3 TIMES BREASTMILK PROVED TO BE BEST ON FACEBOOK

Everyday, I see something about breastfeeding and breast milk that amazes me. Whether we can breastfeed or not (for whatever reason), whether we choose to give up or go on, whether we like it or not, #BreastIsBest. Feeding our children something else does not automatically mean we are bad moms (how many children do you know got mad at their mothers or thought they’re the worst mothers just because they were not fed breastmilk?), but in the end, we cannot […]

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THE LAST TIME

It’s been 3 months since I gave birth, the time when many parents share how sleepless they’ve been, how much everything has changed (and how tiring it is), and how they need a long break from it all. Several times before I gave birth, I would be told to prepare for the worst – zero sleep, consistent crying, etc. etc. I totally get where these feelings come from, and all those feelings are valid. I mean, the first weeks can make […]

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COMMON REASONS WHY WOMEN END BREASTFEEDING (EARLIER THAN PLANNED)

Did you know that at birth, your baby’s stomach is only as small as a cherry (or in Philippine reference, a calamansi)? This is why our body does not produce a lot of milk on our first few days post birth, because our babies can’t handle it yet! It’s amazing how nature works. I haven’t been a mother for a long time, but I have talked to a lot of women about breastfeeding, and I realized that many women actually wanted to breastfeed. […]

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(MY FAVORITE) BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS

Google “BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS”, read a book on breastfeeding, or attend talks on breastfeeding and you will be bombarded with information on why breastfeeding rocks for both mom and the child. I am not here to collate all the benefits for you (that would probably be good for one whole book!), but on this blogpost, let me share my personal favorite benefits of breastfeeding! These are the reasons why I keep going! 1. IT’S ALIVE AND CUSTOM-MADE TO MEET YOUR BABY’S […]

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HOW WE GIVE PABLO A BATH: INFANT EDITION

I blogged about how we gave Pablo a bath when he was a newborn (before the cord fell off and a little after that) IN THIS BLOGPOST. Today, I will be sharing how we give him a bath nowadays. We began giving this kind of bath when we felt he was already big enough for him to be propped up on a bath chair, which was maybe when he turned 1 or 1.5 months old. WHAT YOU NEED: Cotton Balls/ […]

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#PabLOVE: BABY SHOWER #5

So, for the nth time, I thought my last shower was the one before this. But as I was nearing my term, Ms. Jeyme of ONE TREE SOUTH (a PR and EVENTS company) contacted me and told me she wanted to give me a baby shower! Because I was almost due when she contacted me, I told her it would probably be safer to hold the shower after birth, so we set the date to November 20. It turned out to be a few days shy of […]

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PLANNING PABLO’S FUTURE

When my husband and I got married in 2013, we knew we did not want to have a child right away because we knew from the start how big a responsibility a child is. Sure, you get paid with lots of hugs, kisses, and love, but at the end of the day, it is a lifelong commitment to be a parent your child deserves. My husband and I spent years doing things just for the both of us. We travelled […]

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BIRTH? (OR MORE LIKE, WHAT I WISH I PREPARED FOR…)

I have read up A LOT when I was pregnant. I have read up on how to have a beautiful birth experience, I have read up on child care, I have read up on breastfeeding…what I did not read up on is well, what happens to ME after birth. We always hear of post-partum depression, but I now realize it isn’t just that – post-partum (whether you feel depressed about it or not) is real, and these are some of […]

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POST-BIRTH CONSIDERATION: PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

So, you’ve prepared for the birth experience you want. You have interviewed your healthcare provider and you are done with your birth plan. Have you thought about what you’ll do with your placenta? After you deliver the baby, your birth is not yet over. You have to wait for the placenta to come out of your body (in my case, we waited for an hour and it didn’t eject by itself, so I had to be induced again). Without any […]

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MY BIRTH STORY

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know I’ve been preparing for a normal (vaginal delivery), natural (unmedicated) birth. As I always say though, I am aware that sometimes, things don’t always happen as planned, though what’s important is that you worked for it and tried your best. Of all things I did not in any way consider nor expect, it was how my labor started. This is my story with my firstborn, Pablo. ***  37 weeks – […]

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