Breastfeeding is the most natural way of providing nutrition for babies.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding within the first six months because it plays an important role in the healthy development of infants and it reduces a large number of health risks for mothers.
The Philippines, unfortunately, has low breastfeeding rates. Despite laws promoting breast-feeding, data from the 2013 National Nutrition Survey reveal that only 28% of children under five months are exclusively breastfed.
One law, the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, requires malls and other establishments to have breastfeeding areas for breastfeeding mothers, which encourages out-of-home nursing.
Mother-baby friendly initiative
It’s vital for mothers to know nearby nursing areas. Market Market, Glorietta Family Lounge, and SM Mall of Asia are some examples of places with good breastfeeding stations around the Metro.
Equipped with seats, tables, sinks for hand washing, a cooling appliance to store milk, and outlets for breast pumps, these establishments go out of their way to make sure their facilities are clean, comfortable, and relaxing for moms and babies.
Provisions and preferences
With these provisions that support breastfeeding, it’s even easier for mothers to nurse infants even in public. But if you’re not comfortable doing it in the open, the option to cover up or go to places more discreet is entirely up to you. Choices concerning your body are your business, after all.
Benefits to mom
The benefits of breastfeeding for infants are well-known; but did you know that even mothers can be healthier because of it? ManilaMed advocates breastfeeding not only as a way to keep infants healthy but also as part of promoting a mother’s overall well-being.
Benefits that mothers get from breastfeeding include: losing weight because it burns those post-pregnancy calories; helps the uterus return to normal size and reduces the risk of uterine bleeding; lowers the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers; and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of a mother developing postpartum depression.
ManilaMed is a breastfeeding-friendly medical facility and provides areas where moms can comfortably nurse their babies.
Choose expert and compassionate care that prioritizes your medical needs, ManilaMed’s Center for Women’s Health is the place to be. For more details, visit manilamed.com.ph.