OCTOBER 25, 2017— A total of 47 mothers gathered at the Catmon Health Center to take part in Malabon Nutrition Office’s milk letting activity.
Malabon City’s Barangay Nutrition Scholar Ludy Quebradero and Barangay Health Workers Federation President Yolanda Estabillo educated the participants about the benefits of breastfeeding, the risks of bottle feeding, and the proper breastfeeding positions and latching. Quebradero and Estabillo also taught the mothers how to express breastmilk.
Studies have already proven that breastmilk is the optimal source of nutrition for infants. Diodelyn Cepeda, one of the participants, recounted how breastfeeding benefited her premature baby. “Dati talaga payat ang anak ko noong ipinanganak ko siya dahil kulang siya sa buwan. Salamat sa Diyos at naging malusog siya dahil sa tuluy-tuloy kong pagpapasuso.” Malabon Nutrition Office seeks to provide sustenance to infants in need by donating the 2450ml of breastmilk they collected to Philippine Children’s Medical Center.
World Vision Development Foundation’s Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines project team also joined the event as part of its advocacy activities. The staff also seized the opportunity to orient the moms about the project’s aim of strengthening the implementation of Executive Order 51 and its revised Implementing Rules and Regulations and Republic Act No. 10028.
The mothers who joined the activity received free mother-baby items from MBFP project team.