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Velvet Escario-Roxas (LIFE by Imagine Nation Photography)

She provides breast milk in times of calamity
During calamities, tragedies, and emergencies, the first ones to die are the sick, the old and formula-fed babies. Breastfed babies will survive the longest even in the most dire situations. Velvet Escario-Roxas has breastfed several babies in evacuation centers and relactated countless moms to ensure that their babies would survive these devastating moments. This is her life's work. Through it, she hopes to provide breast milk as the miracle food and potent medicine to those who need them most. Her goal: to help one mother at a time, one day at a time.

Breast is best: moms tell their inspiring stories

While breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, some moms

face issues that make it hard for them to do so. Sometimes, their babies

find it hard to latch onto their breasts. Other times, their milk

supply is lacking. Still others face health problems.


determination to overcome these hurdles (instead of giving up and opting

to bottlefeed) is the subject of a new photo exhibit that launches

today, August 15, at the SM Mall of Asia. Mounted in cooperation with

Yahoo! SHE Philippines, KAYA Women Empowerment and Support Group and

LIFE by Imagine Nation Photography, the exhibit coincides with World

Breastfeeding Month.

It features 17 nursing moms dressed in

traditional Filipino costumes, together with their inspiring accounts of

how they prevailed over personal odds. “Breastfeeding Pinays and their

Miracle Stories” will run at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall and South

Pavilion until August 22.