Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Celebrate the Breastfeeding Month (August) by learning together as a community in a one-day symposium by one of Canada’s highly acclaimed doctors and breastfeeding advocates, Dr. Jack Newman. Dubbed as Breastfeeding Uncovered: Mission Possible, this special event is set to happen on August 11, 2014, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. Organized by Latch Davao, the whole day activity is open to nurses, mothers and other interested individuals. Topics include What they didn’t teach you about breastfeeding, Norms for the first few days, Numbers on demand: Norms for the breastfeeding baby.
L.A.T.C.H. (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counseling, Help) is a hospital-based non-profit organization established in 2006 that offers quality lactation education and peer counseling services to mothers who wish and make a commitment to breastfeed.
As mothers, Latch Davao Peer Counselors reach out with kindness and understanding to fellow mothers. Their aim is to empower parents by ensuring they receive the most up-to-date information to assist them with their breastfeeding baby. Sharing challenges and benefits of breastfeeding raises awareness and creates ripples within the community, and a Latch Peer Counselor’s purpose is to reach out within her own growing sphere to support, promote and forge breastfeeding into everyone’s lifestyle. Their resources also address breastfeeding concerns, milk supply issues, fears about babies’ health as related to feeding, and help to prevent future problems.
Latch Davao regularly holds breastfeeding talks and counseling among groups of parents and women within the city. Their lectures include not only their experience but also medical data, new ideas and best practices in breastfeeding.
The upcoming event with Dr. Newman is one feat that Latch Davao is proud of. Throughout the year, the group ran series of fund raising activities that circled around the interests and hobbies of moms. Considered a labor of love, all members of Latch Davao generously shared their time and talents in putting together workshops and lectures just to save up for everything that was needed to fly in Dr. Newman.
Dr. Jack Newman is a Canadian physician specializing in breastfeeding support and advocacy. A graduate of University of Toronto medical school, first worked as staff pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, sometimes acting as chief of the emergency services. It was during those years that he found his calling and decided to campaign on the benefits of breastfeeding to both mothers and children. This advocacy eventually gained a lot of following and took more of his time from the hospital. He then decided to work full time in helping mothers and babies discover and enjoy the wonders of breastfeeding. This journey led him to open the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
Dr. Newman is known for having written books on breastfeeding. In 2000 he, along with Teresa Pitman, published books on breastfeeding for professionals and mothers called Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding, The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers. Some of his works were translated to French, Indonesian and Japanese, and some are currently being translated to Spanish and Italian. He, along with Edith Kernerman, also produced a video guide in DVD format as learning tool for health professionals and mothers. 
Register for Dr. Jack Newman’s seminar by July 31 and avail of the early bird rate of Php1,000.00 net per participant. Regular admission fee is at Php1,500.000 per person and Php800.00 for medical students. Seminar fees also cover snacks and packed lunch.
For inquiries, please contact Latch Davao through (0905) 353-7144 or send them an email at Follow for regular updates on breastfeeding talks and seminars.
(Latch Davao photos by Mima Tan)
Story published on my newspaper column, Metro Mom.


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