The Department of Health has recently launched a national health program to promote exclusive breastfeeding called Breastfeeding T.S.EK! The program is based on the WHO/UNICEF Global Infant Young Child Feeding recommendation of initiating breastfeeding in the first hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and introduction of complementary food at six months of age while continuing to breastfeed up to two years and beyond.
T.S.EK stands for Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo.
TAMA – It is right to initiate breastfeeding in the first hour of birth. By placing the baby on the mother, the skin-to-skin contact allows the transfer of good bacteria to protect the child from infection. Suckling also sends a trigger for the body of the mother to produce and release milk.
SAPAT – Breastmilk that the mother produces is enough for the baby. Recall that the stomach capacity of the baby is just the size of a small marble. After a few days, it becomes the size of a ping pong ball. With frequent breastfeeding, starting every 2 hours building up to every 4 hours, the body will produce more milk. Read more about it here.
EKSKLUSIBO - Breastmilk is enough. There is no need to even give water. Breastmilk contains the right nutrients in the right proportions needed by the baby. The proportions of nutrients change as the baby grows.
Breastfeeding T.S.EK is supported by World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Spanish Government.
Let’s make it Breastfeeding T.S.EK for every Filipino child!