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A Mommy Forum For A Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines

Breastfeeding may be considered a challenging phase of motherhood but the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies truly make the journey worthwhile. While more and more mothers recognize that breast milk will always be superior compared to formula milk, there is still a need to spread awareness on its benefits and to encourage people to support breastfeeding.

In response to the global campaign of protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding, World Vision Development Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Health, launched Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines. This two-year project aims to:

  • Support and strengthen the implementation of Executive Order 51 (The Philippine Milk Code of 1986), Republic Act 7600 (The Rooming-In and Breastfeeding Act of 1992), and Republic Act 10028 (The Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009).

 

  • Increase awareness and educate health professionals and the public regarding these laws.

 

  • Encourage people to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding by involving them in monitoring the implementation of breastfeeding laws in the country.

 

Carleneth F. San Valentin, Health and Nutrition Technical Programme Manager of World Vision Development Foundation, believes that encouraging mothers to nurture their child is a way to empower a mother’s ability to breastfeed and care for their child. “We are here to educate mothers so that they are empowered to make the right choice in nurturing and caring for their child. We want them to realize that if these laws are not implemented, we are impinging on their rights and of their child’s,” she shared.

According to Dr. Anthony P. Calibo of the Department of Health, this responsibility to uphold the breastfeeding rights of mothers is not just the responsibility of concerned organizations and government sectors; it is a responsibility of the general public. “If a mother is investing herself for the betterment of the future of her child, then she is also investing in the betterment of the future of this country,” he emphasized.

To stay true to their mission and vision for this project, the team conducted Mommy Forum: Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines last October 2, 2018 at Little Owl in New Manila. #MBFPH was graced by mom celebrities like Camille Prats Yambao, Jennica Garcia Uytingco and Erika Padilla.

Erika Padilla, World Vision Breastfeeding Ambassador, shared her breastfeeding journey. “It is a huge sacrifice. It is difficult, painful, and a lot of work. But definitely worth every single drop because I see my son getting stronger and healthier every day,” she recalled. Her story encouraged more moms to share and ask for more tips from Erika as well.

Rommel Fuerte, Executive Director of World Vision Development Foundation, reminds long-time moms and new moms the reason behind this gathering: the breastfeeding normalization is still a work in progress and it’s a must to constantly promote and protect breastfeeding to empower moms and to ensure a healthy start for their children.

To know how you can support Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines, log on to https://mbfp.doh.gov.ph/ or download MBF PH via Google Play or Appler Store.

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  1. Judycel Tino
    October 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Yes kaya ako support talaga ko sa mga nagpapadede na mommy. Kase ako sa panganay ko di ako nagpadede kase kahit anong pilit ko ayaw nya talaga dumede saken grabe ung experience ko non. Kaya dito sa bunso ko magtu2 na siya sa january 1 nagBF padin siya saken and masasabi ko na sobrang laking tipid and yung bonding namin mag nanay iba talaga. Kaya saludo talaga ako sa mga padede mamsh

  2. Aila Garcia
    October 8, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I love Camille talaga when it comes sa mga campaign at foundation about sa mommy and baby just like this., kasi madami din ang na e encourage na mag help. Sana madami pang mga gnito program para mas madami matulungan.

  3. Aiza Gregorio
    October 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Wow bff moms here.. Mula panganay at ngayon sa bunso ko na 7 mons old.. Iba talaga pag laki sa gatas ng nanay ang baby.. Madaming sustansya ang nakukuha at hindi sakitin ang bata..

  4. Maria Catherine Matugas
    October 8, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Yes its true maraming benefits ang isang breastfeeding mom kaya naman dapat alagaan naten ang specially sa mga babies naten .. It is truly make the journey worthwhile ..

  5. Queenie Mance
    October 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    yung mga anak ko breast fed talaga proud ako tipid na sa gatas mas healthy pa never sila naospital kaya nagpapasalamat din ako sa Dios na lumalaki sila na healthy.

  6. Joanna Pecundo
    October 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Nakaka-inspire po talagang makita yung mga celebrity moms like Ms. Camille, Erika Padilla and Jenica Garcia na kahit busy sila sa work ay very hands on sila when it comes to taking care of their little ones. And aside from that they serve as a role model also for those moms out there to promote breastfeeding. And through this forum or event naiinform nila yung mga mommies like us kung ano ba yung importance and good health benefits na makukuha ng ating mga babies through breastfeeding. Super gandang topic at hindi boring pagusapan, kaya I’m also proud to say that my kids ay laking breastfeed din. Thank you for sharing this important information about breastfeeding.

  7. divine labbuanan-cabral
    October 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Super challenging talaga magpabreastfeed.
    Proud ako at isa ako sa mga nanay na breastfeeding❤️❤️❤️
    basta para sa mga anak, gagawin ko ang lahat para sa kapakanan nila❤️❤️❤️

  8. Cielo Jonna
    October 12, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Napaka hands on tlga nila mam camille pagdating sa mga baby nila. Sana marami pa silang mainspire like me. 🙂

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