Breastfeeding mothers in key Philippine cities and provinces will nurse in unison for one minute on as part of Hakab Na! 2015. Happening on August 1, this event kicks off the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and is being organized by Breastfeeding Pinays and Kaya Women Empowerment and Support Group.
If you are a breastfeeding mom, you might think, “I can breastfeed at home. Why should I attend this event?”
We asked the bustling Breastfeeding Pinays community and we were overwhelmed with the response. Here are the top 5 reasons to join Hakab Na! 2015
Warning: Reading the following may convince you to join too! When that happens, here is how to register.
To make a statement
Modern society has imposed convoluted standards that sacrifice successful breastfeeding for many families. This event is a great way to make a statement towards the promotion of breastfeeding.
“I’m joining Hakab Na! 2015 to hopefully change the mindset of our community. The event will show that breastfeeding is the choice of well-informed mothers who want to provide the best nutrition for their babies and that breastfeeding does not necessarily indicate the socioeconomic status of a family,” said Isay Dalisay.
“I am joining because I want to contribute to the promotion of breastfeeding in the country (or the world!). A collective action can make a big difference so every mom counts,” said Jhoy Orzales
“I’ll be joining either as a pregnant breastfeeding mom or as a tandem feeder, which are both frowned upon by society, so I want to be among those who can promote either of the two,” said Diane-Carla Santos who is expecting to deliver her second child soon.
To normalize breastfeeding in public
Thousands of mothers are expected to take out their breasts to feed their children at this event in a bid to make breastfeeding in public normal.
“By this simple get together of breastfeeding moms, I am hopeful that this will eventually eliminate the stigma we all face when we nurse our children in public,” said Denise Deanne Cuyos
“It is a very important and significant way of committing myself in the endeavor to normalize breastfeeding, by showing the public and hopefully letting them understand that breastfeeding our babies whenever, wherever is perfectly normal and should never be taboo,” said Elaine Grace Sanchez.
“Dadalo ako para ipakita at suportahan na ang pagpapasuso ay mahalaga, mabuti, walang kapantay at ito ay ginawa ng Panginoon para bumuhay ng isang sanggol. Dadalo din ako para ang pagpasuso sa publiko ay maging normal sa lahat – bata o matanda, sa lahat ng babae at lalaki,” said Desha Dess.
No breastfeeding story is alike. Many mothers have had to overcome difficulties before becoming successful at breastfeeding and they offer their stories to be an inspiration to others.
Melody Liwanag who mixed fed her first two children and is exclusively breastfeeding her third baby said, “I will be attending because I subscribe to the belief that “when you know better, you do better”. So I am joining “Hakab Na” to be one of the living examples that with the right attitude, it is possible to exclusively breastfeed. If, by joining, I am able to convince just one mom to breastfeed exclusively, that would be enough.”
“I am joining Hakab Na 2015 to share the blessings of exclusively breastfeeding my micropreemie boy-girl twins and serve as inspiration to fellow moms as well,” said Rowi Rizala whose twins were born at 26 weeks. “Looking back at our experience, I really attribute my twins’ wellness to God and for the blessing of breast milk.”
As there will be expert talks on breastfeeding and child nutrition, joining the event also means learning something new on how to raise your children healthy.
“I will be joining Hakab Na for the first time. Para mas marami pa akong matutunan sa pagpapasuso, benefits nito at ang importansya nito sa baby at sa mommy.” – Amor Trasportes
To build community
Members of Breastfeeding Pinays have volunteered to host Hakab Na! in their respective cities and provinces so that people outside Metro Manila can also participate.
“I will be hosting and joining Hakab Na! 2015 in Nueva Ecija as part of my breastfeeding advocacy. It is the first in our province. This event will help promote the benefits of breastfeeding in our province. I chose to host than to attend in Manila so our community will be educated and be aware that there is a global event like this,” said Nor Ann Villete.
“I want to share that it is not impossible to embrace the journey when you are really positive in your commitment to give the best for your children,” said Baguio City host Thea Cordoviz.
Faye Esguerra, who is hosting in Bulacan, is doing it “to help my fellow Bulakenyas to have a positive support in breastfeeding publicly.”
Hakab Na! 2015 is not only for women who breastfeed. It is also for the people who support breastfeeding — dads, families, health practitioners and peer counselors. It’s a great venue to celebrate the beauty of breastfeeding!
Jigs Molina, a breastfeeding “Pinoy”, said he is joining “to give support to all mothers and be an example that we can give our outmost support in breastfeeding advocacy.”
“I am celebrating the countless women and men who unselfishly and wholehearted dedicate their time, effort and resources to encourage and empower mothers and their families by providing the right information and support in order to help them build a healthier family. I am one of the many who benefited from their commitment to help and I am eternally grateful,” said Suzanne Villanueva.
As Karina Servañez Alvaera said, “to lend my voice in a chorus of beautiful and powerful mothers is not a bad way to spend a day.”
How about you? What’s your reason for joining Hakab Na! 2015? Share them with us at the comments below. We’d also love to see you on our Facebook page.