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Breastfeeding data in the Philippines


Breastfeeding fact sheet
Posters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6




2003 National Demographic and Health Survey
National Statistics Office
  • Out of almost 7 million children (below 5 years old),
    87% were ever breastfed. This figure however includes infants
    whose breastfeeding may have lasted
    for only one hour, one day, or one week only.

  • In fact, nearly 3.4 million children (49%) were given liquid or food other than breastmilk within three days after being born.

  • For children below 3 years old at the time of the survey,
    barely 6% were exclusively breastfed.
    Bottlefeeding was common for almost half of these children.

  • Although 80% of children started breastfeeding within 1 day of birth, 54% were also given any liquid other than breast milk.

  • Exclusive breastfeeding lasts only for an average of 24 days.

  • Mothers did not breastfeed their children because:

    She does not have enough milk.
    She is working
    Her nipples/breasts ache
    Her child does not want to breastfeed
    Her child is sick
    She is sick
    Other reasons

  • Well-off and better-educated mothers
    whose children were delivered by a health professional
    were less likely to breastfeed their children exclusively.


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the revised Implementing Rules and Regulation
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