Divine Lee bottle-feeds Baby Baz without guilt, here's why

IMAGE Nikko Tuazon

Divine Lee advises moms who experience post-partum depression to find a good support system even from social media: "We're always complaining how social media is so bad but for me, I saw the support of people online. Halimbawa, may isa kang basher pero you have ten others cheering you on, you focus on the good."


A baby not latching is a problem to some breastfeeding moms.

Divine Lee had the same experience with Baby Baz, and discovered the root of the problem—a condition called tongue-tie that prevents some babies from latching.

According to MayoClinic.com, those with tongue-tie have "an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth, so it may interfere with breastfeeding."

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Divine revealed that they had to cut Baby Baz's tongue-tie so he could latch properly.

She narrated, "Yung una it was hard for me... yung anak ko parang siyang bulol so yung tongue niya medyo magkadikit so hindi siya maka-suck.

"It's called a lip-tie or tongue-tie. So you have to cut it and it releases para maka-suck siya nang mas maayos."

This condition prompted Divine to introduce bottle feeding to Baby Baz early even when she had ample milk supply.

"At first, he was latching, some people are purists kasi na gusto nila latch lang.

"But ako, I believe in what is best for my child... Kaya I don't judge people who are on formula, who are just pumping.

"I gave the bottle to my child early because of that, the tongue-tie pero breast milk siya.

"So for me, the mom should know kung ano yung best for the child."

She added, "I didn't have a problem with my supply. I just had a problem with his tongue-tie."

PEP.ph caught up with Divine last September 12, Wednesday, at the opening of Tadashi Shoji's boutique in Rustan's Makati.

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PREGNANCY AND WORKING OUT

According to Divine, the one thing that helped her get back into shape after giving birth was breastfeeding.

She said, "Paglabas niya, I had to breastfed a lot talaga 'cause he was such a big child so marami ang kailangan niya.

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"So that was the one talaga that helped me lose weight."

The former TV5 host related she maintained an active lifestyle when she was pregnant, and it was good for the baby, too.

"Hindi ako nag-stop na mag-gym, although, naiba yung routine mo, but I just kept on doing gym the whole time.

"And yun yung advice ko talaga sa mga moms, nakakatamad naman kasi talaga pag buntis but try to be active.

"You will thank your body na mas mabilis siya mag snap back.

"Also, if you're active, you really get happy hormones and that's good for your baby.

"So si Baz, hindi siya iyakin, masaya siyang bata."

The 36-year-old celebrity mom however admitted she suffered from morning sickness all throughout her pregnancy with Baby Baz.

"I had morning sickness all the way to my delivery date. So sumusuka lang ako every day.

"Twice a day, three times a day ganyan, hanggang sa nasanay na lang ako.

"Actually, nung pinanganak ko siya, naisip ko, 'Ang dami kong kinain, di ko nailabas!'

"I had that so I only gained 26 pounds, but Baz was big. He was an eight-pounder so malakas yung bata.

"It doesn't follow na kung maliit yung pagbubuntis mo, maliit yung bata because the doctor was monitoring him naman."

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POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION

The host said she was lucky she did not experience post-partum depression that afflicts some moms.

She told PEP.ph, "Hindi ko alam a, dahil ba siguro tawa ako nang tawa na tao, but I was ready for it and it didn't come.

"So I was one of the lucky ones, but siyempre may days na medyo feeling mo pipitik ka kasi hindi ka na natutulog.

"Nagbe-breastfeed ka or meron siyang mga growth spurts na feeling mo ang sumpungin nila.

"But I think I'm so mature when I had my first child na parang, alam mo na, ready ka na talaga so hindi rin ako pumitik ganun.

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"They said naman na six months, so may two months pa ako and so far, wala pa."

But Divine advises those who do experience post-partum depression to find a good support system—even from social media.

"Try to get it from your family, from your husband, even online.

"We're always complaining how social media is so bad but for me, I saw the support of people online.

"Halimbawa, may isa kang basher pero you have ten others cheering you on, you focus on the good."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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