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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hakab Na 2015: Breastfeeding and Work - Yes we Can!

My life revolves around family, kids and Attachment Parenting with emphasis to Gentle Birthing, Breastfeeding and Babywearing.  Whenever August gets closer, I get giddy in anticipation for the first of the many activities is the annual Big Latch On / Hakab Na.

This is an annual event that celebrates Breastfeeding Month and is incorpiration with Breastfeeding Pinays and KAYA.  This year's theme is Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!

This year's Hakab Na! brought together 1,712 mothers simultaneously latching their babies in different gatherings around the country.  In Manila, it was held in 500 Shaw Zentrum in Mandaluyong and had over 1000 attendees – mothers with her family. The event was featured on major television networks like ABS CBN, GMA, ABC, and Solar; and major dailies like Philippine Star, Manila Times, etc.  Hakab Na! 2015 also had prominent online presence with features in Rappler, SunStar, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, Independent UK, The Telegraph UK and various blogs. 

This year's event is even bigger with a bigger venue to match it's sheer magnitude.  Not only is the simultaneous latching happened but there was a mommy-baby bazaar and talks that made the event a whole day affair!

These were the cool gate bands for registrants!

A mother's bazaars!

Beautifying Breastfeeding Mommies - a nail salon at the event!

Speakers this year were Ines Fernandez, Dr Anthony Calibo, Dr Julie Smith, Eliza Ypon then the administrators of Breastfeeding Pinays had an Ask The Admin (Live) Session.

Nanay Ines spoke about breastfeeding and Nutrition

Our wonderful host, Abie was as lively and entertaining.

Elisa Santiago of MAC shared with how mothers can beautify and taking care of themselves even when they are breastfeeding.

DOH's Doctor Anthony Calibo spoke about the government's initiatives and importance given to breastfeeding.

There was also the FAQ Panel wherein the administrators and founders of Breastfeeding Pinays were there to answer live questions from attendees, which was a lot of fun.

Some of the photos of the event are below. Credits to the photographers since I wasn't able to get photos at the event.

A very jam-packed event! I can see so many wonderful and familiar some new ones I've met that day.
Some of the Instagram photos with fellow committee-mates...

The loot that went home to each breastfeeding mother was a lot more than the entry ticket!

The Team...these people make doing this every year a truly wonderful experience.

There are also satellite venues that breastfed simultaneously to as far as Singapore and Paris, France!
We are thankful for our wonderful sponsors and media partners that helped make this possible!

Venue Sponsor: 500 Shaw Zentrum

David's Salon
Huggies Philippines
Party Boosters
Smart Steps

Media Partners:-
Mommy Talk

Print Media:-
Thompson Reuters

Pilipino Mirror

The Standard, August 2, 2015, Page A8

The Sunday Times Aug 2, 2015 page A2

Manila Bulletin, August 2, 2015, Page 6

TV Patrol

Video Coverage:-

ABS-CBN News...I was very lucky to have met Ms Jasmin Romero of ABS who my whole family watches everyday and who we love...she was able to cover Hakab Na 2015! The interview with my good friend Ros and her hubby was aired!