What’s Good and What’s Not in Breastfeeding

What’s Good and What’s Not in Breastfeeding

Do you want to know the secret to happy latching and successful breastfeeding? I will share to you today the things that will surely help every mom’s breastfeeding journey:

What is helpful

    • Confidence or assuring yourself that you are capable of breastfeeding
    • Build confidence with breastfeeding counseling
    • Moral support and deeper understanding on Mom’s vulnerability after birthing

My loving, supportive and caring husband massages my feet every night while baby latches on me, in that way I feel that I am important, loved and relax. Our son has his good sleep, not fuzzy and has a very good morning wake up.

    • Restful sleep
    • Right information and positive remarks

What’s not helpful

  • Emotional Crisis
  • Alcohol
  • Substance Abuse
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Soft drinks (too much)
  • Physical Stress

Breastfeeding starts at home, with the support of husband, and everyone in the family and community. It’s not an easy thing to do, but knowing what is beneficial and what to avoid will help our breastfeeding journey worthwhile. God bless you and your little ones 🙂

About The Author

Pam is a proud breastfeeding mom and a lactation consultant. She is the woman behind every stylish creations of Nursingmommiesph nursing wear and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Itchy, Dry Baby Skin?

Itchy, Dry Baby Skin?

If your a mom, especially those that has newborns and little babies, do all the things possible to keep your little ones’ skin smooth and flawless. You don’t want to see any red, hot spots or dryness on their skin, that’s why it is really frustrating every time your babies scratches and slowly becomes irritable. Aside from the annoying rashes it bring to your little ones, you are also worried where these red spots come from and how you can ease the swelling.

Itching in babies is fairly common because the skin of infants is thin, sensitive and prone to irritation. Itchy skin on babies can stem from a variety of causes, including eczema, irritation from soaps and fabrics, allergies to food or other substances, dry skin and insect bites. Checking out with your pediatrician to rule out any easily treated skin issues is a great first step. However, there are also “first aid”  home remedies to soothe itching that are equally effective, regardless of the cause of the symptom. 

Here are some ways to treat itchy skin in your babies:
  • Bathe your baby in cool or lukewarm water and use a mild soap when necessary. Very warm water, soaps and shampoos all contribute to dry skin and make itching worse. Adding colloidal oatmeal to the bathwater may also help soothe her itching.
  • Pat her skin dry or allow her to air dry. Rubbing your baby’s skin with a towel can increase irritation, dryness and itching.
  • Apply a moisturizing lotion to your baby’s skin as soon as her skin is mostly dry after bathing, when she wakes in the morning and before bed at night. Babies with very dry skin or eczema may benefit from an oil-based ointment more than from a water-based moisturizer.
  • Dress your baby in breathable, lightweight, smooth fabrics such as cotton or silk. Avoid wool and other scratchy fabrics, as these can significantly increase itching.
  • Keep your baby cool and avoid rapid temperature changes. Placing cool compresses or chilled, damp washcloths directly onto itchy areas may also help.
  • Cut your baby’s fingernails to prevent skin irritation and damage associated with scratching.
  • Apply Oleia Topical Oil around the affected area. It helps remove the symptoms of itchiness, redness and swelling, fast. Oleia Oil deeply penetrates the skin and helps control rash and skin irritation.

Observe your baby’s skin every now and then. If home treatment of itchy skin is unsuccessful, speak with your pediatrician about an allergy evaluation for your baby. Dietary changes may be necessary, or you may need to begin using hypoallergenic soaps, detergents and other products. If your baby’s itching is severe, your pediatrician may recommend allergy testing to help identify the cause.

 

About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

One BOOBStacular Day

One BOOBStacular Day

It was really a boobstacular event last Saturday! 500+ breastfeeding moms and dads together with their kids show off their most creative mom-dad-baby costumes at the BOOBSTACULAR Costume Party held at the PBA Cafe in MetrowalkOrtigas Pasig City last Saturday, October 28, 2017. During this event I was able to meet other fellow “mga kasuso” and enjoyed being surrounded by women of strength and confidence, knowing that all of us experienced both the hardships and benefits of breastfeeding.

Ms. Pamela Ann Jill Virtucio, Founder of Nursingmommiesph and the event’s main Organizer, aimed to give value and importance to all the breastfeeding mothers for them to enjoy their breastfeeding journey. Their main advocacy is to help provide proper information about breastfeeding and support newbie and mothers who have difficulties in breastfeeding and to boost their confidence to normalize breastfeeding in public and live their life with a sense of self-worth, respect and dignity.

It was very amusing to see the participants flaunt their unique and awesome costumes during the Mommy and Baby Fashion Show. And of course, the kids enjoyed the magic show, their Treat and Treats (no tricks, all treats!), Loot Bags, and raffle prizes. There were also a mom and baby fair that showcase mompreneurs’ products for children and mothers.

During the event, Oleia Topical oil, one of the major sponsors, gave away samples for moms and babies to experience the goodness of miracle oil. This 100% natural oil helps relieve ache and pain faster. The product can help moms (and even dads!) to stop everyday discomforts caused by headache, sinusitis, back pains, sprains, cramps and more. Oleia is also safe for babies to help soothe them from diaper rash, insect bites, bumps, or just use it to give them a soothing massage.

Being a breastfeeding mom, I also experienced the challenges of breastfeeding. It is not an easy path to take. There are tears and pains that go along with it. I had headache from sleepless nights and back/wrist pains. I am really thankful that I have Oleia with me during this journey. It made my breastfeeding adventure easier. My whole family also benefitted from this amazing product in a lot of ways and I can attest to that.( I can share it to you in my next blogs, watch out for it!)

This one of kind gathering of breastfeeding moms also featured natural parenting talks and and an inspirational talk from ARUGAAN chair Nanay Ines Fernandez. Truly, this event gave all the breastfeeding mothers a 100% satisfaction, enjoyable and lovable costume party for the whole family.

The event was made possible by Nursing Mommies Ph and co-presented by My Crib Ph.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Reasons Why Babies Cry and How to Soothe Them

Reasons Why Babies Cry and How to Soothe Them

Your baby is fully dependent on you. You provide her with liquid gold that we all know is the best for her. But what if you offer both breasts and your baby is still crying? Sometimes we thought it’s our milk that isn’t enough that makes our baby cry endlessly–but sorry mommy,  it’s not always about your milk!  So please don’t doubt your super milk-production powers, it will just stress you out,  and we don’t want that.

Not all babies are the same, but all babies cry. When she cries, it’s her way of communicating her needs and asking a loving response from you. So how are you supposed to know exactly what your baby is trying to tell you? It can be tricky to interpret your child’s cries, especially at first. So to help you figure out the reason of her cries, here are the common reasons why and what you can try to soothe her:

Hunger

This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries. Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start feeding your baby before the crying stage. Some hunger signs to watch for in newborns include fussing, lip smacking, rooting (a newborn reflex that makes babies turn their head toward your hand when you stroke their cheek), and putting their hands to their mouth.

Stomach problems from colic and gas

Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can lead to lots of crying. The rather mysterious condition known as colic is usually described as inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, at least three weeks in a row.

If your baby often fusses and cries right after being fed, she may have some sort of tummy pain. Even if your baby isn’t colicky and has never been fussy after eating, an occasional bout of gas pain can make her miserable until it passes. If you suspect gas, try putting her on her back, grasping her feet, and moving her legs in a gentle bicycling motion.

Needs to burp

Burping isn’t mandatory. But if your baby cries after a feeding, a good burp may be all he needs. Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle, and this may cause discomfort if the air isn’t released. Some babies are intensely bothered by having air in their tummy, while others don’t seem to burp or need to be burped much at all.

A dirty diaper

Some babies let you know right away when they need to be changed. Others can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while. Either way, this one is easy to check and simple to remedy.

Needs sleep

It seems like tired babies should simply be able to go to sleep, anytime, anywhere. But it’s harder for them than you might realize. Instead of nodding off easily, babies may fuss and cry – especially when they’re overtired.

Wants to be held

Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents’ faces, hear their voices, and listen to their heartbeats, and can even detect their unique smell. Crying can be their way of asking to be held close.

You may wonder if you’ll spoil your baby by holding him so much, but during the first few months of life that isn’t possible. To give your arms some relief, try wearing your baby in a front carrier or sling.

Too cold or too hot

If your baby feels chilly, like when you remove her clothes to change a diaper or clean her bottom with a cold wipe, she may protest by crying.

Newborns like to be bundled up and kept warm – but not too warm. As a rule, they’re comfortable wearing one more layer than you need to be comfortable. Babies are less likely to complain about being too warm than about being too cold, and they won’t cry about it as vigorously.

Something painful and hard to notice

Babies can be troubled by something as hard to spot as a hair wrapped tightly around a tiny toe or finger, cutting off circulation. (Doctors call this painful situation a “hair tourniquet,” and it’s one of the first things they look for if a baby seems to be crying for no reason.)

Some babies are extra sensitive to things like scratchy clothing tags or fabric. And they can be very picky (understandably) about subtleties ranging

Teething pain

Teething can be painful as each new tooth pushes through tender young gums. Some babies suffer more than others, but all are likely to be fussy and tearful from teething at some point.

If your baby seems to be in pain and you’re not sure why, try feeling his gums with your finger. You may be surprised to discover the hard nub of an emerging baby tooth. (On average, the first tooth breaks through between 4 and 7 months, but it can happen earlier.)

Wants less stimulation

Babies learn from the stimulation of the world around them, but sometimes they have a hard time processing it all – the lights, the noise, being passed from hand to hand. Crying can be a baby’s way of saying, “I’ve had enough.”

Many newborns enjoy being swaddled. It seems to make them feel more secure when the world gets overwhelming. If your baby’s too old for swaddling or doesn’t like it, try retreating to a quiet spot and letting your baby vent for a while.

Wants more stimulation

A “demanding” baby may be outgoing and eager to see the world. And often the only way to stop the crying and fussing is to stay active. This can be exhausting for you!

Try wearing your baby facing out in a front carrier so he can see all the activity around him. Plan plenty of activities. Hang out with other parents with babies. Go on regular outings to kid-friendly places, such as your local playground, a children’s museum, or the zoo.

Not feeling well

If you’ve met your baby’s basic needs and comforted him and she’s still crying, she could be coming down with something. You may want to check her temperature to rule out a fever and be alert for other signs of illness.

The cry of a sick baby tends to be distinct from one caused by hunger or frustration. If your baby’s crying just doesn’t sound “right,” trust your instincts and call or see a doctor.

Mom is stressed

Babies are experts at picking up on stress. If mom is stressed, baby might be reacting to that. Try taking a deep breath, and letting go of whatever is stressing you. Listen to soothing music, relax, imbibe in something that soothes you. If all else fails, give yourself permission to eat that snack that you know you shouldn’t eat but that always makes you feel better. Or tell yourself that later that night you’re going to take a long warm bubble bath and have a soothing massage. Yoga breathing or deep breathing can help calm mom, and making low deep sounds such as “ohm” or humming can help soothe baby. If you’re really really having a hard time ask someone else to hold the baby, take a few minutes to breathe, and then try again.

What should I do if nothing seems to work?

It is normal for babies to cry, so try not to blame yourself if your baby simply won’t be soothed. Sometimes a baby who keeps crying won’t do herself any harm, but it’s likely to put you and your partner under strain. If she’s unhappy and resists every effort to calm her down, you may feel rejected and frustrated

  • But you are not the cause of her crying. Sometimes, simply accepting that you have a baby who cries a lot can help. If you’ve met your baby’s immediate needs and tried everything you can to calm her, it’s time to take care of yourself:
  • Put your baby in her cot and let her cry for a few minutes out of your range of hearing. Take deep breaths and let yourself relax for a moment or two.
  • If you and your baby are both upset and you’ve tried everything, call a friend or relative for support. Give yourself a break and let someone else take over for a while.
  • Find a local support group or parent-and-baby group. That way you can meet other new parents in the same situation and offer each other moral support. You can also get coping strategies before everything gets too much. Don’t let things build up, as it could make things harder for you and your baby.

Living with a baby who regularly cries inconsolably can be very stressful,  both to you and your little one. That’s why we have a gift for you and your family: OLEIA topical oil. It relaxes and soothes fast. It is 100% natural and safe for babies.

Massage your little one every once in a while. Doing this regularly may help your baby to cry and fuss less. It has a calming effect that your babies will love. And for you super mom who can also feel tired and stressed, just apply Oleia Topical oil on the affected part of your body and it will stop the pain, fast—and naturally. (Tip: Dads can also use this to relieve stress at work or in sports. You may also give each other a relaxing massage after a tiring day.) Truly, Oleia Topical oil is a gift for every member of the family.

Oleia Topical oil comes in relaxing Lavander,  calming Chamomile,  and refreshing Peppermint.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

What to do When Your “Baby Cries for no Reason”

What to do When Your “Baby Cries for no Reason”

Okay, you’ve checked every possible reason why she’s crying. Full tummy? Check. Clean diaper? Check. No fever? Check. So why is your baby still crying?

If you haven’t read on the Reasons Why Babies Cry and How to Soothe Them you may want to start there.

If this crying and wailing happen continuously, one thing will surely follow a crying baby: a frustrated parent. Babies have their own good reasons why they cry but they don’t have the words to tell us what’s wrong, and even the wisest parents can’t read their baby’s mind. Here are some ways you can comfort your baby, even if you don’t know why he’s upset:

Something to suck on

Sucking can steady a baby’s heart rate, relax his stomach, and calm flailing limbs. Offer a pacifier or a finger to clamp onto and let your baby go to town.

Snuggling & swaddling

Newborns like to feel as warm and secure as they did in the womb: Try swaddling your baby in a blanket, wearing your baby, or holding him against your shoulder to re-create that feeling. Some babies find swaddling or cuddling too constrictive and respond better to other forms of comfort such as rhythmic movement or sucking a pacifier.

Music & rhythm

Try playing music, singing a lullaby or your favorite song, and dancing around the room. Experiment with different kinds of music to see what your baby responds to. Some parents found the best way to soothe their little one is to put on some music and dance with him. His body relaxes after about two songs and he even falls asleep sometimes.

White noise

The growl of a vacuum cleaner, a sound of a running water, and the likes might not seem very soothing, but many babies are calmed by a steady flow of “white noise” that blocks out other noises – much like the constant whoosh of bodily sounds they heard in the womb.

Fresh air

Sometimes simply opening the front or back door and stepping outside with your baby stops the crying instantly. If it works, savor the moment: Look around, look up at the sky, talk to your baby about the world around your home – whether it’s a quiet cul-de-sac or a busy city street.

Warm water

Like fresh air, warm water can soothe and put a stop to your baby’s tears.

For a change from a bath, try holding your baby in your arms under a gently running shower. Don’t push it if your baby doesn’t like the noise or splashing water, but some babies really take to it. Just make sure your shower is slip-proof.

Motion

The movement involved in being carried in your arms or a carrier may be enough. Other ways to get your baby in motion: a rocking chair, swing, or bouncy seat; setting your baby in a car seat on the dryer while it’s on (don’t walk away, though – the dryer’s vibrations can cause the seat to move and fall off!); a ride in the stroller or car.

Massage

Most babies love to be touched, so a massage might be just the thing. For a better and more relaxing baby massage, use a massage oil that is safe and specifically made for babies. Oleia Topical oil is 100% natural and safe for babies. It comes in relaxing scents of Lavander and Chamomile that your babies will surely love. Don’t worry about not knowing the perfect movements — as long as they’re gentle and slow, they should bring comfort

Give yourself a break

A crying baby who can’t easily be soothed puts a lot of stress on parents. Thankfully, as your baby gets older, he’ll be better able to soothe himself and much of the crying will stop.
In the meantime, don’t feel guilty about taking care of yourself as well as your baby. It’ll make you a more patient and loving parent. When you’re reaching your limit, try these tips:

  • Put your baby down in a safe place and let him cry for a while.
  • Call a friend or relative and ask for advice
  • Let someone you trust take over for a while.
  • Put on quiet music to distract yourself.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Remind yourself that crying in itself won’t hurt your baby – and he may just need the release.
  • Find a mantra. It can be helpful to provide perspective, comfort, and energy to keep going. (i.e. “My baby will outgrow this phase.”, “All will be well”)
  • Whatever you do, don’t express your frustration by shaking your baby.
  • Relax by massaging Oleia Topical oil on your head and strained back. It helps calm worry and alleviate stress– fast and naturally.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Top 8 Filipino Breastfeeding Myths

Top 8 Filipino Breastfeeding Myths

One of the things that can very well describe us as Filipinos is how we are both religious and superstitious. I can still remember those ones that I truly believed in, like do not continue your plans if a black cat crosses your path and don’t clean up your house when there is a funeral.

Superstitions has become a big part of our culture that it has even affected the way we view breastfeeding. But today, as the popular show Myth Busters has done, we will go ahead and discover the 8 different breastfeeding myths that we either believe in, or passed on to us and know the facts to make sure that our breastfeeding journey will not be stopped by these myths:

Myth #1: Use both breasts because the one is just water and the other is food

The Fact is Ideally, both breasts can be given to your baby but it is not required. Have your baby finish the first side first and then offer the next breast. PRO TIP: If you’re a forgetful mommy, you can wear a bracelet and switch it around every time so you can remember which breast you last fed your baby from.

Myth #2: Do not breastfeed when you’re tired, you will pass it on to your baby

The Fact is Our bodies do not pass down tiredness to our baby, the milk is composed of different ingredients such as healthy enzymes and antibodies and it will not be affected based on how tired we are.

Myth #3: Do not breastfeed when you’re sick, your baby may get it.

The Fact is When you are sick, your body produces the antibodies to fight the sickness and that is what can be passed on during breastfeeding. The opposite happens, you will then give your baby the antibodies to fight the sickness you’re having.

Myth #4: Only those who have big breasts have enough milk to feed the baby

The Fact is Size does not matter when breastfeeding, in fact, even those who have challenges in their nipples (flat, small, too large) are able to breastfeed.

Myth #5: If the baby is nursing all the time, she is not getting full. Mix feed her.

The Fact is Asides from feeding, our babies also nurse to feel relieved and comfort. It’s also a great bonding time between the mommy and the baby.

Myth #6: Don’t raise your arms up when sleeping – it will stop milk production.

The Fact is there are no scientific basis for this myth, and truthfully it did not affect my own breastfeeding journey.

Myth #7: Constant breastfeeding will make the baby feel spoiled, clingy, and dependent.

The Fact is The opposite is true. Research suggests that those babies who are breastfed, cuddled, and held a lot are more independent and had less issues later in life. The first 3 years of a child is forever and we should pamper them with love during this critical season of their life.

Myth #8: Formula milk is better for the baby, it contains more nutrients

The Fact is The label in formula milk says it all – Breastfeeding is best for babies until 2 years old or older.

Being a mom of 3 kids not only taught me how to know which of the above is right or wrong but it also taught me a very important principle that breast is best in the sense that more than just the milk we produce, it is the bonding, and the love that motivates me to always offer the breast.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.