In the Philippines, it is a practice to boil rice with so much water and use the extra water on top of the rice to be added to the baby formula. This is to use a little baby formula and more rice water soup to save money for moms who can’t express more breastmilk.

In the modern world, the breastmilk pump is only effective for 5 months as the baby sucking is more effective.

New moms must realize that as soon as baby is born, they must suck mom’s nipples in proper position and frequency for continued supply of breastmilk. Ask help from a midwife or lactation consultant or nurse on proper way of breastfeeding.

Connie Dello Buono, author of Birthing Ways Healing Ways, a childbirth and newborn care guide