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These moms want you to know it's okay to breastfeed in public

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'This is a get-together of moms—moms coming together. Isn’t that what is important? It is the essence of bringing back the culture of breastfeeding'

Photo courtesy of Breastfeeding Pinays

WATCH: Hundreds of Filipino moms show support for breastfeeding

Aug 06, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The annual event aims to draw public support for a government campaign to get more mothers to switch to breast milk from infant formula

SIMULTANEOUS. Filipino mothers participate in a breastfeeding event Sunday, August 5, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Mommy diaries: How I prepared for breastfeeding

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A first-time mom shares her breastfeeding journey with her little one

GROWING UP. Raya makes faces while playing with her Tatay. All photos courtesy of Ana-Liza Ani Bojocan.

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Jul 18, 2018 - 9:02 PM

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Model breastfeeds baby on catwalk – and stirs debate

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Walking the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show, Mara Martin stepped out in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria

CATWALK. Model Mara Martin walks the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria. Screenshot of Daily Mail Instagram

Her advocacy: Make no mom feel alone

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Nadine Gadia Casiño, founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao, advocates for natural child care and supporting other mothers

MODERN NANAY. Breastfeeding advocate Nadine Gadia Casiño says a woman is neither defined by how well she cooks nor by how clean their home is – but by how she is different. Photo by Nadine Gadia Casiño.

Quezon City breast milk bank saves 165 infants

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The city government of Quezon City helps 165 premature and undernourished infants through its Quezon City Human Milk Bank QCHMB

FOR DELIVERY. The Quezon City government now uses motorcycles to pick up and deliver breastmilk to the Quezon City Human Milk Bank (QCHMB)

1st M2 'Padede Mom' meet-up

Mar 09, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Nursing mothers here s one workshop you must attend

Pope tells women to feel free to breastfeed in church

Jan 08, 2017 - 10:05 PM

You mothers go ahead and breastfeed without fear Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus says Pope Francis

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis celebrating baptisms on January 8, 2017 at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican. Pope Francis encouraged women to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church. "The ceremony is a little long, someone's crying because he's hungry. That's the way it is," the pontiff said. "You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus," he told worshippers attending an annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus.  / AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

What is the role of fathers in breastfeeding?

Jun 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Every day of my wife s pregnancy seems to be a class semester and the final project is Jamir our baby

Breast is best for babies, mothers and economy – study

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Researchers say breastfeeding could prevent more than 800 000 child deaths and about 20 000 breast cancer deaths every year

Tools for the breastfeeding pro

Nov 17, 2015 - 7:56 PM

You’re a breastfeeding noob now but you’ll soon be a pro Here are some helpful tools

A conversation on the joys and realities of breastfeeding

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:08 PM

There are a lot of benefits to breastfeeding for both the mother and the child but what does it really take? Join us on Nov 14 at 6 pm

What they don't tell you about breastfeeding

Oct 26, 2015 - 10:16 AM

It’s not as easy as it looks so here are some things that mothers need to know

How much can you save when you breastfeed?

Sep 12, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Breastfeeding saves us money directly With wisdom and prudence it also indirectly buys us a better quality of life

epa04646658 Filipino mothers breastfeed their newly born babies during the 'First Embrace' campaign for Early Essential Newborn Care of the World Health Organization (WHO) inside Fabella government maternity hospital in Manila, Philippines, 04 March 2015. The 'First Embrace' is the immediately sustained skin-to-skin contact of baby to mother after giving birth. The 'First Embrace' act of affection that transfers life-saving warmth, placental blood and protective bacteria from mother to newborn. The act also added benefit of promoting a natural bond between mother and child that improves the condition of all babies including those born premature, sick or by Caesarean section. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Breastfeeding dad to KC Montero: Respect, listen to mothers

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

I want the values the respect for woman and her body to be instilled in our child so that when he grows up he will not simply be distracted or offended by a woman breastfeeding her child

Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Should mothers cover their breasts while breastfeeding?

Sep 11, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Celebrity host KC Montero says in his radio show that mothers should cover their breasts while breastfeeding in public Tell us what you think

14 travel tips for breastfeeding mothers

Aug 27, 2015 - 3:47 PM

One writer shares her tips for breastfeeding moms on the go

Hakab Na: 1,681 mothers simultaneously breastfeed to raise awareness

Aug 11, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Breastfeeding Pinays hope to encourage mothers to breastfeed and gather support to their advocacy

I am a 'breastfeeding tatay'

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:15 PM

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month Here s an extraordinary story of a husband preparing to join his wife s breastfeeding journey

'Mother and baby-friendly' Quezon City opens human milk bank

Apr 10, 2015 - 3:07 PM

The city is the second local government unit in the Philippines to run its own human milk bank

First touch, first embrace: At the heart of mother and baby care

Mar 06, 2015 - 1:54 PM

From being known as a baby factory delivering as many as 100 babies a day the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital is focusing on the prevention of maternal and newborn death through basic but effective intervention

Ines Fernandez: A mother for others

Jan 29, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Nanay Ines is a shining example of women who are empowering mothers in rural areas to take better care of their health and wellbeing through proper nutrition and education

Ensure baby-friendly evacuation centers during Ruby – DOH

Dec 08, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Local health officials are also directed to provide free vaccines and vitamin A capsules for children in evacuation centers

BABY-FRIENDLY. Marilyn Indiano, 35, carries her two-month-old baby Justine inside an evacuation building in a slum area in Baseco district, Manila, Philippines, December 7, 2014. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

8 ways breastfeeding can help PH achieve dev't

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

There are 8 Millienium Development Goals that the country can achieve with the help of mothers who breastfeed their children exclusively in the first 6 months

INFOGRAPHIC: How breastfeeding at work should be

Sep 01, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both baby and mother but there might not be enough awareness or support given to lactating mothers

Putting an end to 'toasted coffee' over breastmilk

Aug 25, 2014 - 2:32 PM

If breastfeeding policies would be strictly enforced we would probably not hear any more heartbreaking stories of poor mothers feeding their babies coffee and babies dying of malnutrition

KNOWLEDGE. Mothers must be provided with enough knowledge and support that can enable to properly breastfeed. To do this, the government must implement its existing policies better. Image from Shutterstock

Keeping abreast: Overcoming the challenges of breastfeeding

Aug 23, 2014 - 7:05 PM

I still wonder if becoming a full time breastfeeding mom was the wisest move Maybe not career wise But for sure it is the one role I am proudest of

Winning with breastfeeding

Aug 21, 2014 - 3:47 PM

I consider breastfeeding my daughter Everest one of my life s achievements

Don't judge working moms who can't breastfeed

Aug 20, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Rather than judging moms who use formula milk advocates and government agencies charged with promoting breastfeeding should see to it that working moms get enough support

The real cost of infant milk formula

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Familes with infants spend more money on milk formulas – as much as 70 among poor families – than other household necessities

Children's rights group to Aquino gov't: Address inequality in child deaths

Aug 18, 2014 - 1:23 PM

With 500 days left to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals Save the Children urges the government to address issues of inequality and its causes

What's keeping the Philippines from exclusive breastfeeding?

Aug 14, 2014 - 5:43 PM

The Philippines is one of the top nations with the least number of exclusively breastfed children despite its full implementation of the Milk Code

Breastfeeding a 'security issue'

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:01 PM

During emergency situations and calamities breast milk is also a mother’s best advantage and a baby’s best defense Cayetano says

Breastfeeding: Mission possible

Aug 10, 2014 - 1:30 AM

One would first have to be a new mother or be close to a new mother to appreciate how difficult it can be to find answers in a bottle feeding culture

Pinoy moms celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Aug 06, 2014 - 1:57 PM

Iloilo mothers come together to celebrate international breastfeeding awareness month

BREASTFEEDING. The Philippines and the world welcome celebrate August as the International Breastfeeding Awareness Month. All photos by Adrienne Villaruel/

On nutrition and disasters

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The problem is that we don’t maximize our past experiences with disasters

NUTRITION. How do disasters affect the nutritional status of Filipino families? File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Who is on top of PH nutrition?

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Have you ever heard of the National Nutrition Council?

NUTRITION. Who is mainly in charge of the country's nutrition issues? Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Inside Fabella Hospital's milk bank

Jun 21, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Fabella is renowned as a maternity hospital and a hospital for newborns Unknown to many it is also one of the few existing Human Milk Banks in the Philippines

BABY FACTORY. Sometimes dubbed as a "Baby Factory," Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital Milk Bank boast its large supply of milk.

Got milk? Makati says yes

May 30, 2014 - 3:14 PM

The city of Makati is the country s first LGU to operate its own milk bank providing donated breast milk to vulnerable infants

MILK BANK. The city of Makati is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to operate its own milk bank which helps save the lives of many infants. Photo from the Makati Human Milk Bank

Malnutrition: A lack of food and good governance

May 22, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Lack of budget is an overused excuse health advocates protest The real problem lies with wrong prioritization

HEALTH FACILITIES. Lack of funding and staff are the usual problems experienced by health centers across the country. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Breast milk, indigenous food: A mother’s recipe for healthy children

May 11, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The long term solution to the nutrition deficiency problem in the Philippines is to promote breastfeeding across the country

TRIVIA: Mothers and Mother's Day

May 11, 2014 - 8:30 AM

As we celebrate Mother s Day Rappler lists some interesting facts about mothers and this celebration

Photo from Shutterstock

Who's violating the Milk Code?

May 10, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Some breastfeeding advocates say it is the milk industry that blocks the success and essence of the Philippine Milk Code

MILK INDUSTRY. Some breastfeeding advocates say that it is the milk industry that blocks the success and essence of the Philippine Milk Code. File photo from AFP

The role of fathers in breastfeeding

May 10, 2014 - 4:46 PM

While unable to provide breast milk themselves fathers can give emotional support to mothers who breastfeed

Pregnant during Typhoon Yolanda

May 08, 2014 - 12:05 AM

Jessica is two months pregnant when Yolanda hits the Visayas Now 7 months pregnant she is ready to move on

PREGNANT DURING YOLANDA. Jessica was two months pregnant with her first child when Yolanda hit Central Visayas. All photos from Joy Maluyo

World Vision urges congressmen to keep Milk Code intact

May 06, 2014 - 6:25 PM

World Vision Philippines is urging Filipinos to support breastfeeding as a way to fight malnutrition

MILK CODE. World Vision continues to be vigilant for any attempts of policymakers to amend and water down the Milk Code. Photo from World Vision.

Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease: study

Apr 23, 2014 - 8:25 PM

US researchers found a significant association in almost 7 000 people between birth weight or duration of breastfeeding and higher levels of C reactive protein CRP an indicator of inflammation in blood samples of young adults

MOTHER'S MILK. Breastfeeding may help protect one's heart in adulthood, a new study points.

Preventing chronic malnutrition in emergencies

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The current chronic malnutrition rate in Yolanda affected areas exceeds the 30 global threshold according to the World Health Organization

MALNUTRITION AND YOLANDA. The current chronic malnutrition rate in Yolanda-affected areas exceeds the 30% global threshold, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from World Vision

Why protect the Milk Code?

Apr 04, 2014 - 7:15 AM

About 3 in every 10 children under 5 suffer from chronic undernutrition in Yolanda hit areas How relevant is the Milk Code in times of disaster?

BREASTFEEDING. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding with adequate complementary feeding alone  were estimated to prevent almost one-fifth of under-five deaths in developing countries like the Philippines. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP