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.
A brief interview was also conducted with two of the moms featured in the book: Maia Nuguid was working outside the home when she first breastfed her two children. She has now transitioned to become a work-at-home mom; Cai Sio of Paper Chic Studio was working full time and setting up her business while breastfeeding her second child. She’s now a full time mompreneur running her business from home.
Prizes from the event sponsors (Mothercare, Cradle baby bottle and nipple cleanser, Cycles mild laundry detergent for babies, Cycles Sensitive, Mama Chows and Zalor Maternal Care Massage Services) were raffled off in between talks.
Guests enjoyed cheese cupcakes for snacks from Mama Chows and tea from Moringana of Organics Asia’s tea station. The event ended with guests lining up to have their copies of the newly-launched book signed by the author and to have their photos taken with her.
Hosted by breastfeeding mom and blogger Martine de Luna, the event was co-presented by Full Life Cube Publishing and Events Services, Manila Workshops and Mothercare Philippines. Sponsors include Medela Breastfeeding Products and Paper Chic Studio, with Smart Parenting Online and The Philippine Online Chronicles as media partners. MRLightworkz Photography was the official photographer of the event.
Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking can be purchased online through the official Facebook page, by emailing the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or through resellers for only P499 per copy.
Watch the promotional video for the book below: