A Study on Factors Affecting Infant Feeding Practices of Mothers in the Philippines

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A STUDY ON FACTORS AFFECTING INFANT FEEDING PRACTICES OF MOTHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES Santos, Samuel Edelson Pingol, Aaron Paul Villanueva, Lovely Ann Bermas, Mhelrick Andrew Brecia, Froyland Miguel Faustino, Donald Bulacan State University BSECE 2A Introduction Every day, as many as 4,000 infants and young children die worldwide because they are not breastfed. According to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), it is because their mothers are not empowered with adequate knowledge about breastfeeding and do not receive enough motivation and support. Babies, their mothers, their families, their community, their environment, even the economy of the country in which they live, all benefit from breastfeeding. This research is…show more content…
Breast milk can provide protective action to infants. These are immunities and colostrums. According to Cocabo and Kin [3], ‘through antibodies found in breast milk, mothers can ensure protection from immunization. Breastfeeding naturally promotes proper nutrition for the babies.’ “Breast milk contains infection fighting antibodies from the mother, and breastfed babies are believed to be at a reduced risk for many acute and chromatic infections early in life. The cholesterol content is also high in human milk and very low in formulas. Cholesterol promotes brain growth and provides the building blocks of hormones, vitamin D and intestinal bite” [4 p. 2]. [1] Gerber, “Some notes on breastfeeding”, Countdown: Nine Months to a Perfect Delivery, vol.1, no. 1, 2004, pp.31 [3] S. Cocabo and P. Kin, “Childcare: the first 3 years”, Your Health Guide: The Family Wealth, Medimarketing, Inc., Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1994, pp.26 [4] Medicine Net, Breastfeeding and formula feeding, Medicine Net, 1996, p.2 [Online]. Available: http://www.medicinenet.com [Accessed: 18 July 2012] “Breast milk is best for your baby and the earlier he begins breastfeeding, the better. It has all the right nutrients at the right amounts. It costs nothing and helps you get back in shape. The first week after delivery,
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