In support to the welfare of women and children in need of breast milk, the municipal council of Banna is eyeing the establishment of a human milk bank.
The mother and baby-friendly facility aims to provide human milk to mothers with premature or malnourished babies.
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan reviewed Municipal Ordinance No. 2017-003 seeking for the bank’s establishment the soonest possible time.
Health workers in the province are encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies at least for the first six months for them to develop a strong immune system.
In Ilocos Norte, Banna could probably be the first to pass an ordinance like this which is expected to promote the health welfare of infants.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), milk is the best and cheapest way to protect children from sickness as it contains the vital nutrients needed by the body.
A 2014 study of the United Nations Chrildren’s Fund shows that only 34 percent of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed while only 34 percent continue with breast milk until two years old. (PNA) LAP/LGA/EDS