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Region VI ready for May 2 "Sumuso sa Nanay" nationwide year II

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (26 April) -- Thousands of mothers in Western Visayas are ready to join in the grand display of breastfeeding advocacy on May 2, 2007 which will be held simultaneously all throughout the country.

Dubbed “Sabay-Sabay, Sumuso sa Nanay! Year 2, the activity is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Partnership with the Department of Health, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Local Government Units.

According to Alma Jornadal of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD VI), the activity was started in May 4 last year, with some 3,541 mothers participating in the simultaneous breatfeeding in a “single site”, and broke the record held by Berkeley, California, United States of America which had the participation of only 1,130 mothers in year 2002.

“This year”, Jornadal said, “the country is set on achieving the First Guiness World Record on Simultaneous Breastfeeding in “multiple sites”.

With its theme “Uso Ang Magpasuso”, the identified sites in Region VI are:Iloilo City- Jaro Covered Gym, Jaro Public Plaza; Iloilo province - New Lucena, Sta. Barbara, and Badiangan; Capiz province- Roxas City, Dao, Ivisan; Aklan - Lezo, Tangalan, Buruanga, Kalibo; and Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.

Jornadal said that the activity aims to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life and continued breastfeeding beyond two years; promote the consumption of indigenous foods for complementary feeding; revive the Filipinos indigenous practices that sustained breastfeeding in the past.

During the May 2 nationwide activity, mothers will be served with indigenous foods like boiled saba, corn, gabi, kamoteng kahoy and local fruits in season.

“This is to educate that to truly alleviate poverty, our people must learn to appreciate and sustain themselves with the cheapest and most nutritious foods including breastmilk. As part of the hunger mitigation campaign, we aim to educate them that these foods are cheap yet they are the most nutrient-dense,” Jornadal concluded. (PIA) [top]

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