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.

Choco coated Fitness

Choco coated Fitness

Chocolate can help you get fit.

While this may sound oxymoronic, there are several researches done about the subject and there are really some amazing benefits that chocolates can do to the body. But before you open your drawer and munch up that hidden piece you said you wouldn’t eat until new year, be advised. Number one, not all chocolates are created the same, that means that most of the research favors the dark one and second, if you only eat chocolates, it will be more harm than good.

But, with that said, you can still enjoy that chocolate. Before you do, take a look at some of the health benefits that eating chocolates can give you:

Chocolates are good for the heart

Asides from chocolates being a comfort food, it is scientifically proven that eating it can reduce the risk of getting stroke and improves blood circulation. Basically, it helps restore the flexibility of the arteries and it prevents the white blood cells from getting stuck in your arteries.

Chocolates can help you lose weight

How in the world is that possible? According to research, eating a small amount of chocolate before or after a meal produces hormones in the brain that simply says “I’m full”. In this way, you will not over eat and that is the magic of chocolate!

Chocolates produces happy babies

If you don’t have one yet and want to have a smiling cutie – then eat chocolates. A particular study was able to see that those parents who ate more chocolates had babies that smiles frequently than those who didn’t. They say that it was because of the happy mood of the moms since they were the ones eating the chocolates.

 

Chocolates can prevent diabetes

This may sound absurd now, however the key idea is that it’s for prevention. Research suggest that eating dark chocolate may prevent or delay diabetes because it helps with insulin sensitivity.

Chocolates can protect your skin

Flavonols which is an active ingredient in dark chocolates, are a type of antioxidant that can help from the sun’s UV damage.

 

Knowing these benefits can help you feel less guilt when indulging your favorite sweet.

 

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.

Aneurysm: A Silent Killer

Aneurysm: A Silent Killer

Life is a vapor.

The most recent news that caught the media industry by storm is the recent passing of one of the iconic actresses of all time. She passed away after spending several days at the hospital in a coma.

What came into a shock for everyone is that the cause of her death is so sudden. According to one news article:

“The family never suspected that she would go so soon because she was healthy, a health buff.” “She would sometimes complain of dizziness and headache and the family thought it was migraine.”

The cause of the actress’s death was aneurysm. It was an inherited disease from their parents, but no one suspected her to have it – because she seemed healthy. However, aneurysm is one of those diseases that are clinically silent. Normally, you will never you know you have it until it ruptures.

What is Aneurysm?

Aneurysm is a disease where arteries weaken and bulge. The bulges in the arteries may after some time explode and rupture that causes internal bleeding. Commonly, aneurysm occurs in the following areas of the body:

  • Brain
  • Aorta
  • Legs

Statistically, aneurysm has been the cause of death of 25,000 each year in the US according to the CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Cause of Aneurysm

Aneurysm is known as a silent killer not only because of the fact that it is clinically silent that people will not notice it until it ruptures but also because the exact cause cannot be exactly determined. Several factors play into the development of aneurysm in the body:

  • Unhealthy Lifestyle – Obesity, smoking and inactive lifestyle seems to be one of the obvious reasons why someone will develop bulges in their arteries.
  • Hereditary – In the case of Isabel Granada, her family members had it before, and it seems that it passed onto her.
  • High blood pressure / Hypertension – because the of pressure it places on the arterial walls, it may cause the vessels to weaken and bulge.
Treatments and Prevention

The treatment for aneurysm may depend on where the aneurysm takes place. Since most of the patients suffering from this condition will only realize their problem when it ruptures, the only treatment possible is surgery.

Once aneurysm ruptures, it needs emergency care, without it, the complications will be fatal.

Prevention is better than cure in the case of aneurysm. While no one can predict whether or not ruptures can occur, there are still some preventive measures that we can do to minimize, if not completely eliminate the risk of aneurysm and it’s rupturing.

  • Get checked – One of the preventive measures that everyone should do is to be annually checked. Everyone needs to be intentional about health and the first step usually is the diagnosis or check up before doing any kind of preventive treatment. Consider investing on annual health exams to make sure that your body is in proper shape.
  • Stop Smoking – If you do smoke, aneurysm may not be the first thing you may be worried about. For the sake of your health, stop smoking.
  • Eating right – Obesity can trigger the weakening of the vessels as it forces the heart to pump harder to support the circulation of the blood in the body.
  • Regular Exercise – Exercise doesn’t have to be intense, but it needs to be regular. Exercise helps with blood circulation and reduces the risk of blockages.
    Get preventive remedies – Aneurysm can be prevented if we not only take the right food but also boost our health with some natural and safe supplements. Oleia softgel contains natural ingredients that can help with chronic inflammation. 

Aneurysm may be a silent killer, but if we know how it attacks, we can prevent it from killing us.

 

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.

Win in Life! The importance of reading in every life stage

Win in Life! The importance of reading in every life stage

I am not a reader.

Many people claim this statement as if it’s an honor badge or a title. However, a lot of us miss many things when we decide upon ourselves to avoid reading. Reading is both an art and a science, and it is sad to know that a lot of us lost this wonderful opportunity to learn, to grow and to be inspired by the value of reading.

There is more to reading than words and here are some of the very important reasons why you should learn to read, no matter how young or old you are:

Benefits of reading for children

Getting your children to love reading will reap so many benefits in the future. It is said that a child who reads will have a greater chance of becoming achievers and will also help build their emotional well being. Want some specifics? Here are some of the things your child may get if he learns to love reading:

  • Increase in vocabulary – Reading is about understanding. If you read and did not understand anything, then you did not read, you just wasted time. When children read, they learn to understand and they are exposed to new words. This means that their vocabulary widens and so is their understanding.
  • It helps with their understanding of the world – Depending on the books you wanted them to read, children can learn not only from you but from the books they read what is right and what is wrong.
  • Creativity blossoms when you read – There is a saying which states that reading takes you to places without moving a single inch. Children who reads are more imaginative and this helps their brain develop better and faster.
Benefits of reading for students

Not only does reading makes you pass your subjects, but students that enjoys reading enjoys the following benefits as well:

  • Reading helps in maturity – Reading takes time and today where people want things instantly, learning how to read develops your personality more than ever. It teaches the value of patience which is an attitude of successful and mature people.
  • Continuous learning – Asides from textbooks, students who read fiction and nonfiction books learn more about history, culture and many other things that universities do not even talk about.
  • Fluency in language – Reading a lot in a certain language, English for example will help students to become better at writing and also in speaking. Exposure to books not only entertains but also educates.
Benefits of reading for professionals

One of the saddest realities is that most professionals do not open books after they graduate college. However, after you graduate is the time when you need to take command of your learning. Here is how reading gives you the best chance for success:

  • Successful people has a habit of reading – Successful people like Warren Buffet and Mark Cuban attributes reading as one of their key to success, here are some quotes from them:
  • Mark Cuban – I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, three bucks for a magazine, twenty bucks for a book. One good idea would lead to a customer or a solution, and those magazines and books paid for themselves many times over. Some of the ideas I read were good, some not. In doing all the reading I learned a valuable lesson. Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage. Sure, there were folks that worked hard at picking up every bit of information that they could, but we were few and far between.
  • Warren Buffet – Read 500 pages like this (holding a stack of paper) every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.
  • Books are mentors to help you succeed – People who are successful in life are in demand most of the time. They do talks, they write books and they do a lot of important stuff. Which is why it’s virtually impossible to get a hold of them and learn from them. However, because of books – you now have access to their learning. It’s like being mentored by a lot of people, at your own pace, at your own time.
  • Leaders are readers – There is an unspoken rule that you cannot give what you do not have. But since we are all limited in experience and we can’t be everywhere all the time, our skills can be limited. But that is where reading comes into play. Reading helps you bridge the gap between what you know and what you don’t. If you want to lead better, read better – not only for your benefit, but for the people you are going to impact.
Benefits of reading for adults

Parents, grandparents and the other mature people are exempted, right? The answer is no. Reading is still vital even if you are advanced in years.

  • For parents –
  • Parents are the children’s first educators. They will constantly ask for your advice and will always seek you in times of trouble. Learning to read and loving to read will help you become a better parent, a trustworthy friend and a wise counselor for your child.
  • Parents help their children build reading habits. If you love to read, your child in some way would be interested in what you love to do and what we teach them during their childhood will stick to them for the rest of their life. We model what we want our children to become.
  • For older adults
  • Reading provides mental exercise – Exercising your brain will help you lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Reading is both an art and science – Readiscover yourself, level up and learn through the pages.

 

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.

How Filipinos Celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

How Filipinos Celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

I remember during this time of the year, Me and my family are flocking with the thousands of people at the Manila North cemetery to visit our departed love ones. We even do “cemetery-hoping” to reach those who are in other cemeteries. This has been a common Filipino tradition every All Saints’ day (November 1) and All Souls’ day (November2). All Saints Day is a widely celebrated religious Holiday in the Philippines very similar to the Mexican Tradition of “DĂ­a de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead,” which also includes All Souls Day.

It is said that All Saints’ Day can be traced back to the Greek Christians in the fourth century when they participated in a festival in tribute to all martyrs and Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is believed that the date of November 1st was chose to replace the Festival of the Dead which is primarily celebrated by the Pagan belief. All Saints’ Day was later tied with All Souls Day in 993 CE in Cluny at the monastery. These two festivals were specifically created to pay tribute to deceased relatives and loved ones and rapidly gained popularity amongst Christians all over the world.

Weeks before this holiday, Filipinos go to their respected cemeteries to clean the graves of their love ones. They beautify the surroundings for those special days. Families decorate the tombs with candles, flowers, and some with things that would remind them of their love ones. Others would just repair and repaint the damage that have happened to the tomb over time, and just put simple candles in front of the tomb.

During this time, families take advantage of the holidays to reunite with relatives and friends while visiting their demised love ones at the cemeteries. Some even travel back to their respective provinces to visit and pay respect to their departed loved ones They would have potlucks and eat and drink and catch up, or simply reminisce times when their loved ones are still alive. They do these things as they stay at the graveyard for more than two hours and even stay there overnight. Yes, overnight as they vigil and sleep in the graveyard with the other relatives while celebrating the All Saints and All Souls Days.

Others take the opportunity of the long holiday to relax and get away from their usual day-to-day routine. They plan a simple family staycation or a barkada get together months before the season to relieve them of the hassle of the metro even for a short period of time. While others are celebrating the season outside, some just preferred to spend the holidays at the comfort of their homes.

Whether you’re one of us who joins the flocking people in the cemeteries, on a get-away with friends and families, or you’re one of the home-buddies during this event, we are prone to stress and it might ruin our precious holidays. In these times I always carry my Oleia Topical oil at hand to keep myself stress-free and ready to combat pain away, fast and natural.

 

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.

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.