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How Beneficial is Breastfeeding?

My Doctor Finder
August 03, 2015

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Philippines is considered as one of the 37 countries that fully implements the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes through its Milk Code. But, the current situation in the country is the opposite. [1]

Did you know that in the Philippines, only 34% of infants under six months are being breastfeed? Based from the 2014 State of the World’s Children report conducted by UNICEF, Philippines has been placed among the top nations that has a low rate of exclusive breastfeeding. Most mothers choose to buy formula milk for their infants for reasons that breastfeeding is painful. But recent data shows that child malnutrition in the country increases for the sole reason that these children were not breastfed when they were infants. [2]

How Beneficial is Breastfeeding

According to UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO), it is recommended that infants should be naturally fed only with breastmilk for the first six months from birth which means that mothers should not give the baby additional liquids like water and solid foods. [3]

For mothers who practices optimal breastfeeding, it mainly helps in reducing one’s risk of acquiring ovarian and breast cancer. Meanwhile, for babies who are fed with breastmilk from the first six months of birth will get the best start in life. Here are the reasons why: [4]

  1. Optimal breastfeeding supplies babies the proper nutrients they need for healthy growth and brain development.
  2. It increases a child’s intelligence by 3 to 5 IQ points.
  3. Breastmilk saves lives by providing protection from respiratory infections, childhood diseases (diarrhea, pneumonia), and other life threatening ailments.
  4. It protects babies against obesity and non-communicable diseases such as asthma and type 2 diabetes later in life.

So, make sure to practice exclusively breastfeeding to your babies for them to get a best start in life.

 

To know more about this topic and information about breastfeeding, you may consult a Pediatrician.

 

 

Source:
[1, 2] “What’s keeping the Philippines from exclusive breastfeeding?” by Jodesz Gavilan, Rappler.com
[3] International Labour Organization
[4] World Breastfeeding Week Organization