• Filipino Moms Unite to Show Breastfeeding Is Best for Babies

    Plus, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes welcome their birthday month in Siargao with Zia, watch pregnant Michelle Madrigal continue to workout, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Filipino moms unite to show breastfeeding is best for babies

    In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, some 2,000 Filipino moms came together to breastfeed their babies simultaneously in Araneta Coliseum, and it was just one of the venues for this year's "Hakab Na 2017." Support group South PiNanays held a gathering in Ayala Malls South Park in Muntinlupa on the same day, August 5, and another Hakab Na event was held in SM Iloilo, to name a few.

    The event wanted to promote breastfeeding, dispel taboos about nursing, and normalize breastfeeding in public. Ros Macachor of non-government advocacy group Breastfeeding Pinays, told the AFP that the country has a "very low infant breastfeeding rate" and "Filipino mothers typically breastfeed their newborns only for the first 24 days before switching to formula milk." 

    Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial stressed that breast milk is the best food a mother can give her baby. DOH reports that breastfeeding rates in the country have improved -- from 49 percent in 2013 to 77 percent in 2015, with the help of Unang Yakap, or the DOH's Essential Newborn Care (ENC). Many Pinay moms now continue to breastfeed beyond six months. However, a significant number of babies still wean off the breast after only 12 to 23 months of nursing. 

    In photos: Dingdong and Marian start birthday month in Siargao

    The Dantes family has a lot to celebrate this August. The doting dad turned 37 last August 2, while the loving mom turns 32 last August 12. Over the weekend, Dingdong held an intimate party with just family and friends at Pepita's Kitchen in Makati. Then, he, his wife, and daughter Zia went on a quick getaway to Siargao to celebrate Marian's birthday early.

    "Another memorable quick getaway with the birthday girl," Dingdong wrote as a caption to one of his photos of Marian, which he posted on Instagram. Other photos show Zia enjoying the beach life, twinning with her mom in Dolce & Gabbana swimsuits. "I think she likes it here," Dingdong wrote as a caption for one of Zia's photos. (pep.ph)

    LOOK: Preggo Michelle Madrigal continues to work out

    "Getting it at six months," the sexy preggo wrote as a caption for a video (in fast-forward to fit Instagram's time limit) of doing leg workouts. Michelle also included the hashtag #StrongMama. While many support the soon-to-be mom, a lot of the comments in her post cautioned the newly engaged former actress against exercise. Michelle though didn't seem to mind the unsolicited advice and haters. Working out while pregnant can be beneficial as long as your doctor approves it, you remember to take it easy and listen to your body. 

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    Check out the lullaby renditions of Justin Timberlake songs!
    The singer and songwriter, actor, and producer seems to have been inspired by fatherhood. Rockabye Baby and CMH Label are releasing the multimedia star's greatest hits in soothing lullaby form. Songs on the album include "Can’t Stop The Feeling!" (from Trolls movie), "Sexy Back, "Cry Me A River," N'Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye," to name a few. Lullaby Renditions of Justin Timberlake will be available on August 18, but you can preorder it online now. (babble.com)

    Sesame Street's new character helps kids understand blended families

    Sesame Street has introduced another character, Rudy, the 3-year-old orange monster who loves a little mischief and Abby Cadabby’s step-brother. Abby is a fairy, while Rudy is not, but they love and accept each other just the same. "Families come in many forms — including newly-blended families, which can present unique challenges for kids. As part of Sesame Street's kindness curriculum, kids will watch as Abby and Rudy meet for the first time, get to know each other, and overcome their differences to embrace their new sibling relationship," Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street in the press release. (people.com)

    WATCH: Another trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin 

    While the first trailer gave us a glimpse of the sweet moments of the biopic film of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, this new one shows us Milne as he went through post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after World War I. His stories of his son and his toys, which gave birth to Winne, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, and their human owner Christopher Robin, became popular after the war. Goodbye Christopher Robin stars Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie and opens in theaters on October 13. (avclub.com)

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