Saab Magalona gives breastmilk to babies affected by Taal blast
MANILA, Philippines — Band member and celebrity mom Saab Magalona has donated her own breastmilk to babies evacuated due to Taal Volcano’s eruption.
Magalona, known in social media circles for breastfeeding her two children and donating her milk even prior to this incident, initially had difficulty finding people who could transport her contributions.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the Cheats vocalist asked who could help her bring the milk to children in evacuation centers. Eventually, she found a way to send the so-called “liquid gold” to affected families.
“I have breastmilk but need help with sending to Batangas! Help!” Magalona said.
I have breastmilk but need help with sending to Batangas! Help! https://t.co/jj1iTeajZP
— Saab (@saabmagalona) January 15, 2020
Magalona, daughter of late rapper Francis Magalona, is still breastfeeding her second kid Vito. Her older child Pancho, named after her grandfather and Philippine movie luminary Pancho Magalona, was also breastfed.
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Before National Breastfeeding Awareness Month officially ends, here’s a photo from November 2018 of me breastfeeding Pancho on a plane 🥰 My breastfeeding journey was not very smooth. As some of you may remember, Pancho was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for almost 60 days. He had a nasogastric tube inserted through his nose so he could receive my breastmilk directly into his stomach. When the time was right and the doctors allowed it, we would practice latching strictly every 2 hours. He wouldn’t latch on at first but we kept trying and, slowly, he got the hang of it. We started lessening the milk that would go into his nasogastric tube until one day, 2 weeks after constant trial, the doctors said we could completely remove his feeding tube. I’m getting emotional as I write this because I remember that day. It was the best day ever. From the moment he was born – fighting to survive – each day he’s been alive is the best day ever. #DailyPancho . I had to stop breastfeeding when I found out I was pregnant again. I miss it so much, I’m looking forward to breastfeeding the new baby!!😍 #NationalBreastfeedingAwarenessMonth
Thousands were forced to leave their homes after Taal Volcano’s phreatic eruption or steam-driven episode, which caused heavy ashfall in Batangas as well as its surrounding provinces, on January 12.
Alert Level 4 is still up in Taal Volcano as government volcanologists said a powerful explosion is imminent within hours or days.
According to the Batangas’ Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, 26,294 families or 121,455 individuals have been affected by the eruption, and temporarily sheltered in 373 evacuation centers.
Edited by KGA
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