The Filipino word “hakab” means to attach closely. No wonder the term is also used to refer to latching on the breast for breastfeeding.
On August 1, thousands of Filipino mothers are expected to attach their children to their breasts and nurse them in public simultaneously. This is in connection with Hakab Na! 2015, an event organized by online support group Breastfeeding Pinays and Kaya Women Empowerment Support Group to kick off Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
Hakab Na! is part of a global initiative called Big Latch On, which promotes community-based breastfeeding support. This is the third year for Hakab Na! and organizers are hoping to beat last year’s record of 1,772 mothers who breastfed simultaneously in five key cities.
The goal seems highly achievable because, as of this writing, there are already 17 locations where mothers can join. These areas include Metro Manila, Baguio, Pampanga, Zambales, Laguna, Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao. See updated list of locations here.
It is not surprising that the number of locations where one can join Hakab Na! 2015 is growing. Breastfeeding Pinays has over 50,000 members and many have volunteered to hold the event in their respective cities and provinces.
Go Breastfeed is a media partner of Hakab Na! 2015.