I can say that I am a Filipino, by birth, by heart, by mind! But, when I heard about the “Hakab Na” event by breastfeeding pinay last august 3, I asked myself, what is “hakab”?
Shame on me eh? I can say that I am a breastfeeding advocate but I don’t know the meaning of “hakab”. For my readers who doesn’t know the meaning of “hakab”, may clue na ba kayo?
Well shame no more for me and for you readers. Hakab meannnnnsssss “LATCH”! Sows!
Sorry for the long introduction.
August is Breastfeeding month. For me, ” Hakab Na : Breastfeeding Mob” was a very good way to start breastfeeding month. This event was held last August 3 at Aristocrat Manila . Many moms participated on this event. On this event, moms and their child will all together “hakab” while chanting “hakab na! Hakab na!”.
This event should be held on an open field, but unfortunately , hindi nakisama ang weather 😦 But thanks to aristocrat, they let us celebrate the event inside their restaurant.
It’s been 5 months since I started pumping at work. At the end of the day, I have to transport my breastmilk from our office back to our home. One thing you need to remember is to keep your breastmilk cool/cold to avoid spoilage. So you need a good quality insulated/thermal bag aaaaaaaannnnnndddddd GOOD ICE PACK.
Before I went back to work, I’d researched what ice packs are available here in Manila. There is “Nano Ice” by Babymama. Techni Ice that you can purchase from Sulit vendors. At SM department stores, they have Coleman and Rubber Maid ice packs.
I tried the Coleman ice pack “bag” (“bag because they have the ice pack in a plastic container) but I think it is not good for long term use. The ice pack plastic warps 😦 Thus, I switch to this (refer to the image below)
I bought this from Saizen at Robinson’s Magnolia for only 88 pesos per ice pack. What I like about this ice pack is, the gel substance is sealed in a plastic container, not plastic bag, thus prevents the risk of “matapon ang laman pag natusok” 🙂
Below is a picture of my Motherly Bag with my ice packs 🙂 Douzo!
Lacta Hoops are breastfeeding/nursing bracelet that help mothers remember which side of the breast they last nursed. The bracelet is reversible so just flip it and you’ll know what side of the breast to offer on your next feeding.
Some mother uses scrunchies, pony tails, clips, pins etc. but some of these items offer risk to your baby, like pins. Lacta Hoops is made of 100% silicone (the material used for making some baby toys). It is also food grade and non-toxic. It is also cold and hot resistant therefore you can sterilize it!
It is also a good fashion accessory 🙂 since it is soft and does not contain choking hazard (like beaded bracelets). You can also use it to a distracted baby while nursing.
You can check this link to know how the Lacta Hoops are used 🙂
Lacta Hoops are also perfect for baby shower gift! And it can also remind the expectant mother to breastfeed :p
You can purchase your own Lacta Hoops at BabyBabsStore
You can also visit Lacta Hoop official site, http://www.lactahoop.com
Reference: Dietary Prescription Food Guide Pyramid Second Edition: for Filipino Infants, Children and Adolescents by Philippine Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
When my son started eating solids, our pediatrician gave us a pamphlet about the diet of Filipino infants, children and adolescents. The title is “Dietary Prescription Food Guide Pyramid Second Edition: for Filipino Infants, Children and Adolescents”.
The pamphlet also contains the recommended breastmilk storage period. I create a “table form” of the said information.
You can also check this link for more information
Ditch the clips, ditch the pins ! Use BabyBabsStore Lacta Hoops to remember what side of the breast you last nursed!!! Visit http://lactahoop.com/ for more details.
I am not familiar with Dr. Jack Newman but I want to attend his breastfeeding symposium on August 31, 2013.
Details of the symposium is not yet finalized but whoever is interested in joining, can pre-register in this site.
Breastfeeding Uncovered: Dr. Jack Newman in Manila
Pre-registration fee is Php1,100. Pre-registration will end on August 15, 2013.
There are discounts though if you will purchase 10 or more tickets.
I want to avail the discount ! I think 1,100 is pricey 😦
Thus, if someone out there wants to attend and avail the discount, we can group ourselves !
For interested mothers/readers, please fill out the contact form below.
Thank you very much and looking forward in seeing you there !
Trinoma Breastfeeding Station is located at their Family Lounge (sorry I forgot the exact location!). The room have several cubicles (this is bigger compared to glorietta’s breastfeeding station cubicles).
I thought the place was great! I really love their couch to the point that I want to bring it home hahaha!
PROS and CONS
- Has a VERY cozy couch
- extra chair
- receptacle for pumping moms