The USTH Dietary Department launched “Breastfeeding panatilihin, dagdagan ng wastong pagkain!” last July 6 at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) in observance of national nutrition month.

According to Joan Sumpio, head of the Dietary Department, an increased prevalence of malnutrition among children is associated with the decrease of breastfeeding among mothers.

“Breastfeeding is psychologically rooted,” Sumpio said. “The baby’s suckling makes the mother produce milk.”

She reiterated that a breast milk diet is best for babies until six months.

“Other foods should only be introduced slowly to avoid allergies,” Sumpio warned. Reagan D. Tan

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