Donating Breastmilk

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Being a breastfeeding/breastpumping mom - I've had my fair share of highs and lows.  Good thing is that I have a supportive family, supportive friends and supportive (online) strangers who lift me up and give me advice on breastfeeding/breastpumping.  My Kailee is nearing her 10th month mark and STILL I am giving her my breastmilk!

Freezer Stash

To pay it forward - I have been donating my frozen breastmilk to friends and strangers in need.  Since I have a good supply - I share to those in need.  Its just my way to support lactating mothers - help them when they need it.  You see, breastfeeding/breastpumping is not easy - its really hardwork!  One may say its FREE but you have to be healthy, nourished with good food and is hydrated at ALL times!  And being well fed - well, that's not cheap!

Storing and collecting breastmilk too is not cheap.  You'd have to have ample refrigerator and freezer space.  You'll need storage bags, storage containers and etc.  You need to label them and organize them (FIFO - First In First Out)  It's quite tedious - but then, it has to be done right?

So when I donate to friends and strangers - its done with love and care.  I am sharing a part of me to their kids - to keep them healthy, to help them out with their milk supply, plainly said - to keep them BREASTFED.

The reason why I am doing this post is because I've had my fair share of not so good experiences with strangers asking for milk.  I know it's quite odd - but I was hoping that people would have this 'rules of engagement' - ethics in asking for breastmilk.  I've LIKED the FB page of Human Milk 4 Human Babies - Philippines and I've given quite a number to those who posted that they needed breastmilk.

This post if for those lactating mommies who donate.  Think of it as my way of showing consideration to them (as I am one too). 

Breastmilk is FREE but the collecting and storing process is not.  It takes time to pump out the milk, pour the milk into bags and freezing them.  When the milk bags are frozen - we still organize them by date.  Here's a thought to those asking for breastmilk:

1)  GET IT when you say you will - I've had numerous experiences when those asking DO NOT pass by for the milk.  They said they will get the milk but after a few days - they still haven't picked up the milk you've prepared for them.  Its either they've gotten from other sources or simply forgot to pick-up and end up not picking up at all!  Be considerate enough to inform those you've asked from that you won't be getting the frozen/chilled breastmilk already - it's the LEAST you can do.  We could have shared that milk to someone else in need. 

2)  Bring a CLEAN cooler with ice packs or ice - Transporting breastmilk is tricky!  One must have a good cooler with ice packs so DO NOT FORGET to bring a cooler!  I've had one stranger look at me like I'm crazy when I expressed disappointment when she didn't bring a cooler - you see, frozen breastmilk is delicate and once thawed, it must be consumed within 24 hours.  Proper handling of frozen breastmilk is important - it'll be put to waste when not handled correctly!  We took our precious time pumping them and preaparing them only for you to end up spoiling our precious milk!  Also, make sure that your cooler is CLEAN!  We, moms have taken out time out to ensure the cleanliness of storing our milk so when I receive dirty cooler - I hesitate and think 'Should I still give my breastmilk?' because the cleanliness is compromised.  So, be sure to clean your coolers! 

3)  TEXT or CALL before you pick up - this is a very considerate gesture.  To remind and be reminded.  There are times that we moms - forget and there are times that we need to be reminded.  Inform us nicely so we won't be hassled with an 'I forgot' (for both the mommy donating and the mommy asking) 

4)  Arrange a pick-up TIME that is CONVENIENT for the both of you - Time is precious, therefore inform ahead, what time you intend to pick up the breastmilk.  A ball park estimate of time is enough - just be considerate enough not to pick up during the wee hours in the morning or night.  If you're running late - a text informing us of your lateness will be very MUCH appreciated.

5)  Since the milk is FREE - a simple thank you is fine.  But let's be honest - milk storage bags costs a lot too!  I was giving away bags of frozen milk - then I suddenly noticed my milk bags stash is depleting and I needed to buy more.  I thought to myself - I am donating YET I am spending so much on milk bags that I don't even get to use (for my baby).  It was then that  I started asking for milk storage bags as an exchange.  At first I was uneasy with the idea BUT then I realized - What am I suppose to use for myself?  There is no SOP on the number of bags you will give - think of it this way, the cost of breastmilk is free BUT the time and effort put into it is great, so be generous!  These donating mommies are generous enough giving their precious milk to you, right?  A simple thank you is appreciated BUT it's also nice to receive a token from those you that we have given milk to!  These tokens need not be expensive gifts - a small box of goodies such as ensaymada and cookies will go a long way!  It will make the donating mommy feel appreciated - AND it will put a BIG smile on her face.

There's this saying that women complain of not being appreciated.  So, let's all do our share in making lactating mommies FEEL APPRECIATED. 

Human Nature Baby Care Giveaway!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ever since I gave birth - its all about the baby now... 

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Human Nature Baby Care Giveaway!!

Chef Boy the Kusina Master

I like watching cooking shows.

When I was younger, I remember getting up early on a Saturday morning to watch 'Cooking it up with Nora'.  I used to play with my then only girl cousin - a cooking show!  Since she had those Little Tikes kitchen set - we would pretend being hosts to a cooking show.  This I think helped with my fascination with the culinary arts.  I pursued this fascination by enrolling in Sylvia Reynonso-Gala's kiddie cooking classes.  I wanted to further my studies when I was in Senior year BUT there wasn't a college degree in culinary arts.  It was only recently that culinary art schools were put up that gave you a bonafide diploma on cooking.

You see, I have this idea in my head.  That being a chef is a title to be earned and not learned.  That one does not need a diploma that proves he or she is a chef.  I look up more to those cooks who earned their being called a chef.  Rachel Ray always said that she is not a chef but is a cook - and I understand what she meant.

Here in the Philippines - where a LOT of Chefs are mushrooming everywhere, there is one that stands out for me because he started as a cook!  He is Chef Boy Logro.  Chef Boy started his humble beginnings from being a houseboy - to a chef's assistant to a full fledged chef!  All that without going to any culinary school!  He says with pride that he was a student of U.E. - University of Experience!  And this for me sets him apart from the rest.

 Photo grabbed from THIS site

I am very glad that GMA-7 showcases is talent and pure genius on their TV line up.

Starting January 2, 2012 - Kusina Master, a 15-minute cooking show hosted by Chef Boy Logro; will air right before Eat Bulaga.

Irene's Quezo de Bola Cheesecake

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cheesecake was the first thing that I learned to make - a lot of.  It was easy and most everyone likes cheesecake.  My cheesecake was really simple - I got the recipe from my ICA HS Home Economics class - it was a no bake recipe.  You can say I impressed quite a number of people with it - hehehe...

To tell you the truth - Cheesecake is not something I really really like.  I appreciate it but its not my favorite.

That is UNTIL - Irene's Quezo de Bola Cheesecake!

She gifted me and my Panget one for Christmas and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!  The mix of sweetness and  tartness of the quezo de bola was WONDERFUL!  It was actually love at first taste - my Panget said it was really good and sinful (the cheesy-ness is loooooooooove!)  We decided to keep half of the cheesecake for the next day - but while watching TV - I couldn't stop thinking about the cheesecake!  I finally gave in and took the half out of the ref and ate it all.  Imagine - it was haunting my mind the whole time - I had to give in right?

That's what Irene's Quezo de Bola cheesecake did to me.

So for those cheesecake lovers - give Irene's cheesecake a try and I'm sure you're going to love it as much as I did!  It might haunt you too, so order more! Because that's what I just did!!

Irene's Cheesecake

BPI's Holiday Sale Ticket Giveaway!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I'm giving away fifty (50) tickets!

To automatically win entries kindly do the following:
1)  Share the message below (with URL) to any social networking site:
"Didi is giving away FREE tickets to BPI's Big Holiday Sale! "
2)  Leave a comment with your email address (so I can contact you)
3)  One ticket per comment - a maximum of two (2) tickets per person!

Deadline for entries is December 14, 2011 at 12:00noon.  I will follow the time stamp on your comments.

Remember that this is a first come first serve basis!!