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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MFO's Verdict On: The Spectra 9 Plus Rechargeable Breast Pump

I've tried manual breast pumps, electric breast pumps, and just recently, the Spectra 9 Plus Rechargeable Breast Pump, thanks to Mi'Ann Reyes Oblea, my friend and founder of BabyMama, the go to site for everything a mom needs to breast feed.

The Spectra 9 Plus is the latest addition to BabyMama's formidable lineup of affordable, quality breast pumps, all of which have been received with rave reviews, from moms who have successfully produced a lot of milk, they can even afford to donate dozens of bags at a time.

If you read the stories of the breastfeeding moms in BabyMama's Facebook page, you'll see how powerful the right attitude and the right tools are when it comes to breastfeeding. So inspiring.

As for my verdict on the Spectra 9 Plus? Find out below ;)

The Product: Spectra 9 Plus Rechargeable Breast Pump

The Product Origin: Made in Korea

The Promise: Ultra quiet. Rhythmic suction. Long life span. Massage mode and variable suction settings. May be used for dual pumping. BPA Free. For the full product features, click here.

The Spectra 9 Plus Rechargeable Breast Pump comes with an instruction booklet, 1 pump unit, 1 adapter, and two sets of tubing, back-flow protectors, breast shields, valves, bottles, bottle covers, nipples, bottle caps and disks

Put to the Test: Both my manual breast pump and electric breast pumps require some bit of assembly as with this rechargeable breast pump. In that sense, I spend about the same amount of time setting up for a pump session.

The back-flow protector on this one is not bulky at all. It looks like a UFO disc actually.

Composed of three parts, it's quite easy to assemble and disassemble.

For obvious reasons, using this is less tiring than using a manual pump. I just place the breast shields on my boobs, press the power button, then the massage button, and I'm good to go.

To start expressing, I just press on the massage button again. I adjust the suction speed via the + and - buttons where it says vacuum. The LCD Screen tells you what mode you are in (massage vs expression), the vacuum level, and has a timer and a battery power indicator as well.

The pump unit fits into my palm, and is about the size of a 3x5" index card

Size wise, it is so compact and handy, that I do not have to sit down and prop my pump unit on a table to keep it steady.

That said, it is very convenient to use. I can pump while sitting on the couch, while on the La-Z-Boy, even while on the bed, sitting against the headboard. As long as the unit is charged, I don't have to plug it into a socket while pumping.

It's super quiet too. I can pump anywhere, any time, even late into the night, when everybody is fast asleep, and no one would ever be bothered by it.

Passing the Verdict: This is a definite BUY. Price, Power and Proportions wise, it's a win-win all around.

Practical Tip: Because of the Spectra 9 Plus' small size, and the fact that it supports all voltages and currents (it may be plugged into a 110V plug in the US and 220V plug in Europe and Asia, 50/60Hz), this will be coming with me when we travel, that's for sure.

I can even fit it in my coat pocket if I wanted to. With the bottles and other parts, they can all fit in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. It's that tiny. But despite the diminutive proportions, this rechargeable breast pump has plenty of power.

Another thing, the bottle is freezer-ready, so there is no need to pour out the contents into a milk bag or another bottle if you so choose.

The bottle cover converts to a regular bottle collar, so you can just easily insert the nipple through it for a feeding.

Price: I am super happy to share that this one is super affordable at only Php9,000 and it does the job just the same of my Php30,000 electric breast pump.

I pump about 10 oz of milk (both breasts) which is just about as much as I would get from my electric double breast pump.

Point of Sale: Order the Spectra 9 Plus online at http://www.babymama.ph/. BabyMama also sells various breast pumps, lactation aids, milk storage products, spare parts, books and journals. 

You may also visit the BabyMama Store at 1006 Burgundy Place, B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Open Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

For inquiries and updates, visit the BabyMama Facebook page, HERE or call +632 435 7943.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Brush, Brush

OMG, kamusta na si Paula Abdul?

But I am not here to reminisce about her, the 90s, Keanu Reeves and the Griffith Observatory. I am here to share with you our pediatric dentist's tips on how to properly brush our kids' teeth.

See, I just came from our pediatric dentist for Berry's check-up, and I got Xavi to tag along. 

Dr. Mayee looked at Xavi's teeth and while he didn't have any cleaning done yet, she taught me how to brush Xavi's teeth. 

Might as well share it here, so I don't forget, and we all learn a little something when it comes to oral hygiene: First things first. FIRST dental visit on the FIRST birthday. That said,

1. Brush at least two times (2x) a day. Make sure to brush all surfaces. Front, back and sides.

2. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste for kids 3 and below. A pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for kids 3 years old and up.

this is what a smear of toothpaste looks like

Dr. Mayee recommends using an adult toothpaste with at least 1000 ppm of fluoride. She does not recommend using kiddie toothpastes or unfluoridated toothpastes especially if the child is high risk for cavities.

3. For kids below 6 or 7, just do the brushing for them. Make sure to lift lip (as in with your fingers) and brush teeth and gums.

At 6 or 7, children can brush on their own, with  supervision. By 8 or 9, they can floss on their own.

4.  Allow to spit and NO rinsing with water after brushing. Yes, you read that right. NO RINSING

I would often watch people on TV who would brush and spit and not rinse, and I thought that was weird. Turns out, they were doing it right the entire time! This is one of those, you've been brushing your teeth the wrong way your entire life moments.

5. This should be coupled with flossing, and visits to the dentist every six (6) months.

Incidentally, have you read about this article on Jews News? Apparently, we can totally fight cavities

I am currently doing oil pulling, one of the tips recommended in the article, which basically entails swishing oil in my mouth for like the longest twenty minutes of my life. Let's see how effective it is, when I visit my dentist in 5 months!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MFO Discovers: Lysol Hand Wipes

Food and Lysol, you'd never think they'd go together like a horse and carriage. 

Or Beavis & Butthead. Or Mario & Luigi. Or Romy & Michelle.

But you know what, with the soon to be available Lysol Germ Protection Hand Wipes, it's about to become a match made in germ-free heaven.

Let me count the ways why I love these wipes, with my currently germ-free fingers:

1. Kills 99.9% of illness causing germs and bacteria, like the flu virus, strep throat, even dermatitis.

2. Dermatologically-tested to be mild for everyday use - it's alcohol free with a nice, soft texture. Smells good too!

3. Comes in a compact, convenient, resealable pack that is ready to use any time, anywhere. 

There are two pack sizes, the one above comes in 10s and retails for about Php35, and the one below with 50 pulls, retails for Php140.

For sure, I'll be carrying the small pack in my bag, and the bigger pack to keep in Tepper's diaper bag. Better be armed because I've got 3 sets of grimy little hands to disinfectant when we're dining out.

These should be available in your favorite grocery stores soon, and for sure, at SM Supermarkets in about a week.

While at it, check out Lysol's new Neutra Air liquid disinfectant spray and air sanitizer in 1. As per usual, it kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, while also getting rid of the smell of smoke, food, molds, mildew, bathroom and pet odors. It comes in three scents, Morning Linen, Fresh Breeze and Orange Zest.

Oh oh oh! Another great discovery of the day is Mortein NaturGard Multi-Insect Killer with Citronella Oil. My friend Didi of The Candishhh Tales swears by it. She says this is what she uses at their home, because it's a safe way to get rid of insects. 

It doesn't have kerosene, is water-based and is made from 100% natural extracts, is made of 100% natural extracts that is combined to make a powerful insect killer. It smells like Citronella, which is a known natural insect repellant and killer. Should be worth a try!

For more on Lysol and their latest products, follow @LysolPH on Instagram, and visit their Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/LysolPH.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Whole Lot of Flare

I think Meredith Melling Burke wears flares the best. She pulls it off with elegance and ease. I like that even if she looks like she has been wearing her flares the entire day, with her trench coat lightly rumpled and her shirt less than crisp, she still looks insanely stylish.

I think the secret to her total look is in the cut and fit of her flares. You see, not all flares are created equal.

Case in point. These J Brand Lovestory flares. With a lower waist and made with a thinner kind of stretch denim, the look is totally different from that of Meredith's. Not as forgiving on my hips too.

Meanwhile, these 18th Amendment Colbert flares have a higher waist and are made from thicker denim, so they suck everything in to create an illusion of a slimmer silhouette.

O diba, ni-analyze talaga. 

Well, why not? If you're going to cave in to trendy flares this summer, might as well pick the right one. With a slew of flared denims to choose from, it's good to know there's one that should fit you like a glove.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chichi Mary Summer Finds + MFOSS15 Coupon Code

For an avid shopper and mom of a little girl, there is no greater satisfaction seeing these dresses online at Chichi Mary Boutique and gleefully adding them to my shopping cart: 

And of course, having them reach our doorstep a day or two later, ahihihi. Seeing the fabric and prints look as pretty as I imagined? Such joy.

The shoe section is a delight too. Cienta shoes from Spain is a new addition to Chichi Mary's roster of stylish children's brands.

this Cienta comes in sparkly purple, pink and red

Of course, Berry loved these glittery Mary Janes at first sight!

If you'd like special pieces for your little girl, that won't be as easily found, Chichi Mary, purveyor of pretty little things, is your best bet. I always look forward to when Mitshi uploads her new season collections each time. It's almost like uncovering little treasures.

Shop Chichi Mary at www.chichimary.com to see for yourself. And don't forget to use coupon code MFOSS15 to get your 20% discount. Chichi Mary ships worldwide!

Coupon is valid only until April 28, 2015. Use it! Buy everything you want and abuse it! ;)
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