Breast Friends Forever: Providing Breastfeeding Support to Filipino Mothers
Buding Aquino-Dee was a new mother living in Canada when she was introduced to a tremendous breastfeeding support system. “I was so moved by my own breastfeeding experience there that I decided to get certified as a breastfeeding
In 2006, she and her family moved back to Manila, where she quickly saw that there was a void in breastfeeding support. Curious, Dee began volunteering with existing advocacy groups. “I reconnected with some of my friends from high school and college, and now they were moms too, and doctors, chefs, ‘mompreneurs,’ and corporate executives. We all had the same desire to form a group that could help bring back the breastfeeding culture through quality lactation education and peer
Through the organization’s lactation education classes, peer
She continues, “We select projects that reflect our core values, which are quite progressive and nontraditional. We believe in collaboration and in working with various agencies, companies, and institutions, and approaching advocacy matters in creative ways, offering fresh perspectives on how to communicate the heart and soul of the cause.”
While LATCH also hopes to grow its membership, its focus remains on quality over quantity. “We attract service leaders who sincerely want to make a difference in their own circles of influence. LATCH has grown and branched out, slowly but surely. Each branch in Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Los Baños is autonomous, but we are all united in focusing on the principles of what makes the advocacy important, crucial, and relevant. When you advocate breastfeeding, it’s a tri-chord of promotion, protection, and support. Each area holds its weight and
This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Town&Country Philippines.