Public Breastfeeding in the Philippines

In Manila, Philippines, more than 2,000 mothers have come together to breastfeed in public. Their goal: fight against the stigma of breastfeeding out of home and show that breast milk is much more beneficial for their babies than formula milk. Indeed, according to a 2016 study, breastfeeding can reduce infant mortality. In the Philippines, according to UNICEF, 28 out of every 1,000 children die before the age of five. The government’s goal is to reduce this to 19 per 1,000. Breastfeeding is also good for young mothers. It would reduce the annual number of breast cancer deaths by 20,000, according to the same 2016 study. This annual event, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, was supported by the Philippine government. It has been organized for several years, in the Philippines and in other countries such as Colombia.

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