than an 8 month baby so she can discuss it with her doctor.
Little H’s hand at 5 days old
Babies bring so much joy not just to the family but to everyone else around him/her. This is exactly the emotions behind the surprise baby shower that we prepared for my good friend and boss at work, Jo, who is expecting her third child and first baby girl. She, her husband, and their two boys are not the only ones excited for their bundle of joy but we are as well!
A good friend of mine is 7 months pregnant and is scouting for breastpumps that she can use when she gets back to work after giving birth. Of course, having been very satisfied with my Medela, which I used for Little H then (read about my blog here) I recommended getting one for herself. So I emailed Beng, one of the distributors of the Medela House, and she was gracious enough to give me their latest price list!
So happy to know that most of the prices had gone down since the last time I bought, which was in 2012, and there are new products too. So here are the prices of their more popular breastpumps, and some information about the pump:
Freestyle Hand Free – Php19,000
Since push gifts are not widely known all over the globe, let us first define first what this gift is. Push gift/present is defined as by Wikipedia as (also known as a push gift, baby mama gift or baby bauble) is a present a father gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. The giving of push presents has supposedly grown in the United States in recent years.A push gift is any type of present loved ones give to a woman who has recently given birth to a child.
I am happy that more and more of my friends are interested in having their little ones cloth diapered (CD). I also feel honored whenever moms seek my opinion and advice in their decision to go CD.
To help more parents out there, I have compiled the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) by CD newbies:
What is the difference and benefits of using modern cloth diapers (CD) as compared with (1) traditional cloth diapers and (2) disposable diapers (DD) ?