Breastfeeding In The Philippines

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Health is undoubtedly important and infants are highly prone to numerous threats that lead to high illness, disease, and mortality rate. Breastfeeding is a natural way of nourishing infants; providing protection from health threats and benefits for both the mother and the child. The availability and marketing of breast milk alternatives undermine breastfeeding. Breast milk alternatives are needed in very rare situations and should be prescribed by a doctor. However, its use has become so common that many parents-to-be think about what or how many feeding bottles and which formula milk to give their offspring when pregnancy test show a positive result. Alternatives are supposed to serve as aids when needed but not as initial options.

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It is not only a lifestyle choice but a basic health issue. Although WHO recommends breastfeeding for two years and beyond, it is not the norm in many societies including the Philippines which is deeply penetrated with infant formula and follow-on milk for toddlers. Misconceptions and lack of knowledge intercepts successful breastfeeding journey from pregnancy, delivery, the supposed exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and up until the complementary feeding stage of a child. Additionally, numerous benefits not only proves health improvement but is also related to morbidity, infant mortality, intellectual and motor development, chronic diseases, maternal health, including its economic…show more content…
Hence, the research aims to identify the number of members who proceed with reporting the violations.
1. Online Survey Questionnaire - Online survey questionnaire to be administered with the help of the group administrators. With 52,000 members, survey questionnaires will be posted in the group page. The goal of the study is to get as many respondents for the survey to provide adequate information for the evaluation.
2. Interviews - One-to-one interviews will be done with experts and professionals knowledgeable on breastfeeding in Philippine setting to gain an understanding of the underlying surrounding reporting of violations. The tentative resources persons to be interviewed are as follows and may have more in the list who fit with research focus: a. Dr. Cristina Cornelio Bernardo
• International Board Certified Lactation

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