BREASTFEEDING is an advocacy. Staying fit is also an advocacy. How about combining these two advocacies for a cause?
On March 19, a fun run for a cause dubbed as “Dagan Para sa Gatas ni Nanay” will be held at 4 p.m. at The Outlets in Pueblo Verde in MEZ 2, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.
Organized by L.A.T.C.H (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counselling and Help), a non-profit organization composed of breastfeeding advocates and volunteers, in partnership with Aboitizland, proceeds from the event will be used to buy a laminar hood, the remaining needed part for the human milk bank (pasteurizer) at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City.
The activity has also been organized in support of the International Women’s Month in March.
Human milk banks are a requirement for government and health institutions under the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.
These facilities are repositories for breastmilk donations with the goal of sharing human breastmilk for very sick, premature or malnourished babies or babies whose mothers may be unable to provide milk for them.
The VSMMC Milk Bank, although still under construction, has been operating since 2013 and the first of such facility in Central Visayas and outside Luzon.
The run features 1K, 5K and 10K categories.
The 5K and 10K categories are open to all, while the 1K category is exclusively designed for mothers who will be carrying their babies in harnesses or body carriers.
Registration is P300 for all categories. This entitles the runner to a race kit with visor, exclusive of singlet.
Participants are encouraged to wear white or pink running outfit.
Registration of participants will start on Feb. 27 at designated registration hubs–The Persimmon Plus Office in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City; iMEZ Building at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-Lapu City; AboitizLand administration offices in its residential communities; and at Runnr in Ayala Center Cebu on Saturdays and Sundays until the race day.
Miren Amale Jopson, Aboitizland vice president for human resources and administration and a breastfeeding advocate, said that the company’s partnership with L.A.T.C.H conformed with its dedication to creating connected communities.
Among its other community projects, Jopson said that the Aboitizland is also working on setting up a lactation room at the Pueblo Verde.
Rowena Bonilla, a L.A.T.C.H member and ultra-marathoner, dispelled misconception about breastfeeding while running.
“Breastfeeding is not a hindrance to what you love to do like running. Kanang pagtuo nga mo decrease ang milk, mo aslum, it’s not true,” Bonilla said, who breastfed her daughter in her 10-hour race last year.
She advised breastfeeding mothers who are into sports to stay hydrated and eat well, and get a good sports/nursing bra.
To know more about the L.A.T.C.H., one may check out its official Facebook pages: Latch Moms Cebu or Latch Cebu. trong>(PR)