Help and donations come from different parts of the country and abroad as the great need for relief and assistance was felt by people all over the world.
After the devastation brought by Yolanda, people in the areas hit by the typhoon suffer from lack of shelter and food, and one of the most affected were the babies.
The government and private hospitals in Manila headed by Dr. Jessica Anne Dumalag of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Human Milk Bank calls for breast-feeding mothers nationwide to donate breast milk in the areas affected by typhoon Yolanda.
“If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you can help ease babies’ plight in Visayas and other Yolanda-hit areas by sharing the milk you give your own children,” Dr. Dumalag said.
According to Dr. Dumalag, the aim of this campaign is to promote human breast milk over processed cow’s milk for babies.
“Milk from lactating mothers is preferred over formula milk, which is basically processed cow’s milk,” Dr. Dumalag explained.
The campaign relates to the policy ordered by the Department of Health (DOH) prohibiting the donation of formula milk for babies during calamities like typhoons.
“Children are more exposed to allergy when they consume formula milk. We are also not sure if the water used in formula milk is clean,” Dr. Dumalag said.
Many of the survivors of typhoon Yolanda are babies and toddlers who need mother’s milk since it is not advisable for them to eat solid food.
The government and private hospitals together with some private organizations are open to accept human milk donations that will be pasteurized, frozen and will be stored in insulated containers, and to be sent to the evacuation centers in central Philippines. - See more at: pamilyaonguard