Lovingly Mama for the World Breastfeeding Month

My family during the Milk Code Forum last August 29, 2014.
The seminar I attended when Shane was 2 weeks old at SM Bacolod. Taken last August 2013.

August is World Breastfeeding Month. How poignant it is because this month also marks my second daughter Shane’s first birthday. That means that I had been breastfeeding her for one whole year already!

This little one has her quirks. For example, while side lying, she would suck on the right breast for a little while but she would stay on the left breast. She would sleep while latching, too, but her sleep her co-terminus to the latch. If I get up, she gets up, too. When in the car, she wants me to let both my breasts out so that she can alternate between sucking and fondling while standing up. So you can just imagine how I would look like to people in vehicles that are taller than ours because they could not see her–they can only see my exposed breasts. But I love her to bits and I love the fact that I was able to breastfeed her. I intend to do so until 24 months…or even more.

Shane and I at The Big Latch On — Hakab Na! Flanked by BMBC admins, Jireh (left) and Althea (right).
All the moms who joined Hakab Na.

This month of August, Shane and I celebrated the first year anniversary of our breastfeeding journey. We joined the Hakab Na or The Big Latch on 2014 for the World Breastfeeding Week on August 2, 2014 at the Santuario de La Salle, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. It is a worldwide event where breastfeeding moms gather at registered locations in order to simultaneously bring their little ones to the breast at 10:30am. The mechanics is that, the children will have to latch for an entire minute. And thankfully, Shane cooperated with the timed activity. hihi This event aims to promote breastfeeding and raise awareness on the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding moms.

Participants of the Milk Code Forum.

On August 29, 2014, my entire family came to the Milk Code Forum (E.O. 51) with guest speaker Dr. Anthony Calibo, Child Health Division OIC DOH-FHO and a breastfeeding champion. It was attended by close to 400 participants. After the forum was the formal launching of the photo exhibit of breastfeeding moms where Shane and I are also included.

“The MILK CODE or Executive Order 51 (EO 51) is a law that ensures safe and adequate nutrition for infants through the promotion of breastfeeding and the regulation of promotion, distribution, selling, advertising, product public relations, and information services on artificial milk formulas and other covered products.”

The breastfeeding photo exhibit by CM Fotografia.

I am just so thankful that I was able to breastfeed Shane–a second chance actually, as I had not been successful with my eldest. I am thankful that there had been people who cared enough to help, which is the reason why the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club was set up. I am also thankful to old and new friends who have helped me in one way or the other with their prayers and advice. Most especially, I am thankful to a very supportive husband who had been instrumental in all these–the research and readings, the vitamins and supplements, the back rubs, the encouraging words, and the love.But most of all, I thank God because I was given another child and another chance to rear her differently.God bless all breastfeeding moms! :D

Note: Where not credited, photos were taken for the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club fan page. :D

Baked Strawberry Cheesecake with Love

Our baked strawberry cheesecake. Doesn’t it look enticing?

One of my husband’s cousins gifted Dindin with the book, From the Kitchen to the Heart by Vicky Veloso-Barrera. She read the book and fancied upon the Strawberry Cheesecake recipe. She begged me for us to make it so I agreed.

From the Kitchen to the Heart.

I told her to get a piece of paper and write down the ingredients needed so that we can get the materials the next time we go to the supermarket. And so we did. But unfortunately, there seemed to be a shortage of cream cheese at that time that the shelves of the grocery stores we went to were empty. Yes, we looked at several big supermarkets and couldn’t find cream cheese at all. It took a while for them to replenish, like about a month but when we were able to get them, we became busy and were not able to cook either.

But today, we made time for it. Dindin finished her schoolwork early so we were able to make time for some baking. That is part of her practical arts training.

I cannot publish the recipe of the cheesecake here because it is not mine. But what I can say is that instead of 1 1/4 cups of crushed Graham crackers, I only used 1 cup for the pie crust. That was already enough for the regular nine-inch pie plate. I originally followed the recipe but realized that the crust mixture is taking up too much space in the pie plate so there is no more room for the cream cheese.

Dindin was so excited making it, helping me with the mixing and reading the procedure for me. She was also the one who cracked the eggs.

Dindin was a very good helper.

Dindin was pretty happy with her handiwork.

This cheesecake recipe isn’t really extraordinary in taste, but it made up for an extraordinary time that mother and daughter were able to spend together. Indeed, this strawberry cheesecake of ours was baked with love.

The cheesecake straight from the oven.

Now topped with canned strawberries.

We have some leftover candied strawberries so tomorrow, we are going to make some strawberry milkshake for the family. I hope we can get some vanilla ice cream as topping for this. That would make for really yummy milkshake!

Bonding moments are fun but they can also be learning opportunities for kids. It is not only limited to baking. It could be anything that both the parent and the kid enjoy doing. Have a happy bonding time this week mommies! :D

Working Long Hours

G.P. — I work long hours. Or at least, I work into the wee hours mostly because my whole day is packed with the mundane things.

So that means that when I start work I am already tired and yet my work station is not very comfortable. I have looked for foam padding for my Monobloc chair but I realized that they are quite expensive.

Maybe for now I should just shorten my working hours so that I will not get stiff necks and back aches. Or maybe I should rest after several minutes so that I will not be injured at work.