“I’m not stopping my sessions anytime soon! I’ve googled and read tons of articles on breastfeeding, but nothing beats a person you can talk to when the book says a growth spurt can last up to a week but your babies seem to be on a month long growth spurt!″ – Mommy Andrea
Mommy Andrea Lanuza
The last month would have been nowhere near as pleasant without Zeny! When almost everyone seems to be worrying about having enough milk, constantly suggesting to start feeding with a bottle, or urging us to give water… Zeny’s constant reassurance that I would have enough milk to purely breastfeed my twin girls kept me sane. A month after my first session, my girls are still on pure breast milk (all mine), and I have a growing stock of pumped milk in my freezer.
Zeny also addressed my clogged ducts when I didn’t even know what clogged ducts were, or what was causing the discomfort. The latching position she taught allowed me to get so much more sleep and also got the twins attaching well enough so I could recover from all the soreness from improper latching; and of course feeding twice as much as is normal.
I’m not stopping my sessions anytime soon! I’ve googled and read tons of articles on breastfeeding, but nothing beats a person you can talk to when the book says a growth spurt can last up to a week but your babies seem to be on a month long growth spurt!
Mommy Madeleine Bertini
My name is Madeleine and I gave birth to my first child, baby Annika, just over a month ago. Her birthday was truly the most amazing yet overwhelming day of my life. I love being a mother and Annika is such a good baby.
It was challenging to start breastfeeding at first, with the milk overflowing, finding the right position and getting used to putting my breast out all the time. Now I’m ok with it and enjoying the quiet moments with my precious one, as well as it helped me shed all my pregnancy weight. Annika fed right away as soon as she was born & we got a good start with breastfeeding on her first day. However, after a few days my nipples got sore and painful so I consulted Zeny who my friend recommended. It was a relief when Zeny helped to latch my baby correctly. I think having lactation sessions have made me enjoy breastfeeding since I learnt different positions, correct latch etc., and l can warmly recommend it.
My pregnancy was wonderful; I was feeling healthy and strong throughout. When I told Zeny about my enjoyable pregnancy she suggested I share some of my experience and feel good tips.
Being a yoga instructor, vegetarian and a tree hugger, I was following a healthy lifestyle even before I got pregnant. My yoga practice is part of who I am, so during my pregnancy I continued to practice up to the very day I gave birth. I felt that doing the different movements, poses and breath awareness helped me stay in tune with my body as it changed over the months. It also made me connect more deeply with the growing little life inside me. The moments I miss the most from my pregnancy are the times when I felt Annika move during the relaxation after practicing the yoga poses.
If you want to do prenatal yoga there are plenty of yoga studios in Manila right now that offer sessions with experienced teachers.
I must say that I was rather disciplined about my diet during my pregnancy following the diet recommendations according to the traditional medicine system of Ayurveda (stemming from what we today know as India). This system teaches you to eat in a way that suits your constitution (physiological and psychological type). This might sound too complicated but it basically involves following a balanced diet of good quality unprocessed food such as fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts/seeds, diary and lean protein.
Exercise and diet put aside, I also tried to work on my mental state of mind in anticipation of the birth. I found this so much harder than going for my daily walk or choosing to have brown rice and tofu curry for dinner instead of pizza. Apart from my greatest fear of that something would go seriously wrong during labor, I was also fearing to have a birth with much medical intervention, such as c section. All my efforts during the nine months were geared towards having a healthy baby but also to have the most natural birth. How frustrating that my control freak little self could not control the outcome…
Once I was in labor, my ob suspected a cord coil on my baby since her heart rate dropped with every contraction. She suggested a c section. Despite feeling “robbed” of the birth experience and hugely disappointed I’m thankful to my doctor she anticipated the problem in advance. So our beautiful girl was born by c section and once we greeted each other all that other stuff didn’t matter anymore. I had a healthy baby girl in my arms.
And besides, all my work did pay off; I’m feeling healthy and coping with the challenges of motherhood well. Even though I thought that first all the walking, “yogaing”, breathing, and other preparation that I did to have the natural gentle birth I hoped for went to waste it has really paid off in other ways in that I recovered fast after the birth.
Mommy Margie Duavit
I was referred to pre-natal massage therapist and lactation specialist, Zeny Feliciano, through my doctor, Dr. Mayette Tangkeko-Lopez. Zeny also came highly recommended from close friends that also used her services after birth.
Admittedly, Zeny was the third lactation specialist I tried but she was the best because I learned so much from her. She sincerely wanted me to succeed and to not give up on breastfeeding my son, who was my third child but second attempt at breastfeeding (my first attempt was disastrous!). Coach Zeny personally taught me the different breastfeeding positions (Day and Night feeding) as well as THE PROPER position to feed the baby using propped up pillows (who knew?) so there was no tugging or pulling that usually resulted in painful breastfeeding. She also provided me with healing techniques for my sore nipples (milk on the sore parts and air drying them), her personal experiences, benefits and lots and lots of encouragement to keep on going. It was like a miracle. I absolutely had no intentions of breastfeeding because it seemed so tedious and harassing and besides, my two older children turned out perfectly fine with formula. But with the information, the support, love and help from Coach Zeny, I have been purely breastfeeding my baby for the past 4 months. No one tells you what’s really involved with breastfeeding and how difficult it can be especially as a first time Mom. But with the support of a wonderful lactation specialist, it becomes completely stress-free, easy and possible to breastfeed. You just need the proper guidance from someone like Zeny.
Thank you so much Coach Zeny!
Mommy Laura Verallo de Bertotto
I’m a cow. That’s not a snarky nod to my post-partum physique. It pertains to my milk production. I produce oceanic levels of milk. Many moms who feel they don’t produce enough say they envy me for it. I say a) it’s highly likely that you’re producing exactly what your child needs; b) being a cow comes with its risks. Mine include engorgement (pain, the difficulty of maintaining a good latch), lumps and, consequently, mastitis.
My story with my first baby, my daughter, was the horror story: the mastitis that turned into a raging abscess. Two cult-crazy lactation consultants badgered me to continue breastfeeding but not pumping (they were purists) despite what was clearly a serious condition that needed medical intervention. This resulted in the infection getting so bad that it required invasive surgery and a sudden stop to breastfeeding. Between new-mom fears, lack of sleep, an obsession with breastfeeding, the tremendous pain of the infection, the surgery, the sudden stop, and the awful guilt that the lactation consultants instilled (“you’ll be feeding your baby toxins if you don’t breastfeed”), I was devastated. I managed to give my daughter only a month of breast milk and felt destroyed about it. My ensuing post-partum depression lasted a year and a half.
So I did. As soon as my baby was born, I got engorged as usual. For me, this lasts about 2 weeks. Not fun. My baby was a quick latcher but because of the engorgement, a proper latch was hard to maintain at each feeding…and my fears about lumps coming because of it started to set in.
Complicating matters further, he turned out to be a sleepy cluster feeder. My record was him at my breast for 7 hours. So I decided to pump exclusively. Even then it wasn’t easy sailing. I was pumping every hour and a half in the first few weeks; then I developed a staph infection, a systemic drug reaction to my antibiotic, etc. But, with the help of Coach Zeny who massaged me regularly and got me on cold compresses to prevent the lumps, I kept at it.
And, we succeeded! I ended up pumping 50 oz a day with just two pumping sessions and managed to give my son 5.5 months of breast milk.
What have I learned from all this? First, any breast milk is fantastic. Second, many moms take to breastfeeding like fish to water. For those who don’t, there is no reason to feel guilty or inadequate. Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking that. Third, the right breastfeeding coach can be a lifesaver. I’d avoid the cult purists and choose someone supportive of any breast milk you manage to give your child.
Mommy Mio Oka
I would just like to mention that without Coach Zeny, I would not have been able to continue breastfeeding Sam for the past 4 month. When I decided to give birth here in the Philippines, I was extremely worried if I would be able to breast feed my baby. But Coach Zeny supported us through the whole thing, particularly during the 1st to the 3rd month when it was extremely difficult for us.
Thanks to Zeny’s continued help and encouragement, I feel more confident and comfortable breast feeding my son. I would still like to continue to rely on Coach Zeny’s help in the future. Many, many thanks Coach!
Mommy Thenielle Tan-Monteras
All is well with baby Aidyn and me. He turned 7 months last June 14 and is such a happy and healthy baby. Thank you so much for your help, Coach Zeny! Because of you, I’ve been able to nurse Aidyn successfully and need not worry about BPA’s and other chemicals which could harm my baby.
I’ve also been able to sleep better when I started breastfeeding him directly, so, I am more functional now, though I still get run down in the afternoons as he is so active — crawling and standing and rolling over everything! He has such a healthy appetite too! Much to our surprise, Aidyn is so easy to feed with solids, unlike his cousin who is such a picky eater. His cousin would just eat a few spoonfuls of rice — and she’s a 1 ½ years old! Maybe it’s because of the changing flavors of breast milk — so Aidyn easily adjusted to the taste of solids.
Breast milk is so good! Aidyn is advanced for his age: more vocabulary than his cousin (purely formula fed), and has better motor skills compared to other babies his age. I have no doubt that breast milk is far superior than formula!
Aidyn also isn’t sickly despite being vaccine-free. Thank you for reassuring me that I’m doing the best for my baby!
You are a blessing!
Mommy Susanne Wurtz
We’re back from our second trip to Germany for Christmas. Baby Lily and I are doing very well; Lily is 7 months old now. We started her on solid food while I still continue to breastfeed her. She is a good eater and is now 7kg. She also sleeps through the night, which is really good for us.
Unfortunately, we are leaving the Philippines as my husband is being relocated back to Germany (Hamburg). We all had a great time here in the Philippines and we will miss it a lot.
Thanks again for all your help and your wonderful massage sessions. I appreciate it a lot!