Educating Iligan City on the Benefits of Breastfeeding in Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week

Idalia Beruar was expecting her third child when she truly realized the value of breastmilk for her children after attending a seminar on breastfeeding and infant & children care practices back in September 2017.

While she had always breastfed her children because they did not like the milk formula, in the seminar she learned that breast milk is still the most nutritious food for babies. The Breastfeeding & IYCF seminar was organized by Action Against Hunger and funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID Philippines).

“I was amazed that the mothers who trained us brought their babies to the seminar, breastfed them, bathe them and changed their diapers for all of us to see,” Idalia said.

When she delivered her baby Princess on November 2, 2017, Idalia applied what she learned in the seminar and breastfed her baby. She made it a habit to keep herself hydrated with water and vegetable soup. She also maintained taking ferrous sulfate and Vitamin A to keep herself strong and healthy.

Idalia and her family were one of the 350,000 people who were forced to evacuate from their home after conflict broke out in Marawi City between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and rebel groups on May 23, 2017. 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗜𝗱𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮’𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲: