Milk Feeding Practices and Knowledge on Breastfeeding Among Nursing Employees in Selected Government Offices in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet

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Imelda P. Olatic-Degay


This research was conducted to determine the milk feeding practices and knowledge level of the mother respondents on breastfeeding. A cross sectional survey was done among 87 nursing mothers in nine regional offices in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The dominant milk feeding practice is mix feeding which is, a combination of breast and bottle feeding while few mothers practiced exclusive breastfeeding. The primary factor considered in selecting the feeding method was the child’s health. Breastfeeding was initiated few hours after birth while bottle and mix feeding were initiated at varied times implying initial practice of breastfeeding. Cessation of milk feeding varied from a few months after birth to as long as 24 months or even beyond. Most nursing mothers are very knowledgeable on many aspects of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding during work hours is usually not achieved due to heavy workload and distance from home among breastfeeding mothers. Conversely, bottle and mix feeding are challenged by the expensive cost of infant formulas and painful breast due to engorgement arising from incomplete emptying of breasts. Hence, most breastfeeding mothers enjoy extended and compensable break time. One of the identified problems for complete breastfeeding among nuring mothers is that few workplaces have the comfort of lactation rooms or child care center. Most nursing mothers who practice bottle feeding felt that they do not enjoy the benefits of being a mother at all. Common perceived needs range from extended maternity leave, breastfeeding periods during work hours, and provision of lactation rooms. The enhancement of breastfeeding campaigns and implementation of all the provisions of the Expanded Breastfeeding Act of 2009 (RA 10028) by all stakeholders may encourage more mothers to breastfeed.

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