THOUSANDS of nursing mothers simultaneously breastfed their babies during “Hakab Na!” 2019, held annually in celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with the goal of promoting the importance of providing proper support to breastfeeding mothers to create a breastfeeding nation for the future.
Organized by Breastfeeding Pinays in partnership with SM Cares, the Department of Health (DOH), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines and World Vision, “Hakab Na!” brought together nursing moms and their families, breastfeeding support groups, advocates, government, and nongovernment organizations to encourage a dynamic exchange of ideas on providing proper information and support to Filipino mothers and their families to enable them to breastfeed and practice good infant and young child feeding.
“What started out as a group of friends asking each other about breastfeeding has evolved into a national movement whose goal is to promote the values of breastfeeding to Filipino mothers. I am ecstatic to see that we are growing bigger each year,” said Bing Guevara, organizer of Hakab Na! 2019 and co-founder of Breastfeeding Pinays.
UNICEF Philippines Dr. Wigdan Madani added, “We are one with Breastfeeding Pinays on this occasion as we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. We cannot undermine the importance of this simple yet critical act, as we strongly believe that children who are breastfed get a healthy start in life.”
Held at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Hakab Na! 2019 was anchored on the theme, “Lakas ng Magulang, Sigla ng Pagpapasuso – Kalusugan, Nutrisyon ng Kabataan para saKinabukasan.”
“We envision our community of mothers to consider SM as their second home. SM strives to be a mall for all and continues to support the mothers and women in communities where our malls are present,” said Berna Velasco, program director for SM Cares Program on Women and Breastfeeding.