Breast Friends launched in Guimbal-A A +A
Friday, April 25, 2014
THE Iloilo Provincial Health Office launched its campaign for exclusive breastfeeding entitled “Breast Friends” in the municipality of Guimbal Thursday.
Breast Friends aims to educate pregnant women and mothers of infants from 43 municipalities and one component city in Iloilo about the health benefits of breastfeeding their babies from zero to six months called exclusive breastfeeding and continuing the breastfeed from six months to two years, supplementing it with complementary food termed as complementary feeding.
Provincial health officer Dr. Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon said: “The World Health Organization said that for the first six months, mothers should exclusively breastfeed.”
Quiñon, together with Guimbal Mayor Christine Garin and Vice Mayor Mary Ann Suyao-Lujan, shared insights on breastfeeding to some 260 mothers and pregnant women from 33 villages of Guimbal.
Breast Friends is part of the Iloilo province’s Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) strategy dubbed “Breastfeeding TSEK (Tama, Sapat, and Eksklusibo).”
IYCF and Breastfeeding TSEK promotes, supports, and protects breastfeeding practice in the Philippines, according to nutritionist-dietician and IYCF coordinator Lini Disin.
The activity included breastfeeding demonstration, games, and the presentation of Star Nanay Awards to mothers who practiced exclusive breastfeeding.
Disin said if mothers exclusively breastfeed from zero to six months and practice complementary breastfeeding from six months to two years, there would be no malnourished children considering that Iloilo is second to Antique in terms of the most number of malnourished children in the entire region.
“This project is to revitalize our program, increase exclusive breastfeeding, and to address the problem of malnutrition in the province of Iloilo,” Disil said.
The next stop of the Breast Friends campaign would be in New Lucena. (PIO)