THE QUEZON City government under Mayor Herbert Bautista is actively promoting breastfeeding among mothers and their infants due to its importance in building the baby’s immune system and creating that bond between mother and child.
As such the city government has conducted a series of activities to promote breastfeeding, the latest of which is the Aug. 8 milk-letting event At the QC General Hospital, which was participated by over 80 breastfeeding mothers. This is event is the third of its kind to be organized by the QC Human Milk Bank.
QC Human Milk Bank Director Dr. Shahani Duque said breastfeeding has been proven to benefit both the mothers and their babies.
“Mahalaga ang breastfeeding sa mga nanay kasi mas mabilis silang makaka-recover sa panganganak. Magsisilbi rin itong contraception sa loob ng anim na buwan,” Duque said stressing that babies who have been breastfed have lower chances of infections and allergies.
“Mas maraming benepisyo ang breastfeeding sa mga bata. Makaiiwas sila sa sakit, allergies, pati na rin ‘yung sudden death infant syndrome at iba pang mga karamdaman na maaaring makuha ng bata sa paglaki,” she added.
Moreover, a rummage sale and a cake raffle was also organized by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and several city councilors to raise funds for the Human Milk Bank.
“Sa mga program pa lang ng city government ay nagkakaroon na ng awareness sa importance ng breastfeeding, not only for the moms kundi all the residents, dahil nalalaman na nila kung saan mapupunta ang proceeds ng activities natin, which is sa Human Milk Bank,” Committee on Women Chairperson and Councilor Lena Marie Juico said.
Committee on Education Chairperson and Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla said the donated breast milk will help babies whose moms cannot produce enough milk.
“Gusto nating mabigyan ang ating mga sanggol na hindi nabibigyan ng sapat na gatas ng kanilang mga ina upang sila ay magkaroon ng tamang nutrisyon sa pamamagitan ng gatas na ibinibigay ng ating breastfeeding moms,” Medalla stated.