April 1, 2020

NO FORMULA MILK Donation Policy During Emergencies

Lets protect mothers and babies by encouraging them to continue breastfeeding. 💚
Para po sa kaalaman ng lahat kung bakit wala ang baby milk sa mga Basic Necessities na binibigay kapag may mga emergencies.

Department of Health and National Nutrition Council reminds public of NO FORMULA MILK donation policy during emergencies.

It is dangerous to give formula milk donations in times of calamities. Breastfeeding is the safest option as risks for contamination are low. Formula Milk needs clean bottles and safe water, it may be hard to get in times like this. In cases when it's absolutely necessary to feed babies with formula milk, these must be prepared by health and nutrition workers.

The government does not allow milk donations as these are detrimental to the health and nutrition of infants and young children.  In times of disasters and emergencies, artificial feeding using milk other than breast milk is not safe due to lack of supply of clean water, fuel for sterilization and boiling, utensils, among others.  Diarrhea is one of the biggest dangers to babies who are given artificial feeding during emergencies which could lead to death.

√ 0-6 months- exclusive breastfeeding only.
√ 6 months to 1 year old- Complementary breastfeeding.
√ 1 year old and up- Solid food should be given,no need for follow up milk / formula milk

The purpose of this post is to offer suitable options for moms to continue breastfeeding, or even relactate and go back to breastfeeding during this critical time of emergency due to COVID-19. We would like to offer help to increase your milk supply or even relactate through our online counseling during this crisis of ECQ. Please take time to read the links attached and feel free to ask us.

Source and Infographic from https://nnc.gov.ph/index.php/39-featured-articles/1305-nnc-reminds-public-of-no-milk-donation-policy-during-emergencies.html

21 Dangers of Infant Formula: http://www.tensteps.org/pdf/21dangers-jun2012.pdf
(Includes all researched based information for each danger of formula feeding) 

- From World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: https://waba.org.my/

Dra Joanne Datangel- research on relactation: http://www.ourmilkyway.org/relactation-success-national-childrens-hospital-philippines/

Hierarchy of Infant Feeding: http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com/2010/02/hierarchy-of-infant-feeding-choices.html?m=1

UNICEF Guidelines on Accepting and Processing Foreign and Local Donations during Emergency and Disaster Situations: https://www.unicef.org/media_24118.html

DOH Guidelines on Accepting and Processing Forein and Local Donations during Emergency and Disaster Situations: https://www.ennonline.net/attachments/412/ao2007-0017.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2XHEljPPPVzlxRKDprarYdLa44HWWq0Y2FSp0pvJPPCA3Cx0iocEqg7cc

The use of follow-up formula: https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/WHO_brief_fufandcode_post_17July.pdf

- International Code of Breastmilk Substitutes: https://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/code_english.pdf

-Relactation! Success story of relactation: http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com/2013/08/guest-post-from-40oz-of-formula-milk-to.html?m=1

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, including COVID-19* - http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/emergencies

WHO on Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

Source: nnc.gov

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