Exclusive breastfeeding

Exclusive breastfeeding means that an infant receives only breastmilk with no additional foods or liquids, not even water. The benefits of exclusive breastfeeding on child survival, growth, and development are well documented. Exclusive breastfeeding also provides health benefits for mothers.

In the Philippines, postpartum mothers are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their babies for at least the first six (6) months of the baby, not only for the health of the infant, but also of the mother. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of uterine bleeding after delivery, and helps return the uterus to its pre-pregnant size. Exclusive breastfeeding also helps delay the next pregnancy, and prevent cancer of the breast and ovary.

Jacqueline Flores Kitong, MD, MPH
Technical Officer
Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition

Our Partners

Department of Health
National Center for Health Promotion-DOH
National Center for Disease Prevention and Control - DOH
National Nutrition Council (NNC)
Local Government Units (LGUs)
League of Cities of the Philippines
Nutrition Center of the Philippines
Community Medicine Development Foundation, Inc. (COMMED)
Health Alternatives for Total Human Development Institute, Inc. (HealthDev)
Kalusugan ng Mag-ina, Inc.(KMI)
Katotohanan, Pagkakaisa at Serbisyo, Inc.
Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies, Inc. (PHILSSA)
Civil Society Network for Education Reforms (E-Net Philippines)
Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional (AECID)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations International Labor Organization (UN-ILO)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
World Food Programme (WFP)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

WHO work in the Philippines

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy for the Philippines, 2011-2016

WHO Philippines Annual Report, 2011