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Baby Company opens new store in SM Megamall

My family and I recently spent a weekend at SM Megamall. As you know, it’s one of the biggest malls in the country with Mega A, B, C, and D. When I was in high school there were only two buildings in this SM supermall. Now that I am a mom, I like bringing my son here from time to time and share throwback stories.

At the 2nd level of SM Megamall (building A), we found the newest Baby Company store. Unlike most of its stores, this Baby Company is a stand alone shop that is away from the Department Store. Baby Company was also celebrating their 25th year anniversary and had promos in store.


High-tech sterilizer, now moms don’t need to boil baby bottles with EcoMom Sterilizer. Available at Baby Company.

Moms will enjoy shopping and exploring isles of endless choices for their soon to be born, newborn, and toddlers. I thought wow, it’s so exciting to be pregnant these days with all the new brands and technologies for moms and their babies. Just look at this app-based automatic rocker:

One of the most enjoyable thing to shop for is baby clothes, when my son was still a baby – I wished for more affordable, quality, and imported-looking onesies. Why imported-looking? Because they last longer, the fabric is cotton, comfortable yet durable, and the designs are really baby appropriate. Now you can find such onesies here at Baby Company.


Breastfeeding pumps, accessories at Baby Company in SM Megamall


Breastmilk storage bags

Everything that mothers need are here, especially breastfeeding accessories. Perhaps these are the most important of all, nourishing our babies with our own breastmilk to keep them healthy and strong against sickness. Baby Company was also my go-to place for things like breastmilk bags, breast pump accessories, breast pads, etc.

If you are coming with a toddler, they can enjoy trying different educational toys.

Mommy Lace tip: Get the most of your Baby Company shopping experience by getting a Mom Card. This will get you exclusive discounts from partner brands. All you need is one valid ID, and P100 proof of payment to any Baby Company stores. List of exclusive Mom Card offers can be found at http://www.facebook.com/babycompanyph


Kids plates and utensils for toddlers

Being a new mom is exciting but is not easy. Shopping for one, can get stressful especially with lining up etc. but at this particular Baby Company store, mothers can shop peacefully and in comfort. Everything you will need and think of (including preferred brands) are already here to save you time, money, and energy.

Ashton and I enjoyed shopping for his own supplies like baby bath, baby lotions, and he even found a stylish bag he likes to use for school.

If you’re in SM Megamall area, check out Baby Company at Building A. Happy shopping mommy and baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Mor-C-Vit Malunggay Plus Vitamin C Capsule

Here’s a new option for mothers who want to increase and improve breast milk production. Mor-C-Vit is similar to Natalac in that both are made with malunggay leaves. The difference is this:

Mor-C-Vit contains 350mg of malunggay leaves
Natalac contains 250 mg of malunggay leaves

Mor-C-Vit contains 100mg more malunggay leaves than Natalac which I also took while breastfeeding.

My son is now 5 years old but I started taking Mor-C-Vit as a natural supplement for a different purpose, to meet the nutritional gap in my diet and strengthen my immunity especially after working out at the gym.

Research show that more than 90 minutes of high-intensity endurance exercise can make a person susceptible to illness for up to 72 hours after the workout.

Mor-C-Vit benefits:

  • Strengthens immune system
  • Speeds up metabolism and enhances digestion
  • Helps lower high blood sugar levels
  • Enhances production and quality of breast milk in lactating mothers
  • Boosts energy without stimulants
  • Helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body

I am curious if Mor-C-Vit will still increase my milk production, I will update this mommy blog when I finish my first pack. The 10+1 free Mor-C-Vit pack is available at Mercury Drug stores, P11 per capsule.

Here’s how I take all my supplements:

1. Easy Pha-Max wheatgrass powder right after waking up
2. Mor-C-Vit after breakfast
3. Workout day: Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein 30 minutes before training session

Malunggay leaves are already a great source of potassium, calcium, protein, iron, Vitamin A, zinc, essential Amino Acids and Vitamin B. For now, I will take this instead of a multivitamin and look out for health improvements. Being serious about supplements and nutrition is one of my top resolutions for 2016. How about you?

Stay healthy Mommy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

3 Ways to Improve Breastfeeding at Home

Every breastfeeding moment is different and while we wish that all of them are comfortable and fuss-free, it all really depends on where we are, who we’re with, baby’s mood, mommy’s mood, and the time we have. Here are some ideas on how to improve (and stress-proof) your breastfeeding experience:

Close and lock the door

It’s obvious but I just learned & realized how really important it is to lock the door when we are breastfeeding. Sometimes, mothers are trying to nurse their baby to sleep and having the doors locked not only means privacy but less distraction & interruption for you & your baby.

It’s an easy thing to do but moms (like me) overlook this simple hack. Having a secure, private space will allow you to find the right position (no matter how compromising) and remove the extra chore of covering up. Having the doors locked will allow you to be more relaxed.

When my son was younger, I often found myself entertaining visitors and relatives while breastfeeding in our living room. I’m personally not comfortable and do feel exposed in chatting while my son is nursing.

It is definitely best to allocate and use a quiet, private, and secure nursing area throughout our breatsfeeding life. Plus, don’t forget to tell your housemates of this preference.

Find the right furniture

When I was breastfeeding my son, I didn’t know how expecting and breasfeeding moms used La-Z-Boy chairs. These reclining chairs are the same used in hospitals for their scientifically proven relaxing properties and their ability to improve blood flow.

Doctors say that sitting at home in a reclining position reduce stress. Stress for new moms include sleepless nights, worrying about the baby’s future, finances, and concern on baby’s health. These are all normal especially right after giving birth.

I only saw these while shopping in Blims Glorietta with my sister who is about to get married. Inside Blims is a La-Z-Boy comfort studio where you can try and find the best La-Z-Boy for you and your family.

The chairs can be adjusted in several ways and each has a leg rest. Mom and baby can easily fall asleep and nap together after a breastfeeding session.

The La-Z-Boy chair is so spacious so mothers can easily move & wiggle around and reach for stuff when required or if you want to change position especially in finding the perfect latch or resolving mastitis.

These chairs range from Php 30,000-100,000+ depending on your preference i.e. fabric vs. leather seats and size. This one I am sitting on is one of the most affordable La-Z boy but has the same relaxing, luxurious and comfortable feel.

The staff said La-Z-Boys are hot during the Christmas season when companies give them as gifts and people to their parents. If you’re a husband reading this, consider gifting this to your pregnant or breastfeeding spouse for Christmas ;)

Aromatherapy


Using essential oils and oil burners can greatly affect your mood and stress-level. Remember that the more relaxed you are, the better milk production and let-down would be. I am no longer breastfeeding as much (my son is now 5 years old) but I still use Lemon Grass, Eucalyptus, and Lavender essential oils to relax and relieve my body of aches, pains, and stress. Other moms use aromatherapy to help with insomnia, pre and post-pregnancy symptoms.

Stay away from artificial scents and use pure versions of the essential oils. My favorite is Lemon Grass for its calming properties and when the baby or you have a cold or flu, do try Eucalyptus to clear and relieve your lungs.

Every mom deserves a happy breastfeeding experience, but we have to acknowledge stress & hormone induced feelings of depression, anxiety, agitation and there is also a condition called D-Mer.  Not to mention, external factors on environment and relationships.

Every little improvement counts, do you have any more tips to make breastfeeding an even more beautiful experience? Please share your ideas below :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Breastfeeding at work, after maternal leave

Most mothers would like to breastfeed their babies for a long time, even after returning to work upon expiration of their maternal leaves. This breastfeeding month, let’s support and celebrate our fellow breastfeeding at work mothers who choose to be mom first even while working.

If you are a breastfeeding mom about to return to work, I hope these information relieves some of your worries and give you an idea to create your own post-maternity leave breastfeeding routine:

1. Using a good, electric breast pump – mothers only require 15 minutes every 3-4 hours to complete milk extraction.

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This is a picture of my manual breast pump in 2010. I had to ask my mother-in-law in the US to buy it for me. Read about it here.


Now you can easily get electric/automatic versions like this in shopping malls.

2. Failure to pump and holding on to breast milk can cause mastitis which can cause pain, fever and even infection. Missing out on pump time will make your milk disappear.

3.  Breastfeeding at work and/or using your breast pump at work is a Human Right. If your employer asks, please point them to RA 10028 which was approved in March 2010 called the Expanded Breastfeeding Act.

 

  • Private enterprises as well as government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, are required to put up lactation stations. 
  • Expenses incurred by private health and non-health facilities, establishments or institutions in complying with the law will now be deductible expenses (for income tax purposes) that can be up to twice the actual amount incurred. 
  • The law requires “lactation periods” for breastfeeding employees, in addition to time-off for meals, to allow them time to express their breast milk. This period should be less no less than a total of 40 minutes for every eight-hour working period.

 

4. Extracting your milk and continuous breastfeeding releases oxytocin “the happy hormone” which can help you become happier at work and increase your productivity.

5. Continuous breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding saves you Php 50,400 every 6 months as well as help the environment.

Communication with your employer is key:

1. Express your need to continue breastfeeding, its benefits for you, the baby, and the company.

2. Breastfeeding will help your child avoid illness, thus avoiding employee absence on your part. Breast milk is the gold standard providing your child with antibodies, higher vitamin E content, iron, fat, protein, and so much more.

3. Express your need to use the breast pump for 15 minutes, every 3-4 hours.

4. Request for a spare room to be converted into a breastfeeding room. This should be a small, clean, quiet place, with electrical outlet, a chair and table, and a door that locks.

Philips, the company behind Avent has this breastfeeding room in their Philippine office. Use these photos for inspiration and you can even replicate this room at home or in your bedroom:

The company strongly advocates Breastfeeding at the Workplace.

5. Highlight that breastfeeding moms need understanding in the workplace. My personal suggestion is to discuss your breastfeeding plans and needs during your first day back at work, with your employers and fellow employees. Or, before you take your maternal leave as most workplaces offer small gatherings like baby showers. This might be a good venue to have an open communication about breastfeeding.

Always remember that there is nothing selfish about returning to work. In fact, it is the most self-less gesture. In my opinion, every mom wants to be with their child 24/7 and working mothers sacrifice a lot in order to provide only the best for their family.

Happy breastfeeding month mommies! I am proudly breastfeeding for 5 years now and with this comes challenges i.e. crude jokes from family members directed to me and my son. Our decision on extended breastfeeding is supported by research and personal encounters with moms and breastfeeding experts who breastfed up to 6 years of age.

Whenever someone comments or questions you about your breastfeeding goals, remember that you are not doing this for them but for you and your baby.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Happy Breastfeeding Month!

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I am now breastfeeding for 3 years, can you imagine? It feels like yesterday when I was still clueless on how to do it. I just want to take this opportunity to thank all the breastfeeding advocates, especially moms themselves who continue to educate people about breastfeeding through their blogs, online forums, and social media. Resource about breastfeeding has never been this plenty and it only continues to increase. Malls and other establishments in the Philippines are becoming even more breastfeeding friendly too.

The Mother and Child painting above is created by Raks Molata which was only one of the many paintings that were exhibited at The SM Aura in celebration of Breastfeeding Month.

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The exhibit was sponsored by Philips Avent Breast Pump which is not surprising because it’s now become a partner of many breastfeeding moms like me. My first Philips Avent breast pump was gifted to me by my mother-in-law. I still remember how happy I was to receive it. I was initially using the traditional breastpump with a small balloon you squeeze. The first time I used Avent, I was amazed at how much milk I got to extract and consequentially, increased my milk production.

I continued using Avent for about 1 year and a half in tandem with traditional latching. We’re so lucky that technology has improved the breastfeeding experience and bonding even more. I am sure there are more models of breast pumps now, automatic or not, single or double, etc. If you are a new mom, don’t be discouraged to ask, research, and learn about the best breastfeeding choices for you :)

You might also want to follow other moms and be part of the Avent Philippines community: http://www.facebook.com/PhilipsAventPH

If you’d like to read more about my breastfeeding journey: http://www.mommylace.com/tag/breastfeeding/

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Breastfeeding – 2 years and beyond

It just recently occurred to me that I have been breastfeeding my son for 2 years and 1 month now. Whenever I have the chance, I am happy to tell stories of how I succeeded in breastfeeding, the challenges, and the joys. In our household, there was a misconception that breastfeeding is hard, that since my mom did not breastfeed us – like her, we’ll have difficulty doing so. It was like going against the stream whenever I talk about breastfeeding, that almost everyone can do it unless they have serious medical conditions.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I watched a documentary on poverty. We noticed how all the featured women would not breastfeed their children. When the doctors ask them, they say the milk just stopped coming. The doctor then says that’s impossible unless they went cold turkey and stopped breastfeeding. The mothers will then admit they stopped. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against women who choose not to breastfeed but feel regret for not utilizing something that’s free and healthy – for both the mother and child.

I also recently watched a talk show and one of the hosts said it’s embarrassing to breastfeed in public and suggested moms go to the parking lot to do it. I may have understood her wrong but I felt sad hearing that.

On the other hand, more and more smart moms advocate breastfeeding and are proud of it. There are now breastfeeding rooms (although still small) for moms to feel comfortable in and many blog posts that encourage new moms to breastfeed. These were equally helpful for me when I was still a new mom. I faced challenges too like clogged ducts and milk would also form into lumps. Reading helps but if you must, for your peace of mind – go to a breast clinic. Some would have mobile mammography but undergoing breast ultra sound is also good.

Doctor’s advice is to always try to empty your breasts, wash them before and after each feeding, and make sure the baby is latched properly.

I don’t know when Ashton will tire of feeding from me but I know it’s coming soon and I am preparing for it. Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift that lets babies and moms bond like no other. I wish my baby and I have bonded enough long before he stops nursing :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.