An Assessment on Attitude and Knowledge of Postpartum Mothers in Bulacan

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An Assessment on the Attitude and Knowledge of Postpartum Mothers admitted at Bulacan Medical Center from May 1,2012 - January 1, 2014, on benefits of Breastfeeding

Presented by: Garcia, Marites C. md

Nature and scope of the Problem

“Breastfeeding is still best for babies”, famous lines often seen on ads and written on canned milk formulas. The price of commercial milk is a lot more expensive than breastmilk, yet milk industry remains a lucrative business in our country .. Given the hand to mouth existence of some Filipinos and the better nutrition breastmilk offers makes us wonder why some mothers prefer artificial formula

Rationale

* Breastmilk has so many benefits both to the nursing mother and to the infant, higher nutrition, better immune protection, higher contents of vitamins and minerals.. * Can be used as a method of contraception, constant breastfeeding also helps control weight gain. * It is readily available and most importantly it is free, anytime and anywhere. These are only some of the benefits gained from breastfeeding

* Philippines being a third world country where
* 40% of Filipinos are unemployed would lead us to the thinking that most mothers would prefer to breastfeed their infants because a one day salary of a regular employee equates to 500 grams of canned milk. * Savings from buying formula based milk can be used to cover for other basic needs of the family which could be of great help especially for those who are struggling to make both ends

Purpose of the Study

* Thus, if these postpartum mothers will be educated about the maternal and infant health benefits of breastfeeding ,aside from extra savings they could gain from not buying milk based formula, had led us to assess the knowledge and attitude of postpartum mothers delivered to live babies at BMC from Jan 2012 to Jan 2014 on benefits of breastfeeding

Review of Literature
* In 1998, the National Demographic Health Survey data revealed a 42 days average duration of exclusive breastfeeding in the Philippines but in 2003 , it declined to 24 days. * In 2005, UNICEF cites urgent actions to revive breastfeeding culture in the Philippines The Philippine government has to seriously implement the Mother- and Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to support and encourage mothers to breastfeeding In 2005,President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Health Secretary Francisco Duque have launched World Breastfeeding Week and the National Policy and Plan of Action on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Malacañang, while the National Anti-Poverty Commission has recognized breastfeeding as a strategy to ensure food security for infants up to six months and to reduce poverty. Breastfeeding in the Philippines The Struggle against the Milk Powder Companies

* Aug 3, 2007
* John Walsh
Only 16% of mothers in the Philippines breastfeed their babies, despite the health benefits of doing so. Why is this and will it change? The World Health Organization of the United Nations makes it clear that the healthiest option for babies is for them to be exclusively breastfed for the first six months and for breastfeeding to be supplemented with solid foods until the age of two. Infant milk powder (‘formula’) should be used when medical practitioners recommend it based on the health of the mother. This seems straightforward, yet across East Asia, mothers are turning away from breast-feeding in large numbers, despite the well-attested health risks to their babies. In Thailand, only 5% of mothers now breastfeed and only 16% do so in the Philippines, with the proportions also falling in rapidly developing Vietnam and Indonesia. The reason for this is not hard to find. As consumers in East Asian countries become more affluent, they are increasingly targeted by the milk powder companies, including Nestle, Mead Johnson and Abbot. In the Philippines, milk...
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