How to increase breastmilk by Power pumping

If you are a damsel in distress because of low milk supply when you can't keep up with the demand of your baby for your precious liquid...

If you are a damsel in distress because of low milk supply when you can't keep up with the demand of your baby for your precious liquidgold, then you must need to powerpump because it simply WORKS! There’s growing buzz around the concept of “power pumping.” If you have an electric or manual breastpump. Power pumping will do you wonders babe! You must thank heaven!

Other than bringing your baby to your breast, the next best way to naturally increase milk supply is to power pump. Power pumping, even when no milk is coming out, signals your bobbies that there is a demand and the body would start to produce more. In simple terms, you are tricking your body to produce more milk by rapidly emptying breasts. If you are familiar with "cluster feeding" which is when baby is on and off the breast often, this is how power pumping works. It's not meant to replace your normal pumping  routine, you just have to do this once or twice a day.

Most mothers should see their milk supply slowly and steadily increase after a few days of power pumping.

Here's how to power pump as illustrated below:
Increase breastmilk by powerpumping

In my case, I power pump whenever required to help with keeping my supply up, especially since I am a full-time working mother. Some mothers do this more often on weekends and do it a few times each day. Some others power pump for an hour or two each evening until they are satisfied with their supply.

However, you must always remember that it is of paramount importance that you drink lots of water, eat, and rest well to support your body in producing nutritious milk for your child.

Also, choose a good quality closed system double electric breast pump (such as Unimom Minuet or any hospital grade pump) to help ensure that the milk is efficiently and hygienically expressed. I've tried several pumps in the market and so far, I find that the Unimom Minuet LCD has the best suction from all others! It's the closest to baby's suction. But any portable breastpump will do, even manual pumps will do. 

You typically need to power pump for 2-3 days before you see a result, then you can return to normal pumping routine until you feel like you need to do it again.

This is post is dedicated to all mothers who are feeling somewhat down because of  low milk supply. I've been there many times and it's never been an easy ride, just hang on and powerpump! :)

This is post is also dedicated to my sons Affan and Minmin , I would be lost without you two♥

Unimom Minuet LCD Review

Howdy avid readers of my blog! Anyone?) haha. Anyway, I am here again for another breastfeeding-related blogpost to share you guys a...






Howdy avid readers of my blog! Anyone?) haha. Anyway, I am here again for another breastfeeding-related blogpost to share you guys another breastpump I've been wanting to try since I saw it on my instagram feeds. I just find it very attractive.  Before I go on, I must first say that I have been spoilt by my  portable  pump, the Cimilre F1. It works amazing for me but unfortunately, it broke down after serving me well for a good 10 months. Thank god I still have my hospital grade pump with me. 

So as I am nearing my 2-year-arduous-but-strangely-fulfilling breastfeeding journey, I want to buy another portable pump to motivate myself to continue even more. So after much research and reading reviews online mostly reviews from mommies abroad, I ended up buying the Unimom Minuet LCD. The brand is infact not new here in the Philippines. Unimom breastpumps specifically the Unimom Forte and Allegro were among the first breastpumps to be introduced here by LiquidgoldPH in the Philippines along with the Spectra brand by Babymama at a time when expressing milk and breastfeeding isn't popular as it is today.

I was tempted to buy it from breastpumpPH because of the promotional price of P5,350.00 and it came with silicone breastpump (similar to Haakaa's) and premium breastmilk bags as freebies. Coupled with the cheap deal and the hype over the Korean brand Spectra and Cimilre,  I finally gave the Unimom a shot because it's a korean brand and the pump itself looks so adorable. And boy, they are right about this pump! The pump is spot on. It can perform just as well as my Cimilre F1.  Not only did it do its job, it expressed milk so well I was surprised because the for the price it's a steal.

The Unimom  is lightweight, and the suction is soothing and not overly intrusive. I can pump 8 oz milk in just 8-10 minutes! It actually gets the milk flowing like a baby is latching on you. The letdown feature that is the massage mode mimics a babies suction PERFECTLY! It is also a closed system, and the battery lasts ages too and while it is silent, the suction can go as high as the highest suction level of my good old Spectra S1+. The price of the Unimom Minuet LCD is fantastic for a portable breastpump that offers so much features and oh! it actually comes with a USB cable so you can charge the pump thru USB ports, this comes very handy when I'm driving to work and need to charge my pump. It can be charged also when connected to a powerbank.

Compared to the Cimilre F1, this pump performs just as well and I really love the fact that the Unimom Minuet LCD comes with bottle stands so you don't accidentally spill your milk (this is very very useful! ) and it also comes with free silicone massagers which you can attach to your flange. The F1 does not come with these spare parts. And the parts are very easy to wash and reasonably priced!









                                                                                                                                                                   

Myshopping Box Review

I've ordered so many items abroad using different freight forwarders. Today, I'm going to review myshoppingbox(MSB)which I think wo...

I've ordered so many items abroad using different freight forwarders. Today, I'm going to review myshoppingbox(MSB)which I think would not be your best choice if you order more than 1 and big items as they don't consolidate packages. Last brack friday sale, I bought 2 keds shoes, 2 weekender bag and a wallet which all I got for less than 100 dollars in total because it's Black Friday. I usually ship my ordered items from abroad using shippingcart but because of the recent bad reviews and lost packages issues, I opt to use another freight forwarder other than Jinio. So this time I tried myshoppingbox and because I am pretty excited to have them shipped and thinking a striked a pretty good deal, I did not care to have a little research on MSB. Oh boy, it was a mistake becuase MSB does not consolidate items and remove excess packaging! Fast forward, my ordered items came in one very big box from 6pm to MSB! I was then billed $179 freaking dollars to ship them thru air to the Philippines. Are you kidding me? So I emailed there customer service and was then told that they don't remove excess packaging. It was good thing they offer to ship items thru sea cargo as I can't afford to ship them on air with the billed amount. I opted to ship them thru sea cargo at 86.71dollars, almost the same price as my packages in total. It took roughly a little over a month before I receive my parcel. I was pretty happy with all the items I ordered it's just that the shipping is way way expensive than I though :(


So if you are looking to ship big items from the US, MSB is not for you. 


Cimilre Handsfree Breasthield Kit Review

In connection to my review on the Cimilre F1 breastpump , today i'm gonna be reviewing the Cimilre handsfree breastshield kit which I go...

In connection to my review on the Cimilre F1 breastpump, today i'm gonna be reviewing the Cimilre handsfree breastshield kit which I got for around 1,700 php for the pair. I was initially going to purchase the freemie but unfortunately my budget wont allow. So instead I opted to try Cimilre's. I've used it for more than two months already and I find it useful and serves its purpose well. It's really totally handsfree! I can express almost the same amount of milk output when compared to my regular flanges. I am also happy that it works well with my Spectra S1+ and horigen breastpump which I have recently sold.

Overall, I'm quite happy with the Cimilre F1 and the breastshield kit , all I ordered from www.facebook.com/babysaversph

Cimilre F1 Breastpump Review

Photo grabbed from babysaversph. Click  Spectra S1+ vs Cimilre S3 Review  for my other pump review. So as promised mommies! I just r...


Photo grabbed from babysaversph.
Click Spectra S1+ vs Cimilre S3 Review for my other pump review.

So as promised mommies! I just received my new breastpump from babysaversph. I really love the Cimilre F1!! Performance-wise, it works great like my other two breastpumps - the horigen dual breastpump and Spectra S1+. It's like I've been hoarding breastpumps lately. hehe! I'm loving this pump more than the other two because of the sleek and compact design and it's affordable too!.  It's very ligh weight which made my S1+ feel like an elephant. The Spectra S1+ is an amazing pump but it's too bulky and pricey. The horigen dual pump on the other hand is not rechargeable so I am not happy that I have to bring a powerbank with me all the time  as I tend to forget to bring it with me everytime:(  The Cimilre F1 is my holy grail breastpump! This little machine packs a big punch for working moms on the go or need to multi-task. It's so convenient and very easy to to bring  to work. I also love how the pump itself is made of pearly shiny material making it dirt and dust-free, unlike my Spectra S1+ which tends to get a bit dirty but I can easily dust-it off with wipes naman. hehe! The F1 has a very silent and subtle pumping sound so my officemates won't hear those prrrrrr pumping sound :D It has a led-backlit screen like the Spectra S9+ which comes handy for late night pumping. Surprisingly, I yield almost the same amount of milk compared to my output using my S1+. The suction is subtle yet strong and efficient in draining out my breast. This little machine came at a good price of P5,500 introductory price!! Currently available at babysaversph.
Photo grabbed from babysaversph.

Below are the pros and cons:

Pros:
Very light
Very silent pumping
Sturdy
Shiny-pearl body
Sleek design
Dual and Rechargeable ( full charge will give you 4-6 pumping session)
LED backlit screen
Closed-system, with backflow protectors
My spectra spare parts fits perfectly ( so I can interchange parts) 
Affordable

Cons:

The flanges fits the standard-sized bottles but I think you can buy an adapter to wideneck bottles from the seller. I was able to use my Spectra flange with the Cimilre F1 without any problems at all.

I will be posting more pictures soon!

This photo was taken under bad lighting condition.

Photo taken at night time.

Photo taken at night time.



Cimilre F1 Breastpump Review

Photo grabbed from babysaversph. So as promised mommies! I just received my new breastpump from babysaversph . I really love the Cimil...


Photo grabbed from babysaversph.
So as promised mommies! I just received my new breastpump from babysaversph. I really love the Cimilre F1!! Performance-wise, it works great like my other two breastpumps - the horigen dual breastpump and Spectra S1+. It's like I've been hoarding breastpumps lately. hehe! I'm loving this pump more than the other two because of the sleek and compact design and it's affordable too!. The Spectra S1+ is an amazing pump but it's too bulky and pricey. The horigen dual pump on the other hand is not rechargeable so I am not happy that I have to bring a powerbank with me all the time  as I tend to forget to bring it with me everytime:(  The Cimilre F1 is my holy grail breastpump! It's so convenient and very easy to to bring it to work. I also love how the pump itself is made of shiny material making it dirt and dust-free, unlike my Spectra S1+ which tends to get a bit dirty but I can easily dust-it off with wipes naman. hehe! The F1 has a very silent and subtle pumping sound so my officemates won't hear those prrrrrr pumping sound :D It has a led-backlit screen like the Spectra S9+ which comes handy for late night pumping. Surprisingly, I yield almost the same amount of milk compared to my output using my S1+. The suction is subtle yet strong and efficient in draining out my breast.
Photo grabbed from babysaversph.

Below are the pros and cons:

Pros:
Very light
Very silent pumping
Sturdy
Shiny-pearl body
Sleek design
Dual and Rechargeable ( full charge will give you 4-6 pumping session)
LED backlit screen
Closed-system, with backflow protectors
My spectra spare parts fits perfectly ( so I can interchange parts) 
Affordable

Cons:

The flanges fits the standard-sized bottles but I think you can buy an adapter to wideneck bottles from the seller. I was able to use my Spectra flange with the Cimilre F1 without any problems at all.

I will be posting more pictures soon!

This photo was taken under bad lighting condition.

Photo taken at night time.

Photo taken at night time.

Where to purchase?:

https://www.facebook.com/babysaversph/
https://www.instagram.com/babysaversph/



Maybelline Gel Liner Review

Howdy! I'm back with another review of a makeup product I recently bought during Maybelline's 50% off sale last March. It's the...

Howdy! I'm back with another review of a makeup product I recently bought during Maybelline's 50% off sale last March. It's the Maybelline Gel liner Long Lasting drama which I have been using on my everyday makeup.









I've been honestly loving the product. This is actually my first time using gel liner as I'm used to liquid liners but I've found out that it's better than my liquid liners. I love how comfortable it is to wear without that feeling that you have that liner on which I have actually experienced with my liquid liners. Unlike some liquid liners, this gel liner does not sting my eyes. I have not tried other gel liners to compare though but all I can say is I am very satisfied with the product. I do not know if lives up to Maybelline's claim that it's gonna stay for 24 hours. In my experience it would last me until I get home from work without any retouch during the day. However, if I wash off my face during lunch, I noticed that some of the product would peel off, so its not waterproof as it claims to be. On to the consistency, the product is opaque that it is actually jet black. It's not shiny but rather matte and pigmented. Over all, the product is a steal for the price.

I would definitely repurchase this product.




Spectra S1 Review

Hands down to the best breast pump ever! After excluding pumping with my Spectra s1+ for three months, I can say that the Sp...






Hands down to the best breast pump ever! After excluding pumping with my Spectra s1+ for three months, I can say that the Spectra S1+, indeed, is one of the best electric breastpumps in the market. I've been using this pump for a few months now and I loooove it. It seems to have good suction and I like that it has 2 modes - massage mode and expression mode.It’s also got a ton of cool options.  Listed below are the pros and cons I have noted:

  • Heavy Duty
The pump is for heavy duty use unlike the spectra s9+ and m1 which you can only use upto four times in a day per recommendation by babymama.com.ph. This means that you can pump for several times a day without worrying of overusing your electric breastpump. It's a hospital-grade pump capable of pumping single or double. There are two holes up front where you can connect the tubing to.

  • Rechargeable Battery

I love the rechargeable battery on this pump. It lasts me 2-3 days usage with about 4 pumping sessions in a day on a single charge.

  • Nightlight
This feature is very useful as I don't have to turn on the lights when I pump at night. It's super handy!

  • Massage Mode
The pump has two modes : massage mode and expression mode which are both adjustable by cyles and vaccum strength. This feauture is what makes the S1+ stand out from the other breaspumps I have tried. The Spectra leaves my breast feeling much emptier than my Spectra S9+ which I recently sold to buy the horigen dual pump. tehe!

  • Vibration

Compared with the other breastpumps I have tried, this one has a unique vibration everytime the pump sucks. It helps a lot in emptying milk out of my breast. 

  • Closed System

It comes with a backflow protector that prevents the milk from going into the pump machne.




The pump is amaaaazing but the spectra bottles are made of cheap plastic, it tends to unscrew itself from the flange. So you might consider  replacing the standard bottles, I use my avent bottles as it perfectly fits the flanges.

Expensive. I bought it for P 13,750.00. P15,500.00 including the shipping fee and accessories.  This sells for only P8,000 abroad. But hey! Warranty matters! atleast you can send it for repair if gets damaged.


Despite the cons, the Spectra is quiet, comfortable, painless, super awesome breastpump. You can control and adjust everything.... the suction, cycles (how fast) and intensity and etc and it remembers your choices for the next time you turn it on. The flanges are very comfortable and compact--not bulky at all. The machine itself is light compared to other brands of hospital-grade pumps weight and surprisingly portable inside a tote. It's quite big though, like the size of a small watermelon. 



Verify your Paypal using your Landbank Debit Visa Card

This is a quick step by step instruction on how to link your Landbank Visa Debit Card to your Paypal account and get verified. Step...



This is a quick step by step instruction on how to link your Landbank Visa Debit Card to your Paypal account and get verified.

Step 1: Log in to your paypal account and click the "Get Verified" link just below your name on the home page.

Step 2: Add your Landbank Visa Debit card by just keying in the details of your card. That would include the details of your bank, name appearing on your card, 16-digit card number and your CVV (last 3-digit number on the back of your card). Take note: Paypal will get P 100 from your card to check if you really own the card number; but it will be credited back to your account after 24 hours after verification). In my case, I was deducted 150 from my landbank account but the P100 was credited back to my paypal account after I was verified.

Incase, you do not know yet the details of Landbank. Here are the details you need to fill in:
Bank Name: LAND BANK OF THE PHILS
Bank Code: 010350025

Step 3: Once you have successfully added you card, it’s time to get the Paypal Code (EXPUSE) number. This is a 4-digit number to verify your PayPal account.

Step 4. Unlike getting verified thru EON Unionbank account where you can retrieve your 4-digit expuse number by logging in thru your EON Cyber Account in your account statement, you will need to call landbank hotline toll free (1-800-10-405-7000)  2 days after adding your card to ask for the expuse code. The banker will verify your details; name, birthday and other important details to make sure you own the card. The banker will then ask your telephone number to call you  back after 30 minutes for the 4 digit code.

Step 5: After successfully receiving your EXPUSE Code from the banker, you can now log in to your PayPal account and click "Get Verified" and from there you enter the 4-digit code. Once done entering your EXPUSE code, you will receive a confirmation message indicating that your PayPal account is now verified. Congrats! and if you have questions just leave a comment and I'd be glad to help.

Landbank Visa Debit Card Paypal Verification

Update: June 20, 2018

This method still works. 



Ever Bilena Lip Pencil Review in Deep Pink

Hi guys! So here I am again and today my blog post will be about my favorite lip liner from ever bilena which I have been using for month...


Hi guys! So here I am again and today my blog post will be about my favorite lip liner from ever bilena which I have been using for months now.This is a very great lip liner and I am surprised that it only sells for Php100 ($2.3) at Watsons Philippines.  It's a steal. I love the texture which glides on precise on lips. It's very pigmented and the color payout is superb for the price.  I use to cover my entire lips not just a liner to line the lips. It stays long on the lips for about 6 hours if you don't drink or eat (lol), doesn't feel stick or heavy as most lipstick do but it's not moisturizing either. 

Pros:

Good pigmentation
Smooth application
Long lasting
Cheap
Easily available

Cons:

Requires sharpening

Rating : 4/5

Ever Bilena Lip Pencil Deep Pink

Ever Bilena Deep Pink Lip Liner Swatch

Looks lighter on the photo. But the color is actually deep pink with a hint of violet


How to Book Cebu Pacific Airline Ticket Using your Unionbank EON VISA Debit Card

Booking airline tickets often are purchased with credit cards. While this is the popular method, it's not the only means of booking you...

Booking airline tickets often are purchased with credit cards. While this is the popular method, it's not the only means of booking your flights online. Airline tickets can also be purchased through other methods such as debit cards (with VISA logo like Unionbank EON CARD and BDO debit card), bank deposit and other online forms of payment or cash . Some of these methods can be handled online, while others will require you to make the purchase in person like going through online booking agents at the mall or direct bank deposit.

The good news is you don't need a credit card to book airline tickets from Cebu Pacific. If you have a debit card then it's as easy as ABCD. Gone are the days when you have to queue through online booking agents just to have your travel booked. You can also use your landbank ATM card to purchase tickets from Cebu pacific but I will do the step-by-step tutorial for the Landbank purchase in a separate post.  

So below is the step-by-step instruction on how to book your online tickets:

1. Search your flight.

Use the box at the left side of the Homepage (as shown below). Just select the type of booking you'd like. Step 1 is pretty basic so let's move on step 2. Note : It's best if you have an account with Cebu Pacific so you can track and manage all your bookings.
Cebu Pacific EON VISA card online booking

Step 2.  You will then be directed to a page with a list of all available flights that fit your trip plan. Then click the continue button.


Step 3: Next step is to fill in guest details: basic information (name, sex, age and birthday) about the guest/s who will be taking this flight with you.


Step 4: Choose add-ons like your baggage allowance, travel insurance and seat preference etc. The cost will then be added to your total ticket cost.

Step 5: Summary report of your total ticket cost and then click to continue to proceed for the payment.

Step 6: Paying using your Unionbank EON VISA debit card is very easy. Just select the VISA payment  and then fill in the necessary information which includes the issuing bank which is obviously UNIONBANK OF THE PHILIPPINES,  name appearing on the Unionbank EON card, the card number (16-digits long), expiration date (validity) of your EON VISA card,  the 3- digit security code at the back of the card and your address as appearing on your UNIONBANK online account under the "Profile tab". Then click continue to complete your payment. Once payment is complete, you are directed to a page where you can print your itinerary and official receipt. If you are registered member of Cebu pac then you can easily manage all your bookings under the "Manage Booking" tab.

Unionbank will not charge you a single peso for booking your ticket. Under your "Accounts" tab, you can double check  if payment is successful once the total ticket amount has already been deducted from your UNIONBANK EON peso account (see  sample below).

UNIONBANK EON VISA CARD CEBU PACIFIC BOOKING ONLINE

Thanks for reading! If you have questions, just drop a comment and I'll be glad to help.