Hakab Na or The Big Latch On is an annual global event where moms simultaneously breastfeed their babies to send awareness of its nutritional factors and to normalize breastfeeding. This year, Modern Nanays of Mindanao in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro organized Hakab Na para sa Marawi last August 4 and 5, 2017 held in SM City Uptown. The objective of this event is to raise funds for the displaced families of Marawi City especially for the moms with children below 2 years old. The donations received shall be given to the respected evacuation centers in Lanao to build community kitchen with the help of One Marawi and The Moroprenuers.
Day 1 – CSWD and Barangay Health Group
With the help of the City Social Welfare and Development and BSWD, the first day of Hakab Na is participated by mothers and children who are beneficiaries of 4Ps. A total of 106 mothers simultaneously breastfeed their babies for a period of 1 minute. The official count was headed by the MNM representative and Rotaract Carmen Valley. The afternoon session was a series of talks for the pregnant women called “Bump to Breast”. The importance of ‘Unang Yakap’ was discussed by Dr. Rico Borromeo (CDO OB-GYN) — “the backbone of health lies in the mother yet the mother has always been the last one to be served” in terms of medical attention or in the family. Another topic discussed are Common Breastfeeding Concerns where moms have worries that lead them to confusion or fear of not providing milk to their newborns. Thus, mothers breastmilk is the best for their babies and nothing else. As per Republic Act 7600, declares “The State adopts rooming-in as a national policy to encourage, protect, and support the practice of breastfeeding” in all medical institution.
Day 2 – Hakab Na for a Cause
The Modern Nanays of Mindanao members, volunteers, and community partners gathered to have a simultaneous latch where the proceeds of the event will be the displaced mothers and babies of Marawi. There are 68 mothers breastfed their babies (and a tandem feeding), plus the 106 mothers-babies on Day 1 and that makes it a total of 174 participated in the Big Latch On worldwide. After this, breastfeeding forums were participated by a NICU medical practitioner, working mom and a full-time mom. Each of them shared their experiences and concerns about breastfeeding. One major topic discussed was the difference between a postpartum depression and postpartum blues presented by Ms. Rhyselle Descallar – “which most moms, as well as dads, are having difficulties in knowing the symptoms, signs, and ways to overcome it”. The event is concluded with good news from the Founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao – Ms. Nadine Casino shared the humble beginnings of the group and the fund raised starting from Malong Care Packs to Hakab Na, it reached to an overwhelming amount of 637, 583.00 Pesos in a just a span of 2 months. “We are a group of mothers where most of us are stay-at-home, dili mi datu nga kailangan kwartahan para mutabang (we are not rich so we can help other people). We are here cause we wanted to help, cause we believe that all children must have the best foundation in life.”
To do good deeds by helping the needy is a simple act of sincerest kindness and humility no matter what our status quo in life, God has given us the greatest gift of all and that is to have a generous heart like every mother or woman can offer to humanity. Indeed, Modern Nanays of Mindanao truly inspires more families especially mothers and women to raise more awareness about the good benefits of breastfeeding and how it can help build a community with healthy children.
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