Provincial Government of Bulacan

Bulakenya moms urged to breastfeed their babies

CITY OF MALOLOS – To promote a special loving bond between mother and baby, the Breastfeeding Pinays – Bulacan Chapter with the cooperation of Provincial Government of Bulacan encourages all breastfeeding Bulakenya moms to participate in the upcoming “Hakab Na! 2015,” a breastfeeding activity on August 1, 2015 at the Function Hall of Plaridel Municipal Building.

Breastfeeding Pinay Kathleen Faye Esguerra, organizer of the activity said, it aims to promote the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers and to promote the long-term benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child.

“Hakab Na! 2015 will boost awareness of the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding and to create a breastfeeding nation and instill public awareness about its superiority,” Esguerra said.

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that there is no other nutritious food in the world than a mother’s breast milk and no other natural and healthy choice than breastfeeding.

“Breast milk is the perfect food for the nutritional needs of an infant and breastfeeding creates a special connection between mother and her child. Through breastfeeding, the mother can save the life and strengthen not only the health of her children, but also our community and our future,” the governor said.

He also commended the efforts and intensive campaign of Breastfeeding Pinays in raising awareness and providing support and assistance to the breastfeeding Bulakenya moms.

During the event, breastfeeding experts will be sharing their thoughts on extended breastfeeding and will create a circle of support to the participants.

Hakab Na! 2015 will be held in coordination with the “Big Latch On,” an international movement to promote breastfeeding, as part of the nationwide observance of Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August.

The activity is in accordance to Republic Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 that obliges the state to promote and encourage breastfeeding through specific measures that present opportunities for mothers to continue expressing their milk for their children.

Meanwhile, according to the latest report of Family Health Survey, only 27% of children aged 6 to 35 months were exclusively breastfed, and 22 for every 1,000 live births die before reaching their first birthday.