“Breastfeeding saves lives. It has become a life-saving intervention that provides the greatest protection for infants who are most vulnerable to disease and death in emergency situations.” This was the information disclosed by the Department of Health (DOH).
Like the latest typhoon “Ondoy” that hit Luzon and other provinces in the country, there is a limited access to clean drinking water, fuel and utensils that put infants and children at risk of diarrhea, which has become the 10th leading cause of deaths among infants.
Breastfeeding and the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) program. are among the initiatives adopted by the DOH to meet the commitment of the Philippines to the Millennium Development Goals in the war against infant deaths and malnutrition. (PIA)