• Queenie Padilla on Pumping Breast Milk: 'It's Not the Mother's Fault'

    Plus, Ian Somerhalder is now a dad to a baby girl, expect stricter admission and retention policies in state universities, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Queenie Padilla on pumping breast milk: "It's not [the mother's] fault."



    Her baby is just over two weeks old, yet the new mom is finding that she has to stand up for her choices and defend her actions. Queenie Padilla, the eldest daughter of Robin Padilla and Liezl Sicangco, posted on Instagram, "Before you make a joke or laugh at a mother who pumps her milk, make sure you know this. It's not her fault why her baby can't latch. Unlike other mothers who can breastfeed, she can't sleep the moment her baby sleeps; she needs to pump milk for the next feed. She has tried everything to make her nipple work. She cries herself to sleep," she wrote. It is not clear, however, whom she is responding to. 


    The first person to comment on her post was her dad Robin, with praying emojis. Her stepmother Mariel Padilla, who has also gone through struggles in nursing her daughter Isabella, threw in her support, too. "You are the best mother for your baby. You are all she needs," Mariel wrote. "They don't understand. They don't know the sacrifices a pumping mother does. After a pump, you have to clean the pump to prepare the next pump. The list goes on... You are doing a great job!!! Keep on pumping, momma," she added. 

    The Vampire Diaries' Damon is now a dad! 

    Former The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder and Twilight alum Nikki Reed had welcomed their first child, a daughter whom they chose to name Bodhi Soleil, on July 25. The couple announced in May that they have a baby on the way after two years of being married. Nikki and Ian recently opened up to Fit Pregnancy about her mommyhood journey. "Pregnancy is the moment you find your path and do what you want, when you want, how you want... I honestly feel better than ever," Nikki said. They will be keeping their first month of parenthood to themselves "Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too… You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present." Congratulations! (people.com)

    Expect stricter admission policies in state universities
    The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has been busy drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the new law, Republic Act No. 10931, or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. Funding for free college tuition fee is only over P20 billion, and it would have to be allocated to 112 state universities and colleges (SUC), 16 local universities and colleges (LUC), and technical and vocational institutions. CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III said during a press briefing in Malacañang that they need to ensure the SUCs and LUCs admission and retention policies would be stricter. "Only students, for example, who enroll on a full load and finish their course on time will be able to access the funding assistance of government," he suggested. Students who are in their second degree are going to be excluded, and transferring from private institutions to SUCs and LUCs would also be discouraged. (gmanetwork.com)

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    CHED lifts ban on field trips
    According to Memorandum Order No. 63 of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), higher education institutions (HEIs) are now required to have insurance for students who will participate in activities outside of the school, including inter-school competitions, conferences, and immersion programs. "We want to make sure that the students' safety is protected. Now we’re requiring higher education institutions (HEIs) to make sure… that when they send their students outside the university, there are faculty or persons in charge [who] will monitor what the students are doing," CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III told the press. Aside from insurance, HEIs should also check the registration, insurance, franchise, and road-worthiness of vehicles used in the transportation of students, and coordinate with local government units, on top of acquiring a written consent from the students' parents, and medical clearance for students, if needed. (gmanetwork.com)

    Doc McStuffins includes a two-mom parent family

    A recent episode of Doc McStuffins, titled "The Emergency Plan," tackles safety and preparedness during emergencies and, quite notably too, the subject of modern families. In it, Doc helps reunite a family composed of two moms and two kids who got separated during an earthquake. The two mom characters are voiced by comic Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi (Ellen DeGeneres's wife), who are gay parents in real life. This is a huge step for a Disney show in being inclusive of all kinds of families, especially for one that is geared towards a primarily preschool audience. It's also a nice gesture to show kids who have same-sex parents that they are a family, too. Yay for inclusiveness! (babble.com)

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