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  • Sheena Halili's Breast Milk Stopped Flowing Three Days After Birth: How She Restarted It

    The celebrity mom says to always listen to your body.
    by FM Ganal for Pep.ph .
  • Sheena Halili's breastfeeding journey is not without its challenges. The new mother gave birth to her daughter Martina on December 12, 2020.

    She was thankful because the moment Martina was put on top of her bosoms, the newborn latched and began to feed.

    Sheena remembered this moment during her Instagram Live on December 30: "Nako, kapapanganak pa lang ng anak ko… nilagay siya sa boobies ko para mag-latch, iyon! Totoo iyon. Nag-latch na siya noon. Nagdede na siya sa akin noon.

    "And then nung nagpunta na kami sa recovery room after ko nanganak, ayon, nakakuha na siya ng milk. Sobrang thank you, God, nga e."

    But Sheena had a brief panic three days later when her breasts stopped producing milk.

    How did she get her milk flowing again? By getting some sleep.

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    It's a common notion that new parents will experience a lack of sleep during the first few months of parenthood, but Sheena realized that it shouldn't always be the case. In fact, it can also be addressed.

    She underlined, "Importante pa rin sa ating mga mommies mag-rest... Natulog lang po ako, nag-rest lang po ako [nagka-milk na ulit]."

    Sheena was also told that stress likely contributed to her low supply of milk that day. Her lack of proper nourishment could have also been a reason.

    "Importante po talaga kumain po tayo," the celebrity mom added.

    Along with that, Sheena placed a warm compress around her breasts, massaged it, and pumped for breast milk. Sheena also advised her fellow moms to "listen to your body."

     

    One of her followers asked about her decision to start pumping breast milk on her second week postpartum. This follower, who is also mother, was told to pump on the sixth week instead.

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    Sheena replied, "Bilang nanay, dapat may isang tao or mga ilan lang na trusted mo, doon ka lang makikinig.

    "Kasi papaano kung six weeks ka pa magpa-pump, e, sobrang punong-puno na ng milk yang boobies. Ano ito? Hinihintayin mo six weeks? Paano makakapag-[feed] si baby, di ba?"

    At the end of the day, the important thing s the mom and child won't feel any discomfort. The comedienne underlined, "Kung ano magwo-work sa body mo, sa pagna-nanay mo, okay lang iyon."

    Martina is Sheena's daughter with husband Jeron Manzanero.

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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