The Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region 7 joins the celebration of the National Breastfeeding Family Planning Month with the theme, “Breastfeeding and Family Planning: Keys to Sustainable Development”. POPCOM, in its region-wide celebration highlights the importance of breastfeeding and family planning in achieving the goals for sustainable development.
Breastfeeding is a natural family planning method which delays ovulation and helps mothers space their pregnancy. According to the Department of Health (DOH), the Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) (or lactation because of lack of menstruation) provides new mothers at least 98% protection from pregnancy for six (6) months when she remains without her period and fully or nearly fully breastfeeds.
Other than the mother, POPCOM believes it is necessary to promote breastfeeding nationwide as it could cut treatment costs of common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, diabetes and ulcer among others. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 800,000 children would be saved every year by continuous and consistent breastfeeding as breast milk protects babies against infections and illnesses. Data from the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action also revealed that breast milk enhances intelligence and improves cognitive development.