PIA News Service - Monday, April 9, 2012

News Feature: Breastfeeding still best for babies even during emergencies

MANILA, April 9 (PIA)
-- In emergency situations and where basic needs have been compromised, breastmilk remains a safe food for babies. Providing all nutrients needed for healthy development, it also contains antibodies that help protect them from common childhood illnesses like diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

Moreover, breastmilk is readily safe, available and affordable. This helps ensure that infants get adequate sustenance at the time when they need it.

Feeding infants and young children with milk formulas may pose danger to their nutrition and health status. First, safe water needed for preparation of milk formula and for cleaning and sterilizing materials such as bottles and nipples may not be available in the area. Water in evacuation centers maybe also be contaminated that can cause diarrhea, cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Storage equipment, like refrigerators, is usually not available and the hot environment in evacuation areas may spoil milk formulas.

In a situation where economic activities of a household are disrupted and income and savings, if there are any, are exhausted, milk formulas become inaccessible.

Mothers who are under stress may have stopped lactating for a day or so, but this can be overcome with good support.

Another myth is that because mothers are undernourished or sick, they cannot breastfeed or the milk is of poor quality. This is not true because even very malnourished mothers can produce good milk.

Under these conditions, breastmilk may be in lower amount but it is still the best source of nourishment for the baby. Mothers, if undernourished as in such case, should be given the nutritional support that she needs.

Breastfeeding is a lifesaving intervention. It is best for babies in normal and emergency situations.

For more information on cassava and its products or on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296 or 2287; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Aquino mangulo sa Energy Summit karong semanaha, sulti sa Malacañang

Ni Susil D. Ragas


SURIGAO CITY, Abril 9 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang mibutyag kagahapong adlawa Domingo nga si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III maoy mangulo sa usa ka Energy Summit karong semanaha aron tukion ang krisis sa kuryente nga maoy hinungdan sa matag unya nga pagkapalong sa sugang dagitab sa Mindanao.

Sa press briefing nga nasibya sa estasyon dzRB Radyo ng Bayan si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon ang Pangulo mopahimulos niining higayon uban ang mga hingtungdan aron tukion ug hisgotan ang mga pamaagi aron matubag ang krisis sa enerhiya nga maoy hinungdan sa halos 15 ka oras nga pagkawala sa kuryente sa pipila ka mga parte sa Isla sa Mindanao.

“The President would like to take advantage of the opportunity to have all the stakeholders there (Energy Summit) and to clear the air about the situation in Mindanao,” Valte said.

Siya midugang nga ang Pangulo mohisgot sa sugyot nga mga solusyon sa gobyerno lakip usab ang pagpaminaw sa mga husistyon gikan sa hingtungdang mga partido “to have a speedier resolution to this problem.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)