With my unhealthy diet during my first pregnancy, it was my son Iezer who got the consequences.

Just like when you are pregnant, everything you take-in while breastfeeding goes into your breast milk, enters the baby’s body and affects his health. The first two months, I drank powdered milk supposedly for lactating mothers. Breast milk is supposed to be easy to digest. But because my milk contained cow’s milk, it became harder for Iezer to digest. I ate a lot of sweets and Iezer got rushes all over his face and body. He was relieved as soon as I stopped drinking milk and eating sweets.

Every time I violated my diet, Iezer would get cough and colds and I would feel very guilty. For the sake of my son, I did an instant turnaround from an unhealthy and meat eater to a pesco-vegetarian (fish and vegetables). I ate at least 1 whole fish a day because I thought it would give me my daily calcium requirement. Yet still I had tremendous hair fall so I had my hair cut short.

Instead of feeling like I was suffering, I took advantage over the matter by using breastfeeding to keep Iezer as healthy as possible and to heal him whenever he got sick. I was very careful of my diet and I would take Sambong tablet or tea when he got colds or fever, Lagundi tablet/tea and Salabat when he got cough, and Pandan tea if I want him to relax and to put him to a long peaceful sleep.

I also made it up to Iezer by breastfeeding him for a long time, i.e., 3-1/2 years. I only stopped when my Obegyne told me I was pregnant and that continuing to breastfeed could endanger my fetus, because breastfeeding contracts the uterus. It was easy to wean Iezer because he was very rational and he loved his baby sister right from the day we found out. Now that I am breastfeeding again, I express breast milk for Iezer to drink, or sometimes, my two children breastfeed in tandem. The longer you breastfeed, the healthier and more intelligent your child will become.

With my 2nd child Kizzy, I removed fish from my diet and became a vegan. I also ate unpolished red rice. I learned that if a mother would eat purely vegetables and red rice while breastfeeding, the baby will not only be healthy and smart but also fat – “totoong taba, without toxins” as my pediatrician puts it. When Kizzy was 3 months, she was always mistaken to be 6 months and wore clothes for 1 year olds. At age 2, she now wears Junior Small sized clothes. She sleeps straight all through the night, so I do too. When I wake-up in the morning, I could express a lot of breast milk to be placed in the freezer. She is advanced for her age.

My healthy red rice & vegan breast milk has also helped other babies and adults. It has nourished premature infants in incubators. It has healed skin asthma of a 3 month old baby by applying it to baby’s skin. It has cured sore eyes instantly “like magic” at the time when eye droppers were running-out of stock. It has removed acnes and pimples of a pregnant woman about to get married. It has healed burns. Had my breast milk been contaminated with fish, seafoods, meat, processed foods, sugar, milk formula, western medicine and chemicals, it would not have been effective.

All these I attribute to my diet which made my breast milk very healthy and have healing effects. And of course, from the support I got from my family and cook, and most of all, from God. To God be the glory!


This was my experience as a first-time and breastfeeding working mother. I was still working at an advertising agency then. I encountered so many potential obstacles to breastfeeding, but with God’s help, I surpassed them all.

I underwent 48 hours of labor. My baby Iezer was so stressed that he was placed in an incubator. There goes my reuest for “immediate rooming-in” (Potential Obstacle No. 1)

When Iezer was laid down beside me, his eyes stared back at me and he cried hard that we didn’t succeed immediate latching. (Potential Obstacle No. 2)

I was brought to the recovery room and it was the longest wait of my life for me.

I walked into the nursery, wore the gown and looked for Iezer. At first, it was hard to recognize which one was my baby because they all looked alike.

I was given wet cotton balls and was taught to sanitize my breasts before and after each feeding. And so I did. Little did I know that this was wrong and actually caused my nipples to get sore. (Potential Obstacle No. 3)

I followed what I read from the book on how to initiate breastfeeding in a sitting position. Iezer seemed to suck. I wasn’t sure whether I had milk or not. Yet I continued to breastfeed him. I gave him both breasts per feeding. I gave him back to the nurse as he fell asleep.

I requested a kind nurse to call me from my room when Iezer got hungry. But sometimes our phone was busy or sometimes she was off-duty. So, I walked to the nursery every now and then to check whether or not Iezer needed to be fed. (Potential Obstacle No. 4)

While I waited in my room, I placed hot bag on my breasts to relieve my sore nipples and to stimulate my milk.

One night, Iezer fed continuously for 2 hours! The nurse-on-duty was telling me that my baby might be using my breast as pacifier already. Of course, that statement kind of got me worried but Iezer still demanded for my breasts so I just ignored what the nurse said. (Potential Obstacle No. 5)

The next day, my breast milk was already dripping by itself! Thanks to Iezer who is a good sucker.

Due to walking back and forth the nursery, part of my stitch went off. Thus, it was so hard to sit down. This lasted for two months, when the only breastfeeding position I knew was cradle hold sitting position. (Potential Obstacle No. 6)

Because Iezer was taking antibiotics, he couldn’t be checked-out from the hospital in order to complete his medication. Since we live far and I was breastfeeding exclusively, we decided to keep the room under the name of Iezer. (Potential Obstacle No. 7) At last, Iezer was roomed-in on the fourth day.

After each feeding, he would have bowel movements. His bowels didn’t smell bad at all. Then, he would get hungry again.

He slept more during the day than at night. When I was warned about losing my sleeping nights, I thought I could handle it since I really sleep late anyway. But it was a lot worse than I thought. People said, “sleep when the baby sleeps”, but I had a lot of visitors and I liked having them because I wanted everyone to see Iezer. I didn’t care how I looked (which was “still pregnant”). We took pictures with every visitor.

I was lucky to get a lot of support. Everyday, my dad would come and bring fish soup and Chinese medicines. My aunts would bring or send me fish soup too. Each guest brought bottled juices, Chinese wines, fruits and balloons.

I got a lot of unsolicited and some tiring advices too that I could write a book about it already! My mind just automatically received what I believed to be true and filtered those that I believed were wrong. When I became more informed about the truth in breastfeeding, I discovered that the bad advices I got were:

“Don’t eat any vegetable because vegetables are cold for the body. You should be taking food that warm-up your body.” (This is false. This may be good in China with cold climate.)

“Don’t drink water. Instead, drink only juice.” (This is false. Water is best. Commercially available juices have been processed and sweetened, and will contaminate breast milk which goes to the baby. Sweetness will also cause sore nipples and post partum blues.)

“Drink Seravalos Wine for recuperation.” (When I finally agreed to take 1 shot, I got drunk and knocked-out and so did my baby!)

On the other hand, the best breastfeeding advice I got were:

“The more you give your breast, the more milk you will receive.”

“The longer you breastfeed, the healthier and smarter your baby will be.”

Antibiotics were given to Iezer through the needle inserted on to his hand. Everytime the nurse would inject, breastfeeding was what soothed him.

Everyday of my maternity leave, I couldn’t do anything else but breastfeed Iezer. He knows how to ask for milk without crying. He would turn his head to his side and touch his lips. Before he got too hungry, I would already carry him in my arms. After each feeding, he would remove his bowel again and get hungry and I would feed him again. I only had time for quick baths and meals. Our neighbours wouldn’t believe that there was a baby in our house because they didn’t hear any baby’s cry.

But I had some concerns when he was 2 months old…

- Iezer breastfed for hours. (Potential Obstacle No. 8)

- Everytime Iezer would remove his bowels, he would have a hard time. He was constipated. I wondered how this could be since breast milk was supposed to be easy to digest. (Potential Obstacle No. 9)

- Iezer also had a lot of rushes all over his face and body. I thought for awhile it was a form of chicken pox which would be too early for his age. (Potential Obstacle No. 10)

Good thing I took Bradley class with Chiqui Brosas-Hahn, who was then also still breastfeeding her fourth child, and formed monthly breastfeeding support group meetings at St. Luke’s. There I met Nona Castillo, the guest speaker at that session. Some breastfeeding mothers had older kids and they too had a lot to share. I thought then that I wouldn’t even reach four (4) months of breastfeeding. I envied the full time mothers whose kids’ age ranged from 1 to 2 and still breastfeeding. I got the answers to all of my questions…

  1. Because the breastfeeding position was wrong, Iezer was getting the breast milk drop by drop in a very uncomfortable position for his neck. This was the reason why he fed for hours. – I felt guilty and again appreciated the patience of my son. Remedy: Immediately correct the breastfeeding position.
  2. Because I was drinking a cow’s milk formula supposedly for breastfeeding moms, it had contaminated my breast milk. Thus, my breast milk became heavy for my infant’s tummy. Remedy: Immediately STOP drinking cow’s milk.
  3. Because I was taking a lot of sugar, specifically from cereals, Ieer had red rushes all over his face and body. Those were the sugar I had been eating. Remedy: Immedately avoid/stop sugar in-take.

I also learned that

  1. The complete recommendation is “Breast milk is good for babies up to 2 years and beyond.”
  2. Breastfeeding mothers should not drink milk
  3. Toddlers don’t need follow-on formula
  4. Cup feeding and not bottle feeding of breast milk by the caregiver, to avoid nipple confusion and colic
  5. Milk formula is not the answer to osteoporosis

Everyone in the room seemed to know these things already except me.

From that day onward, my husband and I firmly decided never to feed cow’s milk formula to Iezer. It was also an automatic 360 degrees turnaround for me because I started eating vegetables and gave-up meat, dairy products and sweets. Iezer was my motivation. I was saved by my son.

I extended my maternity leave by taking all my vacation leaves in advance. I did so in order to guarantee myself at least 3 months of exclusive breastfeeding, and also because Iezer was too young to be left. I invited Nona Castillo to our house to teach me everything I needed to know about breastfeeding before I started to save breast milk. I wanted to make sure that I would do milk expression, storage and cup feeding by the nanny properly.

So I had bearly a month to collect breast milk before I returned for work. I tried pumping using my battery-operated breast pump in-between his feedings, but only got 1-2 oz each time. I collected them anyway. At this point, every drop counts! I was so worried I might not be able to collect enough breast milk to sustain him throughout the day when I was not home. (Potential Obstacle No. 11). I called Nona and she continued to give me encouragement.


I deviced my own system:

  1. I posted the breast milk’s shelf life on our refrigerator door.
  2. As I breastfed Iezer on one side, I collected breast milk on the other side, since breast milk is pouring on the other side anyway.
  3. No matter how few I collected, I kept them in pre-sterilized plastics and double-insulated using ice plastics.
  4. When Iezer slept long and hasn’t breastfed for long hours, I pumped.
  5. I didn’t leave the house. If I did, I brought Iezer along, to avoid using stored breast milk which I saved for when I was at work.

Only one week left before I went back to work. My old clothes still wouldn’t fit me and I wouldn’t for the life of me wear my maternity clothes to work. With my best friend’s help, we went shopping. I left Iezer sleeping with his nanny ready to cup feed him when he wakes-up.

I almost couldn’t leave the house. I kept on repeating reminders to the nanny. My mind was at home while I shopped.

When I reached home, I was so relieved to find-out that Iezer cooperated by sleeping the whole time I was out! So they did not get to consume the little amount of breast milk I was able to collect.

My first day back at work finally came and we succeeded at following the routine I deviced:

1. I breastfed Iezer everyday before leaving the house

2. The nanny would have already washed Iezer’s clothes, packed my lunch, have taken a bath and be ready with all the things she will use in cup-feeding Iezer. Ready with all the thing she will use in feeding Iezer

3. I brought a lot of stuff to the office:

  • My bag
  • My lunchbox
  • My coleman jug with real ice (I didn’t know the existence of insulated bags and dry ice then yet)
  • My olive oil (for massage)
  • My breast pump (I wasn’t used to manual hand expression yet)
  • My pre-sterilized plastic containers
  • Ice plastics
  • Scotch Tape (for sealing)
  • Pentel Pen and Masking Tape (for labelling)

I discovered that breast pumps have limitations. Once the batteries have been used and after collecting about 4oz of milk, it can’t get anymore milk. So after I have used the breast pump, I continued extracting my milk through the use of my hands. Eventually as I got the hang of it, I stopped using breast pump because manually I could get more milk faster.

I called home and the nanny told me that everything was okay. And so I felt relieved and concentrated on my work. When I reached home, I immediately sanitized myself and ran up to Iezer. Then I learned that during the afternoon, Iezer moved his head and eyes around the room, sort of looking for me (another challenge). This made me cry so hard. I sought permission from my husband to quit work the very next day. My husband advised me against it and said we were just in an adjustment period (me and Iezer).

I consulted a close officemate who advised me to call the house everyday and to talk not just with the nanny but also to Iezer, to let him hear my voice so I wouldn’t be totally absent from him the whole day. And so that was what I did.

Additional techniques I did

  • Everyday for 2 years I ate fish soup with green leafy vegetables every meal
  • Sometimes I would drink rice coffee or sambong tea at work
  • I would eat lunch as fast as I could and rush off to the restroom to express my milk during the given lunch break, and again expressed milk before going home
  • I would express breast milk 2-3 times each day. I would collect as much as 18 oz. during the first year and about 8-12 oz during the second year while at the office
  • I asked the nanny to write the time and amount of breast milk he fed Iezer
  • From the minute I got home, I would put my collected milk in the freezer and fed him straight from my breasts the whole night until morning.
  • And I would meet the same amount of milk until evening
  • Weekends I stayed home as much as possible and continued collecting breast milk

I worked in an Advertising Agency, which is fast-paced, service-demanding, where work never stopped and required overtime work til the wee hours of the morning. I also went on field for meetings, shoots, recordings, etc. and it didn’t stop me from finding a place to express milk and keep it in a freeer or in my insulated bag. (Potential Obstacle No. 12)

It became a lot easier as Iezer grew older starting 6 months when he started taking solid foods.

Our office used to be 30 mins. away from our house and it moved to Libis which at that time was still under-developed (rare means of transportation). Our office provided shuttle services and I had to leave the house earlier than usual to catch it. The travel time in going home took a lot longer too. This made my time apart from Iezer even longer, plus he was getting bigger and demanded and consumed more amount of breast milk. (Potential Obstacle No. 13) But I religiously continued expressing the same amount of breast milk as much as I can. If I couldn’t, I would catch-up on weekends.

There were days though when I had whole day marathon meetings and couldn’t take a break to express my breast milk. This created engorgement and hard solid lumps inside my breasts – as if my breast milk got frozen like cement inside. It ached so much. My temperature zoomed-up to 40, and it made it hard for Iezer to get the milk from my breast too. (Potential Obstacle No. 14)

So I consulted Nona and Chiqui and followed both of their advices:

  • Drink Pandan tea to relax myself
  • Massage my breasts
  • Press and massage the lumps as Iezer sucks
  • Place boiled cabbage on my breasts
  • Drink Sambong tablet for my fever

  • When Iezer reached 7 months, he would bite my nipples up to the point of almost getting peeled-off from my breasts. I would shout as I gave my breasts to Iezer. (Potential Obstacle No. 15)

    Again, I consulted Nona on how to remedy the situation, and she adviced:

    1. Babies are intelligent. Talk to him in a serious firm voice to tell him not to bite you, and try not to soften/smile no matter how cute the baby is so that the baby would know that you are serious.
    2. Expose the breasts to air whenever possible at home.
    3. Use breast milk to sanitize and heal the nipples
    4. May also use ointments like Vandol Cream while at work.
    5. Avoid wetting and soaping the breasts

    Every morning when I left Iezer, he would cry. Still I had to leave him.

    There were instances when our office would have overnight or weekend out-of-town company planning/team building sessions, where each employee was required to attend. (Potential Obstacle No. 16) Fortunately, there would be major client presentations and our team would be excused since we would have to work in the office on those weekends.

    There were also instances when we would have out-of-town, overnight planning sessions or attend sales launches of our clients. (Potential Obstacle No. 17) Fortunately again, even my superior who was a mother also didn’t want to spend the night away from her kids. So we rented vans that would take us back and forth those days.

    I had a weeklong event in Boracay. (Potential Obstacle No. 18) I was allowed to bring my son and nanny along (of course at my own expense). And we all had a great time! Iezer loved the beach He was even healthier in Boracay with the fresh air, sunshine and exercise he got.

    I had out-of-town shoots wherein I was fetched at 4am. Iezer woke to breastfeed and I wasn’t home. He cried and his nanny had to walk him around the village because he was looking for me.

    I used to think I’d be contented to be able to breastfeed for 3 months. But I was able to do so for 3-1/2 years and continue to give him expressed breast milk up to now that he is 6-1/2 years old. He nor his younger sister has never tasted a single drop of animal milk nor dairy products.

    It is really hard to be a working mother, all the more to be a working breastfeeding mother. But I did it! And so can any mother – all with God’s help. To God be the glory!

    Breastfeeding Guide



    Preparations during Pregnancy:

    • Mom should be well-informed about the benefits, techniques and laws that protect breastfeeding and immediate rooming-in: EO 51 “The National Code on the Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes and Other Related Products” and RA 7600 “The Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act”.
    • Mom should believe 100% that breast milk is the only milk for child, and mom should be 100% dedicated to breastfeed exclusively for first 6 months and continued until beyond 2 years, complimented with indigenous foods.
    • Mom should have support from husband, family members, house-help, and friends – be pro-breastfeeding, give positive encouragements, do not buy/give feeding bottles, pacifiers, infant formula and other breast milk substitutes, and cook healthy foods for the mother.
    • Choose mother and child-friendly hospital, Obstetrician and Pediatrician, who are pro-breastfeeding. Write your Birth Plan and have both doctors sign it. Bring it with you to the hospital when mother is about to give birth.
    • Don’t buy or use gifts that don’t promote breastfeeding, like pacifiers, feeding bottles, milk containers, infant formula.

    Breastfeeding after giving birth

     Do You Have Breast milk?

    After the baby has been delivered, placenta is removed. This starts breast milk production.

    At first, you won’t know and you won’t see, but you have to believe that you have breast milk. God is a fair God. He created all women equal with breasts to breastfeed. Have faith. Be optimistic. Relax. You’ll need a lot of encouragement and massage from your husband and other family members.

    Look at yourself in front of the mirror and look at your breasts and your areola. They weren’t that big before. They’re bigger now because they are now full of breast milk.

    Don’t wait for a day or more before you start breastfeeding. By then:

    • Your baby has been fed with infant formula
    • Your breasts would have engorged (baby will have difficulty pulling-out/latching on to the nipples and breast milk solidified inside, mother will feel pain and may even have fever due to engorgement)

    So by the time you will give your breast, baby will cry and you will think you don’t have milk. You will return the baby to the nurses to be bottle-fed again.

    Signs that baby is getting breast milk:

    • Baby is suckling
    • Baby gets contented up to the point of falling asleep
    • Baby urinates

    Breastfeed directly. Don’t express and leave breast milk at the nursery or give breast milk to baby through bottle or dropper or cup. This is harder. Plus, you will tend to measure the amount of your breast milk to the amount you express or pump-out, which is a wrong gauge. Baby’s suckling is more efficient than any breast pump or manual hand expression.

    Ignore questions like “Do you have milk already?” which cause insecurity and anxiety to the mother.

    How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

    1. Relax
    2. Mom should eat healthy food and drinks that will produce increased and healthier breast milk for the baby like unpolished rice and vegetable dishes complete with 5 groups of vegetables. Green leafy vegetables increase milk supply; beans and root crops provide energy. Avoid sugar and any food/drinks that contain sugar in the ingredients to avoid giving rashes and/or respiratory ailments to baby and post-partum blues and soar nipples to mother. Mother will tend to feel hungry after each breastfeeding. Thus, mother should eat after or when she feels hungry/weak.
    3. Massage to relax and to stimulate breast to produce milk
    4. Rooming-in will stimulate breast milk production
    5. Breastfeed (the more you give, the more you will receive)
    6. Fully-empty both breasts. When breasts are emptied, the brain will tell the breasts to produce milk

    How to Initiate and Actually Breastfeed

    • Immediately initiate breastfeeding: 30 mins. after a normal delivery and as soon as mother is awake after a caesarean delivery.
    • Immediate rooming-in of the child with the mom. Child just got out of mom’s womb, her comfort zone, where she stayed for 9 months and is now facing this strange and still frightening world. If mom is in a room and child is in the nursery, how would mom know when the baby is awake, hungry, need mom? Mom and child both need to have 5S: skin, scent, sound, sight and suckling. These will stimulate/signal mom’s body to produce milk. Breastfeeding will heal both mom and child. For mom, it will contract uterus to stop bleeding too much, to return the body to normal shape and size, prevent engorgement and fever. For the child, breast milk has a lot of anti-bacterial properties that will give immune system, protect child from any possible infection, help cure child in case of any illness. Mother’s milk is the only right milk for a child.
    • Don’t clean nipples with cotton, water or soap to avoid removing sebum which has 3 important functions: antibacterial properties, the scent helps baby find the nipples, and the oil keeps the nipples tough and supple so as not to get sore/cracked.
    • Do not look at the clock to determine when to breastfeed; it should be upon child’s demand. So look at child’s body language – suckling his fingers or your breast – and don’t wait for baby to cry before you bring baby to your breast.

    • Correct Latching. Relax. Be in a comfortable position whether sitting or lying. Your back must be totally leaned against a solid back rest. Lay child sideward facing mom’s body. Place one of baby’s arms under mom’s breast (If feeding from left breast, tuck baby’s right arm under mom’s left breast; if it’s the right breast, then it’s baby’s left arm). Babies don’t like their heads pushed towards the breast. Baby’s nose and chin must be deeply pressed against the breast. Mom and child must be tummy to tummy. Tease child’s lips with your nipple. Insert areola (not just the nipple) into the baby’s mouth. Wait for baby to be the one to release mom’s nipple. Don’t press the breast as it will cause nipple trauma. When baby creates suckling sound while breastfeeding, it does not mean baby is enjoying the taste of breast milk (contrary to what people say), but the sound means, baby is not properly latched and is having a difficult time grabbing on to mother’s breast and getting milk. So move baby closer to you. Turn the baby to offer mom’s other breast. Do the same steps.
    • Correct Positions : Correct position is one that is comfortable. With wrong position, mom will feel pain on her neck, back, arms and legs. If mom is uncomfortable, child will also feel mom’s discomfort, and chances are child’s position is wrong too so child also feels discomfort on his/her neck/arms/back. Pillows are very essential. BOSOM BUDDY will make any of the four (4) breastfeeding positions very comfortable.

      Cradle Hold Side-Lying Football Hold Lying-on-Back (good for day 1 of a Caesarean delivery)
    • Exclusive Breastfeeding for the first 6 months means no pacifier, no glucose water, no water, no juice, no vitamin, no solid food given to baby. Breast milk is complete.

    Prepare to Leave the Child

    1. Store-up as much breast milk as you can. During maternity leave, express and save as much breast milk as you can already. Don’t be discouraged and save even when you get just 1oz or 2oz. This is normal because the child is very efficient in breastfeeding. Also, when you add up all the 1oz, you’ll end-up with a lot in the end. Faster to save breast milk when you express from one breast while breastfeeding on the other breast, and when you wake-up in the morning while baby slept long during the night and your breast feels full. When you are out or at the work place, express and store breast milk too. Manual expression by hand is the best.

    2. Paraphernalia you’ll need:

    breastfeeding kit picture
    • insulated bag, or if you can’t afford it, ice chest
    • dry ice, or if you can’t afford it, real frozen ice in the ice chest
    • 1 small glass bottle/cup with wide opening to catch breast milk
    • Another small bottle container to store the milk, or use pre-sterilized disposable bottles and scotch tape for securing
    • plastic bag for making ice to double-insulate your breast milk
    • masking tape and marker to label your breast milk in terms of date, time, oz/ml.

    3. In collecting/storing breast milk using bottle container
    and you are able to express small amount of breast milk at a time, you may place the first one in a bottle container at the lower part of the ref. On your next milk expression, express and catch your milk using another wide-mouth glass or bottle and pour the newly expressed breast milk onto the 1st bottle in the ref. Remember to leave the main bottle container inside the ref and don’t put in the freezer yet. Continue until bottle container is ¾ full. Then transfer it to the freezer.

    4. Breast milk Shelf Life:

    6-8 hours - at Room Temperature
    2-5 days - Refrigerator
    3 – 6 months - Freezer
    But once thawed, consume within 24 hours.

    5. To thaw:
    Soak in boiled/warm water until breast milk is at room temperature. Make sure it is at room temperature (not too hot nor too cold).

    6. Cup Feeding by the child’s caregiver while mother is away to avoid nipple confusion, colic, and to avoid spoiling/wasting the precious expressed breast milk. Caregiver must be in same relaxed sitting position, with arm rests, and carry or hold the baby in a cradle-hold position like a breastfeeding mother. The caregiver to place the cup in baby’s mouth and allow the breast milk to touch the tip of baby’s lips, and let baby take his/her pace in sipping the breast milk using his/her tongue.
    The caregiver must be very patient. If caregiver still doesn’t know/reluctant, use dropper or teaspoon. Mom must be able to replace more or less the same amount of breast milk consumed by her baby before she leaves the baby again. The mom should never cup feed as it will also confuse the child. Mom to breastfeed straight whenever she is with her child.


    • Mother is relaxed and comfortable
    • Baby’s body is close and facing mother’s breast
    • Baby’s head and body are straight
    • Baby’s nose and chin are deeply pressed against the breast
    • Baby’s bottom is well supported

    • Secure confident hold
    • Face-to-face attention from mother
    • Much touching by mother

    • Baby’s mouth is wide open
    • Baby’s lower lip turned outwards, like the fish’s lips
    • Baby’s tongue cupped around breast
    • Baby’s cheeks get round as baby sucks
    • Mother’s breast gets round while baby sucks
    • A little bit of mother’s areola is seen above baby’s mouth
    • Baby does slow deep sucks, bursts with pauses
    • Can see or hear baby’s swallowing

    ANATOMY (appearance of the breast after a correct latch)
    • Nipple does not change in appearance after feed – nipples stand out, protractile
    • Skin appears healthy

    1. Do not press the breast while feeding to avoid nipple trauma.
    2. Do not use scissors hand in holding the breast, as it will hurt baby’s mouth, and baby will release himself from latching. Instead, cup the breast.


    1. Cradle Hold:
    • comfortable chair with back rest (and arm rest if you don’t have BOSOM BUDDY Pillow)
    • Lean back and rest your arms
    • If your chair is hard and uncomfortable, place pillows on the seat, back and arm rests.
    • Elevate your feet with a stool or lift/stretch-out legs on the bed.
    • Place a pillow on your lap. This is where the child will lie down.
    • But if you have BOSOM BUDDY Breastfeeding Pillow, this is all the pillow that you’ll need for sitting position.
    • Lay child sideward facing mom’s body.
    • Place child’s arm under mom’s breast (left breast, tuck baby’s right arm under; right breast, left arm)
    • Mom and child must be tummy to tummy.
    • Tease child’s lips with your nipple.
    • Insert areola (not just the nipple) into the child’s mouth.
    • Wait for child to be the one to release mom’s nipple.
    • Turn the baby to offer mom’s other breast. Do same steps.

    Click the images to view

    2. Football Hold:

    • This position is good when the child prefers to lie down on the same side/position when breastfeeding from the other breast.
    • This is a position where instead of child’s whole body being across mom’s tummy, occupying the entire BOSOM BUDDY pillow, child’s head and upper part of the body is the only ones on BOSOM BUDDY. Child’s legs are extended to the seat.
    • It is like holding child’s head as if mom is holding a football.
    • This position may also be achieved when child is big enough (>/<2 years old) to slide to the other breast coming from the normal breastfeeding position in the sitting position.

    3. Side-Lying
    • Use mattress that is firm enough not to make mother and baby sink.
    • You will need 4 pillows. BOSOM BUDDY may be 1 of the pillows to use when breastfeeding.
      1. A pillow for mom’s back, which should be flat
      ... against a solid flat wall.
      2. A pillow for Mother’s head, with mother’s arm
      ... raised and resting, not under/not carrying weight of
      ... her head or pillow.
      3. A pillow in-between mother’s legs.
      4. A pillow to support child’s back from falling flat on
      ... the bed
    • Lay child sideward facing mother’s body. Child’s head is underneath mom’s open arm.
    • Child’s arm must be tucked under mom’s breast
    • Mom and child must be tummy to tummy
    • Areola and not just the nipple must be inside the baby’s mouth
    • Change position to breastfeed baby from the other side of the breast.
    • Moms need a lot of rest. Sleep too when your child sleeps.

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    4. Lying on Back:

    This position is especially helpful on the first day of breastfeeding for mom who had a caesarean delivery, since she can’t move much yet.
    • Mom will lie down with pillow under her head and with her back flat on the bed.
    • Place 2 pillows underneath both arms, to raise and support mom’s arms.
    • Place 1 pillow under/at the back of mom’s knees and legs.
    • The child will be placed on top of mother, with child’s mouth at mom’s breast and child’s tummy to mom’s tummy.
    • Mom’s hands to support the child.
    • Not only the nipple but the areola must be inside the baby’s mouth.
    For those who didn’t just come from a caesarean delivery, this position may also be achieved by mom with the child lying down on the bed coming from the sitting position. Just place pillows underneath mom’s head and mom’s arms.

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    1. Seek advice, tips and information from an expert Lactation Consultant

    • During your maternity leave, before you start collecting your breast milk
    • Everytime you encounter any concern regarding yourself or your baby’s condition
    • Everytime you have any question
    • Everytime you are faced with a stumbling block to breastfeeding
    • Before you decide to quit breastfeeding
      "There is always a way.”

    2. Be determined to breastfeed exclusively without a drop of infant formula.
    Cow’s milk is for a calf; human mother’s milk is for infants/children. The contents of cow’s milk are just right/exact for what’s needed by a calf –high in protein – good for 4 legged-animal to stand immediately after it is born, whereas a baby takes less than to more than a year to stand and walk. This heavy protein is too heavy for a baby’s kidneys, which is why baby gets constipated and too much protein may affect the baby’s/person’s posture and walk.

    On the other hand, a human mother’s milk is just right/exact and complete for baby’s needs. Mother’s milk contains more for the brain development. We are rational beings. Do you actually believe that cow’s milk can really make your child smart? If there are any ingredient claimed to do so, they’re synthetic chemicals. The contents and even the supply of a mother’s milk is really right for the needs of her baby as her baby grows every month and every year.

    Moreover, all milk formula contains and are contaminated with:

      1. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormones (RBGH)
    2. Antibiotics
    3. Preservatives
    4. Pesticides and other chemicals in cow’s feed

    If your mind is set that “breast milk or no food for my baby (during the first 6 months)”, then you will find all the time, means and ways to express your breast milk.

    3. Invest on Breastfeeding Paraphernalia
    Use everytime you express your breast milk at home, at work, or anywhere you go without your baby.
    See “Breastfeeding Guide/Paraphernalia”

    4. Express and save as much breast milk as you can before returning to work


    During your maternity leave, as soon as you feel alright from the child delivery, start expressing and saving your breast milk.
    This may be done:

    • When you wake-up in the morning and your breast/s are big due to the long hours that baby slept and not breastfeed
    • During the day when baby sleeps long and your breasts are full of milk
    • In a cradle hold sitting position, while breastfeeding on one breast, express milk from the other breast. You will notice that while baby sucks from one breast, your other breast gets stimulated, breast milk comes out and it is easier and faster to express and collect breast milk. When you change position, again, express milk from the other side. You may either use a battery-operated or electric breast pump that will only require one (1) hand, or better still, manual hand expression – you’ll just need to hold a wide-mouth sanitized/sterilized glass or bottle to catch your milk. Remember too to place a cloth on the baby to avoid wetting the baby with your breast milk. Although breast milk is good for baby’s skin, it will destruct and irritate the baby during breastfeeding.

    Don’t be discouraged if you collect only 1oz or 2oz at a time. This is because you are breastfeeding your baby most of the time and baby is very efficient in sucking your milk. Save them anyway because when added up, sum-up ta a bigger digit.

    5. Pack home-cooked food and drinks that are healthy and will increase breast milk supply
    Everything a mother eats and drinks goes into and affects mother’s breast milk and supply.

    - When you pack home-cooked meals, you know the ingredients so you are more assured of:
    - Taking-in healthy foods and drinks to make your breast milk healthier for your baby
    - Taking-in foods that increase breast milk supply
    - You won’t have to go out and buy food, so you save time and may divide lunch or break hour for
    ..eating and expressing breast milk
    - When you have taken-in food and water before you express, you’ll have more breast milk
    ..tto express than when you are hungry.

    See: Breastfeeding Guide/Food & Drinks, Breastfeeding Guide/How To Increase Breastmilk Supply, and Stay Healthy/Foods We Recommend and Foods We Discourage and Vegan Recipes

    6. Express breast milk at the work place

    Express breast milk at the work place at least 2 to 3x a day:
      - When you arrive early and you don’t have any rush pending work
    - Divide lunch hour for eating and for milk expression
    - Before you leave the work place
    - Or whenever your schedule allows you, like before going to a meeting or after a meeting
    When going on field or official business outside the office for long hours like the whole day or even overnight, find-out if there is a refrigerator/freezer you can use and always bring your insulated bag, dry ice and other breastfeeding paraphernalia with you. (I was able to express and store my milk while I had 4 days of overnight shoot for TV Commercial, whole week of planning sessions at hotels, and out-of-town trips)

    7. Directly breastfeed your child everytime you are at home/with your child
    Every time you are at home or with your child, directly breastfeed your child. You will not only save the stored milk for consumption when you are not around, but you will also increase your breast milk supply because the more you breastfeed, the more your breast will get stimulated to produce more milk.

    8. Express breast milk at home
    Express breast milk from one breast while breastfeeding from the other side. This may be done in sitting cradle hold position and in lying-on-side position. Just make sure you place a cloth covering on baby’s body so milk won’t splash at baby. Express breast milk when you wake-up in the morning and your breast feels full. If you are leaving, this milk may be left at room temperature and cup-fed to your baby when baby wakes-up. But if you are not leaving, store in the freezer if you are trying to save a lot of breast milk. Express breast milk when baby/child hasn’t breastfed from you for long hours – because of sleeping, stimulated with play, full with solid foods. Express breast milk when you reach home and find baby still full from solid foods or breast milk.

    9. Cup-Feeding by the Caregiver
    Negative effects of bottle-feeding:
    1. Nipple Confusion
    the nipples of feeding bottles have holes and pour- out milk easily so baby doesn’t have to exert too much effort in suckling. Baby might opt for the easier choice and might reject your breast. The suckling is the best form of jaw exercise for baby’s speech development. And suckling from the breast will not damage baby’s teeth and gums nor the shape of baby’s lips.
    2. Cause Colic
    bottle has space for air, which may cause even a breast milk-fed yet bottle fed baby to have colic
    3. Ruin Child’s Teeth
    the rubber or silicon material of feeding bottles’ nipples can ruin child’s teeth and gums
    4.Deform Shape of Lips
    bottle-fed child’s lips will go outward
    5. Waist Breast milk
    If baby doesn’t consume all the breast milk in the feeding bottle, tendency is for the left-over breast milk to get spoiled because it already has baby’s saliva and has been exposed. So, the caregiver will just throw away your hard-expressed ounces of breast milk.

    So in cup-feeding, you avoid nipple confusion, colic, deformation of lips, damaging child’s teeth and you can control the amount of breast milk given to the baby. (See how to cup-feed in “Breastfeeding Techniques”)

    10. Caregiver to log breast milk consumption
    Ask the caregiver to log or list down how much of your breast milk was drank by your baby every cup feeding and then total it. Try to meet/express as much amount of breast milk as consumed by your child during the day. Most probably you won’t meet the amount at the office. So you’ll have to express milk at night or in the morning when you are at home, or catch-up on weekends.

    11. Limit leaving the baby
    As much as possible, limit leaving the baby or try to bring the baby along when you can. This way, you save the stored breast milk for consumption when you are at the office or have other important schedules.

    12. More Solid Foods
    When your child is already 6 months or when baby is ready for solid foods, instruct the caregiver to give more indigenous food than breast milk. The breast milk may just be used as a drink before feeding solid food, as a protective lining to baby’s stomach, and after meal, as a drink to digest food. The breast milk may also be given either before baby goes to sleep or when baby wakes-up from a long sleep.

    13. Lying on side Position at Night
    Breastfeed in a lying-on-side position at night:
    - Tired working mother can sleep as she breastfeeds the baby and you are sure that baby is safely lying on the
    ..bed by your side.
    - Baby can sleep peacefully and cry less, because baby feels secure with mother’s warm presence and baby
    ..easily gets breastfed after a few calls
    - The father can sleep too because baby cries less or not cry at all
    - The skin-to-skin bonding will also stimulate breast milk to increase

    Note: It is not true that baby will die/drown with mother’s breast milk when breastfeeding is done in a lying position.

    Words of Caution:
    - Make sure baby is protected by both parents so that baby won’t fall-off the bed. Better yet, sleep using a
    ..mattress on the floor
    - Have back supports for both mother and child to avoid backache and wrong position that will pull the nipple and cause it to crack

    Follow and See: Breastfeeding Guide/Proper Breastfeeding Positions


    Breastfeeding Initiation in the Hospital

    “I had CS but didn’t immediately room-in my baby.  Pam strongly advised us to room-in our baby, said it will heal me and avoid breastfeeding problems.  But I was too weak and couldn’t move without help.  She massaged me and noticed that my feet were very cold.  I was so dizzy as my husband wheeled me to the nursery.  Pam accompanied me into the Breastfeeding Room of the NICU to show me proper latching and sitting positions.  From the moment I held and breastfed my baby, I didn’t want to be separated from her again.  I urged my husband to call our pediatrician to give the order to room-in our daughter.  The moment our daughter was with us, I moved about so quickly.

    -  KRISTINE GO (St. Luke’s Hospital)

    “We are new parents to 4 month old Ravi.  Our son was given to us after 6 years of being married.  Like any other parent, we want only the best for him because he is very precious.  So we searched for a breastfeeding consultant and met Pam at a breastfeeding seminar.  We didn’t know anything about breastfeeding even after reading about it.  So I convinced Errol that we work with Pam because I didn’t want to risk, experiment or go through trial and error with our first born.  And we definitely made the right decision.
    Pam is very supportive, encouraging, reachable anytime, friendly, explains well and gives very good advice.  I recommend her to all parents, new and not so new.

    Maraming salamat kay Pam.”

    -  ERROL, ANJOO AFED (Santolan, QC)

    Check and Correct Latching Positions

    “Pam was such a big help to us when I was just starting to breastfeed my newborn daughter.  When we got home from the hospital my baby didn't want to latch on to me since she was given formula through a feeding bottle at the nursery.  My husband and I were frustrated and had a couple of sleepless nights and my nipples were bleeding.  The following day, I decided to call Pam and even though schedule was full she still found a way to go to our place. We learned a lot of things about breastfeeding and never had another sleepless night from then on! Seeking the help of a breastfeeding counselor/expert was the best decision that my husband and I made. Now I enjoy bonding with my daughter even more!”

    - HOWELL & SUZZY TAN (Banawe, QC

    Fortify Breast milk with Indigenous Diet

    “Just came from Doc.  Ravi gained 400g in 1 week.  Praise God.  I was also able to express 2oz the other day.”

    ANJOO AFED (a week after giving birth)

    Manual Breastmilk Expression

    “Thank you for teaching me how to express my breastmilk manually using my hands.  Now I express it out faster and I’m able to empty my breasts more efficiently.  I don’t use my breast pump anymore.”

    -RICA (Paranaque City)

    “Thank you for teaching me the manual expression by hands.  Since my breasts don’t get full, the pump is not able to suck any milk from me.  So my hands are the only way I bring-out my breast milk.”

    - LALA BROCA (Tandang Sora, QC)


    “Na-knock-out si Ravi after I cup-fed him.  At first he was just staring at me without moving and then he closed his eyes and was in a deep sleep.”

    -  EROL AFED

    Address sore/cracked/bleeding nipples, inverted/flat nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis breast problems

    “The OB said my latching was correct.  But when Pam looked at my breasts, she immediately knew there was wrong with the latching as my nipples were triangular and bleeding, up to the point that blood splashed on Xanti’s cheeks after I breastfed her.  I just followed what she taught me – correct latching and positions, expose my breasts to air and to squeeze my own breast milk - and in just a few days, my nipples were healed.”

    -  SUZZY TAN

    “It’s been 8 days since I gave birth.  I just wanted to try possibility of me breastfeeding even with inverted nipples.  Immediately after the massage, I was breastfeeding and my baby wouldn’t stop!”

    – CHARMAIGNE SALAS (Pasig City)

    Healthy Solid Foods

    “I use the recipes from your website.  Everyday I cook unpolished rice and dishes with 5 groups of vegetables.  On Amina’s check-up on her 7th month, she gained 1.8Kg!”

    -  IZA BUNGUBUNG (Paranaque City)

    Indigenous foods over follow-on milk

    I have stopped breastfeeding for 2 months.  Pam told me what’s wrong with formula and showed me that I still have milk!  But I cannot take a leave from work to bond and make my son used to my breasts.  So, she taught me to cook indigenous foods for my son, to continuously stimulate my breasts and manually express my milk to feed my son even just once a day and that makes a lot of difference.  My son loves laswa and nilapwaan!

    - LISA  (Secretary  at St. Luke's )

    Pam taught me natural healing for my allergies

    My allergies were gone after I stopped drinking milk, as you advised.  I didn’t have to take the allergy medicine that will make me stop breastfeeding.   

    – Norriz of Laoag City

    Breastfeeding after 3 months with Pam's help

    My baby is now 3 months old.  I thought it would take several sessions for me to re-lactate but I was exclusively breastfeeding right from our first session.  I can not thank you enough.  How will I ever repay you?

    -  NINI ORDINARYO  (San  Juan,  Q.C.)

    Pam and BOSOM BUDDY Pillow helped me breastfeed with Inverted Nipples

    It’s been 8 days since I gave birth.  I just wanted to try possibility of me breastfeeding even with inverted nipples.  Immediately after Pam's massage, I was breastfeeding and my baby wouldn’t stop!  The  BOSOM BUDDY Breastfeeding Pillow was  a big help , considering  I already have inverted nipples,  I didn't want any more discomfort  in  carrying  my  baby  or  doing wrong  breastfeeding positions.

    – CHARMAIGNE SALAS (Pasig City)

    I Recommend Counselor Pam and BOSOM BUDDY Pillow

    We are new parents to 4 month old Ravi.  Our son was given to us after 6 years of being married.  Like any other parent, we want only the best for him because he is very precious.  So we searched for a breastfeeding consultant and met Pam at a breastfeeding seminar.  We didn't know anything about breastfeeding even after reading about it.  So I convinced Errol that we work with Pam because I didn't want to risk, experiment or go through trial and error with our first born.  And we definitely made the right decision.
    Pam is very supportive, encouraging, reachable anytime, friendly, explains well and gives very good advice.  I recommend her to all parents, new and not so new.
    The BOSOM BUDDY pillow is wonderful.  Firm, snug, big and long enough for Ravi.  Every breastfeeding mom needs it for support for her and comfort for the baby.
    Maraming salamat kay Pam.

    -  ANJOO AFED (Santolan, QC)

    Home Breastfeeding & Natural Healing Counseling by Pam

    I’m still exclusively breastfeeding right now and mas enjoy ko na after the session I had with Pam.  Thanks talaga!  And when my child would get sick, Pam helps me identify the cause and teach me natural healing techniques.


    Lactation Massage by Pam

    I didn’t like the massage of a massage therapist I asked to come over.  She seemed to be in a hurry so I got stressed instead of relaxed. We also own a spa but I really enjoy your massage.  Will you massage me again on our 2nd session?

    -  MOMMY SUZZY TAN (Banawe, QC)

    Re-lactation and Massage by Pam

    It’s been a month since I stopped breastfeeding my daughter.  At that time I got busy with my business.  Pam helped me make my daughter want to breastfeed from me again.  On the second day, Pam asked my daughter “where is your milk?” and my daughter would look at my shirt!

    And, ang sarap niyang mag massage – so light as a feather, but I feel so light after.  I’ve tried others but her massage is the best!

    -  MOMMY KAREN (of Katipunan, QC)

    “My baby is now 3 months old.  I thought it would take several sessions for me to re-lactate but I’m exclusively breastfeeding on our first session.  I can not thank you enough.  How will I ever repay you?”

    -  NINI ORDINARYO (San Juan)

    “Ay, meron pa pala akong gatas!  Ipa-dodo ko na ito sa baby ko pag-uwi ko.”

    -  LIZA (secretary of Dra. Sembrano, MD, FPDS at St. Luke’s, who has stopped breastfeeding for 2 months)

    Empowered Not To Stop Breastfeeding

    “My baby had jaundice and my pediatrician told me to stop breastfeeding for 2-3 days.  I consulted Pam and she told me that same thing and same advise has happened to her but she didn’t stop breastfeeding.  She said that jaundice is a liver problem which can affect the brain.  Breast milk and not formula is for brain development. Formula will be heavy for my baby’s liver.  She advised me to expose my baby in the early morning sunrise and to eat red rice and carrots which will increase red blood cells.  My baby’s jaundice disappeared and I didn’t stop breastfeeding.”

    -   MAYETH (Town & Country, Antipolo)

    “I called Pam to teach me how to wean my 13 month old son from breastfeeding.  Actually he only breastfeeds from me at night and for me 13 months is enough.  Sometimes I have to leave at night and I can’t because my son breastfeeds from me.  I also breastfed my eldest for a year and a half.  My eldest drinks cow’s milk. 
    Pam gave me information to arrive at a good decision.  First, I learned from her that cow’s milk is not a healthy food, so I should stop giving it to my eldest son and not give it to my second son.  Then, she told me healthy foods (sources of calcium, protein, etc.) good for me so I won’t become weak and to fortify my breast milk, for my husband who has high uric acid and loves sweets, for my preschooler who is a picky eater, and for my toddler whether I wean him from breastfeeding or as complementary food.  She said that just a teaspoon of breast milk contains 3,000,000 antibacterial properties.  Even just a teaspoon of breast milk a day is enough and better than not giving my breast milk to my toddler at all.  To address my concerns, she taught me how to massage my breasts and how to express my breast milk using my hands so that I can leave milk in the ref when I have to go out at night.  She also taught me the proper side-lying position so that my back won’t hurt as I have scoliosis.  So now I’m still breastfeeding, more encouraged and more comfortably, again saving-up breast milk for when I need to leave, and I now know the healthy foods to serve my family.    

    -  CARLA MAGBANWA (Filinvest, Antipolo)

    Relactated Mother with Breast Cancer to Breastfeed her Premature Son with Infection and in Isolation

    “My baby and I came to Manila all the way from Legaspi.  I have level 2 breast cancer on my right breast.  My OB in the province gave me a drug so that I won’t produce breast milk.  My baby is premature and his blood has infections.  My baby is in isolation in the NICU.  Our neonatal pediatrician asked me to look for pasteurized breast milk.   We texted Pam to refer a breast milk bank to us.  She did refer 2.  She asked if I’m taking anti-cancer medication.  When she found-out I haven’t started taking any, she insisted on seeing me and my baby personally, and she was the only one who told me that I can breastfeed my own son, that it will heal my son and heal me too. At first we hesitated and doubted since I took-in drug so my body won’t produce breast milk.  I spent my time on the road looking for breast milk to buy.  Pam went to the NICU offering to breastfeed my son Daniel.  Our neonatal pediatrician discouraged her, said my son will get exhausted which will extend his stay in the ICU, tried to scare Pam by telling her she will get infected which she will pass on to her own child, said breastfeeding will weaken me.  With my consent, the doctor allowed her to breastfeed my son.  Pam said my son Daniel is very strong, a very attentive listener, and very good in suckling.  Pam said she has very strong faith that I still have breast milk even with the medication.  We went to the toilet, where Pam massaged me and showed me that my two breasts still have a lot of breast milk!  Now I won’t have to go around buying breast milk.  Our neonatal pediatrician was planning to give infant formula to Daniel soon. For my breast cancer and so I won’t become weak, she taught me foods to eat and foods to avoid including milk, meat, even fish, and processed foods.  Salamat sa Diyos!  In answer to our prayers, He sent Pam to help us.”

    -  Eden (Medical City)

    Breastfeeding Lecture during Pregnancy

    “I'm still breastfeeding until now and I still have plans of continuing it. Pauline Simone is now three months old and she's a happy baby! I want to thank you for encouraging me to breastfeed her. You helped me gain confidence in doing the proper technique as well as the proper mind set whenever I feed my baby.  The breastfeeding counseling helped me understand that my baby and I are both in the learning process of breastfeeding the proper way and patience is very important. The reward that I get is the happy and contented look in her face whenever I feed her. It is also our bonding time together. I encourage expectant moms to do counseling even before the d-day so that you will be more prepared for you baby! Put it in your list and contact Tita Pam!”

    - Teacher . . now . .  Mommy CAROL DE VEGA







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