Happy New Year Everyone!
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastics. It is normally identified as PC or #7 recycling code which can be seen at the bottom of the bottle. It is also commonly used for items such as shatterproof baby bottles. An animal test has shown that the Bisphenol estrogenic properties has cause a throng of health problems such as breast cancer and an increase in prostate cancer, uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in men, early onset of puberty in girls, metabolic disorders, diabetes and obesity and neurobehavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
It really pays to check the labels before buying a product to avoid harmful substances like BPA. Also check your current bottles if it is BPA free. Maybe its time for a change once you discover you are using a non-BPA free bottles. Our child is the important thing to us so make sure we are not causing them any harm; avoid using bottles with BPA content.
Here’s a short list of BPA free products for reference:
– Mickey (Disney)
– The First Years (breastflow)
Being a predominant Christian country in the Asia pacific, Christmas in the Philippines is therefore the biggest and longest holidays in the country. Filipino Christmas is the longest Christmas celebration in the world, which start on December 16 lasting up until the first Sunday of January which is the feast of Epiphany. Christmas in the Philippines is rich in traditions making our Christmas unique among any other country’s celebration, the reason why I am missing the Christmas in the Philippines.
Missing the The Parol (Christmas Lantern) which can be seen at houses, offices, shopping malls, schools and even around the streets as early as November. The Christmas Carolling, which start at December 16, and especially enjoyed by children, hoping from different houses singing Christmas jingles. The Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass), Monito-Monita (Exchange Gifts), the Belen (the nativity) and the sumptuous noche Buena on Christmas Eve. Missing the famous hamon (ham) on our table on Christmas Eve, the leche flan, I wish I know how to cook, the ube halaya , the morcon, and the lechon, I wish we had on our table. Of course missing our families, relatives and friends makes me want to celebrate next year’s Christmas in the Philippines.
Celebrating Christmas in an Islamic Country is not as merry as the Christmas celebration in the Philippines. Most of the time you cannot feel the spirit of Christmas and you will find yourself working, hours before the Christmas Eve. Malungkot (Sad) this is how most OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Worker) describe the Christmas out of the Philippines, especially in Islamic Countries. Nevertheless, Filipinos find ways in order to forget the loneliness felt during Christmas by celebrating Christmas Eve with friends.
Filipino Christmas is about love: A Warm Family ties, Giving, Joy and glad tidings.
Christmas the Pinoy style is absolutely unique and nothing compares.
Our son’s 3rd week was on Christmas Eve. Its baby Z’s first Christmas. Baby Z’s arrival was an early christmas gift to us from above and was the greatest christmas gift we have this christmas. We are so blessed having our first Christmas as a family. It was also my mother in-law’s first Christmas out of the Philippines. A Blessed and a Happy Christmas to all!
It is important to take time to ensure that your baby is properly latched on before you start feeding because you could develop a sore nipple if breastfeeding is done in a wrong way.
Here are few guides to proper breastfeeding:
- Sit up in bed, in a comfortable armchair, or in a rocking chair with your feet flat on the floor or in a stool to bring your knees up.
- Make sure that your back is properly supported, pillows are a must. Use them as a support behind your back, your elbow or your lap to support the baby.
- Position your baby at your breast level and hold him with his nose and mouth facing your nipple. Also holding your baby tummy to tummy is a comfortable position for both of you as this will help the baby to latch on properly. Lying side by side is ideal and recommended for mother’s who went a caesarean section.
- Once your baby opens his mouth wide, bring him to the breast and ensure that he takes all of the nipple and the areola into his mouth. The areola is the black part surrounding the nipple.
- If the baby is not latching well, try removing him from the breast by inserting your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the seal and repeat step 4.
Remember that a baby that is properly latched on has his mouth wide open,
with the whole areola in his mouth. You should also be relaxed and make
sure that none of your muscles is straining. Breast feeding will help you to
be close with your baby physically and emotionally.
Enjoy breastfeeding mommies!
It is no doubt that breastfeeding is good for both mother and baby. It is perfectly balanced and contains everything that the baby needs to grow and develop. It is easy for babies to digest breastmilk and most of all contains antibodies which protect them from illness and even has growth hormones. It is a very safe product which stood the test of time, this is why since my little one was born I am trying to breastfeed him and I am so thankful that I don’t have problem with breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is also good for mother as it helps the womb to contract more quickly after birth, this will also help mommies to get back in shape more quickly. It is ideal to breastfeed soon after your child is born so when you feel ready, ask the nurses to help you start breastfeeding. In my case, it was the nurses who insisted and keep on reminding me to start breastfeeding immediately.
To breastfeed, make sure that you are both comfortable and your back is properly supported before you start feeding. Sit with your back supported, your legs down and your feet flat on the floor. This position will help the baby get a good mouthful of breast that will help him lactate properly. In early days of breastfeeding, the milk that you are producing is called colostrum which is design to nourish and protect new babies. It contains antibodies and protein. In the beginning you maybe conscious if you have enough milk and you may find yourself worrying if your baby is getting enough milk. According to books, in early weeks of breastfeeding, as long as the baby is having six to eight wet nappies every day, a soft stool often or every after feed and he grows steadily, he is perfectly fine. Weighing him from time to time every check up would also give you a guide how much milk he is getting.
On the other hand, it is also important to focus on yourself while breastfeeding. Do not forget yourself. Take a healthy balanced diet, remember that whatever you eat will affect the baby. Avoid alcohol and stick to healthy food. The better care you take of yourself the happier you and your baby will be.
After baby Z’s arrival, life will never be the same again for me and my hubby. It’s a life changing manoeuvre and a new beginning for us. We are now getting the drape of being parents. Truly life will never be the same again, although this means that we will always have to put our baby first and won’t have much time for ourselves, it is worth satisfying knowing that we have the most beautiful and fascinating child with his own personality whom we will always love unconditionally. They said, there’s nothing that compares with the love of parents for child, yes its true, and by now we are now beginning to understand the unconditional love of a parent for their child.