She was quite bothered by how the images of breastfeeding in the Philippines was always linked with poverty. It was ironic how that banner photo was matched with a headline on the controversial RH bill. I typed “breastfeeding” and “philippines” in the image search of Google and check out the photos I got. Most were actually photos of mothers at Fabella Children’s Memorial Hospital, such as the photo below of a nursing mom taken on 24 September 2008.
Two weeks ago, I got into a discussion with a colleague about the Philippine Daily Inquirer headline below showing breastfeeding moms at Fabella hospital with the caption “Too Many Mouths to Feed”.
L.A.T.C.H. is currently working on a project to change the image of breastfeeding. Meanwhile, I came across this project by the United States Breastfeeding Committee. They have been contracted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “to create a library of images of how communities across the U.S. support breastfeeding mothers and babies.” Once completed, I think this will be an excellent resource for images for breastfeeding promotion.
I’ve never thought about the images of breastfeeding in the Philippines. I have always encouraged my husband (who takes maternity/newborn/children’s photographs) to always ask his breastfeeding clients if they’d like a breastfeeding shots. I feel that getting this shot is a excellent memento of each mom’s breastfeeding relationship with her child. But most of these photos are private – although L.A.T.C.H. has used some photos in our projects (with permission of course).
How do you think breastfeeding has been portrayed in the Philippines? Would you or do you have a breastfeeding photo of you and your nursling?