By Lorelee Antonette Yap
Rizal Mammas launched its eighth event entitled “Hakab Na! Rizal 2018” at the mini atrium of SM East Ortigas, Pasig City to celebrate world breastfeeding week this August.
There were 371 attendees, 136 are mothers and 146 are babies.
Ines Fernandez, founder of Arugaan, was one of the keynote speakers as she discussed the benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and baby.
“Ang breastfeeding hormones ay nagii-stimulate ng ganda at lakas,” she said to the mothers.
“Sabi ng World Health Organization (WHO) at UNICEF research study na 12 times your baby won’t get sick o kaya maira-rush sa hospital at mamimili sa botika ng gamot kapag siya ay breastfed,” she added.
She even compared babies to forecasters when they are intaking large amount of milk as a way of getting ready for the incoming sickness and advised mothers to stay calm.
“Forecast yan sila ng darating na bagyo. Sila ay forecaster na nag-iipon na sila ng antibodies na kontra o panangga sa sakit dala ng darating na may biglaang ulan o typhoon. Kaya wag kayong mag alala,” she explained.
Fernandez praised mothers for having the best job in the world and should be given proper recognition. “Yan na talaga ang the best job in the world. Kailangan kayong bigyan ng parangal. Kaya nandito tayo. Nagkasama-sama because we are proud to be breastfeeding moms.”
Dra. Joanne Gallardo, second speaker and former paediatrician at the National Children’s Hospital, presented the study she made if mothers can bring back their milk for breastfeeding after months of hiatus.
She had 35 participants with the range of 21-25 years old and 42% were first time mothers.
Dra. Gallardo explained the steps that underwent in her research.
“First step, ang pinakamahirap na challenge po sa mga mommies pero pinagawa po namin sa kanila. Itapon ang kanilang mga bote. Second step, encourage ang skin to skin para po makilala ni baby ulit ang amoy ni mommy at ang pakiramdam kay mommy. So kailangan skin to skin siya eight to twelve times a day. Third step, ininterview namin kung bakit ba sila tumigil,” she tackled.
She assessed that the following processes are the things that mothers need to know if they want to start breastfeeding their babies again: proper positioning and attachment, drop and drip technique, lactation massage, hand expression, and cup feeding.
Her study had the duration of 21 days with the result of 71% of the mothers went completely back to breastfeeding, 36% to partial breastfeeding and 3% that had not produced milk at all.
Jessica Ann Addun, head organizer of this event and a Rizal Mammas administrator, discussed the main objective of Hakab na! Rizal 2018. “Ang main objective ng hakab is basically three things: to protect, promote, and to support breastfeeding. Protect yung mga nanay na minsan mayroon pa rin tayong stigma sa iba na dapat kapag nagpapadede ka hindi in public place. Tinatry natin na maprotektahan sila by doing this ay mas nagiging aware ang public na it is something that should be normalize. Ipromote natin ang breastfeeding para na rin yung kanyang mga benefits, ano yung naidudulot niya sa mga bata kumpara sa nagtatake ito ng formula milk at siyempre financially mas makakatipid tapos health wise. Mas malusog ang bata na nagbe-breastfeed. Kung magkasakit man ay mabilis makabawi. And also, mas matalino. Suportahan ang mga nanay para mawala yung stigma. Suportahan din yung mga nanay na okay lang ipagpatuloy yang mga ginagawa ninyo kasi kadalasan yung iba humihinto after six months. Kasi kung tutuusin ang breastfeeding is best 2 years and beyond. Yan ang goal natin na mas marami pang lumagpas sa kung anong iniisip nila na kapag malaki na ay di na pinapadede.”
Addun also mentioned that husbands should support their wives in this advocacy. “Ineempower din naming ang mga tatay. Pinapawitness din namin sila. Kasi napakahalaga para maging isang successful ang nanay sa pagpapadede, sobrang halaga ng role ng tatay kasi kung yung tatay walang tiwala, madaling susuko yung nanay.”
“Sabi nga naming na breastfeeding is 90% determination. 10% lang ang production. Sa determination, paano ka magkakaroon ng determination? Mula sa sarili mo, mula sa taong nasa paligid mo at ang pinakaunang tao na ine-expect mo dapat na sumuporta sa iyo ay iyong asawa,” she remarked.
Rizal Mammas is a non-profit support group with 2000 members that was established 2 years ago on July 28, 2016 by Bianca Del Rosario.
The organization’s advocacy is natural parenting that includes breastfeeding, clothe diapering, baby wearing, and care for the environment.