By RECTHIE PACULBA
The activity is also the group’s way to celebrate the World Breastfeeding Week slated annually on August 1 to 7. This is a global movement for action to promote, protect and support breastfeeding by anyone, anywhere and at anytime.
During the first day of the celebration, about 106 members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from the different barangays of Cagayan de Oro City joined in the simultaneous breastfeeding of mothers from various parts of the world or the so-called Big Latch On.
There were also discussions on the importance of breastfeeding which was led by the well-known obstetrician-gynecologist in the city, Dr. Rico Borromeo.
Dr. Borromeo said that breastfeeding is important to have smart children since it is only from the mother’s milk whom the babies could get a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids—crucial for brain development in infants and children, and may help prevent cognitive decline in adulthood.
The doctor also shared that breastfed children have a high emotional intelligence quotient (IQ) due to their frequent bonding with their mother. Such act enables the children to empathize with other people. Furthermore, breastfed children develop good non-verbal communication skills making it easier for them to mingle with other people.
Another benefit of breastfeeding which the doctor really appreciates is the fact that it helps in developing good physical attribute of children. Borromeo said that there are certain components of the breast milk that aids in constituting good symmetry of the face.
During the second day of the event, there were 68 mothers who participated in the simultaneous latch on and aimed to promote development in the environment and climate change, nutrition, food security and poverty reduction, survival, health and well-being, and productivity of women and employment.
The proceeds of the two-day event will be used to augment the ongoing relief operations of the MNM namely the distribution of the ‘Malong Packs’ and the Community Kitchen where fresh and nutritious meals are served to the mothers and children who evacuated from Marawi City.
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