After giving birth, I wanted to purely breastfeed my baby because of its many benefits. Including lowering the rates of colic; colic, which causes excessive crying on newborn to infants. I was a colicky baby before and heard many horror stories from my grandparents and mom that they lacked sleep the moment I was born! :(
3 days of breastfeeding almost made me want to give up because my nipples were cracked, sore, and bleeding. It was so gross that I thought they were falling out. It was due to poor latching since my baby didnt know how to latch on properly yet. Thankfully I ordered Lansinoh Nipple Cream from ebay and it gave relief to them, and in due time when my baby learned to latch, they werent sore or cracking anymore.
One of the sacrifices I have to make as a new mom is that I am not allowed to take a bath for a month. I have to follow old customs of my relatives since they are concerned about my health. I went thru CS operation when I gave birth to my baby Geof, and because of that, I am left with a painful wound (bikini cut yey, and not even visible thanks to my great OB).
It is a custom that women who just gave birth are not allowed to take a bath for 1 whole month because they are afraid they might get "lamig" or "chills". To be honest, it has been 8 days since I last took a bath and I feel so sticky. Wash cloths and baby wipes dont satisfy me since before, I used to take a bath 2-3 times. Skin is easy to clean.
But what about my scalp and hair?
It's greasy, sticky, and sweaty. Gross.
An alternative I could do is dry shampoo. Haha it rhymes. Of course I can purchase commercial shampoos, but why buy when you can make one cheaper?
The basic ingredient is cornstarch. Then I could mix in a few essential oils to add fragrance, but instead I just bought J&J Cornstarch Powder *lazy me*
But of course nothing beats freshly washed hair. Pray for me :) 22 more days to go till I get my well deserved bath...
(or.. I could cheat and take a bath when no one is looking LoL)
I have been experiencing breast engorgement and nipple soreness the past few days due to incorrect latching.
What are you talking about K?
Well, latching is how baby attaches to mom's breasts to feed, engorgement is when the milk ducts become so full.
Searching high and low in google for relief, I discovered that Lansinoh Nipple Cream is the best product for nipple cracks, bleeding, and soreness (of course I need to learn proper latching to prevent these! But I also need a cure for now).
Lansinoh Nipple Cream is made from the highest grade of Lanolin that can heal the cracks and applied to the nipple without bad effects for the baby. It can be applied without rinsing off and gives moisturizing relief to the nipples.
The cheapest seller I have found so far is baby mama, from babymama.ph
Her site also sells a lot of breast feeding helpers like pumps, ice bags, milk storage, etc.
So go check her out mommies *wink*
Sunday, May 9, 2010
A picture can paint a thousand words :)
My baby Geof, born 5th of May 2010, 12 hours of labor (ouch) and then eventually end up CS (more ouch)
but it was aaaaaall worth it.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone! It's my first ever mother's day and I am so blessed and happy!
My posts will be rarer, but I will try to update as much as I can.
Monday, May 3, 2010
I think it's hereditary, but most of girls in our family suffer from extremely dry lips. Chapping, bleeding, and everything in between :(
I own several lipbalms to keep my puckers hydrated but nothing kept them looking "normal". Others like Godiva licowhite, petroleum jelly, and petrolatum based balms made them chap even worse. Non petrolatum based like Ilog Maria's, Burt's Bees, and Human Heart Nature's tamed them, but not quite so since my lips still look dry.
Then, I remember when I was in Highschool, that a choir-mate of mine frequently applied this product on her lips and it made it look rosy, healthy, and shiny. It was the Nivea Fruit Lipbalm (they changed name frequently and as of now it's called "Star Fruits"). It's available in different flavors like strawberry, cherry, pomelo, melon, etc.
I decided to try it today (Oh why didnt I give it a try earlier!). It's quite affordable for less than 100 pesos (2$) and can be bought at Watson's or other health and beauty counters.
It's a miracle!
One application and my lips were glossy, rosy, looked healthy, and did not chap the entire day! And no I am not exaggerating at all! My lips were never this healthy! Even my hubby noticed it and complimented me that my lips looked "kissable". He always teased me how yucky and dry they were.
It has a nice glossy sheen, no color, just slight juicy fragrance. Petrolatum free, most components are essential oils like and healthy stuff.
Here's another great review here
Will I buy again? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I'm not fond of fruity fragrances, but DKNY's Be Delicious fragrance series never ever lets me down. My mom uses their line so I dont purchase the perfume since I dont want me to have the same scent as my mom, haha, but I love the scent everytime she's around. :) She uses the green be delicious variant.
I was so glad when DKNY launched a new line of fragrances, the Delicious Candy Apples, since finally, I can have a DKNY scent of my own without smelling like my mom! Haha! I want to collect all three.
DKNY Sweet Caramel Candy Apple opens with candy apple, pear and marshmallow notes, which blend into a heart of jasmine, muguet and violet leaves and a drydown of caramel and vanilla.