I can’t believe that it has been almost 2 years since our last Milk Mama Diaries blog carnival!  My co-host Mec (Mec as Mom) and I have been busy and not been able to regularly host the carnival.   However, with the prodding of our breastfriend, breastfeeding diva Velvet Escario-Roxas, we decided to revive the carnival this month to help the public understand more about this year’s World Breastfeeding Week 2014 theme:  Breastfeeding, A Winning Goal For Life!

This year’s theme refers to the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were set by governments and the United Nations way back in 1990.  These goals aim to fight poverty and promote healthy and sustainable development by 2015.   WABA would like to emphasize the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding post-2015.   Likewise, by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, YOU can contribute to each of the MDGs in a substantial way.

Breastfeeding is linked to each of the 8 MDGs and the aim of this carnival is to challenge the participants to explain how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the goals.  Admittedly this year’s theme is not that easily understood thus, we hope that this carnival will provide a means to make the theme more relatable.

The 8 MDGs were also displayed last weekend at Hakab Na 2014, the local Big Latch-on event and participants wrote messages on how breastfeeding can contribute to the MDGs.  I am thankful to my husband, Stanley Ong, who worked with World Vision to translate breastfeeding in relation to each of the 8 MDGs into photographs.  More about that project in a future post.  Meanwhile, you can view a slideshow below of the exhibit from last Saturday’s activity.

For this carnival, Mec and I are inviting mom/dad bloggers to share their stories, thoughts, experiences and suggestions on how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve at least 2 of the 8 United Nations Millennium Development Goals.   If you need some ideas or some background to jumpstart your post, visit the World Breastfeeding Week’s presentation on this year’s theme.  Check out my previous carnival posts to get an idea of how the blog carnival works and how posts look like.

To join, please fill up the form here or below.

The following blurb must be included in your carnival entry as well as the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 logo: “Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 – Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals development by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.  Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

If you don’t have a blog but would like to join, please email us so we can arrange to have you hosted as a guest blogger in our blogs: Jenny (jenny[at]chroniclesofanursingmom[dot]com) and Mec (delisyus[at]gmail[dot]com).  If you have a Facebook account, you can join by writing a note through your account.  Just make sure that the viewing options of  your note is set to “Public”.

Deadline for registration for the carnival is on August 13, 2014. Posting instructions and carnival rules will be e-mailed to all participants on August 15 and the carnival will go live on August 22, 2014. PLEASE POST ON 22 August 2014, beginning 12MN.

NOTE:
Please write about the theme provided. We currently do not moderate or screen posts but we do reserve the right to exclude your entry from the list of carnival participants should your post be offensive, irrelevant to the carnival theme, contain personal attacks, off-topic articles, articles that are anti-breastfeeding or are articles that are aimed to market products or services. Kindly note the deadlines and please POST your entries on 22 August 2014. The deadline of 15 August 2014 is also strictly observed for REGISTRATION.

 *You can begin sending blog URLs as soon as you have completed the posts for inclusion in the carnival list by e-mailing Jenny and Mec. We will only include the links of those who e-mail us so please do not forget to e-mail us the URLs.

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