Breastfeeding is a public health issue.
While some mothers say breastfeeding came to them naturally, some found it difficult.
In a mother’s most vulnerable stage, she needs to get the best support from the birthing center or hospital to the home, the workplace and within the community.
In celebration of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, the Facebook group Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP) have organized a half-day breastfeeding activity called Hakab Na 2014.
The event was aimed to promote the importance of providing proper support to all breastfeeding Filipino families.
Hakab Na 2014 was simultaneously held in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo on August 2, 2014 (Saturday) at 10:30 am local time.
Venues in the Philippines were the following: Manila: Philippine Army Officers Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Cebu: Big Latch On- Hakab Na 2014 will be at Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone in Cebu City (hosted by the Cebu Breastfeeding Club).
Assembly time was 10:00 am.
Registration was Free.
Please text Dr. Esguerra at 09437251777 for more information.
There will also be at Breastfeeding Photo Exhibit at the 3rd Level Rotunda of Ayala Center Cebu on August 2-16, 2014.
These activities are sponsored by the Philippine Pediatrics Society Central Visayas Chapter, Cebu Centennial Lions Club, DMC Busa Printers, The Picture Company and Ayala Center Cebu. Davao: Stockbridge International School (formerly Tumble Tots) in Davao City (hosted by Breastfeeding Pinays – Davao) Negros Occidental: Santuario de la Salle, University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City (hosted by the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club and the Institute for Negros Development) Iloilo: Iloilo Provincial Capitol in Iloilo City (hosted by the Breastfeeding Ilonggas) In Cagayan de Oro, Mommy Bright Side is hosting Hakab Na 2014 at the Ororama Cogon on August 1, 2014.
Hakab Na 2014 was made possible with the Big Latch On – an international activity where mothers will latch on their babies from different locations around the world at the same time.
In 2013, there were 14,536 mothers in 845 locations in 28 countries participated in the event. This will be the second year that the now 25,000-strong BFP group will be staging Hakab Na.
BFP expects to surpass last year’s record of more than 225 mothers who simultaneously latched their babies, including 100 mothers in Manila, 90 in Cagayan de Oro and 30 in Davao./PR