Check on BREASTFEEDING TSEK
By: Elsa S. Subong
MIA and Carla are young housewives, first-time mothers, working as sales clerks in a department store in Iloilo City.
The young mothers were found one weekend, in a Breastfeeding Center in one of the malls, nursing their babies: three-month-old Rica for Mia and six-month-old Booby for Carla.
Shyly and almost apologizing for breastfeeding their babies in the mall, the women said it was feeding time for the babies.
“I breastfeed my baby since birth, and I feel comfortable doing it wherever I am,” Mia said in the dialect.
Carla said she has found breastfeeding, though not comfortable doing it wherever the need arises, a great help in augmenting household income.
“Infant formula is very expensive. I have to keep breastfeeding as long as I can and as my baby is able to,” says Carla.
“I believe that my baby will not get sick often when I breastfeed. I have to be careful because my work requires me to be out longer hours during the day,” Mia added.