One in three infants (under
six months) is being exclusively breastfed.
According to the National Statistics Office, 33.5 per cent of children
below six months old are breastfed exclusively. The rate decreased from
the 1998 estimate of 37 per cent.
Breastmilk is the best food a young child can have. No other food or
drink, not even water, is usually needed during this period. Giving a
baby any food or drink other than breastmilk increases the risk of diarrhea
and other illnesses. Breastfeeding helps protect babies and young children
against dangerous illnesses. It also creates a special bond between mother
Although children need additional food after they are six months old,
breastmilk is still an important source of energy, protein and other nutrients
such as vitamin A and iron.
In the Philippines , a national milk code was issued in 1986 as an executive
order promoting breastfeeding and regulating the marketing of breastmilk
substitutes, supplements and related products.