Before becoming pregnant, I never really thought that there were a lot of personal decisions to be made aside from how to decorate the nursery room or what diaper brand or type of diaper to use (“babaw noh?” haha!) But now that I have been exposed to classes and have talked to moms, I realized that there are a lot of things that should be decided on by you and your husband. There are a lot of things that you should be ready for.
One of the things I am gearing up for is breastfeeding. I heard that Medela House in Quezon City is a breastfeeding center, showroom and office. They frequently conduct workshops that would help moms learn about breastfeeding. I got to hear this from friends who have attended also. For you to attend the seminars, you have to become a member. To become a member, you can text Mommy Maricel at 0917-5614366. Membership Fee is P800 with free manual for the breastfeeding talks (which all goes to The Breastfeeding Club by Abbie Yabot). Once fee is paid, all classes and events are free.
The breastfeeding classes are divided into Beginning Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Class 101, Sustaining Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Class 202, and Breastfeeding & Beyond: Breastfeeding 303. I have attended the 202 and the 303 Classes. For this particular post though, I will be sharing things that I learned from the Breastfeeding and Beyond Class.
*Pictures from the Medela Facebook Page
The topics discussed by miss Abbie Yabot are Toddler breastfeeding, weaning, relactation, sex and pregnancy, ideals of attachment parenting and child development resources. From the 3 hour lecture, here are some of the salient points that I picked up (I will be sharing with you more learnings from attending the Breastfeeding class 202 in another article) 🙂
There are a lot of reasons why you should breastfeed your toddler (a 1 year old kid is already considered a toddler). BTW, breastmilk mixed with solids is the BEST food combination to give children until 2 years old, so if you can still give your child breastmilk until 2 years old, this would be really good for them! Going back to the reasons for the mom, I remembered three of the 10 reasons: One is allergy prevention. I, personally, have bad rhinitis. I don’t want my child to be like me, always sneezing and all. When I heard that breastfeeding can help prevent allergies, I was more encouraged to do it and keep at it. Two, it helps the child in speech development. When children breastfeed, they exercise three facial muscles and use their tongue, thus helping them exercise these muscles. The more they exercise these muscles, the faster they can chew and the faster they can get to speak. And lastly, it helps moms lose weight. Do you know that a session of breastfeeding can help you burn 500 calories! Wow, that’s more calories that me logging in a 2 km walk at 4 miles per hour.
There are more reasons, but I suggest that you attend the class to learn more from Abbie. Abbie is such an animated and great teacher. She has so many experiences from moms that she has helped and even personal experiences that she can share.
Another thing that I was surprised about was that breastfed toddlers become more independent faster than formula fed infants! I always thought that it was the other way around.
We also discussed weaning, the kinds of weaning, and how and when to wean a child out of breastmilk feeding. An interesting topic was relactation. Do you know that even young grandmother’s can be taught to relactate even if it was her daughter that gave birth? Interesting right. Abbie will discuss with you how this can happen. She also discussed the different types of relactation and how to increase your supply of milk. For increasing your supply of milk, there are some tips that she gave us that were pretty interesting. She taught us to just continue to try to breastfeed or pump 8-12x a day, try to massage your breasts correctly (she will teach you how), avoid artificial nipples, etc. Medela has this great product called Calma.
Medela Calma is their latest product that is made to replicate the nipples of a mother. The baby can only get to drinking the milk in the bottle if he/she uses that same facial muscles as when taking milk from the mother.
We, then went on to discuss other things and answers to these questions: Is it safe to have sex when you are still breastfeeding? How about when I get pregnant? How do you do tandem breastfeeding (tandem breastfeeding is breastfeeding for more than 1 baby)? What are the different parenting styles? I realized that Ej and I should discuss this. It is very important for couples to decide how they want to raise and discipline their children. Therefore, after the class, Ej and I started discussing how we wanted to raise our child.
We learned a lot from the class. I suggest that you try and attend classes with Medela House. They have more classes in store for us, moms and moms-to-be, next year.
You can visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/medela.moms to get updates on their classes.
I need to attend the 101 class and the other classes like Diapering 101, etc. I’d really love to learn more and to absorb more knowledge before having this baby.
Do you, yourselves, have questions about breastfeeding? I’ll do my best to ask Mommy Abbie and Mommy Maricel about them.
I’ll create another post on Sustaining Breastfeeding soon! 🙂
P.S. Right now, I’m excited to get my Medela pumps. I bought the Medela Pump in Style Advance and the Manual Harmony Breastpump!
P.P.S. Would you care to share some tips on the topics that was discussed during our class? I’d like to hear from your personal experiences.