If giving birth is a finish line, it is but only for pregnancy. Birth is also the beginning of motherhood and one of its first challenges: breastfeeding. New mom of three, Chariz Solomon is making it look easy.
"Pinaghirapan namin yan ng anak ko!" the host-comedienne wrote on Instagram. It accompanied a photo of bags of her breast milk let-downs collected from breastfeeding her newborn son, Andreas.
Chariz gave birth to her third son on October 2, 2020. Her birth announcement, which showed her in maternity diapers, earned a lot of praise for showing what it's really like just hours after giving birth.
Before posting her breast milk stash, the Mars Pa More co-host and Bubble Gang star also shared a photo of her "DIY tie-dye" top. She was wearing a sleeveless mustard top stained with breast milk leaks.
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How to know which breast baby will feed on next
If you're a new mom and nursing, Chariz shares one useful tip that may come in handy. Breastfeeding moms are advised to let their baby feed and empty both breasts. It stimulates milk production and prevents breast engorgement, which can be painful, or worse, lead to mastitis.
Not all babies can empty both breasts every feeding. If that's the case, nursing moms need to feed baby alternatively. Chariz shared her "padede mom" tip, so she's feeding baby on both breasts alternatively.
"Yung may panali sa buhok pero hindi naman para italo ang buhok," the mom of three shared. She uses a hair tie on her wrist as a marker for which breast her baby needs to latch on next. "Wag mo lang kalimutan ilipat-lipat," she stressed.
As any other new mom knows too well, breastfeeding in the first weeks of life can be overwhelming. A newborn feeds every two to three hours, and in between, you have you burp and change nappies. Hang in there, as Chariz said,"I can do this!"