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  • Divine Lee Shares Funniest Suggestions on What to Do With Son's Pusod

    Different Pinoy pamahiin on umbilical cord stumps can range from the practical to the ridiculous.
    by Rachel Perez .
Divine Lee Shares Funniest Suggestions on What to Do With Son's Pusod
PHOTO BY @divinemlee/Instagram
  • Yesterday, model and new mom Divine Lee revealed via Instagram Stories that her son Baz Go's umbilical cord stump had fallen off. It is as expected. The little boy was born via C-section on May 5, and it usually takes 7 to 10 days or so for the umbilical cord stump to dry up and detach on its own.

    Interestingly, the model received utterly varied pamahiin beliefs on what to do with the dried umbilical cord stump, from the practical to the hilarious, from her followers and other people close to her. Here are some of them:

    "MIL (mother-in-law) said to put [the dried umbilical cord] stump with my next children's other pusod para love love sila," the model wrote on Instagram Stories. Her yaya suggested to put it in a book "para matalino." Still, another suggestion came from the nurse who said to place it on the top part of the door "para di mahiyain."


    Confused (even more), Divine asked her followers, "What did you guys do with [your baby's pusod]?" 

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    Ask, and you shall receive. Divine got the funniest replies, some of which she posted on her Instagram Stories. The new mom admitted funny moments like these are part of the reason she doesn't get bored staying home. 

    One person suggested planting the dried umbilical cord. Why plant it? "Para dumami?" Divine wondered.

    Another person said to use it as "muffin toppings," to which she replied, "Taray, sahog ko mamaya sa malunggay soup," since malunggay is known to increase breastmilk supply. 

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    One person provided a winning answer: "Yung sa mga babies namin sa bahay and also ng daughter ko naka-plastic din [at] nakasabit sa pinto. Ayun, nung lumaki, ang kakapal ng mukha." Obviously, this person was joking! Divine quipped, "Mother's love nga naman. At least honest." 

    Another person suggested what her lola did. She put all of her children's umbilical cord stumps in one jar "para hindi daw maglayo-layo." Now, lola's kids have lives of their own in Laguna, in Manila, and in the U.S. "At least same planet! Lola wins," Divine said, adding that distance is merely a matter of perspective. 

    It seems that hanging the umbilical cord stump garnered the most votes but for varying reasons. 


    "Sabi ng mama ko, ibitin daw sa pinakamataas na part ng bahay para daw mataas ang boses paglaki. Para singer! Hahaha!" one follower suggested. Divine mused that if that were true, then her mom must have submerged her umbilical cord stump underwater since she has a low voice.

    One person suggested hanging it at the highest point of the house "para mataas at malayo ang marating." "Gaano kataas at kalayo yun mararating? Baka di na makabalik sa layo at taas!" Divine replied.  

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    Thankfully, among the many ridiculous suggestions, one stood out to be practical. "Put it near the cotton buds para you always remember to clean [the] pusod. Maraming nakakalimot," the person advised Divine. 

    Who knew that there were so many Pinoy beliefs about a baby's pusod? Of course, these have no scientific basis whatsoever, but sometimes, it really wouldn't hurt to try. 

    What did you do with your child's umbilical cord stump after it had fallen off? 

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