- You can never over-prepare for breastfeeding
- Just because a person is a pediatrician does not mean that they know everything about breastfeeding
- There is such a creature as a breastfeeding-friendly pediatrician.
- There are formula-friendly lactation consultants.
- It DOES hurt at the start but it gets easier as time goes on.
- Formula milk is not equal to and WILL NEVER be equal to breastmilk
- Having a can of formula (or bottles of liquid formula) on the dresser gives you more temptation to mix or formula feed.
- A breastpump is not an essential breastfeeding gear.
- Other moms' breastfeeding experiences will vary from yours and it may not be helpful sometimes to compare.
- There IS breastfeeding support in the Philippines -- you just need to look for it.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
But during weekends, it has to be Mommy Jen who has to put her to sleep! And she nurses a lot when we're together. She still doesn't sleep through the night -- boo! Now that she's articulate, it's "milk, Milk, MILK!" in the middle of the night -- not only that, she also insists on having the "o-der side, mommy jen".
I'm really think it's time for night weaning (at least on my part). We've already set up her crib beside our main bed and put her there when she turns in for the night. But after the first waking she always manages to climb up back on our main bed.
Lately, she has also been having night terrors -- she wakes up crying and can't be calmed down by nursing. I've been planning to stop pumping at work when Naima hits 2 but I think the night nursings are still here to stay.
*sigh* i miss my bed and i miss a full night's sleep!
Monday, October 26, 2009
LATCH is a non-profit organization composed of " group of trained peer counselors offering mother to mother support and services, to take the guesswork out of breastfeeding." It began in 2006 with its 1st batch of 8 peer counselors trained by The Medical City pediatricians.
LATCHers conduct monthly breastfeeding workshops at The Medical City and regularly contributes to a breastfeeding column in Baby Magazine. LATCHers are also invited to become resource persons in talks and workshops in various malls, magazine launches and other similar events.
Early this year, the LATCH co-founders decided to expand its membership and conducted a second peer counselor training in March 2009. With the addition of new members, LATCH now has a wider coverage and has participated in more events.
In the works is a revamp of the LATCH website to include instructional videos by Dr. Jack Newman. A third training session is also being scheduled for 2010. LATCH is also working to add more breastfeeding classes in other major hospitals in Metro Manila.
What makes LATCH unique is that it is composed of volunteer moms with a myriad of talents and skills, who band together to plan, organize and volunteer for various activities and events. Unlike other groups, we each have our own businesses and employments. We also conduct our own fund-raising activities to make things happen.
Currently, LATCHers are busy with relief missions for the Ondoy victims. LATCH will be ending the year with its last breastfeeding basics workshop at The Medical City on November 14, 2009. LATCH is currently a beneficiary of Blissful Babes’ Mother Tongue collection. So please head on over to Made for Mama and purchase for a cause!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- BabyCenter Philippines' tips written by L.A.T.C.H. President Buding Aquino-Dee are organized into steps moms can take and questions they should ask when interviewing a potential pediatrician.
- Best for Babes has a comprehensive list on establishing your "A-Team"
- Dr. Jack Newman also has a summary of things to watch out for to know that your pediatrician is NOT a breastfeeding advocate.
- Parenting.Ivillage has also devised questions based on the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" developed by the WHO and UNICEF in 1990.
- You can also read this post by The Milk Mama where she described her experiences with a self-proclaimed breastfeeding friendly pediatrician who ended up threatening her nursing relationship with her son
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
According to Dr. Zeka (who coordinated with UNICEF/WHO/DOH on behalf of LATCH), what is being sought is several visits to the evacuation center to give support to the local government units (who previously had established breastfeeding support systems) whose services were disrupted by Ondoy. Despite the Milk Code, donations of formula milk are still being requested and continue to pour in. In fact, last Saturday, when I was at the Ateneo covered courts volunteering for the repacking, I saw a mountain of repackaged formula milk - various brands.
LATCH will be bringing some pasteurized breastmilk from PGH-NICU milk bank to provide temporary relief to mothers/infants where the mother is too ill to breastfeed, or the baby is fully dependent on formula. However, the ultimate goal is the return to exclusive breastfeeding of as many mothers as possible, and to protect those who are already breastfeeding so that they continue to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months and then continue to breastfeed with the addition of complementary food.
Velvet of Arugaan was hoping to conduct a cooking demo to encourage moms to use indigenous foods in complementary feeding. However, given the limited preparation time, this may be postponed for the next visit.
More updates after the activity...
Sunday, October 4, 2009
After sending an email announcement to all employees, we were able to gather only 4 moms to participate. There were several other moms who wanted to join. But because of the incoming storm Pepeng, they decided to keep their babies safe at home.
It was a very short and simple ceremony. I had a short talk and shared the call for breastmilk for the infant victims of Ondoy as well as the importance of discouraging formula donations. Then, it was 10am and we proceeded with a one-minute synchronized breastfeeding while a prayer for breastfeeding moms was read.
Previously, the Philippines participated in a mass synchronized breastfeeding event. However, this year, because of Ondoy, the event was smaller-scaled yet I think it was more meaningful. The main organizers, Nona and Dra. Elvira, gathered a group of volunteer wet nurses and suckled infant victims at an evacuation center in San Juan.
Also on the same day, another group headed by Dr. Silvestre plus several L.A.T.C.H. volunteers headed out to Cainta, Rizal and brought the collected donor's milk. One of the volunteer moms, Mec, blogged about her experience here.
Secretary Duque has emphasized the need to continue breastfeeding or to encourage moms who are mixed feeding to go back to exclusive breastfeeding. Several other milk banks have intensified efforts to collect donor milk.
Meanwhile, L.A.T.C.H. is in the midst of coordinating and scheduling more visits to evacuation centers this week in response to Alex's call. Everyone was really happy that Pepeng (Parma) avoided Metro Manila (although it hit Cagayan really hard) and hope that we continue to have fair weather this week to facilitate the continuation of relief operations.