Breastfeeding Tips from a Working Mom

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I am always hesitant to taking medicines or eating processed foods. When I am sick, which luckily rarely happens, as much as possible I do not want want to take any medicine. What I do is I just take some rest, drink plenty of water and eat some more fruits and vegetables. I do not despise medicines. In fact, I acknowledge that these medicines were products of years of research and indeed cure many illnesses and help save lives. I also cannot deny that I eat processed foods and the convenience they bring us.

But whenever possible, I would only like to nourish my body with tasty, fresh and nutritious foods. I am a believer that taking in natural foods have immense health benefits without the side effects. So when I got pregnant with my first child, I did not have second thoughts of breastfeeding my baby. This desire was there still with my second child. However, despite my willingness to breastfeed them, I was only successful during my maternity leave. After my maternity leave, which is just 2 months, my milk supply dwindled. It was only during my third time of being a mom did I finally got the hang of breastfeeding. I was able to exclusively breastfeed my third child for a year (way beyond my maternity leave. Yay! )

Now my third child is 17 months old. We are already giving her formula milk. I no longer pump milk during office hours, but I still do direct feeding whenever we are together, upon my baby’s demand.

Yes breastfeeding while having a a full time job is possible. It is not without challenges but it is doable. Here are some of the things which I did and I hope it helps our nursing moms :

  1. Determination is key. Acknowledge the fact that breastfeeding is hard at first. It takes a lot of effort and time. But just like anything else, once you get the rhythm of it, it becomes easy.
  2. Eat right. Drink lots of water, eat vegetables and fruits and have plenty of soup.
  3. Pump before your maternity leave ends. Take advantage of your time away from work and start building your milk stash.
  4. You need support system. Breastfeeding takes a lot of effort. Many times, doing household chores along with breastfeeding is impossible. It is just very hard especially if you are working full time. So you really need a helping hand so you could focus on pumping milk.
  5. Direct feed your child whenever possible. Dress appropriately for breastfeeding. Luckily a lot of establishments now, mall especially, have areas dedicated solely for breastfeeding. Always do your research where these areas are located. I remember where i had to attend several days of seminars. I called the organizers days before the event and informed them that I need a room to express my milk and store it. The organizers gladly assisted me with my request.
  6. Have a schedule of your pumping session. As much as possible, before you leave for office, complete one pumping session. Then have have the succeeding sessions every after 3 hours. Pump again when you arrive home.
  7. Join Facebook page dedicated for breastfeeding. Research and read materials regarding the subject matter.
  8. Have a lactation massage. Just when I was about to give up my breastfeeding journey, I decided to avail lactation massage. I had it from the hospital where I delivered my baby. The price is reasonable. The result was not immediate but i believe it helped me boost my milk production.

I only have enough milk supplies for my baby. I only have enough milk for the daily consumption of my baby but we survived! Admittedly, breastfeeding your baby is a tough journey but a very rewarding one. Enjoy the moments with your baby!

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Product Feature: Honey Beeswax Lotion Bar

In today’s world of rampant plastic consumption and chemically produced products, maybe it’s time for us to re-asses on how we can do our share in reducing the use of plastic materials, shifting on natural and organic products while at the same time supporting small scale entrepreneurs.

Our shop believes that we can enjoy eco-friendly cosmetics and everyday essentials products without causing too much damage with our mother earth. Hence, featuring our best seller Honey Beeswax lotion bar (product of Larry’s Honey) as an alternative product with your everyday lotion packed in plastic containers. It is an all natural, organic alternative to main stream lotions. Our product is made from honey beeswax which is rich in Vitamin E and comes in natural biodegradable packaging.

Beeswax is the main component of our lotion bar. Basically, what is beeswax? In simplest terms, it is a wax produced by honey bees. Bees actually make beeswax in order to form the structure of the hive, they secrete wax from special glands, then chew it up and use it to form perfect hexagon-shaped honey comb.

Product usage: Honey Beeswax lotion bar is an excellent addition to everyday essential products because it creates a barrier which helps seal moisture into the skin. It also protects the skin from environmental toxins and irritants. It is packed with Vitamin A which improves hydration to the skin. It helps soothe skin, locks in moisture, and even has natural anti-wrinkle properties.

Ingredients: Beeswax, olive oil, honey, and Vitamin E oil.

How to use: Warm lotion bar by rubbing on palm, apply generously.

If you wish to know more about this product, just do send us a message. Hope to hear from you!

Atok, Benguet: Northern Blossom Flower Farm

This is a guest post by edgywedgie. He blogs about things that spark his interests such as solo travels, backpacking, beach, sunset, photography, food and everything in between.

You may visit his blog for more blissful travel inspirations in and around Philippine archipelago.

Me and my friend, Arnex decided to make a trip to Atok, Benguet and visit the flower farm there.

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We went on the third week of February when the temperature dropped to 6 degrees Celsius.

A few days before the trip,I booked online the bus going to and from Baguio City. We chose Joy Bus Premiere of Genesis Busline. There are two booking sites to choose from: pinoytraveland iwantseats. I prefer the latter since you can choose your seats.

Joy Bus Premiere bus was super comfy and fast. It’s like riding an airplane. The seats have ample leg space,with a tablet that offers music and movies! Just be sure to bring your own headset. The bus also has a toilet. It also offers biscuits and a bottle of water inclusive of the P760 fare per pax. Clean and sealed blankets are also provided for. The trip is non-stop…

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Product Feature: Sweet Crystal Oil

Our shop believes that we all live in abundance.  We are blessed with natural resources waiting to be explored and be able to maximize its full potential for the greater benefit of the people. We are from Philippines, an archipelagic country from Southeast Asia. 

Philippines is an agricultural country with wide variety of plants. Blissful Keeps Shop best seller is Sweet Crystal Oil (a product of Marinduque Land Corp.) which comes from all natural,  local and organic ingredients.  It is a mixture of virgin coconut oil, menthol crystal and essential oils: sweet orange, lemon and elemi, and peppermint. Virgin Coconut oil is the main component of this product, it helps boost immune system and treat a vast range of medical conditions from common allergies to critical ailments.  On the other hand, Elemi essential oil, has been cherished for centuries for its numerous benefits. It is derived from Elemi tree which is native to the Philippines.  It promotes healthy skin and has wonderful aromatherapy applications that reduces stress. Furthermore, it supports respiratory health and reduces muscle and joint pains.

Product usage: Offers relief to headache, nausea, stomach discomfort, muscle pain and motion or sea sickness. It also has soothing effect due to strong penetrating menthol with sweet citrus undertone. How to use: Roll it on the temple, forehead and back of the neck.

If you wish to know more about this product, just do send us a message. Hope to hear from you!


How To Find Bliss In Everyday?

We live in a fast-paced world. Work and personal life are often tangled with overwhelming tasks.  Weekends and limited number of leaves from work are the only chances for us to rest and do things we are passionate about. To find time for activities that will make us blissful outside our everyday routine. As a person, we simply desire joy and contentment. But so often, these feelings seems too hard to find.

Hence, taking several days off from work and traveling are options but are not always feasible.  Despite life demands, it is essential that we pause, rest and enjoy small moments.  It is important for us to take “mini vacations” daily. Consider the following suggestions to find bliss in your everyday life:

1. Leave your phone behind. Make a conscious effort to limit the use of social media platforms.

2. Read a book. Visit book shops and book fairs.

3. Wear something that will make you feel beautiful such as handmade accessory or a colorful scarf.

4. Drink a warm cup of tea or coffee.

5. Prepare a salad with the freshest ingredients. 

6. Use your lunch break to enjoy natural and outdoor view. Visit a park nearby.

7. Meditate. Read daily inspirations.

8. Take a walk or run outside. Enjoy nature.

9. Schedule lunch with a friend or colleague.

10. Write on your journal.

11. Call a family member or friends to catch up in the middle of the day just because.

12. Know your neighborhood. Discover new things about your place, like a new cafe or museum you haven’t been to.

13. Sunrise and sunset chasing.

14. Light a candle and enjoy a quiet evening.

15. Simply enjoy the art of doing nothing.

Let us not spend our precious time just by going through our daily routines.  For us to have more blissful moments,  let us be mindful on how we spend our time and energy. Let us not wait for our next travel destination to take a break and enjoy, instead, make your everyday life feel more like a vacation.

It is only a matter of perspective and life choices that will make our everyday blissful. Cherish that chance.

Why Blissful Keeps?

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Find your bliss, an old adage yet still true today. Blissful feeling is a journey of perfect happiness or great joy. In our busy world where everything is digital, instant and online, it is comforting to find some bliss in our everyday life. There is comfort in simple pleasures such as reading your favorite book, enjoying time with nature, conversation with a friend over coffee or just simply doing nothing. Likewise, spending time with our loved ones at the comfort of our home is priceless. Conversation with a friend in person is still way better than seeing their updates in social media. Nowadays, dinner is served with just a few clicks on our mobile phones and food is waiting at your doorsteps. But who can resist the delicious aroma of home cooked meals made from scratch and out of love? Indeed, you can never have too many blissful moments in life.

Blissful Keeps Shop was founded by two lawyers who aside from legal profession are passionate into traveling and finding things worth sharing. We find joy in everything beautiful, simple and classic. We are delighted with handcrafted and organic products as opposed to commercial brands. We have a penchant for handmade and unique accessories. Most importantly, we are passionate to share our blissful finds to everyone. Hence, finding truthfulness to our vision, blissful finds worth keeping.

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often. Please continue to drop by and say Hi!