Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mommy Matters by Milk Matters: A Parenting Convention

Event Announcement!

Parenthood is the most challenging full-time job there is. Nevertheless, when the journey is shared with others, it becomes easier and vastly more fulfilling. This is what inspired the Phi Lambda Delta Society to organize Mommy Matters, a convention that aims to share the joys and demands of parenthood.

Slated on August 3, 2019, Saturday, at Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Mommy Matters, an event under the arm of the Phi Lambda Delta Society’s flagship project, in cooperation with the Breastfeeding Committee of the Philippine General Hospital, chaired by Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose. Milk Matters, will serve as a comprehensive resource of non-traditional knowledge that will empower parents, whether they’re first-time parents or experienced ones.

What to expect at Mommy Matters:

1. Informational aspects of parenting through its plenary talks on breastfeeding and kangaroo mother care, to be discussed by Dr. Maria Estrelita Uy
2. Child immunization, to be discussed by Dr. Anna Lisa Ong-Lim
3. Parenting in the digital age

4. The emotional aspects of parenting such as handling postpartum depression, to be discussed by Dr. Victoria dela Llana

5. Issues like infertility, to be discussed by Dr. Maria Jesusa Banal-Silao

6. Mommy fitness by Dr. Maria Lora Garcia-Tansengco

7. Chef Michelle Adrillana will address issues on proper nutrition for mothers

8. Teacher Patricia Franco-Velasco will talk on how to provide responsive care for infants and children.

Ticket price (inclusive of lunch, two snacks, and freebies from our sponsors) is Php 1,000.

To register, visit tinyurl.com/MommyMattersReg. For program details, kindly visit Phi Lambda Delta’s webpage (philambdadelta.com/Mommy-Matters). You may also contact Justin (0926 013 6044) or Steph (0917 550 3924) for inquiries.

Mommy Matters, in partnership with the Philippine General Hospital, is brought to the public by WhenInManila.com and Wave 89.1 FM. Lots of prizes and giveaways from event sponsors Chicco, Zyji, Babymama, VPharma, Tender Foot Jewels, Kiddie Art Cart, Mommy Treats, and Milking Bombs by ABC also await the participants.

Milk Matters
The Phi Lambda Delta Sorority organized Mommy Matters to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Milk Matters, its flagship service project created in 2014. Milk Matters has established itself as the pioneering youth-led project in the country that advocates for exclusive breastfeeding, garnering many regional and national awards such as being declared National Winner during the 12th Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) ceremonies; being lauded as the Most Gender Sensitive Organization by the UP Center for Gender and Women’s Studies in 2013; as well as winning both the Service Project of the Year (SPOYA) of NCR Award and the FAIMER Student Projects for Health Competition in 2014.

By exclusively breastfeeding their infants for the first six months of life, mothers and their babies reap many health benefits such as improved lifetime immunity for the child through colostral antibodies and a lowered risk of breast cancer and pregnancy for the mother. In fact, the Department of Health (DOH)’s Unang Yakap campaign for Essential Intrapartum and Neonatal Care (EINC) in the country encourages non-separation of the mother and baby for early breastfeeding initiation (within the first 60 to 90 minutes), as this has been linked to higher infant survival and better mother-baby bonding.

The Phi Lambda Delta Sorority has, through Milk Matters, organized milk drives and public health lectures, established community-based milk storage facilities in partner communities and served as a source of breastmilk for the PGH NICU (Philippine General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) patients. It also aims to involve itself in the development of health policies that support sustainable and community-based milk banks.

Milk Matters has collected over 330L of breastmilk, reached out to over 500 mothers, and established partnerships with four communities in its five fruitful years—and will continue to do so in its commitment to improving maternal and child health care in the country.

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