News: An open letter to DOH from a breastfeeding mom

January 10, 2016

A friend of mine, who recently gave birth shared to me her horrific story on how this certain hospital ignored her desire to breast feed her new born baby as soon as possible. Not only that, the hospital fed the baby a wrong formula milk, thus resulting into episodes of vomiting and having the baby put on IV with antibiotic treatment. 

I never knew that there are still hospitals in the country that does not impose a strict rule on breastfeeding to first time moms. I remember when I was the one who gave birth, the hospital is so strict that they never even allowed formula milk inside the hospital. I was away from my baby for almost 12 hours but they fed my baby breast milk - which costs about P300.00 per oz. 

My friend shared her open letter to DOH to me In the hopes of creating and spreading awareness to hospitals who does not follow the rule of a breastfeeding.

AN OPEN LETTER TO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (PHILIPPINES) FROM A BREASTFEEDING MOM

To whom it may concern,
I've read DOH's program called Breastfeeding TSEK. I am grateful that our government is promoting this for both mother and her newborn's health. However, it is frustrating because not all hospitals are in line with DOH's advocate. I gave birth at Clinica Antipolo Health and Wellness Center Inc. on Nov.05, 2015 at 5:09pm via emergency CS.
At 8:00pm, while waiting for the nurses to transfer me at my room, they showed me my baby, swaddled in a white blanket. I didn't bother to ask about the "skin to skin contact" since I thought what they did was an SOP to all hospitals.
I then asked the nurse, "Pwede ko na ba padedehin yung baby ko?" ("Can I nurse my baby?"). She replied, "Ma'am nabigyan na po namin ng formula milk, kakatapos lang n'ya kumain" ("Ma'am we already gave her a formula milk, she's just been fed.") Being a first time mom, I asked, "Teka, OK lang ba yun?" ("Wait, is it ok?"). The nurse assured me there's nothing wrong about that.
At 10pm, I was sent in my room to take a rest. The pedia arrived and advised us that we should switch our formula milk because the baby threw up the 15cc milk that was given to her earlier. They also gave her antibiotic treatment which was supposed to be prevented if they just allowed me to nurse my baby.
The said hospital have one breastfeeding area near the nursery. However, the hospital is not encouraging the mothers to breastfeed. I guess it's because of the accessibility. The patients in the entire 3rd floor (2 OB wards, 1 Ordinary ward and some private rooms) are provided with a single wheelchair for sharing. Patients are not allowed to roam around the hospital premises without a wheelchair so in case all moms in our floor need to feed their babies every 4hours, one wheelchair and one breastfeeding area will definitely not suffice.
I hope DOH will take action into this to educate the health institutions and its service providers to properly promote breastfeeding and its benefits. 
Thank you very much.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - spreading awareness


4 comments on "News: An open letter to DOH from a breastfeeding mom"
  1. pls also use new facility and post comments at HospitalAdvisor.doh.gov.ph

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  2. Your report will also be sent to DOH Hosp Licensing head Atty Nicholas Lutero to investigate. pls ff up with him within two weeks time. nblutero@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kenneth,

      Thank you very much for letting us know!

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  3. Good to know that DOH is now taking action for mothers that need breastfeeding for their children. Hoping more events will happen especially in provinces.

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