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Monday, August 19, 2013

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding moms' diet Do's and Don't's

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If you’re a breastfeeding mom or planning to be one, you should know that one of the most important things you need to breastfeed your baby successfully is proper diet.
Although the body will still create breast milk that is perfect for your baby even if you eat unhealthy food, if you don’t eat right, you will be sacrificing your own health, and that won’t be good for baby either.
So what and how should you eat when you’re breastfeeding? Here are some dos and don’ts:

Don’t count your calories. Not while you’re nursing, and especially not on your first two months. While the quality of your milk is unlikely to suffer with too few calories in your diet, the quantity of your milk could be affected, and “lack of milk supply” is one of the most common reasons women give on why they have to stop breastfeeding earlier than they would like.

Don’t drink alcoholic beverages. While a social drink now and then is okay, be aware that alcohol does enter your bloodstream and it does affect your milk letdown reflex even if you’ve just had one itsy-bitsy glass.
The biggest danger about drinking alcohol while nursing, though, is not about your milk but about your sleep. A lot of nursing moms co-sleep with their baby, and while it is usually unlikely for you to smother your baby in your sleep, the risk gets magnified when you are under the influence of alcohol.
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Do limit your caffeine. You don’t need to totally cut your morning coffee from your diet, but if you drink more than 300 mg of caffeine — around 12 ounces of caffeinated coffee — your baby might ingest more caffeine than he can easily break down and excrete. It may not keep him awake, as that is not how caffeine affects children, but it will shorten his sleep, and that will impair your baby’s proper growth and development.
Incidentally, it’s not just coffee you should be on guard against. Several energy drinks, teas, and softdrinks — even fruit-flavored ones — have significant amounts of caffeine, so beware.

Don’t get dehydrated. Drink more fluids: water, soup, or juice. You need to replace all that water that comes out of your body as breast milk.
By the way, this is one reason why caffeine and alcohol and breastfeeding don’t quite mix — those two liquids have a mild diuretic effect, and the last thing you want when you’re breastfeeding is to keep peeing out all that valuable water. (It can’t be fun either if you need to pee three times while you’re in the midst of a breastfeeding session with your baby.)

Do eat different flavors of food. Yes, you can even eat spicy food if you like. Since the food you eat affects the taste of your milk, eating different flavors will help your baby be less of a picky eater when he grows up.
Of course, if you notice that a specific kind of food makes your baby colicky, then stop eating that food. But don’t ban anything from your kitchen just because somebody told you it will make your baby gassy — that someone could very well be wrong.

Do be alert for allergies. If your baby gets rashes after you’ve eaten something, or if his breathing becomes labored, or if his stools turn green, your baby might be allergic to the food you’ve consumed. Stop eating it immediately and get your child to your pediatrician to be examined.

As you can see, with just a few small and easy adjustments in your diet, you and your baby can get the most out of breastfeeding. And if you need additional help in terms of breast milk collection and storage, you can trust Philips Avent with its high-speed no-pain breast pumps and easy-to-clean breast milk storage cups.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

PIA News Feature: 10 steps to successful breastfeeding

By: Joelyn G. Baluyut - See more here.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga, Aug 16 (PIA) -- Breastfeeding is still the best for babies and here’s 10 baby-friendly steps to successfully feed baby.
Department of Health Medical Specialist Dr. Lailani Mangulabnan said that breast milk is the best food since it contains essential nutrients completely suitable for the infant's needs. Because of its importance to the baby, government had created Republic Act No. 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act to enable mother to feed her baby. And to attain successful breastfeeding, Dr. Mangulabnan has cited these steps that can help local government units (LGUs) in particular, to fully implement breastfeeding.

First, it must have a written breastfeeding policy communicated to all health care staff; second, it must train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy;third, inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding; fourth, help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth.

Fifth, LGUs must show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants; sixth, give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated; seventh, practice "rooming in"— allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day; eighth, encourage breastfeeding on demand; ninth, give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants; and tenth, foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

Mangulabnan said breastfeeding is, “The best bonding moment of a mother and a baby.” Consequently, it helps in building a stronger relationship between mother and child, and it has physiological, psychological, and financial benefits to mothers.

Breastfeeding promotes uterine involution, decreases risk of postpartum hemorrhage and increases period of postpartum anovulation, and decreases the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and hip and bone fractures. (CLJD/JGB-PIA3)

Smart Parenting Feature: 19 of the Best Breastfeeding / Nursing Stations in Metro Manila

By Jazer Basan |

Out with your baby and you need to nurse? Head on to these breastfeeding-friendly locations.
In March 2010, the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 was signed into a law. Also known as Republic Act 10028, it required all establishments or institutions to have lactation stations, or nursing stations, which would provide privacy to mothers who need to feed their babies while they’re out. Since then, nursing stations have been set up in malls, airports, and workplaces in compliance to this requirement. At present, however, supermarkets, restaurants, bus stations and other public facilities are yet to catch up with this ordinance.

Republic Act 10028 requires lactation stations to be equipped with a sink for hand washing, a cooling facility such as a refrigerator to store expressed milk, electrical outlets for breast pumps, a small table, and comfortable seats. Many breastfeeding stations in malls even went beyond these requirements to make breastfeeding comfortable and relaxing for moms. Let's take a look at some of the breastfeeding stations around Metro Manila, and what moms have to say about them.

1. SM Megamall
Location: Lower ground floor of Building A (near the food court and exit to Bank Drive). Its entrance is through the mall's clinic.
Facilities: a sofa, side tables, and a changing table.
Note: SM Megamall is the first mall in the country to put up a breastfeeding station in 2006.

"Their lounge has been useful to me because we frequent this mall. Their seats are comfortable and amenities are okay. Having it beside the clinic is an advantage in case I need medical assistance for myself or my baby."
- Ludy Adrao, Senior Accounting Analyst, mom to Lyka, 9 years old and John Louie, 3 years old

2. SM Mall Of Asia

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Location: Inside the mall clinic, at the far end of the 2nd floor on the Southside, Entertainment Mall, fronting Cosmic Kids.
Facilities: a sink, changing table, electrical outlets, and cushioned seats.

"Their nursing station is clean and well-equipped."
- Mercy Yu-Lim

3. SM Cubao
Location: Inside the Department Store, near Cashier 21 and Baby Co.
Facilities: cushioned seats with armrests, sink, electrical outlets

4. SM North EDSA

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Location: Lower ground floor of City Center, near the food court.
Facilities: cushioned seats with armrests, sink, electrical outlet.

5. SM Centerpoint Sta. Mesa
Location: Ground floor inside the clinic, near SM Appliance Center
Facilities: electrical outlet, changing table, 1-seater sofas, easy access to the restroom
Note: Only mother and baby are allowed inside for the duration of the feeding.

6. Greenbelt 5 Family Lounge
Greenbelt 5’s Family Lounge was styled by renowned Filipino designer Ito Kish

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Location: 4th floor, Greenbelt 5.
Facilities: Private area for breastfeeding, nursing chair with foot stool
Lounge Amenities: kids’ play area, tree design bookshelf, a business lounge, computer area with wifi and restroom with changing table.
Note: Use of the family lounge requires an Amore or VIPinoy card but the use of the nursing area is free.

"I find the couch and lighting sufficient. The curtain provides privacy to nursing mothers but lounge users could mistake the nursing area as another washroom. There's also an electrical outlet for pumps."
- Cheryl Chan-Wong, 35, stay-at-home mom, Mandaluyong City

7. Glorietta Family Lounge

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Location: Glorietta 4, 3rd floor near the Food Court
Facilities: 2 private nursing cubicles, each with an electrical outlet, cushioned single arm chair, cushioned stool. The restroom is adjacent to the Nursing Room. There is a changing table in the restroom. The lounge has a play area for kids and a mobile phone charging area.
Note: Nursing are free to use the nursing station. The lounge can be used for free by VIPinoy & Amore cardholders.

8. Trinoma
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Trinoma boasts of a spacious breastfeeding room with space for strollers. With dim, relaxing light and cool ventilation, it calms both mommy and baby for that bonding moment.
Location: Level 3 beside Sony Square
Facilities: sink, changing table, electric outlet, private cubicles
Lounge Amenities: kids’ play area, wifi, lounge, TV, charging station, restrooms
Note: Use of the family lounge requires an Amore or VIPinoy card but the use of the nursing area is free.

"The only thing I was expecting to see in a breastfeeding station is a couch, sink or refrigerator. When we got to the lounge, I was really surprised because it was way, way, way, way beyond my expectations."
- Eva Gozon, nurse and work-at-home mommy to Carlos

9. Market Market

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Location: 2nd floor, inside the family lounge.
Facilities: cozy interiors, cushioned seats with armrests, side table with lampshade, changing table, sink
Note: Free use for nursing mothers. Lounge is for the exclusive use of Amore and VIPinoy card holders.

10. Robinson's Galleria

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Location: 3rd floor, East Wing, near Mothercare
Facilities: sofa, changing table, sink

"I actually don't need to use breastfeeding rooms because I use a nursing cover but I did check out the one at Robinson's Galleria. The hallway leading up to it was cheery and bright. The basics are there -- couch, sink and changing table. It was okay but a bit cramped. "
- Bessie Colet Campillo, Enterpreneur/Owner of Nursingmom shop , mom to Amara and Adriana

11. Robinson's Place Manila
Location: 3rd floor of Pedro Gil Wing, near the Security Office and David's Salon.
Facilities: 2-seater couch with an elevated center partition that can be used as a changing table.

12. Rustan's Shangri-la Mall EDSA

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Location: 2nd floor, infants' section
Facilities: Pretty interiors, 4 arm chairs, changing table, high chair, side table

"The best breastfeeding station for me would be at Rustans Shangri-la. The walls are designed with cute fairy decors, it has a  clean and sturdy changing table, comfy seats with pllows, cushioned flooring and bean bags for kids. Use of this nursing station is free."
- Raquel Chua, 33, full time mommy to Saffron 2 y/o.

13. Rustan's Makati

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Location: 3rd floor infants' section.
Facilities: cozy interiors, couches, crib that can be used as changing table, side tables and a few toys.

"It looks very new. There are cute stickers on the wall. I loved that they really took time to design it. There was a changing table, the couches were really comfortable with lots of pillows."
- Ginger Palma Arboleda, 32 from Taguig, mompreneur and blogger

14. Rustan's Alabang Town Center

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Location: 1st floor, infants’ section
Facilities: couch, changing tables, toys, electric outlet, easy access to restroom.

"The Rustans breastfeeding station in ATC is spacious and comfortable. They don't have a sink inside the room but bathroom is just a few meters away."
- Ysabelle Lorenzo

15. Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA

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Location: Level 2, near Crossings Ramp and Planet Sports
Facilities: cushioned chairs with arm rests and pillows, refrigerator, water heater, microvawe oven, hand dryer, changing tables, electrical outlets

"Among the nursing stations that I have been to, Shangri-la Plaza Mall is the best. It is complete with amenities for moms who pump and feed directly. Now that I have switched to cloth diapers full-time, having a wash basin nearby is very helpful which Shangri-la has also kindly provided. In the many times that I have been there, there is always someone who is ready to assist, even just to open the door for you. And the place is always kept clean. It is also beside a ladies' toilet if you need to use one. "
- Smiley Bernardo, 31, QC, full-time mommy to Caitlin, 2, and Olivia, 1.

16. Eastwood

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Location: 3rd floor, between Babyland and Toys R Us.
Facilities: sink, changing table, cushioned seats with curtain partitions. There are also visuals on proper breastfeeding, and magazines

"Eastwood is one of my favorite malls because of its nursing station. They have 2 curtain-covered stalls and cozy chairs with pillows, unlike others that are open. In my experience, when my baby sees other babies in the room, she gets distracted and wants to play with them instead. "
- Jennifer Baradas-Bringas, mom to Dagny

17. Lucky China Town

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Location: 3rd floor, near the pay bathroom, between My Phone and Cherry Mobile.
Facilities: plenty of seats, sink, side table, changing table and TV.

18. Mothercare Bonifacio High Street

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Location: In-store, Bonifacio High Street Taguig
Facilities: sofa, sink, changing table, reading materials

"I love the double stations, the safety bars and the big mirror! My little one likes looking at his reflection while I change his diaper. The friendly staff are also always ready to assist."
- Jelyn Parian-Panol, mom to Ethan

19. NAIA Terminal 1

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Location: Departure gate after final X-ray, near gate 16
Facilities: electrical outlet, changing table, private cubicles with doors, hot and cold water, long sofa, tissue dispenser and hand sanitizer
Note: Open 24 hours for departing and arriving passengers.

"What’s great about the NAIA feeding station? It’s airconditioned, with 4 cubicles, cots and comfortable chairs. It comes with amenities like hand sanitizers, a water dispenser, bottle warmer and first-aid supplies, and is located right across Duty Free."
- Jenny Ong, mom and breastfeeding advocate behind Chronicles of a Nursing Mom

Breastfeeding Pinays

Photo credits (used with permission):
Jenny Ong for album access
Jackie Go - Glorietta
Ito Kish - Greenbelt 5
Bessie Colet Campillo of Nursing Mom - Robinson's Galleria
Eva Gozon and Precious Quintos - Trinoma
Germaine Angeles - Robinsons Ermita
Jennifer Baradas-Bringas - SM Cubao photos
Michelle Esteban - NAIA photos
Jelyn Parian-Panol - Mothercare
Megaworld Malls Marketing Communications Team - Eastwood and Lucky Chinatown
Rustans Commercial Corporation - Marketing Communications Department
Shangri-la Plaza Marketing Communications Department
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