Scenes from a breastfeeding flash mob

On August 3, 2013, around 50 mothers with their babies, children, and husbands gathered together for a breastfeeding flash mob in order to raise awareness for a breastfeeding campaign, "Hakab na!" at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila. 

The flash mob coincided with the celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which according to the website The Big Latch On aims to draw attention to the lack of "necessary support and benefits for breastfeeding mothers such as paid lactation breaks, rooms, and policies." 

Despite the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, groups such as Breastfeeding Pinays believe that breastfeeding is a "national health crisis," and one that should garner more attention and awareness.



Filipino breastfeeding mothers display placards during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
Filipino breastfeeding mothers display placards during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
A Filipino mother displays a placard which read "The Milking Momma" as she joins breastfeeding mothers in the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
A Filipino mother displays a placard which read "The Milking Momma" as she joins breastfeeding mothers in the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Filipino breastfeeding mothers join the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
Filipino breastfeeding mothers join the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Filipino breastfeeding mothers display placards during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
Filipino breastfeeding mothers display placards during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
A Filipino girl raises her placard which read "We were breastfed" during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
A Filipino girl raises her placard which read "We were breastfed" during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Filipino breastfeeding mothers join the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
Filipino breastfeeding mothers join the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Filipino mothers nurse her child during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
Filipino mothers nurse her child during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
A Filipino girl raises her placard which read "We were breastfed" during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
A Filipino girl raises her placard which read "We were breastfed" during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Filipino breastfeeding mothers join the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakob na! A Breastfeeding Mob
Filipino breastfeeding mothers join the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Filipino breastfeeding mothers display placards during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakab na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
Filipino breastfeeding mothers display placards during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. The group, who joins other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino child raises a placard which read "I love breastfeeding" during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)
Hakob na! A Breastfeeding Flash Mob
MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino child raises a placard which read "I love breastfeeding" during the Hakab na! A Breastfeeding flash mob event at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila, on 03 August 2013. Around 50 women in Manila joined other breastfeeding mothers in a simultaneous breastfeeding flash mob in key cities around the country, aims to promote breastfeeding among Filipino women as the country celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the World Breastfeeding Week 2013. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)

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