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Thousands of Filipino mothers join simultaneous breastfeeding event in Manila

Philippines, Manila
August 18, 2019 at 15:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

As many as 1,600 Filipino mothers simultaneously fed their children at a mass breastfeeding event in Manila, on Sunday.

Women wore colourful outfits and flower crowns, danced and enjoyed music while breastfeeding their babies in the annual Hakab Na, literally the 'Big Latch on', event.

Now in its seventh year, the Hakab Na! is aimed at raising awareness around the health benefits of breastfeeding, while bringing together women and their children.

The rally, which both celebrates World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, was hosted by Breastfeeding Pinays, an online forum of over 270,000 breastfeeding families.

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As many as 1,600 Filipino mothers simultaneously fed their children at a mass breastfeeding event in Manila, on Sunday.

Women wore colourful outfits and flower crowns, danced and enjoyed music while breastfeeding their babies in the annual Hakab Na, literally the 'Big Latch on', event.

Now in its seventh year, the Hakab Na! is aimed at raising awareness around the health benefits of breastfeeding, while bringing together women and their children.

The rally, which both celebrates World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, was hosted by Breastfeeding Pinays, an online forum of over 270,000 breastfeeding families.

M/S Breastfeeding mother with baby at "Hakab Na!" 2019 event, Manila

M/S Breastfeeding mothers with babies sitting on the floor inside SMX Convention Center

W/S "Hakab Na!" 2019 event

M/S Breastfeeding mother with baby

M/S Baby holds sign reading "Breast Friend Forever"

M/S Woman playing with her baby

W/S Mothers wearing yellow outfits and holding signs

M/S Breastfeeding mother with baby

W/S Women listening to speaker

M/S Breastfeeding mother and baby with flower crowns

C/U Girl resting on her mother

M/S Mother holding baby

W/S Woman speaking at microphone

M/S Mother breastfeeding

M/S Mothers breastfeeding

W/S Mothers shouting slogans

M/S Mother raising her hand

M/S Mothers shouting slogans as they breastfeed

M/S Breastfeeding mother with baby

M/S Mother breastfeeding two children at once

M/S Mother holding baby

W/S Mothers raising their hands as music is being played

M/S Mother breastfeeding two children at once

SOT, Normi Herrera, Hakab Na! 2019 Media and Communications Head: "Hakab Na is a yearly event spearheaded by Breastfeeding Pinays, which is one of the largest breastfeeding support group in the Philippines and this is an event where we invite breastfeeding mothers and their families to celebrate with us breastfeeding awareness month."

M/S Breastfeeding mother with baby *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Normi Herrera, Hakab Na! 2019 Media and Communications Head: "Hakab Na began in 2013 and it's been happening ever since and this is the seventh year that we're celebrating Hakab Na and this is the second year that we are doing it here in SMX Convention centre."

M/S Mothers dancing with babies *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Normi Herrera, Hakab Na! 2019 Media and Communications Head: "This year we have about 1,600 mothers who joined the simultaneous breastfeeding, but for the breastfeeding mothers in the entire event we have more than 2,000 moms."

C/U Girl with toy

M/S Mothers hold banner of Hakab Na! 2019 event at SMX Convention centre

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