‘Hakab Na!’ to gather breastfeeding Filipino mothers
By: Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY, July 28 (PIA) — Over 55,000 online support group including the DAGIT Dumaguete bloggers have called on lactating mothers or the breastfeeding Pinays to join the “HaKab Na! 2015” on August 1 in celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month of August.
Now on its third year, Hakab Na! 2015 will gather breastfeeding families, lactation experts, peer counselors, and breastfeeding advocacy supporters to boost awareness of the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding, promote the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding mothers, and ultimately create a breastfeeding nation.
The central event of this simultaneous breastfeeding activity will be held at 500 Shaw Centrum Blvd., Mandaluyong City which is part of “The Big Latch On,” an international activity where mothers latch on their babies from different locations around the world to create a world record.
According to blogger Maja Arbolado of DAGIT Dumaguete, this year’s celebration will highlight the breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home.
In 2014, the Philippines logged a total of 1,772 mom-and-baby pairs breastfeeding in Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Manila and Iloilo.
This year’s Hakab Na! will be bigger with additional locations in Dumaguete, Alabang, Aklan, Baguio-Benguet, Bulacan, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales and Singapore.
Arbolado said the half-day event in Dumaguete City will also feature talks on various breastfeeding topics and breast milk storage, according to blogger Maja Arbolado of DAGIT Dumaguete.
Republic Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 obliges the State to promote and encourage breastfeeding through specific measures that present opportunities for mothers to continue expressing their milk for their children.
One of the highlights of the law is that it gives the lactating mother and additional 40-minute breaktime for every eight-hour working period, on top of time-off for meals, to express milk. Offices should also provide a lactation station where mothers can express and store their milk.
Studies have also shown that it is in the company’s best interest to help mothers succeed in breastfeeding while at work.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), employees who breastfeed have improved productivity and increased loyalty.
Due to the health benefits of breastfeeding the child, breastfeeding mothers have also logged less absences and health care costs have decreased.
There is also a lower employee turnover and an enhanced public image of the company.
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