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
Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition