International best practice and research have shown that exclusive infant breastfeeding for the first six months improves health outcomes. However, according to the 2008 Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey, mothers in industrial zones south of Manila breastfeed their babies exclusively for only about two to three weeks instead of the recommended six months. To promote breastfeeding, USAID assisted Cavite province to encourage several companies to establish lactation stations for their workers. With technical guidance from the provincial and regional health offices, companies invested in refrigeration for storing breast milk, sinks for hand washing, and electrical outlets for breast pumps. As a result, the lactation stations of 11 companies, with over 8,000 female workers, passed the standards defined by the Philippine Department of Health – a first in the whole region.
Today is: Sun, May 19, 2013