50 liters of breast milk from Taguig moms delivered to Batangas evacuation centers

The office of Senator Pia S. Cayetano and the Taguig city government formally turned over on Friday (Jan. 31) 50 liters of breast milk to the Batangas Medical Center (BATMC) for the benefit of babies affected by the Taal volcano eruption.

The milk donation was received by officials of BATC, which houses a human milk bank that stores breast milk for babies in need, including those staying in different evacuation centers across the province.

All 50.1 liters of breast milk donations were gathered and collected from nursing mothers who participated in “Breast Milk Ko, Alay Ko,” a breast milk letting event organized last January 23 by the senator’s office in partnership with Taguig city.

The donated milk underwent tests and pasteurization at the Taguig City Human Milk Bank of the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital before being delivered to Batangas.

“Nobody can dispute that breast milk is best for babies. But what do you do when, for some reason, a mother cannot provide this for her child? During a state of stress, a mother’s ability to produce milk could be affected,” Cayetano said as she stressed the importance of breast milk donations for Taal evacuees.

“That’s why we organized the breast milk letting event, because during this time of calamity, we don’t want our babies to stop receiving breast milk. And we thank all the moms who made this possible through their donations. Maraming salamat po sa inyo at huwag po tayong magsawang tumulong,” the senator added.

Cayetano meanwhile stated that the work does not end with today’s ceremony, as she urged more nursing mothers to continue helping fellow moms in need by donating their milk through the TPDH Human Milk Bank.

A breastfeeding advocate, the senator authored the Expanded Breastfeeding Act (Republic Act 10028), which encourages health institutions to establish human milk banks.

Cayetano also authored the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act  (RA 10821), which requires breastfeeding areas to be set up in evacuation centers to enable mothers to feed their babies in private.#

50 liters of breast milk arrive at the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City. BATMC officials led by Chief of Hospitals Dr. Ramoncito Magnaye welcomed the team from Taguig City and the Office of Senator Pia Cayetano.
Official turnover to the Batangas Human Milk Bank of 50 liters of breast milk donated by volunteer-moms from Taguig City. The Batangas Human Milk Bank supplies breast milk for babies in need at evacuation centers across the province.
Courtesy call to Governor Dodo Mandanas of Batangas province.

 

Donated milk helps nourish children in evacuation centers like Clarck, 8 months old, whose mother Camille Austria, 20, has had difficulty expressing milk after their family was displaced by the Taal eruption.
Interested parties could still donate for babies in need of breast milk through the Taguig Human Milk Bank at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital.

400 nursing moms gather in Taguig to donate breast milk for ‘Taal babies’

An estimated 400 nursing mothers have come together in Taguig City on Thursday to donate breast milk for babies affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

Senator Pia S. Cayetano, in partnership with the Human Milk Bank of Taguig City, conducted a day-long breast milk letting event on January 23 at the Lakeshore Tent in Lower Bicutan, Taguig.

The event dubbed, “Breast Milk Ko, Alay Ko,” was made open to all volunteer breastfeeding mothers, including residents and non-residents of the city.

The donated milk will be stored and processed by the Taguig City Human Milk Bank, and delivered to different evacuation centers in the province of Batangas.

“The essence of this is mothers helping other mothers,” Cayetano said during an ambush interview with media on the sidelines of the event.

The milk letting activity is in response to the appeal of the Batangas provincial government for breast milk donations for families who have been displaced by Taal’s eruption. It also follows the Department of Health (DOH) advisory encouraging breast milk donations for areas affected by the disaster.

“Nobody will dispute that breast milk is best for babies. But what do we do when, for some reason, a mother cannot provide that for her baby? There are moms who breastfeed but during a state of stress, their milk supply gets affected. That’s why we are trying to help out to those in need,” the senator explained.

“That is my challenge for all nursing mothers in Taguig and in other places, I hope they can also contribute. For those who have reached out and expressed interest to donate, we will assist. If we can collect those milk from different mothers, we will do so,” she added.

Meanwhile, the senator also pointed out that all donated breast milk collected from the event will be properly pasteurized to ensure that it is safe and clean.

“We want to be sure that the donated breast milk will be in good condition for the babies who will receive them,” Cayetano noted.

A breastfeeding advocate, the senator authored the Expanded Breastfeeding Act (RA 10028), which encourages health institutions to establish human milk banks.

Cayetano also authored the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act  (RA 10821), which requires breastfeeding areas to be set up in evacuation centers to enable mothers to feed their babies in private.

“I have been a breastfeeding advocate for over 10 years now. I did my very first milk bank activity in Makati, and we’ve done it in Cebu and other places, including Taguig. I also personally breastfed my children,” the senator shared.

Furthermore, she encouraged other local government units (LGUs) in the country to initiate their own breast milk letting activities for the benefit of mothers who cannot nurse their children.

“It would also be great for other LGUs to have similar activities like this. Even if there are no calamities, breast milk letting remains a good practice,” she said. #

Taguig City moms step up and respond to the call to donate breast milk for mothers and babies displaced by the Taal volcano eruption.
“The essence of this is mothers helping other mothers.” – Sen Pia Cayetano
Breastfeeding advocates: Senator Pia S. Cayetano and Taguig Representative Lani Cayetano with two nursing moms who volunteered for the breast milk-letting event for evacuees in Batangas.