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Breastfeeding T.S.EK!

May 28, 2011

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!


Judy Ann is a Breastfeeding Pinay!

October 8, 2010

Judy Ann Santos is a breastfeeding pinay!

Just barely an hour after giving birth, Judy Ann’s mom was interviewed in TV Patrol where she shared that Judy Ann is already breastfeeding Juan Luis, or Lucio for short.

Judy Ann gave birth via normal delivery yesterday, October 7 at 5:51pm at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang.  Baby Lucio weighed 6.9lbs.

Both Lucio and mom are doing well.

Even during her pregnancy, Judy Ann was already decided on breastfeeding.  She has taken classes to ensure she’ll have a successful practice.  In the show Moments hosted by her friend Gladys Reyes, she showed off her newly learned skills by correctly demonstrating how to hold and breastfeed the baby.

Judy Ann and husband Ryan Agoncillo has announced that they plan to be hands on parents, and has not even hired a nanny.  So Judy Ann will be a breastfeeding mom and Ryan a diaper dad!

Judy Ann also reported that she will take a year off from showbiz to embrace motherhood.

Congratulations to Judy Ann and Ryan!

INFACT Canada calls for full recall of Mead Johnson’s sub-standard products

September 25, 2010

The FDA recall of Mead Johnson’s Alactagrow and Sustagen has caught the attention of the world.  INFACT (Infant Feeding Action Coalition) Canada, a national non-governmental organization that works to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices, has called for the swift implementation of the order.

In a letter to FDA Acting Director Nazarita Tacandaong, INFACT Canada stated that Mead Johnson committed “deception and misinterpretation of the label”.

According to the organization, the failure of Alactagrow and Sustagen to provide the content of 3 to 6 g. per 100kcal as set by FDA  regulations and the Codex STAN 156-1987 for milk supplements, potentially puts older infants and young children at serious risk for undernutrition related to insufficient fat intake.

Fats in the diet of older infants and young children are critical because they are essential for brain and neurological development. Brain and neural growth remains rapid during the second year of life. As well, fats have 2.5 times the energy density of carbohydrates and proteins and therefore are critical to providing adequate energy for growth.

Alactagrow for instance has no added fats; hence the only fats present are those from the whole milk powder, which as the 4th listed ingredient, after skim milk powder (no fat) and corn syrup solids and sucrose, is likely to be minimal. Indeed the total fat content as determined by the FDA is a mere 1.34g.  per 100 kcal.

Mead Johnson’s product is nothing more but a “fat reduced milk powder, with sugar, fortified with minerals and vitamins – an expensive product that is deficient in the essential level of fat required by older infants and young children.”

Save the Babies: Protest on Recall and Recant of Mead Johnson

September 23, 2010

Save the Babies Coalition, a group of individuals and NGOs that work to promote, support and protect breastfeeding practice in the country, has released the following statement in response to the recall of Mead Johnson’s sub-standard products:

Save the Babies Coalition registers our rage over the recant of the Acting Director Nazarita Tacandong of Food and Drug Administration in last night TV newscast September 22, 2010 saying “It is safe to use these products”.

The Recall on the dangerous products of Mead Johnson’s Alactagrow Bibo trio and Sustagen Jr. bespeak of its nutrient defieciency of fat contents. It showed that Mead Johnson wrongly disseminated its nutritional and health claims of “resistensiya builders” and “all around health”.

It is a case of misbranding.

Mead Johnson cheated the Filipino consumers.

Based on scientific evidences upheld by Codex Alimentarius that fatty acids deficiency affects the nervous system and brain development of the infants and young children.

Furthermore, Sustagen Jr. product certification registry at FDA – Food and Drug Administration already expired last May,2010 due to non-compliance of Codex Alimentarius and Philippine laws.

Our Constitional law protects us in its aim that ” Anything that endangers the life of an individual is a criminal act”.

Both Mead Johnson President Paul Richards and FDA Acting Secretary is responsible and accountable for gross deception to the Filipino people.”

Mead Johnson releases statement re its sub-standard products

September 22, 2010

Following the DOH-FDA Advisory No.2010-09 and 10 that seeks recall of Sustagen Junior Milk Drink Powder Vanilla Flavor and Alactagrow Bibo Trio Milk Supplement, Mead Johnson Nutritionals (MJN) Philippines has issued a statement that dwells on the safety of its products.

In its statement, Mead Johnson said that safety is its “highest priority and the company spares no effort to comply with the laws of all of the countries in which it operates. All of the company’s products are produced in accordance with the CODEX Code of Hygienic Practice for Foods for Infants and Children.

It further said that its company is “committed to bringing safe, effective, nutritious and high quality products to meet the nutritional needs of the Philippines’ children.”

As regards to the findings of FDA that Sustagen Junior Milk Drink Powder and Alactagrow Bibo Trio Milk were “non-compliant to the standard of  inferior quality,” Mead Johnson responded by launching a “reformulated version of Alactagrow that meets the new regulatory requirements”.  They said that “work is also underway to develop an updated version of Sustagen to meet the revised standards.”

Product recall for Alactagrow and Sustagen

September 20, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has just released DOH-FDA Advisory No. 2010-009 and 2010-010 seeking the product recall of Sustagen Junior Milk Drink Powder and Alactagrow Bibo Trio Milk Supplement.

Both dated 16 September 2010, the advisory stated that the products were found to be “non-compliant to the standard of inferior quality.”

Sustagen Junior Milk Drink Powder Vanilla Flavor for 1-3 Years Old covered by registration number FR-72110 declared its fat content at 5.9g per 100 calories. However, upon analysis, it only contained 1.5g fat.

For Alactagrow Trio Milk Supplement covered by registration number FR-71538, it claimed that it has 5.1g of fat per 100 calories. Results showed that it only has 1.34g fat.

The standard required fat is not less than 3g and not more than 6g per 100 calories.

Because of these findings, FDA Acting Director IV Nazarita Tacandong has ordered the return of the products to Mead Johnson Nutrition, manufacturer of both products.

According to the DOH-FDA Advisory, the “continuous distribution of the said product presents gross deception to the consuming public and may even present risk of illness or injury to the consuming sector of the public, the young children.”

“Gulf Air Baby” needs breast milk, wet nurse

September 18, 2010

Baby George Francis, the little angel sadly abandoned by his mom in a trash bin in a Gulf Air plane, is in need of breast milk and a wet nurse.

He is currently under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that they have only been feeding Baby George Francis with formula milk. She added that they are coordinating with non-government organizations for breast milk donations and has looked into getting a “wet nurse” for Baby George.

To give breast milk to Baby George, Sec. Dinky said to e-mail her directly at, visit her office, or call at telephone number 734-8639.

I know that a lot of Breastfeeding Pinays will respond to the call. Go moms! Share the love!