More than 200 members of Breastfeeding Support Groups from all across Quezon City gathered in Barangay Damayan Hall last August 28, 2018 for the 5th Breastfeeding Support Group Summit. The event is also the culminating activity to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
As highlight of the event, the Quezon City Health Department recognized mother-baby friendly individuals, groups, and facilities. These are people and institutions that continually exert efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in their locality.
Awards were given to community mothers who had donated valuable amount of breastmilk during milk letting activities done this year. One of the awardees was also recognized for donating her breastmilk to a baby whose mother died of childbirth.
Active members of the Breastfeeding Support Group in each district were also recognized. This is to honor their endeavors of raising the public’s awareness about the superiority of breastfeeding and making breastfeeding the norm. Quezon City Chief Nutritionist Minerva Victoria Perlada also commended all members of the Quezon City Breastfeeding Support Groups, recounting the instances when moms expressed their gratitude for guiding them in their breastfeeding journey.
A number of facilities were also recognized for providing mother-baby friendly workplaces. These are institutions which provides breastfeeding station and lactation break to their nursing employees. Moreover, local chief executives who support breastfeeding-related initiatives were also given due recognition.
Here’s the complete list of the winners:
BREASTMILK GALLONER AWARD
- Rhealyn Dela Cruz
- Angelica Pineda
- Bernadette Conte
- Rachelle Catherine Arias
- Cielo Viado
MOST ACTIVE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP MEMBER
- Eva Anabo
- Mary Jane Binghay
- Generosa Nerza
- Joy Gascon
- Lucena Enrica
- Josefina Galicia
MOTHER-BABY FRIENDLY FACILITY/WORKPLACE
- Temps and Staffers
- Barangay Holy Spirit
- World Citi Medical Center
- Barangay Paligsahan
- Barangay San Bartolome
- Hon. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung
- Hon. Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla
- Hon. Lena Marie “Mayen” Juico
- Hon. Cecilia Tiamzon
- Hon. Rizza Pascual
QUEZON CITY BREASTFEEDING PARTNER
- Quezon City Medical Society Inc.
- Parenting Emporium
- UNILAB Batang 1000
Joy Sotto, wife of Councilor Gian Sotto and a known breastfeeding advocate, also graced the event and shared her uneasy yet fulfilling breastfeeding journey. She proudly said that she breastfed all her five children, and that she experienced anxiety when her kids started weaning.
“The first time my child weaned, parang naiiyak ako. Iba kase yung bond na nabubuo when you look at your child tapos nakatingin rin sya sayo while they breastfeed.”
Sotto also stressed the importance of having breastfeeding support groups for moms who are experiencing difficulties in breastfeeding.
“Maswerte ang mga mommies ngayon kase may breastfeeding support groups na handang tumulong kapag nahihirapan sila. Kaya thank you sa lahat ng BFSG members and to all advocates for your efforts.”
The Quezon City Health Department aims to make the Summit an annual event and hopes to have more awardees in the coming years.