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See You at Breastfeeding Uncovered! {Dr. Jack Newman Giveaway Winner Announcement}

I have to say. This may just be the most difficult giveaway I’ve ever done. I really wish I could just treat everyone I know to Dr. Jack Newman’s symposium. That’s how important and relevant I think this event is to the breastfeeding community.

First off, I’d like to thank all the people who sent in their entries. I was very touched by each one, and choosing the winners was not easy!

So the two winners for the Dr. Jack Newman giveaway are:

1. Diane Buddahim. May the symposium fuel your determination and kick off a journey into the breastfeeding advocacy.

2. Judea Baisas. I hope the symposium gives you the knowledge and information to rally more support in your company for lactation facilities and encourage other moms in your workplace to do the same. That is your legacy.

But let’s not stop there. It so happens that Unilab, a long-time supporter of The Painter’s Wife, stepped in and pledged FIVE more people to attend the symposium! So the additional five people who get tickets to Breastfeeding Uncovered are:

1. MJ Chua-Ordoña. I am sure your little patients in the NICU and their families will greatly benefit from the information you will gain from Dr. Jack Newman. We need knowledgable medical practitioners on the frontline!

2. Sandy Lorraine Hilario Tad-y. Thank you for sharing your breastfeeding journey so far. You are doing an awesome job and I’m sure the symposium will give you the motivation to go, go go!

3. Gayzell de Jesus. Your story really touched my heart and I celebrate your triumphs! I hope the symposium inspires you and may that fire spread to your co-nurses.

4. Em Alcantara. You deserve this so much. See you at the symposium and see you at the next LATCH training seminar.

5. Sally Abella. I know your heart is so attuned to the advocacy. I look forward to your growth as an advocate and a counselor.


To everyone, again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your entries really gives encouragement and affirms that breastfeeding has support here and there are people out there who are willing to learn, support, and protect breastfeeding.

See you at the symposium!



Dr. Jack Newman in Manila! {Giveaway Alert}

Some weeks ago, LATCH posted this on their Facebook page: “Breastfeeding rockstar is coming to Manila!” I can’t put it any better than that, really. Dr. Jack Newman truly is a breastfeeding rockstar. He is considered one of the top experts on breastfeeding, and I would always check on what he says about certain issues when asked or when I myself am wondering. What he says about breastfeeding, goes!

So here’s the deal. He’s coming to Manila on August 31 to have a symposium at The Medical City. Tickets are at PhP1,100.00 if you buy them now, and they’ll be PhP1,500.00 if you get them at the gate. There’s limited seating though, so I really suggest you buy your tickets now! Here’s the poster:


When I think about meeting him, I can’t help but tear up a little. I think about the coming symposium and all the doctors, nurses, medical professionals, breastfeeding advocates and moms who will hear him speak, and think about the thousands of lives that will be affected. (Whooooozaaaa. Naiiyak na naman ako!)

I am really excited and I hope this really makes a mark on the breastfeeding scene in the Philippines. This is LATCH’s main event for Breastfeeding Month, and we will have our training seminar for new breastfeeding peer counselors soon after. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to join the next LATCH breastfeeding peer counselor training session, attending Breastfeeding Uncovered is a pre-requisite.

It’s so important to me that lots of mothers benefit from this talk. And so, I want to treat two of the blog’s readers to a ticket. Time for a giveaway! Details are:

1. Open to all mothers, fathers, expecting moms and medical professionals who want to learn more about breastfeeding.

2. Open nationwide, but you will have to get the ticket from me yourself. This is a special event and tickets are limited, so I really want these tickets to go to two people who really want to go and can go. Please please, do not join if you are not available on August 31, 8am – 5pm for the symposium.

3. Contest will run from today until July 5.

4. If for some reason you win and can’t go, I will pick another winner from the entries.

How to win? Write me an email and send it to: giveaways@painterswife.com. In it, please let me know why you want to come to the symposium. I would love to hear about your breastfeeding journeys, your trials, your successes, your failures, whatever. Let’s make it all about breastfeeding – learning it, celebrating it, doing it and rediscovering it all over again.

I can’t wait to hear from you! Please please join!


To buy tickets to see Dr. Jack Newman in Manila, please log on to: http://breastfeedinguncovered.eventbrite.com/.

Congratulations LATCH Batch 3!

I’ve said it many times before – I wanted to be a breastfeeding counselor. I had my personal reasons (more knowledge to share with other moms) and professional reasons (so I can confidently help the moms who ask for advice through my blog) for wanting to be one.

Well, after several days spread throughout several weeks of waking up early, studying and staring at this:

..we finally had one last session and a general assembly with the LATCHers: (here’s Buding giving us a talk with a reunion of sorts going on in the background)

And I’m now a proud LATCH breastfeeding peer counselor! Thanks to Sylvia for patiently training us, Buding for being such a nurturing leader and the rest of the LATCHers who all took part in getting us through training. You’ll be seeing more of these lovely ladies in my blog for sure.

Here’s Batch 3, the women I am privileged and proud to call my co-LATCHers. In this batch also are Paola of Mommy Treats, and Fritzie of Legally Mom.

We got a great goodie bag, thanks to the efforts of Jenny Ong, a wonderful certificate to hang on our wall and a raring desire to spread the word about LATCH and breastfeeding.

Congratulations Batch 3 and LATCH!! Give life, live life! Breastfeed!

So-Busy Saturday! (Whew)

I am so tired from everything that we had to do today. I will not even write so much about it because even just typing hurts my brain.

First was OC Mom In Manila’s baby shower. No pictures from me, but all the DIY stuff that her friends prepared were so adorable and so touching. They’ve always been that way since college! Had so much fun.

Then we had to attend my friend’s twins’ birthday party in Makati. The theme was Star Wars. They had stormtroopers!

And the kids were led by a Jedi master through their training. Can we all say “feel na feel”? I love it!

Their mom, Malou, went along with the fun and dressed up as Princess Leia.

I love the care and effort made on the details. Award!

Tummies full, hands painted and face glittered, we headed over to All About Baby in Rockwell. Please come and see the LATCH exhibit, which will be moved into the mall and shown till the end of the month. Photographed by Stanley Ong.

Whose bright idea was it to put me on the same panel as Bianca?

And of course, the shopping finds.

The perfect in-the-car and in-the-stroller pillow for Basti. And believe me, I’ve looked everywhere!

The Spinkie pillow, designed by mom Mutya Laxa Buensuceso, made in the Philippines.

This batik outfit for Basti from the Indigo Baby booth.

If you have to know why I bought this outfit for Basti, here is why.

Like father, like son.

And I went home with something for myself.

Michael Antonio’s shopping bag gets full points for “audience impact”.

Basti was still bragging about his painted hand when we got home.

So tired!


Give Life, Live Life. Breastfeed!

Once again it’s that time of the year – World Breastfeeding Month!

I’m so excited because there are so many things going on for this year. I was privileged to be part of a series of activities that will be launched by L.A.T.C.H. The tagline for 2011 is:

It’s such a wonderful, uplifting message and I think it embodies everything that breastfeeding represents. There’s also a special feature in the latest Working Mom magazine about nursing in public which is really one of the best and simplest ways to advocate breastfeeding.

I have to give a special WOOT! to my friend Marilen Montenegro and Iago (2nd row, first picture) and of course Buding Aquino-Dee, good friend and head mom of L.A.T.C.H. (1st row, 3rd pic). I met Anna Ongpin (1st row, 2nd pic) on the set of L.A.T.C.H.’s next round of campaign material. We had a short but lovely conversation about theater, life, satchels and of course, breastfeeding!

To see the full spread, get your copy of Working Mom now.

The magazine will also serve as your entrance pass to the All About Baby fair on August 13, 2011 at the Rockwell Tent. L.A.T.C.H. will have a booth there and you can drop by to meet the L.A.T.C.H. ladies, attend a free class and get free breastfeeding counseling!

What a great way to start off World Breastfeeding Month! There’s more coming up, so watch out!