Breastfeeding advocacy group L.A.T.C.H. is accepting applications for its breastfeeding peer counselor training on April 16 and 23, 2016 at the UPOU Guesthouse, University of the Philippines Los Baños campus.
Interested applicants must have breastfeeding experience of at least one year. They must commit time and talent for the activities of L.A.T.C.H. and be willing to speak publicly during breastfeeding classes. Obviously, they must be passionate about breastfeeding.
If you are keen to join, you may apply here. Your application will undergo a screening process, which may involve a phone interview.
While applicants may come from different areas of Luzon, the primary goal of the training is to build a group of peer counselors in the Laguna province, where the demand from expectant and new moms to learn about breastfeeding is increasing.
“By training new LATCHers based in the area, we aim to facilitate regular classes and have more peer counselors available when there’s a need for one-on-one counseling,” said Los Baños-based member Armi Shyr Baticados.
The organization’s members are all volunteers who are called LATCHers. Many LATCHers joined as a means of paying it forward because of the help they received from L.A.T.C.H. when they were struggling with breastfeeding. The group has also become a platform for its members to nurture their passion and deepen their knowledge in breastfeeding.
“I want to empower mothers through knowledge-sharing and myth-busting. I want to do my part in making sure we give our children the best — one family at a time. L.A.T.C.H. gives me these opportunities to do these and more,” said Shyanne Monera, member since 2014.
“L.A.T.C.H. gave me the training to serve mothers and babies in supporting their breastfeeding journey,” said co-founder Sylvia Malabanan.
Co-founder Buding Aquino-Dee speaks highly of the culture and community of the group. “I truly admire each one for a certain quality they bring to the group and I am inspired by them, learn from them and have the honor of volunteering with them, too. I have grown so much by being great company.”
L.A.T.C.H., which stands for Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counseling and Help, was founded in 2006 aiming to provide quality lactation and peer counseling services to mothers who wish to succeed at breastfeeding. L.A.T.C.H. also has chapters in Cebu and Davao as well as a support group for mothers of twins, triplets, and multiples.
Disclaimer: The author is a member of L.A.T.C.H..