DOH: Exclusive breastfeeding compliance rate only 24.7%

DOH: Exclusive breastfeeding compliance rate only 24.7%

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The latest statistics show that a little less than a quarter of Filipino mothers who give birth breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least six months, a situation the Department of Health wants to rectify in order to reduce under-five child deaths.
5 Oct 2016 - General
I, too, am very surprised that this compliance rate is low, especially here in the Philippines where there are many below the poverty line. Also, I’ve seen the efforts of the health care clinics, government health personnel, and government hospitals on campaigning for exclusive breast feeding, yet I am wondering why this rate is still so low. I agree that it may have to do with the factors where many mothers have work and also may be the breadwinners for the family. Exclusive breast feeding also...
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I was not aware that the compliance rate was this low. When I was a medical student and an intern, in all the hospitals I've rotated at, its almost mandatory to breastfeed the baby shortly after birth. Although I am not sure whether this is still being done now because I'm training in a different specialty. I guess one of the reasons is that mothers find it hard to keep up with the schedule of breastfeeding because children have to be breastfed every 2-4 hours. This is quite a task if th...
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Breast milk is always the best choice for babies. It provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a antibodies, vitamins, protein, and fat; everything your baby needs to grow. And it's all provided in a form more easily digested than a formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, ha...
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