Every year, we celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August in the Philippines, and this year's theme is “Breastfeeding and Family Planning: Keys to Sustainable Development”.
Whether you're a mom who wants to learn how to breastfeed, or someone who wishes to lend support to a loved one who is breastfeeding, here are a few activities you can take an active part in this month:
August 1-3, 2016 Breastfeeding Photo Exhibit St. Luke's Medical Center Global City, Taguig See the inspiring and beautiful portraits of mother and child doing the most natural thing on earth. This is a project by GoBreastfeed.com.
August 2-3, 2016 2nd International Breastfeeding Congress Mariott Hotel Manila Fee: P3,000 up The ongoing conference aims to empower the breastfeeding triad of mother, baby and breastfeeding support groups by tackling the different issues they face. For more information, visit their website.
August 6, 2016 Hakab Na! 2016 Metrotent Convention Center, Ortigas Center, Pasig Metro Manila Fee: P200 for every mom-baby pair Invite your friends, meet fellow breastfeeding families, listen to talks, shop in the bazaar and win lots of prizes! To register, click here.
August 6, 2016 Best Beginnings 1:00-5:00 pm Founders Hall, Davao Doctors Hospital A breastfeeding talk and workshop for mothers, mothers-to-be, and their partners. Call Davao Doctors' Hospital at (082) 221-2101 for details.
August 13, 2016 Latch & Learn, Discovering the beauty of breastfeeding 9:00 am-2:00 pm Regalado Hive Building, Level 4, Regalado Avenue (near FEU NRMF), Fairview, Quezon City. Discover the benefits of breastfeeding, Unang Yakap protocols, and find the support you need when faced with challenges while breastfeeding. Lunch will be served. As such, pre-registration is REQUIRED. To pre-register, click here. NOTE: Pregnant women and their support person are given priority for the registration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com for inquiries.
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August 20, 2016 Coleman Momma's Baby Shower 1:30-5:00 pm 29th Floor Penthouse, Twenty Four Seven McKinley, 24th Street corner 7th Avenue, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Make breastfeeding work for you as you bond with fellow expecting and breastfeeding moms. To register, click here.
Join Operation Foster Milk Be a foster mom! Help the sick babies of PGH NICU survive by donating breastmilk. For more information, contact 0932-5125635 (Ms. Fe Basinag), or 0905-6409797 / 09430318218 (Ms.Ruby Briones).
Download the Breastfeeding in the Workplace Toolkit The International Labour Organization, in partnership with UNICEF and the European Union, has developed "Healthy Beginnings for a Better Society: Breastfeeding in the Workplace is Possible," a toolkit which "aims to advance maternity protection and nutrition security for Filipino children through the promotion of breastfeeding in the workplace." To download, click here.
Become a L.A.T.C.H. Peer Counsellor L.A.T.C.H. is looking for mothers who want to help other mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. If you think you fit the bill, click here.