Breastfeeding: The Best Feeding for Babies
Breastfeeding Awareness Month is observed every month of August in the Philippines by virtue ofRepublic Act No. 10028.
Section 2 of this Act declares that:
“…Breastfeeding has distinct advantages which benefit the infant and the mother, including the hospital and the country that adopt its practice. It is the first preventive health measure that can be given to the child at birth. It also enhances mother-infant relationship. Furthermore, the practice of breastfeeding could save the country valuable foreign exchange that may otherwise be used for milk importation.
Breastmilk is the best food since it contains essential nutrients completely suitable for the infant’s needs. It is also nature’s first immunization, enabling the infant to fight potential serious infection. It contains growth factors that enhance the maturation of an infant’s organ systems.
Towards this end, the State shall promote and encourage breastfeeding and provide the specific measures that would present opportunities for mothers to continue expressing their milk and/or breastfeeding their infant or young child.”
As the month of August is nearing its end, may we be reminded of the essential benefits of breastfeeding to both the infants and the mothers and provide the necessary support that they need.
Read more about the Republic Act No. 10028 HERE.