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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.

 

As part of our vision for a better quality of life for every Filipino, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) is continuously monitoring the 100 millionth symbolic babies nationwide.  POPCOM strongly recognizes that the first 1,000 days of life are crucial  to a person from pregnancy to a  child’s 2nd birthday.

Leading the advocacy for the total well-being of these babies, POPCOM 7 will organize a celebration of the 2nd  birthday of the “Symbolic 100 Millionth Babies” in collaboration with the Department of Health, National Nutrition Council, and PhilHealth on July 27, 2016. During the simple party, a birthday gift from POPCOM  will be given to each baby. DOH will give an update of the health status of the babies in terms of their full immunization, develop mental milestones and provision of their health care needs from their respective local health units.  Philhealth, on the other hand, will update each baby’s Membership Data Record and orient the parents on the health packages covered by Philhealth.  National Nutrition Council, for its part, will provide each mother a nutrition guide for their babies.

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