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Breastfeeding not only saves babies from death, but also provides long-term benefits. Breastfed babies do better in school cognitive tests by as much as 4.9 points. There is a positive association of breastfeeding with educational attainment.
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THE DO's and DONT's IN LACTATION STATIONS
A lactation station should have no direct or indirect promotion, marketing, and/or sale of infant formula or breast milk substitute.
A lactation station should be free from any form of contamination like chemicals and possible source of infection.
Source: Department of Labor and Employment – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns
Day 9 of 31 (August 9, 2016)
Department of Health (Philippines) Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial's message on breastfeeding.
Day 10 of 31 (August 10, 2016)
WATCH: Dr. Maria Carolina Mirano, Head of Breastfeeding Committee of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, discusses the importance of breastfeeding for mothers and babies.
Day 11 of 31 (August 11, 2016)
WORKING MOTHER-BABY FRIENDLY CERTIFICATION
Pursuant to Section 18 of the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, the Department of Health (DOH) shall issue a "working mother-baby friendly" certification to the establishments with proper lactation station.
Among the government organizations awarded with this certification are Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Landbank of the Philippines and Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).
Day 12 of 31 (August 12, 2016)
BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING TO MOTHERS
Did you know that breastfeeding also do wonders for mommies?
Aside from bringing special bond between mothers and their children, breastfeeding is believed to provide the following benefits to mothers:
-Lowers the risk of breast cancer
-Helps mother to lose weight faster
-Reduces mother's risk of developing osteoporosis in later years
-Prevents/stops post-partum hemorrhage
Source: PCW's Interview with Dr. Carolina Mirano of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
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BENEFITS OF BREAST MILK
Did you know that breast milk prevents diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia?
Day 14 of 31 (August 14, 2016)
How can mothers who work away from home continue to breastfeed their baby?
Mothers can continue breastfeeding even when they have to report to work away from home. They can breastfeed her baby before leaving for work, after returning from work, at night and day-off or on weekends.
While at their workplace, mothers can express their milk to relieve pain due to full breasts, to ensure continuous milk production and prevent breasts from drying up. While the mother is away, the expressed breast milk can be fed to the baby using a clean cup.
Source: Department of Health
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WHAT DADS CAN DO TO SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING
Daddies, you have a role too!
How can you help your breastfeeding partner?
-Help around the house, reduce stress for your partner and make sure she gets enough rest
-Burp the baby after a feed
-Care for the baby in ways other than feeding
Source: World Health Organization
Day 16 of 31 (August 16, 2016)
For celebrity mom Ciara Sotto, breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for your child.
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How to store breastmilk?
-Practice the regular washing of hands before and after milk expressing and storing.
-Use BPA-free bottles and avoid disposable and plastic bags.
-Label the bottles with the time of expression.
-Make sure that the lid is closed properly and put it in the back of the freezer.
-Stored breast milk does not need to be warmed before consumption. Thaw the bottle or the bag of breastmilk by putting it in the fridge overnight, over running warm water, or in a container of warm water.
Day 20 of 31 (August 20, 2016)
Vicky Torres Atanacio, government employee and a mother of two, shares why breastfeeding is beneficial for both mommy and baby.
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"...Our challenge really is to bring back the culture of breastfeeding. This means that breastfeeding is promoted, supported and protected in all settings, that is, in the home, community, workplace and public places – everywhere. In these settings, the breast-fed infant is the most food-secure individual..." - National Nutrition Council Executive Director - Assistant Secretary Maria-Bernardita T. Flores
Day 22 of 31 (August 22, 2016)
Debunking Breastfeeding Myth #1: In the latter stage of a mother’s pregnancy, her body starts producing colostrum, simply known as milk.
This is according to Dr. Maria Carolina Mirano, the Chair of Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
Therefore, a mother has available milk in her first hour or first day of giving birth. All a mother has to do is to offer her breast to her baby so the baby can start getting milk.
Dr. Mirano also said that the more the baby sucks the mother’s breast, the more milk are produced.
Day 23 of 31 (August 23, 2016)
For a breastfeeding mommy, an intake of 2-3 servings of food rich in protein such as meat, fish and poultry a day is recommended.
Additionally, they also need 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit daily. These extra calories are needed for milk production.
Lactating mothers should also drink water as needed.
Feature: Breastfeeding Station in Robinsons Magnolia
WATCH: Ms. Mylene A. Del Rosario, Regional Operations Manager of Robinsons Magnolia, discusses the importance of setting breastfeeding stations in public places
Day 24 of 31 (August 24, 2016)
Maria May-i Fabros, Young Women Collective Coordinator of WomanHealth Philippines, shares her insight on breastfeeding.
Day 25 of 31 (August 25, 2016)
Atty. Jennifer Joy C. Ong, LATCH Peer Counselor and Government Employees, shares her insight on breastfeeding.
Day 26 of 31 (August 26, 2016)
Innes Fernandez, co-founder of Arugaan, believes that breastfeeding empowers women.
Day 27 of 31 (August 27, 2016)
Buding Aquino Dee, President and co-founder, Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counseling and Help (LATCH) shares her insights on breastfeeding.
Day 28 of 31 (August 28, 2016)
Mr. Lito Bautista of Empowerment Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities and Trainings (ERPAT) believes that breastfeeding is a responsibility and not a choice.
Day 29 of 31 (August 29, 2016)
Judith Lacanaria from Bacoor, Cavite believes that breastfeeding makes her newborn child healthier and stronger.
Day 30 of 31 (August 30, 2016)
Did you know that some bus companies have set up their breastfeeding stations too?
Day 31 of 31 (August 31, 2016)
This is what Journalist Lia Mañalac-del Castillo feels about breastfeeding.