Mothercare in Bonifacio High Street was packed on the afternoon of January 25 as moms and dads with their kids in tow, and breastfeeding advocates, flocked to witness the book launch and book signing event for Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking. This new breastfeeding book was authored by Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag, an inspirational speaker, author and a Filipino mom who successfully achieved her breastfeeding goals for her two sons.
Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking covers breastfeeding basics aside from the inspiring and empowering breastfeeding success stories of more than 20 moms from different walks of life.
Dr. Elvira L. Henares-Esguerra, one of the first International Board Certified Lactation Consultants in the Philippines and who was instrumental in the installation of breastfeeding stations at SM Super Malls gave the welcome remarks. This was followed by Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas’ talk titled What’s so Amazing with Breastfeeding and Breastmilk? Dr. Isip-Cumpas is a lactation specialist, a consultant for The Medical City’s lactation unit and a pediatrician with a mother-baby clinic at The Salcedo Park. She also breastfed all her three children.
The book was launched with a talk titled Why You’re Amazing, Mom, by the author. She read an excerpt from her book and exhorted moms to believe that they are amazingly and miraculously made by God to breastfeed their children. She anchored her talk on Psalm 139:14, which says “I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.”
“It was when I became a mother — when I got pregnant, gave birth to my children and breastfed them — that I came to better understand what Psalm 139 meant,” Gumap-as Dumadag said. The author then related how the verse became more alive in her life as she journeyed through motherhood.
“If God can give me a child given my medical condition, surely He can also give me milk to nourish this child!” was one of Gumap-as Dumadag’s inspiring and moving statements during her talk.
Gumap-as Dumadag was previously diagnosed to have polycystic ovaries and was advised to go through medical work-ups after getting married to prepare her womb for conception. She recounted that her Ob-Gynecologist was surprised when she came back a couple of months after her wedding already pregnant without the aid of medical procedures.