PGMA urges public to support breastfeeding in RP

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

MANILA, Aug. 27 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today enjoined Filipinos to support the breastfeeding movement, citing the benefits of mothers’ milk to the health and well-being of infants in the country.

The President said mothers’ milk “is the best source of nutrition for infants and the most economical way to nourish Filipino babies.”

Breastfeeding is part of the global strategy on infant and young child feeding of the Millennium Development Goals to which the Philippines adheres.

Breastfeeding has been cited as one of the two factors that bring down infant mortality rates in the country. The other factor is vaccination coverage.

The Department of Health cited breastfeeding as a strategy to save more than 16,000 children’s lives annually.

Because of her commitment to deliver the most basic health and nutrition services to the most vulnerable sectors of the country, particularly mothers and children, the President extended her support to government agencies, non-government organizations, and private individuals who were staunch supporters of breastfeeding during the celebration of World Breastfeeding Awareness Month at Heroes Hall in Malacañang.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, one of the allies of breastfeeding in the Philippines, formally opened the Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide during the program which is now on its third year.

He also encouraged teachers to breastfeed to create a strong message among school children that women can work and breastfeed at the same time. (PNA)

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