Around 300 moms breastfeed together In Manila
MANILA - Hundreds of women in the Philippines campaigned for proper child nutrition through a mass breastfeeding session on Thursday.
About 300 pregnant and lactating mothers at Manila's eastern district of Marikina sat down to simultaneously breastfeed their children.
Mothers were advised on proper nutrition to stimulate milk production, proper handling and techniques on feeding their newborns.
Nona Castillo, organizer from Nurturers of the Earth, said the activity aims to spark awareness on proper nutrition for infants.
"We have to protect the mothers from false advertisements, from unethical marketing practices, so these are our challenges, and of course, we also have to take into account hospitals and medical professionals should have the ultimate responsibility to encourage and support them. They should be equipped with updated knowledge and evidence-based medicine," she said.
Campaigners said that breast milk is better as it contains more protein, carbohydrates and minerals that specifically caters to the baby's growth and development.
Marjorie Lumaban, a mother of two, said she prefers breastfeeding over commercial milk.
"I believe that mother's milk is more nutritious. I feel much more comfortable knowing that nutrition from the vegetables I eat goes to my child's milk when I breast feed them," she said.
Organizers from Breastfeeding Philippines said private establishments and government offices should be set up to raise the awareness on natural breastfeeding to curb the 16,000 Filipino infants suffering from malnutrition that could result in an early death.