DOST reminds: Donating infant milk, feeding bottles not allowed in evacuation centers

  • DOST reminded that donating infant milk and other milk substitutes is not allowed
  • This is in compliance with the Philippine Milk Code (Executive Order 51) that advocates breastfeeding
  • The agency said in times of emergency, the sanitation and food safety of milk might be compromised and put the baby at risk

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Calabarzon gave a reminder that donating infant milk is not allowed.

Image by DOST Calabarzon via Facebook

On Facebook, DOST Calabarzon said that as much as they appreciate the donations the evacuees receive, it is best to stay safe and not donate milk. They explained that it should always be our top priority to provide clean milk and in times of emergency, sanitation might be compromised.

They also quoted the law that prohibits the donation of infant milk and other substitutes. DOST wrote, “Ayon sa Philippine Milk Code (Executive Order 51) at Department of Health Administrative Order No. 2007-0017, ipinagbabawal ang pagdodonate ng infant formula, breastmilk substitutes, feeding bottles, artificial nipples at teats sa gitna ng emergency.”

DOST explained that feeding babies with bottled milk while in evacuation centers might pose greater risk than benefits. They said, “Ito ay dahil mas delikado ang pagpapasuso sa kanila sa bote lalo na kapag walang sapat na malinis na tubig sa mga evacuation centers.”

Image by Unice Grace Dalisay via Facebook

DOST reminded that breastfeeding and cup feeding are still strongly advocated by the Department of Health (DOH).

They said, “Bilang tugon dito, hinihikayat ng DOH na magpasuso ang mga ina na kayang magpasuso. Para naman sa mga sanggol na talagang walang mapagkukuhanan ng gatas ng ina, sinisigurado ng National Nutrition Council (NNC) na hindi sila magugutom sa pamamagitan ng pagdadala ng mga donasyong gatas ng ina galing sa mga “milk banks”. Ito ay ipinapainom sa mga sanggol sa pamamagitan ng mga baso.”

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