Normalize Breastfeeding in Bacolod Campaign

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Normalize Breastfeeding in Bacolod City

Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful occurrence between mother and child. Here in Bacolod City, breastfeeding moms share their photos while breastfeeding as well as their ideas about doing it in public. This is to normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod.

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Beautiful breastfeeding moms of Bacolod share their portraits. #NormalizeBreastfeedingBacolod

Breastfeeding is Best for Babies

Most of us know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed babies. But the present situation in our society is that, the natural feeding act by mother and child is being overshadowed by the convenience of formula milk. It is more common sight to see a babysitter feeding a baby from the bottle than a mom feeding her baby directly from her bosom.

Because of that, people are no longer used to seeing moms opening up their blouses to breastfeed their kids in public. Now, breastfeeding moms are expected to cover up while feeding in a public place because it is considered “scandalous” or even “immoral” if they just simply “bare” themselves while feeding their hungry baby.

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Mommy Trixie breastfeeding in the park with her son, Lucas.

If ever there are some brave breastfeeding mothers who don’t care about what other people say, their pictures are taken without their consent and posted online where they are taunted, mocked, and bullied on social media. I was even a victim once when I posted a breastfeeding photo on Instagram. And I didn’t expect that the bullying would even come from another mom!

Normalize Breastfeeding Campaign

The Normalize Breastfeeding movement is a worldwide attempt to change people’s perspectives. It’s intended to make the act of breastfeeding a normal everyday sight so that people will get used to it.

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Mommy Gheurch and husband RB with their son Agnus, breastfeeding in a restaurant.

So you see, what used to be normal was breastfeeding. But decades of using feeding bottles while feeding babies have rendered the mom’s bosom merely as an object of desire now. People would accept photos of women showing their cleavage provocatively in billboards, magazines, or on social media but they would smirk or even look with disdain if it was a mother feeding her child.

Where is justice in that?

Normalize Breastfeeding in Bacolod

Let’s help breastfeeding moms in Bacolod become confident by making the act acceptable again in the community. It is an instinctive act, a beautiful bond, a natural process to breastfeed babies and toddlers from the mother’s bosom.

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Mommy June breastfeeding baby Jeorgy after swimming.

And they cannot choose the time and place to do so because babies can get hungry anytime, anywhere. It would also be inhumane to force them to feed their babies in public restrooms for fear of humiliation. Nobody in his or her right mind would eat in the toilet. Why should we then let our babies be forced to feed amidst the stink and germs of a public restroom?

My Beautiful Breastfeeding Portrait

For me, my most beautiful personal portrait is my breastfeeding portrait taken by my brother, Iman, who is a professional photographer. Our little Shane was just more than a year old then. I have breastfed her for 3 1/2 years before weaning her. It was just so full of emotions.

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My breastfeeding portrait.

For a Healthier Bacolod

Let’s be supportive of this online campaign to normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod for a healthier next generation. Our hashtag is #NormalizeBreastfeedingBacolod.

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Mommy Tiffany breastfeeding baby Theo at her cafe, Tiffany’s Confections.

If you are a breastfeeding mom, I would encourage you to submit your breastfeeding in public photo. We can feature you and your baby on our FB page to help normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod. With your submission, please furnish us with your complete name, address, age, and a short testimony about breastfeeding through PRIVATE MESSAGING. Link below.

FB page: Normalize Breastfeeding Bacolod

If you want to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for both the baby and the mommy, visit this link: Benefits of Breastfeeding

Note: The moms featured submitted all the photos on the Normalize Breastfeeding in Bacolod FB page. These photos were published with permission to become public in order to help the movement.


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