The Provincial Government of Cavite thru the Provincial Health Office-Nutrition Cluster in partnership with South PiNanays held the first HAKABitenya!, 2018, a simultaneous Latch On Activity with the theme “Ibalik sa Uso ang Pagpapasuso” on August 3, 2018 at the Korea-Philippines Friendship Hospital Lobby in Trece Martires City.
The activity aims to highlight the huge benefits of breastfeeding to the health and welfare of the babies. Dr. Gilberto Ilog, Officer in Charge of the Provincial Health Office, welcomed all the participants and emphasized the need for breast feeding. He gladly stated that the event was the first HAKAB activity in the province. Ms. Jellie Anne Palencia, Nutritionist Dietitian II, Regional Infant and Young Child Feeding Coordinator explained the 2018 theme of breastfeeding as well as its advantages. On the other hand, Ms. Marie Paz Regina P. Atienza, South PiNanays Founder/President and Breastfeeding Counselor tackled the topic “The Confident Mommy: Best Start to Breastfeeding”. She corrected the wrong beliefs or myths regarding breastfeeding including the act of breastfeeding when the mother is sick, tired or even had her hair rebonded. She also reiterated that breastfeeding should be done at least for two years or up to seven years as long as the child wants. Ms. Atienza also gave prizes to participants who answered correctly to the questions prepared regarding the discussed topic to the delight of everyone.
There were 45 out of 48 participants who successfully joined the one-minute simultaneous latch on.