Japan Japan, will we survive?

In less than a week, we will be having our yearly family vacation!  This year it will be different though.  We will be travelling to Japan. 
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We’ll be travelling with our 2 kids, one is 3.5 year old and the other will just be turning 11months.

I honestly think that this vacation would be a big challenge.  Both for me and my husband, and my in-laws as well!

Fortunately, my 2nd daughter is still breastfed.  This will be a great help.  Aside from having less bottles to bring around, clean and sterilise, I can feed her anytime and anywhere she wants.  That is, if Japan is breastfeeding friendly.  Any breastfeeding mommy who has survived travelling in Japan?  Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

I should be reading up on this.  And then there’s another thing to check.  Is Japan stroller friendly?  At first, we thought of bringing 2 strollers, but in the end, we decided 1 is enough.  The big one can use it, the little one would just be worn!

Good thing I am a babywearing mommy too!  I will be bringing my extreme sling from Tiny Tots!  I just need to hone my skills in maximizing the other ways of using the sling apart from the way I have been accustomed to.

I am starting to make a checklist of things we need to bring, and I must say, it is A LOT!  Wait for my post about that!

This is the 1st time I would be travelling out of the country with 2 kids in tow!  I am sure this will be a really memorable one!

I will keep you posted on our trip!

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Denise is 6 months today!

My 2nd daughter Is 6 months old today!

Time really flies so fast! Just a few months ago, I was still very pregnant with her! Now, she’s crawling and already has 1 tooth!

Here she is! Totally charming and cute, effortlessly!

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I hope she grows up to be a good kid! 🙂

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My Breastfeeding Essentials! Part 2

For the 1st part of the breastfeeding essentials, I showed and discussed the importance of the top 5 breastfeeding essentials on my list!

Now, I’d like to add and show more of my breastfeeding essentials!

First on the list are the nursing blouses I bought from Tiny Tots, check them out on Facebook.  These blouses are very affordable and so comfortable to wear.  The blouses provide easy access for nursing whenever and wherever.

I didn’t know that you can choose your own colors and mix & match it, that’s why the colors here are the plain ones. If only had I known early, I would have requested for bright colors!  I’ll do that on my next order! Right VicVic?

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To use, you pull up the first layer of the blouse, the second layer will provide you the coverage your belly needs.  At the same time, the second layer has 2 breast holes that are just the right size for the baby to nurse.

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Here’s me and Denise nursing at the Expokid Event at the 500 Shaw.  No need for cover ups!

This next blouse is all cottony and soft.  Its front layers are overlapping to provide the coverage we bf moms need.

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Just like the first blouse, you pull up the layers to expose your breast and nurse the baby.

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I use this blouse more often than the others.  Its very soft, so comfortable.  Don’t have a picture nursing with this blouse.  This is me and Denise after nursing.

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This next blouse is double layered also, but it’s only up to the half.  It has garter in the middle of the blouse to provide support.  What you do is pull up the first layer.  Of the 3 nursing blouses from Tiny Tots, this is where I have a hard time.  Because of the garter, its hard to pull the layer up.

Aside from these nursing blouses, I also bought a nursing camisole from Tiny Tots.  It has 2 holes in the breast area and you wear it underneath a regular shirt or blouse.  That way, your belly and back will be covered when you pull up your shirt to nurse.  Its fabric is very thin so its perfect to be worn inside regular clothes.

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These nursing blouses are worn during normal days, when you don’t have to dress up.  But when it’s time to dress up and you’ll have to bring the baby with you, a nursing dress is the answer to your fashion problem.

I bought this nursing dress from Latch-A-Babe Nursing and Maternity Wear, you could also check their Facebook Page.

The nursing dress is called the Yuri Dress, it’s a Kimono-inspired cocktail dress.  I chose the Cobalt Blue Design.  You pull down the top layer of the dress and the next layer has a breasthole on the side.  You just take your nipples out there and nurse your baby.  The outer layer will cover your breast and minimize your breast exposure.

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Here’s me and Denise nursing with my Yuri Dress before we went out to go to a dinner!

Another breastfeeding essential is a nursing cover, I bought this a long time ago, but wasn’t able to maximize the use of it much because I prefer using the Shawl.  Its worn like an apron and the baby nurses underneath.  It’s literally a cover for the times that baby is fussy and you want to avoid an accident exposure.

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A picture I just took now.

So there! I hope I was able to impart some important tips to breastfeeding mothers out there, especially to new moms!

Till next time!

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The adventure and misadventures of our breast feeding journey! Part 1

When I had baby number 1, I was at a lost! I just heard that breast feeding is good for my baby but I didn’t know a thing! As I went through the experience of being a new mom, I learned a lot about the advantages of breast feeding and vowed that I will be an advocate.
 
Well, I surely did become one and to this day, I still am!
 
Now that I have baby number 2, I am more ready and I feel like I am armed in this journey.  Armed with both knowledge & experience, I will take breast feeding to a whole new level! 🙂
 
My baby is turning 4 months tomorrow and I am proud to say that she only drinks my milk! I am a working mom so she’s mixed bottle and breast fed. Thankfully, she doesn’t get confused.
 
At 4 months, she’s already out and about as our family loves going out!  We can’t just left her at home right? So in this post, I will start to write about our breast feeding adventures and misadventures.
 
We went to the Shang yesterday and we had lunch at Le Coeur de France.  I tried to nurse Denise there while we were seated but she refused. When we were strolling around, that’s when she started feeling hungry, I tried finding a seat but I didn’t find any.  So I asked of there was a breast feeding room. Luckily, there was one and it was just located at the next floor. It is located just above the Payless Shoe Source where I was checking out shoes.
 
The Room is both for nursing and changing diapers. The room is very very clean. When you get in, you’ll see 2 sinks.  
 
 
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In front of that are 2 diaper changing beds. They also provide paper hand towels which are thick enough.
 
 
 
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There are about 4 nicely upholstered seats with armrests.  They provide fluffy pillows too to support a mom’s back.
 
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What caught my eye was the big fridge inside, it’s good if you are not with your baby and you’re overflowing already.  You can just pump and leave it there while you continue shopping! The room is also equipped with a Thermos if you need some hot water.
 
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I felt really comfortable while nursing baby Denise and you can really feel the nice & quiet ambiance when you’re inside. Denise even took a nap while nursing.
 
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The Shang’s Breast Feeding Room is highly recommended.  Kudos to the Shang management for taking an extra step in making mommies and babies comfortable.
 
My suggestions for them though, at least put a divider between the nursing area and the diaper changing area so that daddies can go inside and still maintain the nursing area’s privacy.  When they do put a divider, at least daddies can help out when changing baby’s diaper especially if baby made a disaster poopoo like what Denise did a few hours after.
 
Thankfully, the lady janitor helped out in looking after Denise while I went out and get some things from daddy who was just outside.  She even assisted me while I was cleaning the baby. 
 
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All in all, this room gets 5 out of 5 stars! So mommies, what are you waiting for? Go to Shang now! 🙂
 
Here’s me and Denise after a fulfilling nursing session!
 
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PS. Updated with pictures.
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Pump & Dump

This is a sad story for breastfeeding moms! I stayed in Taiwan for 8 days and I lost a lot of milk! I tried to save and store my milk but I don’t have the means to do so. I don’t have access to a sterile environment. The freezer of the house I stayed in is full. I also don’t have access to ice. I don’t have any choice but to just dump the milk after I pumped.

It was a waste to see my precious milk go down the drain but there was nothing I could do. This trip wasn’t prepared for. It was an emergency trip.We came to Taiwan to visit my dad. And that’s another sad story there!

I salute the moms who were able to save Their milk when they are away from their babies.

It’s time for me to go home and it’s time to make up for the lost gold!

P.S to calculate, minimum of 24 oz and maximum of 36 oz lost in a day multiply by 8 days. I lost an average of 240oz for that 8 days! 🙁

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Amazon.com

I am awed with Amazon.com! I just spent 4 hours or so browsing its extensive line of products. What I like about it, you can use your credit card issued locally here in the Philippines. Your billing address can be different from your shipping address, which made it easier for me. I have a friend in the US and that’s where I will be shipping the items I bought since shipping is usually free inside the US!

I was actually looking for breastmilk storage bags in EBay, I was hesitant to buy because the prices aren’t that low compared from sellers in the Philippines! So I thought of looking in other online websites such as Babies R Us, Target and Amazon.

In Amazon, I found the lowest priced Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags! It was a 25pcs per box in a 3pack packaging! I bought 2 sets! I will just buy more if not enough!

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Overpumping, is there such a thing?

Lately, I have been pumping as often as I could. I will be going back to work in a few days and I want to stash as much breastmilk as I could so that my baby will have enough supply while I’m gone. Also, this is my way of establishing my supply, aside from direct feeding, I express milk when baby doesn’t want to nurse.

These last few days, I noticed that my supply really increased. There’s your proof, the principles of demand and supply really works! So for breastfeeding moms out there who needs to increase milk production, keep on pumping!

If this is the case, then I guess there is no such thing as over pumping! I once read from a forum that one mommy does “power pumping.” What she does is pump every 2 hours, so in a day where there are 24 hours, she pumps 12 times! She swears by this method.

I also think that overpumping is a myth because even if we do not pump, we usually nurse our babies on demand. So if a baby is an active nurser, then she will nurse all the time too!

Well there you have it, overpumping is non existent! So go ahead, pump and nurse all you want!

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78 days Maternity Leave – its Importance!

In this post, I want to talk about the importance of the maternity leave SSS provides for its female members after giving birth.  60 days for normal delivery and 78 days for C-Section.

For both baby number 1 and number 2, I had a C-Section, so that automatically gave me 78 calendar days of maternity leave each.  Being a member entitles me that.  Another benefit is also being paid for the whole duration of the maternity leave, which is advanced by the company or the bank that I work for.  All I need to do is submit the required documents on time.

For a mom like me, this 78 days is very important.  In this period, I recover from giving birth or from the operation.  I regain my strength so I can take care of my newborn, which is no easy feat especially when you just underwent a major operation.  Aside from taking care of the baby, I need to take care of myself and my husband also.  And if you are a second time mother, you also need to take care of your firstborn. Supermom, is that you?

Being a breastfeeding mom, this is also the time I establish the bond between me and the baby.  Nursing as often as we could, all day and night we’re together.  Not only do I have to feed the baby and make him gain weight.  I also need to increase my milk supply so that I can store some milk before I go back to work, which is what I did.

And now, my 78 days is almost up.  On Monday, I will be going back to work.  Everything will change.  Adjustments need to be made again.

I’ll let you know soon!

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